I've been living and teaching in Bkk now for seven years and have come to the stage where I would like to develop my practice by going for it and ordaining as a monk. In my youthful 20's I was an anagarika in WPN and then in their English monasteries for a couple of years but didn't take full ordination.
Recently I have realised that time is against me and although I really enjoy teaching, being in a monastic environment would be extremely useful to my wellbeing. This time around older and hopefully wiser I am looking for a Thai temple which also has Western monks living there and also access to meditation teachings and support. My aim is to get a solid foundation in the Vinaya and my emerging meditation practice.
I don't speak Thai but have lived here with no problems so far and don't think of that as an impediment to staying in a monastery. Although I'm English and I know there are many options back home I love Thailand and feel that this is where I would like to ordain.
I appreciate that there are many threads on this topic already but I also know that places and people change so if anyone can give me some advice on a Wat in Thailand that would be conducive to meditation, have teachings and with a small network of foreign monks I would be most grateful.
Anyone out there, especially guys that have gone forth, feel free to weigh in with your opinions