Life is deeper and richer than working in order to consume. By learning how to enjoy learning, and learning to love wisdom for its own sake, everyone can reach an emotional maturity to create a happy life for themselves and their family and to contribute positively to the society in which they live. With this vision, Panyaden School was founded to deliver a holistic education based on Buddhist principles integrated with a modern curriculum. Students who graduate from our school will not only have internationally compatible skills in reading, writing, mathematics and science but also practical life skills such as how grow vegetables and eat healthily, how to overcome difficulties and social responsibility.

Situated in the cultural heart of northern Thailand, Panyaden International School in Chiang Mai is a green school built from earth and bamboo and is peacefully located among rice fields just 15 minutes drive from the city centre


To educate our children to become self-sufficient individuals through the application of common sense and traditional knowledge.


At Panyaden School we aim to cultivate a way of life, as well as an academic education. Buddhist culture and values are our basis for living together. We aim to nurture the physical, moral, emotional, and intellectual aspects of our children holistically and we see that, for this to happen, home, school and community must cooperate together.



Research shows that studying in a green environment brings significant benefits to children’s intellectual and emotional development.

We aspire to live an environmentally mindful life with a low carbon footprint. We want to teach children as well as the community we live in that showing respect for our environment enhances the quality of our lives.

We believe that children should not be afraid of the elements, but intrigued and inspired by them. By relying on natural ventilation instead of air conditioning, having an environment that encourages barefoot walking and getting your hands dirty, our children learn how they can live in harmony with nature, and how that helps to develop strong bodies and minds and build immunity.

The campus design, by its layout and non-reliance on unnecessary resources or technologies, makes the school simple to use and easy to maintain. Built-in eco-friendly features and systems, such as waste water processing and a bio-gas plant enable us to teach by example how waste can be recycled for new use.

Fruit trees and vegetable gardens throughout the campus as well as our very own mini-rice plots deliver hands-on experience how to grow food without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides