Once summer comes around, the travel and adventure bugs always seem to bite us. A trip abroad to Thailand would run you about $1100 right now out of Tampa, but you can satisfy your wanderlust without ever leaving the Sunshine State. There's a hidden Thai temple that will make you feel like you're magically overseas - and you can get the best Thai food there on Sundays.\nWat Mongkolratanaram Buddhist Temple is hidden away right on the Palm River in Tampa, Florida. Nestled amongst a surround of trees, this stunning sacred location is one of the largest Buddhist Temples in the whole state. With colorful and ornate architecture amongst a stark white building, you'll feel like you somehow stepped off the streets of Tampa and into an awe-inspiring Asian country in the blink of an eye.\nView this post on Instagram Stumbled upon this hidden gem in Tampa😱😍 A post shared by GABY RIGAUD (@gabyrigaud) on May 12, 2019 at 1:48pm PDT\nView this post on Instagram A Sunday afternoon with my love at one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited. 🕌💛⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you’re a Tampa local & haven’t visited the Thai Temple ~ go spend some time amongst the orchids, eating delicious food at one of the Sunday markets.📿⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #thaitemple #tampa #florida #tampayogis #boundanglepose #journeytolove #wildwoman #mothergaia #mothernature #pachamama #connecttonature #souljourney #kaleighdoscopeyoga #freespirit #gypsy #yogateacher #myyogajourney #practiceandalliscoming #yogaeveydamnday #namaste #plantbased #holistichealth #medicinewoman #yogalove #yogaphotoaday #yogisofinstagram #yogapractice #movement #movementismedicine #yogagirls A post shared by Kaleigh Duncan, RYT200 (@kaleighdoscopeyoga) on Sep 11, 2018 at 7:12am PDT\nYou can meander the gorgeous grounds and admire stunning structures during your visit almost any day of the week, but the real treat comes in the form of their Sunday Market.\nEvery Sunday from 8:30 am - 1 pm they hold their Sunday Market. You'll want to sharpen up your chop-stick skills to truly indulge in authentic Thai treats such as grilled pork or chicken on a stick, "Phat Thai" (a veggie-noodle soup), various curry dishes, "Guiteow" (a beef or pork noodle soup), and they even have a variety of Thai desserts. The most popular bites are the Phat Tai and Guiteow soups that look dazzlingly delicious.\nView this post on Instagram #foodporn #noodlebowl A post shared by Dave Earley (@late22) on May 12, 2019 at 10:21am PDT\nYou'll want to show up before 12:30 pm to make sure you can try the dish you're most excited about. The temple doesn't accept credit or debit cards, so don't forget to pull out some cash so you can get some goodies.\nIf you've ever wanted to immerse yourself in another culture, every Sunday at 1 pm you can actually observe a religious ceremony at the Buddhist Temple - conducted all in the Pali language. The ceremony consists of chanting, sermon, and meditation which is sure to be an enlightening and unique experience. Chairs are available to those who have difficulty sitting on the floor and their website lists expected etiquette for entering the temple, such as removing your shoes and dressing respectfully.\nView this post on Instagram Wrapping up a perfect week as I acquainted with Buddha, practiced my Thai, ate curry to my hearts content and celebrated amongst friends old and new. It has been a long year of research filled with all things visas and vaccines, but today I am excited to share that this bean is packing her bags to begin life as an expatriate in the Land of a Thousand Smiles! In pursuit to create sustainable and healthy lifestyles for Thais across the board, over the next ten months I will be joining the very dedicated team of TESOL educators and global-enthusiasts at Greenheart Travel. Already captivated by this culture, cause and group of like-minded individuals, I eagerly welcome this new season of challenge and change. To my loved ones near and far, my most sincere gratitude. Transition is difficult. Walking away from what is comfortable and routine has at times presented its own tumultuous journey. But your encouragement and love have reminded me time and time again some risks, despite their mileage, are worth all the taking. Thank you for sharing in this new adventure with me, to say the very least, I am over the moon! Sawatdee ka, Thailand! I'll see ya real soon! 🌏🇹🇭 A post shared by @ tour_de_jacq on Jul 10, 2017 at 10:19am PDT\nAnd if you've ever been curious about Buddhism, they hold a Q & A session from 11:30 am - 12:45 pm inside of temple - perfect for truly curating a robust understanding of culture. You can visit this stunning slice of Asia Tuesday through Sunday 9 am - 4 pm, with the Sunday Market running from 8:30 am - 1 pm. The Wat Thai Temple is located at 5306 Palm River Rd, Tampa, FL 33619.\nFor more information about Wat Mongkolratanaram Buddhist Temple, or to see the full Sunday Market menu and the entire breakdown of temple etiquette, check their website here.