Wat Tham Pa Acha Thong Have your ever seen monks do the Binthabat on the horsesbacks?

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There are still so many interesting things in Chiang Rai waiting to be visited by you. After all, it is a town of culture and history. 

Speaking of interesting things, one of these must be Wat Tham Pa Acha Thong. This is a monastery in a style that you have never seen before. 

How is it different from other temples? Well, lets see.

The monks at this temple, they don’t do Binthabat on their feets like many other monks. Instead, they’re on horses’ backs.

That may sounds a little bit strange, but there was a story. Everything was started by Kruba Nua Chai, the abbot. He has always wanted to maintain the unique of Buddhism and spread it to uncivilized communities. He has tried to support monkhood study for local children, assuming that it would do them good.

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wat tham pa acha thong, tham pa acha thong temple, acha thong forest monastery

Kruba Nua Chai first started his Binthabat by walking. But later the villagers bestowed a horse upon him, in the hope of eliminating his exhaustion dusing his Binthabat. Therefore, he has always done his Bibthabat on a horse’s back ever since and that inspired many other monks. They started to ride on horses for Binthabat just like him. Kruba Nua Chai himself named his horse ‘Acha Thong’, due to its strong appearance. This is where the name of the monastery came from.

Now, you may understand why Wat Tham Pa Acha Thong is different from others. It is not just a forest monastery with nice scenery of nature, but also inhabited by monks who ride horses for Binthabat. This impresses many tourists, both Thai and foreign. 

If you visit the Acha Thong Forest Monastery, you will see this memorable image for sure. You will also have a chance of bestowing foods upon horse-riding monks. That is good for your mind, fortune, and experience.

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wat tham pa acha thong, tham pa acha thong temple, acha thong forest monastery
wat tham pa acha thong, tham pa acha thong temple, acha thong forest monastery
wat tham pa acha thong, tham pa acha thong temple, acha thong forest monastery
wat tham pa acha thong, tham pa acha thong temple, acha thong forest monastery
wat tham pa acha thong, tham pa acha thong temple, acha thong forest monastery

Anyway, you may think that riding on horses for Binthabat is totally comfortable. No, that is not true at all. First, the roads around there is rough and not really straight like other roads. That causes a series of difficulties for monks when they try to get horses on proper ways. Sometimes their foods even spill out. But they have never given up on riding on their horses.

Conclusion is, this monastery is a good place that you should go when you visit Chiang Rai. The image of horse-riding monks may not be noticed anywhere else. Therefore don’t miss it. Take your children or friends with you too. That will be most perfect.

wat tham pa acha thong, tham pa acha thong temple, acha thong forest monastery
wat tham pa acha thong, tham pa acha thong temple, acha thong forest monastery
wat tham pa acha thong, tham pa acha thong temple, acha thong forest monastery