Wat Chok Chai (วัดโชคชัย—Doi Saket)

This tiny village monastery initially strikes one as a deserted outpost out in the country. Walking around the property, I felt a bit like I was visiting a ghost town, as the property was sparsely developed, seemingly devoid of habitation, and hardly a sound was heard. Then, finally, I spotted a lone monk sweeping in the shadows. I approached to engage him and quickly learned that his English was less developed than my substandard Thai, so our ensuing exchange was brief and minimally fruitful. After I departed, I reflected a bit on the beauty of such quiet simplicity. Indeed, such a place of peaceful isolation must be conducive to concentration and inner development.