Wat Muang is located in the countryside off Highway 3195, just East of Wiset Chai Chan village, about 8 kilometers West of Ang Thong town, in Ang Thong province.
“Passing into the hall [of the Silver Usobot] through the main doors brings you into a breathtaking chamber. It is tiled with mirrors and it gives you the impression that it goes on for infinity. The room feels as if there are no boundaries. It makes you ponder the enormity of the universe and your tiny insignificance within it. It challenges your perceptions of reality and makes you question your preconceptions.” (Tom Billinge / The Temple Trail)
Wat Phra Bat Nam Phu [in Thai: วัดพระบาทน้ำพุ] is a Buddhist temple built in Lopburi province, 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of Bangkok, and an AIDS/HIV hospice, founded in 1990 by Alongkot Dikkapanyo who left a promising career in engineering at the ministry of agriculture at the age of 26 to become a monk. The idea of turning the temple into an AIDS hospice came to him when two young HIV-positive men came to Wat Phra Baht Nam Phu. Approximately 2,000 patients are under the temple’s care. Of these, 1,300 are orphans affected by HIV/AIDS infection. The temple receives financial support (about 100,000 Baht per month) from the Thai government. The rest of the funding comes from private donations.
Tham Prathun Elderly Care Center (in Thai: สถานสงเคราะห์คนชราถ้ำประทุน), also translated as Tham Prathun Older Aid Center, Tham Prathun Elderly Welfare House, Old People’s Caves, Chinese cave or Chen Jui Yi (in Chinese: 清水寺), is a nursing home in Khun Khon, Phra Phutthabat district, Saraburi province. Here, old people who don’t have have any relatives and are often homeless can receive care for free. Visitors can worship in the cave temple and donate money to support the center or coffins for the funeral of the deceased.
Wat Tham Krabok (Thai: วัดถ้ำกระบอก) is a Buddhist temple and a drug treatment, detoxification and rehabilitation center, located in the Phra Phutthabat district of Saraburi Province, Thailand.
Samnak Song Tham Krabok was established by a Buddhist Nun Mian Panchan, also known as Luang Por Yai, in 1957. After her death, Luangpho Chamrun Panchan, her nephew, has continued the mission.
The wat serves not only a place for meditation, reflection and religious study, but also as a rehabilitation center for drug addicts. Wat Tham Krabok has received global attention for its heroin and opium drug rehabilitation program, which was started in 1959. Over 100,000 heroin and opium addicts have since gone through the unique Wat Thamkrabok detox program, a program consisting of Buddhist meditation, Asian herbal supplementation used for relaxation, induced vomiting, and the consumption of a secret detoxification potion composed of many different herbs.
Addicts can only be admitted at Wat Thamkrabok for rehabilitation only once. The duration of the course of detoxification is seven nights, and until this is completed you will not be permitted to exit the course. During the time of the detoxification, the patient has to live inside the compound of the detox center. For the first five days you are not allowed to contact anybody. The detoxification and the rehabilitation in Wat Thamkrabok are free. The patients have to pay for their food (costs: in average 200 Baht minimum per day).
Wat Thamkrabok is a unique institution run by a unique order of Buddhist monks and nuns. You will not find anything like it elsewhere in Thailand or the rest of the world.
Narai Cave or Khao Wong Cave [in Thai: วัดเขาวง (ถ้ำนารายณ์)] is a Buddhist temple and mediation center in Saraburi Province, Phra Phutthabat District. The temple was founded on 5 July 1917 near the cave where according to a legend King Narai the Great (1633-1688) used to meditate.