W at Marp Jan is intended as a refuge for lay people as well as monastics, therefore sincere practitioners are welcome.

The monastery gates are open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Those arriving by 6:45 a.m. will have the opportunity to offer food to monks returning from alms round, while those arriving any time before 8 a.m. may receive a blessing, chant, and share in the meal. After helping clean up, guests are welcome to go view the Wat Marp Jan Chedi and Uposatha meditation hall. All visitors are required to dress and behave respectfully and modestly.

Staying Overnight

T Those interested in practicing in a more involved capacity at Wat Marp Jan may apply for an initial visit of up to seven days. All guests must have a sincere intention to keep the eight precepts (see below for more information). As the monastery is a center for the training of monastics, it is unable to cater to long-term guests and also cannot host overnight visitors arriving unannounced. The chance to live with a community dedicated to meditation and mindfulness represents a precious opportunity, and guests are asked to show their appreciation by carefully observing monastery rules and guidelines.

In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the monastery does not charge for accommodation, food, or teachings. In general, staying at the monastery is about a way of life. Though a few times per year we do offer group silent retreats, for the most part staying here provides a chance for lay guests to develop mindfulness, generosity, and humility through living and participating within a monastic culture.

While staying at the monastery, practitioners dress in white to symbolize their purity of intention. While men generally wear a white shirt and long white trousers, women dress in a white blouse and a long black skirt or pants. Visitors should dress modestly and be well-covered at all times.

Lay guests generally stay in dormitories with others who are visiting. Guests are expected to clean their places of stay each day as well as the dormitory restrooms.

Visitors share in the meal offered to the monastic community by the laity. In keeping with Buddhist tradition and ethic of simplicity, monks and lay guests generally eat only one meal a day, though drinks and tonics may be taken after the chore period. As the monastery receives food as a gift, it is unable to cater to special diets.

In order to develop mindfulness, clarity and seclusion, guests are highly encouraged to avoid using the internet while visiting Wat Marp Jan, and should keep any personal electronic devices either off or in airplane mode during their stay.

As Wat Marp Jan is a Thai monastery, talks are frequently not translated into English. One can request a question and answer sessions with the abbot or other monks, but such meetings may be infrequent depending on availability of both teacher and translator. Those interested in learning more about the Buddhist path and meditation practice may inquire about the monastery’s complimentary Dhamma books, or they can access Luang Por Anan’s Dhamma teachings here:

Wat Marp Jan requests that visitors kindly refrain from smoking during their stay.

It is best if lay guests have some basis in meditation practice, and knowledge of how to conduct themselves in a Buddhist culture.

Daily Schedule

4:00 a.m. Wake
4:30 a.m. – 5:30 a.m. Morning Meeting: Meditation and Chanting
5:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.  Monks go out to surrounding villages on alms-round. Lay guests sweep the monastery and help in the kitchen until meal time.
8:00 a.m.                                    Meal
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Lay guests help clean the kitchen and eating area after the meal. Following this, they help with work such as maintenance, gardening and looking after the grounds. In the absence of work projects, guests may use their time to meditate and study.
3:00 p.m.      Chores such as sweeping the monastery paths and cleaning the monastery toilets.
5:00 p.m.     Afternoon Drink
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Meditation and Evening Chanting

The Eight Precepts

T he Buddha laid down the eight precepts as tools to assist sincere practitioners develop on the path. While staying at Wat Marp Jan, guests are asked to observe the following trainings in order to live harmoniously with the community and assist their practice:

  1. To refrain from the taking the life of living beings.
  2. To refrain from taking what is not given.
  3. To refrain from all sexual activity.
  4. To refrain from harmful and untruthful speech (including that which is harsh or unnecessary).
  5. To refrain from taking intoxicating drinks and drugs.
  6. To refrain from taking food after midday.
  7. To refrain from entertainment, beautification and adornment.
  8. To refrain from lying on high and luxurious sleeping places.


T o ensure that guests fit well into the resident community, those interested in staying multiple days are asked to undergo an application process. First-time visitors may apply to stay for a maximum of seven days.

The monastery is unable to host overnight visitors who arrive unannounced.


Those interested in staying at the monastery are asked to fill out the Personal Details form at the bottom of this page also to send a photo of themselves via email to First-time visitors may apply to stay for a maximum of seven days. Returning guests do not have to fill out the form again and may send an email to the above address to request their stay. The monastery is unable to host overnight visitors who arrive unannounced.


After being accepted, an applicant should:

  • Read the Rules and Regulations booklet and have a clear understanding as to what is required of one.
  • Send a copy of one’s fully-paid, confirmed round-trip air ticket.
  • Send a copy of one’s travel health insurance covering their allowed stay at Wat Marp Jan.
  • Ensure one has the required visas for a stay in Thailand.
  • Ensure that one is in good physical and mental health

If there are any changes to arrival and departure dates, the monastery must be notified and permission given. Guests are asked to leave their passports in the office until the morning of their departure.

Guests should organize: visa, white clothing, toiletries, mosquito repellent—though there is no malaria in the area —, towel, and torch. A pair of flip flop sandals may be useful as well.

1 to 3 days before coming, guests should contact the monastery with their estimated time of arrival. If possible, one should come before 8:30 a.m. and notify a resident at the eating hall near the monastery entrance. The guest monk is also able to greet visitors between 3 to 5 p.m. in the office further up the hill.


  • How do I get to Wat Marp Jan?

If traveling by car or taxi, one may use the map on the General Contact page.  If travelling by public transport from the capital, one may catch a bus from Bangkok’s Eastern Ekamai Bus Terminal to the city of Rayong or town of Ban Phe and rent a taxi from there..

  • Do I need to pay to stay at the monastery?

The Buddha prohibited his monks and nuns from handling money or accepting payment for teaching so that the Dhamma might remain a gift available to all. Preserving this ethic of generosity, Wat Marp Jan and monasteries of the Thai Forest Tradition freely provide lodging, food, and Dhamma materials to those interested in pursuing the Buddha’s path. However, if one feels they have benefited from their stay at Wat Marp Jan, they may contemplate how best to help it continue as a place of refuge and practice for others in the future.

  • Where can I purchase a set of white clothing?

If you don’t have a set of white clothes, you can obtain one in Rayong or Bangkok. Simply ask your hotel host or taxi driver where to find an appropriate vendor.

  • Can I make monetary or material donations to the monastery?

As they are unable to handle money or beg, Buddhist monks and institutions depend entirely on the generosity of laity for their day-to-day existence. While one may offer food or requisites directly to the monks, monetary gifts are generally left in specified donation boxes looked after by the monastery steward. Checks written from overseas bank accounts generally cannot be accepted.

  • Will I be able to ask the teacher questions?

While abbot Tan Ajahn Anan may sometimes be available to answer questions, such sessions may be infrequent depending on both his and a translator’s availability.

  • Do I need to have practiced meditation before visiting?

As English translations of meditation instruction may not be available during one’s stay, Wat Marp Jan strongly recommends that guests be familiar with meditation practice before visiting. One may receive teachings by going to the English Dhamma materials here

  • Can I sit in a chair for Meditation?

Yes — chairs are available in the back of the meditation halls for those still not used to sitting for long periods on the ground.

  • Can one ordain as a monk or nun at Wat Marp Jan?

While ordination at Wat Marp Jan is a possibility for foreigners, those interested are asked to first investigate the monastic life by visiting an Associated Monastery of the Ajahn Chah lineage nearer to home, as the reality of the monastery life may differ from their expectation. After becoming familiar with the form, one may request to come visit Wat Marp Jan and see if they harmonize with the community. While many factors affect prospects of ordination, the decision to accept a student or not ultimately rests with the abbot.

While Wat Marp Jan does not have a community of nuns, many monasteries in Thailand and abroad offer female ordination in varying capacities.

Personal Details Form

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