On a quiet hillside above Ban Tai, 4km from Thong Sala on the south coast, Wat Khao Tham holds ten-day meditation retreats most months of the year. The American and Australian teachers emphasize compassionate understanding as the basis of mental development. Space is limited (retreats are especially heavily subscribed Dec–March), so it’s best to pre-register either in person or in writing.

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