Traidhos Visiting Schools Program

Chiang Mai - Thailand

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Annually we welcome around 3,000 students and staff from over fifty schools worldwide.

2017 Trips

05 Jul 2017 Updated about 5 months ago

May 2017: The Montessori School, Australia

Wat Ban Den: a temple with a difference…

Until 1988, Wat Ban Den was in a poor condition. Give it another few years, however, and it could be set to become one of northern Chiang Mai’s most iconic attractions. For now, at least, it is very much off the beaten track.

Wat Ban Den’s beauty has been compared to that of the Grand Palace in Bangkok, just without the crowds. As you walk around the interesting architecture and statues based on a variety of animals, the only sound you can hear is the quiet chiming of Bodhi leaf bells blowing in the wind; the slow trickle of visitors is naturally dispersed around the grounds as the complex is one of the biggest in Chiang Mai. The temple’s remodeling was instigated by Kru Ba Tuang, who managed to raise a large sum of money from Buddhists around the country to take advantage of the temple’s beautiful setting overlooking the Cholae valley and the mountains beyond and turn it into a peaceful place of reverence.

The Montessori School students were the first of our visitors to enjoy Wat Ban Den. The temple offers a new and different insight into Buddhist worship. There are replicas of golden Buddha statues from around the country and pagodas in many different styles. In one of the halls, there are wax figures of famous monks of Thailand who have passed away. Students can learn about their good deeds and why they are highly respected by the population.

Twelve of the pagodas stand to represent the different animals of the Chinese zodiac and students and teachers enjoyed finding out their animal before staring up at the impressive building before them. There are also many different halls and structures that students can explore on their own.

“The temple was very different.  It is not what we have back in Perth.  It was very unique!” - Montessori student, aged 16


“This temple is Amazing!” - Montessori student, aged 14

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2017 Visitors

January 17
Khartoum International Community School, Sudan
Multiple Intelligence IS, Philippines
IS Yangon, Myanmar
St Andrews International School Sukhumvit 71, Bangkok
St Andrews International School Sukhumvit 107, Bangkok
Concordian IS, Bangkok

February 17
MLC School, Australia
International School Bangkok
Prem Tinsulanonda IS, Chiang Mai
Yew Chung IS of Shanghai, China
American IS Dhaka, Bangladesh
Yangon IS, Myanmar

March 17
Seoul IS, South Korea
Yew Chung IS, Hong Kong
Australian IS, Hong Kong
Appleby College, Canada
Fern Hill School, Canada
The International School, Macau
I-Shou IS, Taiwan
KIS, Bangkok
Canadian IS, Singapore
Stamford School, Indonesia

April 17
Beijing World Youth Academy, China
Creative Secondary School, Hong Kong
Australian International School, Singapore

May 17
Victoria Shanghai Academy, Hong Kong
The Montessori School, Perth, Australia

June 17
Yew Chung International School, Hong Kong
Garden International School, Malaysia
Compass Youth Leadership Camp

July 17
Travel For Teens (Elephants), USA
Travel For Teens (Service), USA