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The extraordinary monk from Lamphun

Ban Sabai Village Resort

Grand Dog Show held at Kad Suan Kaew

VIP members at Oasis Spa

Tusker’s Friday deals

The extraordinary monk from Lamphun

Derrick Titmus
This story is about an ingenious man, who was brought up in Ban Jambon, a village in Lamphun Province.
After spending time as a novice monk at two temples in Lamphun he was ordained a monk and the name the local people chose for him was “Prah Khu Bah Noi”.

Prah Khu Bah Noi next to his self made bio-diesel pump that supplies the local villagers near Wat Doi Noi.
In 2002 he went to build a temple on a little hill overlooking Ban Jambon. He called it “Wat Doi Noi” which translates to “Little Hillside Temple.”
It was in November 2002 that Raymond Furlonger, a Scottish gentleman donated a twenty one meter high Buddha image to Prah Khu Bah Noi. It was painted gold and the image can clearly be seen from Highway Eleven as it sits on top of the Little Hillside Temple overlooking Ban Jambon.
Moving on to the year 2004, a Thai military man wanted to donate a Buddha image to a temple in Lamphun. He would supply the moulds and artisans to oversee the making of the image which would be six metres high.
It was Prah Khu Bah Noi who accepted the offer on the condition that it could be built in one day! The image would be called “Prah Jow Tan Jai” There are very few Buddha images that have been built in one day in Lamphun and none this big.
When completed it is said that the image would have special powers to answer the prayers people ask of it.
So in November of 2004 with the help of 150 monks and hundreds of local people the image was completed within twenty four hours.
There was a time when it was feared the cement would not dry in time, so twigs and wood were placed around the image, set alight and this did the trick. Inside the image there is a heart of gold, lungs of silver and sapphire eyes.
Since that day the amazing abbot has started a radio station that serves the local area and he built a bio diesel plant which is produced from waste from nearby restaurants.
It took a long trial period to make sure it was perfect and he used his family’s car as a guinea pig! It is now perfected and sold from a petrol pump at the temple.
Being the ingenious person he is, Prah Khu Bah Noi has now invented an air conditioner that gives out 35,000 BTU’s and costs five and a half baht for every eight hours of use! It’s suitable for big halls or an open plan house. He has produced a smaller portable version that will cost about 6,000 baht with an output capacity of approximately 8,000 BTU’s. All the proceeds from the bio diesel and air con units go towards building a bigger sala or gathering area for the monks.
Prah Khu Bah Noi is assisted in all his projects by Geng, Dang and Neung, three very clever young men who devote so much of their time to the temple and its projects.
There are now twelve novice monks at Wat Doi Noi, all eager to learn from the young abbot.
If anyone would like to visit the temple, it is exactly 30 kilometres from the Big C Super centre in Chiangmai. Just follow the super highway that becomes Highway 11 heading towards Lamphun and Lampang. Look for a sign that says “Ban Cham Bon” and then a blue sign indicating a U turn to the “Community Forest”. Make a U turn and then a left at another blue sign to the forest go through the village of Jambon past the rice fields and at the T intersection turn left, bear left onto a dirt road that leads to Wat Doi Noi.
If you are lucky enough to meet Prah Khu Bah Noi you will discover there is something very special about him. At the ripe old age of 28 he has achieved so much and there’s no telling what his next project may be.


Ban Sabai Village Resort

Head of Or Bor Tor, San Phee Sua, Mr. Lak Boonchala and Ban Sabai Village Resort and Spa team help each other to support Environment Day by cleaning up and planting flowers for the village of San Phee Sua.


Grand Dog Show held at Kad Suan Kaew

Torum, the Kerry blue terrier won Best in Show.

Linda Ratchai
The Chiang Mai Grand Dog Show sponsored by the Chiang Mai Dog Breeder Association and Royal Canine dog food was held on the 10th of June at Kad Suan Kaew Department store.
One of the stars of the show was the Pomeranian raised by Mr. Chaiwat that won the world contest at famed Westminster show in the US. and also participated in the Shows of stars in the “Ma-Maa See Kah” movie.
The winner of the Best Baby in Show (3-6 months old) was the Golden retriever named Sunshine’s Sunday of Sunshine pen, the famous dog pen in Chiang Mai. The winner of the Best Puppy in Show (6-12 months old) went to Golden Castle’s Amber, a Golden retriever, also from the Golden Castle pen which is the famous dog pen of Indonesia and the winner of Best in Show (up to 12 months old) went to a Kerry blue terrier named Torum’s Electrik Bill of Hot Spice kennel pen.


VIP members at Oasis Spa

Oasis Spa has launched its Membership program with discounts of up to 60%, The Spa welcomed special guest of honor VIP member TAT Chiangmai Director, Mr. and Mrs. Junnapng Saranak to enjoy their treatment at Lanna Oasis Spa.


Tusker’s Friday deals

Tusker’s in Chiang Mai serving up some great Friday deals

From 5-7pm it’s the Cocktail and Beer Lao Hour with 30% off all cocktails and their best selling Beer Lao. At 7pm they begin a hot and cold buffet meal for just 100 baht.
Take full advantage of Friday night’s cocktail hour to enjoy some of our superb house cocktails including the famed Thaigarita, Green Dream and Mango Bango!
Tusker’s is located on Chaiyaphum, Soi 1, the road running along the outside of the eastern side of the moat before you get to Thapae Gate. We are 20 yards down Soi 1 on the right. Tel. 0871 804 665



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