THAILAND – Bangkok – Private Monk Blessing

Guests have the opportunity to experience the important Buddhist ritual of offering alms to monks first-hand at one Bangkok’s most famous temples.

Theme

Art & Culture, Classic, Honeymoon

Country - City

Thailand - Bangkok

Market segment

Thematic Leisure

Price Level

$

Max pax

6

Seasonality

Possible all year round but may be affected by Buddhist holidays

Arrival city

Bangkok

Departure city

Bangkok

Description

Guests can experience the essential Buddhist ritual of offering alms to monks first-hand at Bangkok’s most famous temples. Together with their guide, they will meet with a resident monk and offer a donation, an act that is believed to bring prosperity and good karma. This particular moment is the perfect opportunity to learn about Buddhist practices first-hand and participate in an important local tradition.

Can be combined with

Thematic Leisure

Selling points

  • Easia Signature activity
  • An upgrade to a regular visit of Wat Pho or Wat Arun
  • Suitable for a wide range of traveler profiles
  • Easy to include in programs, with different options available for different budgets

Level Of The Excursion

Low - This activity impacts local community, culture and/or environment in a small but meaningful way

The Impact Of This Excursion

Social/cultural Impact

Cultural Conservation

Empowerment and education

Economic Impact

Community benefits

Additional Information

Positive impacts

This activity offers a learning experience to travelers while also keeping local traditions alive.

Negative impacts

No negative.

Duration

Approximately 15 – 30 minutes, depending on how busy the monk is

Min pax

1

Max pax

6

How to sell it

  • As an upgrade to a classic temple visit
  • As an experience for guests that are looking for encounters and immersive experiences
  • As a spiritual moment during classic sightseeing
  • As an opportunity to learn about Buddhist practices first-hand

Why this activity

  • To have more Easia Signature touches in Bangkok
  • To have easy upgrades to classic visits
  • To offer experiences to high-end and Exclusive clients

Good to combine with

A classic visit of Grand Palace or a khlong tour

Do not combine with

Other monk blessing in different places (most obvious one is at Wat Prathat Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai)

Market suggestion

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Competitor comparison

It is an Easia Signature activity, however, blessing by a monk can be easily arranged or copied by competitors

Pros

  • Easy to include
  • Not a high cost, suitable to wide budgets
  • Shows our creativity on how to “upgrade” classic visits

Cons

  • Can easily be copied
  • Sometimes monks are busy and others will be waiting behind

Information

Wat Pho
Time : 09.00 – 10.45 and 13.00 – 17.00
Contact : 083-057-7100 / 02-2260335
Location for monk blessing at Wat Pho : small pavilion in front of Phra Viharn of Reclining Buddha.

Wat Arun
Time : 08.00 – 10.30 and 13.00 – 17.00
Contact : 02 -891-2185
Almsgiving set : We have to prepare it ourselves

 

Alerts

  • During important Buddhist holidays the activity may not be possible. These are not on fixed dates, they change yearly depending on the lunar calendar
  • If other people are waiting to offer alms, the activity may be less relaxed, it depends on how busy the temple is on the time of visit

Important information

  • Alms sets are available on spot at Wat Pho, at Wat Arun the guide will need to prepare the set in advance
  • There are 2 different services available in ERP: 1 for Leisure with a lower budget, 1 for Exclusive with a higher budget
  • Guests need to wear polite clothing for the activity: shoulders and knees should be covered

Quotation guideline

Modules for the activity have been created in ERP already, the difference is the budget provided for the donation and the alms set. The module includes the entrance fee for Wat Pho and Wat Arun, you must delete one if you dont need it. You can find them with the following information:

Brand: Leisure

Module Name: PROD MODULE – Bangkok – Easia Signature (Leisure) – Monk Blessing (at Wat Pho OR Wat Arun) – EN

Includes: donation to temple, budget for alms giving, Easia Signature supplement, entrance fee


Brand: Exclusive

Module Name: PROD MODULE – Bangkok – Easia Signature (Exclusive) – Monk Blessing (at Wat Pho OR Wat Arun) – EN

Includes: donation to temple, budget for alms giving, Easia Signature supplement, entrance fee

Inclusion

  • Donation to the temple
  • Almsgiving set to donate
  • Entrance fee

Exclusion

  • Easia Guide
  • Transportation

Important notes

  • Guide needs to be clearly briefed to make sure he/she knows what to do on spot, which building to go, etc

Special Guide notes

  • Make sure to check in advance with the temple to make sure a monk is available at the planned time of visit
  • If there are other people who also want to offer, consider letting them go first so guests can see the ceremony, and they can spend more time with the monk afterwards
  • For Wat Arun, make sure to prepare an offering set in advance
  • Make sure to check if guests have polite clothes for the activity

Contact

Wat Pho
Time : 09.00 – 10.45 and 13.00 – 17.00
Contact : 083-057-7100 / 02-2260335

Wat Arun
Time : 08.00 – 10.30 and 13.00 – 17.00
Contact : 02 -891-2185

 

English

Private Monk Blessing

Besides their impressive architecture and historical importance, temples also play a practical role in the daily lives of the Thai people. During your visit to Wat Pho / Wat Arun you will experience this up close as your guide introduces you to one of the resident monks of the temple and explains how to offer alms. It is an extremely important ritual that is practiced throughout Thailand and is believed to bring good karma and prosperity. After the alms donation, the monk will bless you by chanting Buddhist sermons and sprinkling you with holy water.

French

Bénédiction privée d’un moine

Outre leur architecture impressionnante et leur importance historique, les temples jouent également un rôle essentiel dans la vie quotidienne des Thaïlandais. Au cours de votre visite du Wat Pho / Wat Arun, vous en ferez l’expérience de près lorsque votre guide vous présentera à l’un des moines résidents du temple et vous expliquera comment faire l’aumône. Il s’agit d’un rituel extrêmement important qui est pratiqué dans toute la Thaïlande et qui est considéré comme apportant un bon karma et la prospérité. Après l’aumône, le moine vous bénira en chantant des sermons bouddhistes et en vous aspergeant d’eau bénite.