Traveling in Thailand is an amazing experience, no matter how much time you have to devote to the country. With so many incredible sights to see across the entire country it is difficult to decide which ones deserve your time and attention. Whether you are traveling in Bangkok, the North of Thailand or the South of Thailand you will never be short of things to do while in Thailand. So, the hard part is deciding what to do in Bangkok or other regions.
One of our favorite things to do in Bangkok is to take advantage of some of the free offerings you can find around the city. If you enjoy free stuff (who doesn’t?), then a free Meditation Class at Wat Mahathat might be one of the top choices for your trip to Bangkok.
Wat Mahathat is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok and was originally built to hold the relic of Buddha. This important center for studying Buddhism and meditation is the headquarters of Thailand’s largest monastic order.
Wat Mahathat holds classes every day from 7:00AM to 10:00AM, 1:00PM to 4:00PM and 6:00PM to 8:00PM. Most of the classes are conducted in Thai, although there are some in English.
If you plan to take part in a free mediation class on Sunday, make some time either before or after to visit the largest amulet market in Bangkok just next door to the temple. Be sure to ask the merchant what the proposed purpose of the amulet is. Some amulets are meant to bring wealth, provide good health, attract love or simply to keep evils and enemies at bay.
Another possibility is to have your fortune told inside of the temple from one of the monks. Thai people are very superstitious and it is a common sight to see fortune tellers setting up mats on the ground in a park or fold up tables and chairs on the sidewalks surrounding temples. Typically, the fortune teller is a self-proclaimed prophet, so take the experience as a good form of entertainment for 20 or 40 baht.
No matter what you decide to do while in Bangkok, you are sure to have an incredible time traveling through the city and experiencing the culture, people and food. Safe travels.