At the Suan Mokkh International Dharma Hermitage you can find out what is truly amazing about "Amazing Thailand" and have an all-around brain-clean while meditating there. You might become a fully enlightened being as well.
Inside this home page you'll find find pictures from the hermitages, often called "the International Center" and pictures from the forest temple, officially known as "Suan Mokkh Phalaram." Meditators attending the ten-day meditation courses that the hermitage offers are given an Introduction to the International Center,, and an introduction to meditation called. Mindfullness of Breathing. Anyone interested in visiting Suan Mokkh and attending the monthly ten-day meditation course should carefully read the above two documents as well as the easy-to-follow rules. You can also study the the Suan Mokkh home page, www.suanmokkh-idh.org, which is excellent.
Suan Mokkh is closely associated with a meditation center on Koh Samui, Dipabhavan Meditation Center. I did one seven-day retreat there. I can't recomend it to anyone for reasons you can read about here.
Across the road from the international center is Suan Mokkh, the forest wat. Founded in 1932 by the savant Buddhist monk, Buddhadasa, it is a center of Thai Buddhism. When I first visited Suan Mokkh in 1983 the area was much less developed than it is today. In those days the International Meditation Center had not been built, the tourist buses (filled with Thai tourists/pilgrims) didn't stop there, and the six-lane divided Asia Highway outside the main entrance was a country road. These days Suan Mokkh is, for better or worse, much more popular with a row of restaurants and snack shops outside; inside is a bookstore and information center.
In 1983 I had the good fortune of meeting Buddhadasa Bhikku on my first day in Thailand.