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Here are 3 vipassana retreats in Thailand to consider. I’ve personally visited Suan Mokkh and would recommend it. The other two I have never been too but if I had to pick between the two I think I would visit Techo Vipassana first and check out their facility. Let me know if there’s anymore I’m missing. I know there’s probably more out there.

1. Suan Mokkh

Location: Surat Thani, Thailand
Type of Retreat: 10 Days Silent Meditation
Price: 2000 Baht (Approx. 60USD)
Details: Open year round. No online registration. Simply show up on the last day of the Month to register in person. The retreat is every month on the 1st through the 11th. The facility and monastery is quite nice. The retreat is settled on beautiful land surrounded by nature and hot springs. Each day you will have plenty of time to soak in the hot springs during your breaks. You will be provided with 2 amazingly delicious vegetarian meals each day with tea breaks. The retreat time line its self is quite beginner friendly, they have been doing this for over 30 years and have really perfected a great schedule throughout the day the breaks up the time nicely so someone who has never done meditation before can make it through the retreat, all while an advanced practitioner can find the time to deepen their practice. You can expect to wake up a 4 am each day with meditation followed by yoga, then a lecture followed by breakfast. After that will be chores and break, you can use this time to relax, do laundry and finish your chores. After which will be a lecture then meditation and walking meditation, then lunch. After that will be break, where you can enjoy the hot springs, do chores, or relax until about 4pm. Then you will go into another meditation and lecture session along with walking meditation before having a tea break around 6pm. After that you will have a break til about 8pm and then back into a meditation and walking session til about 9:30pm and then it will be bed time. Couple things to keep in mind, you may want to bring a blow up pillow and a sleeping pad since they keep to the Thai Buddhist tradition of keeping things minimal and sleeping concrete/bamboo and wooden pillows. Blankets are provided and bug nets. They have a store on site where you can by soap, shampoo, bug spray and toilet paper.