CHIANG MAI EVENTS
Dec 30, 2020
Reversing/Slowing Down the Aging Process
Aging is seen as a process that inevitably leads to degradation of life which ultimately leads to death. New science argues that that is not necessarily the case. The aging process can be slowed down. Just to be clear, chronological aging cannot be reversed as it goes linear with time. But biological aging can be manipulated. You can be chronologically 60 years old and have an energetic age much younger than people half your age - doing handstands, jumping-up walls and climbing mountains. Or, you can be 30 and be biologically 60 years old - chronically tired, depressed, sickly, and unable to function optimally in normal day-to-day life.
The Secret Ways
With my curious mind, I've come upon different ways in which aging can be reversed or slowed down. I'm not going to talk about the common knowledge we all have about aging - getting enough sleep, eating nutritious food, etc. That is the no-brainer part. I'll discuss what's hidden...secrets only few people know. Let me count the ways here.
A 75-year study on happiness that involved 720 people yielded results showing that the biggest factor affecting happiness is a good loving relationship - with friends, family and community. It had nothing to do with wealth, fame or power. Social connections are beneficial and loneliness kills. People who have quality relationships (dysfunctional relationships are worse than not having any at all) are healthier, happier and live longer lives. When they have someone they can count on, they also keep their memories sharp in their old age.
New science has had a radical breakthrough in understanding the aging process. It has been concluded that the aging process is due to the shortening of the lower-end caps of the chromosome called telomere. When cells replicate, the chromosomes are always shorter than the original - part of the telomere is no longer there. In the many years of replication, telomeres come to a point where it is so short, it can no longer divide. That's when you feel the effects of aging, and eventually, when the telomeres run out, you die. It has also been learned that an enzyme called telomerase, can rebuild telomeres to maintain their length.
How do we preserve the length of the telomere? Let me count the ways:
- minimize stress/negativity - chronic stress (a little short spike of stress every once in a while is actually good) has already been known as a killer because it suppresses our immune system, causing us to fall prey to disease. But another research by Elizabeth Blackburn concluded that stress also shortens telomeres - that telomeres are not only affected by the passing time (thru cell division), but also by stress. This is powerful because it means that we can now stop premature shortening of telomeres by simply not reacting to stress.
What could be the cause of chronic stress/negativity? Being bullied, living in a combative environment, feeling unloved, feeling rejected, etc. Solution? Dump the abusive boyfriend, leave the stressful job you always hated, move to a neighborhood where you feel safe, follow the things that generate excitement in you, fortify relationships with 'good people', maintain an understanding that everything has a shelf life (no matter how good).
What's happening, no matter how stressful, is not the problem. It's how you react that is meaningful.
Example: You're a concert pianist and you lost your fingers in an accident. You can take refuge in the bottle and live the rest of your life in misery - shortened telomeres. Or, you can remain equanimous (I know, easier said than done) and look at all your exercisable options. You can choose to take up voice lessons because you've always wanted to sing. You see the lost fingers as a blessing in disguise to allow you to pursue another passion - your telomeres don't shorten.
How you look at things is the key. But it takes years of meditative practice to build that mental fortitude.
According to Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra has been around for decades and the unique way he weaves information together is something only an intellectual powerhouse can do. I question if he actually has a practice, but I don't question what he preaches. I use it as a base from where I can establish and extend my practice. He has powerful things to say about aging:
- healthy lifestyle choice adds more years to genetic limitations
I'm not a spring chicken anymore so the aging issue is compelling for me. As a yogi, I've stumbled upon esoteric techniques to delay/reverse the aging process. And to a large extent, I see myself as an embodiment of that practice. At my age, I look great, I'm strong, resilient from disease, nimble, with a verve for life.
I'm no expert in the science of anti-aging, but I hold my ground that my unique practice and way of thinking keep me young...as follows:
1) Amrita (nectar of immortality)
Amrita does not exist in the biological world. But in yogic tradition, it is the fluid equivalent to prana (subtle energy, chi) that sustains our existence. We are born with a finite amount of amrita. We use it up as we go through life, and when used up, we die. Thus, by conserving amrita, we lengthen our life. Similarly, by reversing the flow of amrita, we reverse the aging process as well. I conserve amrita in 2 ways:
- Another method is to perform the maha bandha mudra which adds heat to the jatara agni (digestive fire) and releases essence of the amrita back to the bindu chakra.
In my biohacking, I've even tried doing all at the same time - being on a wall-supported handstand while doing the 3 bandhas simultaneously (mula bandha, uddiyana bandha and jalandara bandha), while on a bahya kumbhaka (breath-hold on the inhale). Verdict? Don't even think about doing it. You'd been warned!
2) Slowing Down the Breath
In yogic tradition, a person's lifespan is determined by a finite set of breaths. When those number of breaths have been taken, the person dies. So, by slowing down the breathing process, it would take a longer time to finish the set number of breaths, thus extending life.
How to do it? A few methods. I am mindful of the breath so I can regulate it. If I do the mindful breathing often enough and long enough, then it becomes a habit. Another way is to learn how to breathe right. Many people don't know how to do this, especially the mouth-breathers. When you are breathing wrong, you breathe faster to compensate for less air. Pranayama is a good practice to learn right breathing.
3) Mountain Biking
I don't do mountain biking anymore. But as unusual as this may sound, of all the activities I've done, only mountain biking (racing on technical single-track) makes me feel young again. Sure, any physical activity makes you fit. But not necessarily young. Let me put it this way. During my early mountain biking days in Canada, I noticed that my youthful demeanor was strongly enhanced. I was amazed. After a community mtb race, I overheard a group of senior riders talking:
Senior A: Hey guys, I'm just noticing, that since I've done mountain biking, I'd been feeling young again.
Senior B: You too? I thought it was just me!
Me (thought bubble): Me too!!!
Ok, perhaps, forking-out $1500 for an entry-level high-performance mountain bike and doing technical rides on mountain ridges isn't for everyone. Have no fear, there's more here (that rhymes) - below.
4) Pushing the Limits
I've always maintained that the body-mind-emotion work together to optimize and protect the self. But you need to cultivate fertile ground for that to happen. When they talk and communicate with each other, then it's like a well-oiled machinery that functions efficiently. As a general rule, I push my limits - in doing yoga, in mountain biking, freediving, etc. In doing so, I also have an internal dialogue to my self that when I get injured or sick,
- no doctor
- no hospitalization
- no medication
- no calling for help
Either I cure myself or I die. I proved this when I contemplated on finding a cave (to heal or die) when I fell face-first on a failed cliff dive. I think my system gets it. If I am to simplify things, their conversation went like this:
"This guy is crazy. We can't let him get old or weak, otherwise, he'll die. If he dies, we all die."
As a result, I hardly ever get sick. If and when I do get injured, I heal very quickly. I know that my system is working 24/7 pushing its limits too in keeping me young, strong, safe and protected.
5) Feeling Connected
Because of my yoga and meditation practice, I feel my oneness with everything else - if I am the universe within, then I am timeless. I feel the pain of the planet as I feel the power of the Big Bang behind me. My unwavering resolve in this thinking is also architecturing the reality I live in. It sounds braggadocio or woo-woo thinking even to my friends, but it's real to me. As real as the unseen hand that has been looking after my well-being all these years of traveling with very little means but I've never skipped a meal or slept on a sidewalk. Its predictability and repeating pattern transcend statistical probabilities. As I believe it, I create it.
Yes, chronological aging is beyond my reach. But I can definitely hack biological aging and I'd been hacking it since. With my ambitious project for 2021, I hope to reach new ground into this field.
--- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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(Dec 31, 2020) I believe when I was distance-running and racing, it helped my well-being enormously. Apart from the training and racing for fitness, it helps your mental processes through increased blood flow and healthy chemicals released to the brain and body and the hopefully nice fundamental thought to go with it. I see mountain biking and many high output sports or pastimes having great health benefits although your mental state is just as important. I recently saw a post of an old guy that was purportedly 146 years old and still mobile - not sure on the age but nevertheless I'm sure there are people far advanced in age still powering along. I expect unless an accident gets you Gigit, you'll be one of those. Hope I'm around to see it hehe. 🙂
p.s. - a Hippy New Year to all. May it be filled with with music.
(Dec 31, 2020) Fascinating! Recently in the States, a scientist named Steve Horvath published in a reputable peer-reviewed journal, a biological clock called "Horvath Clock" which is a much more significant indicator of health span than reading the length of telomeres.
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(Dec 30, 2020) Good read! And yes, mtn biking on technical single track WILL make you feel younger. Just donâ€™t be an idiot and separat your shoulder....AGAIN!
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Bindu (moon center chakra)(Jan 13, 2021) The nectar of immortality or the fountain of youth, the amrita, is produced in the Bindu Chakra. Activating the Bindu Chakra also activates the pineal gland which is responsible for clairvoyance and heightened mental states. Bindu is also the seat of the psychic sound, Nada. Although obscure, the Bindu plays an important role in spiritual development.....more »»
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai International Airport
Nong Buak Hard Park - free yoga classes daily
Arun Dara Villa - 7 exclusive rooms, 1 swimming pool for every room, grand opening
Nawa Sheeva Hotel - big rooms, high ceiling, salt-water pool, restaurant, cafe
Nawa Saraan Hotel - low density (4 spacious rooms), stone garden setting, Koi fish pond, Old City location
Arun Suite - 3 bedrooms in a 3-storie guesthouse within Old City, ideal for families
La Pizza Chiang Mai - Italian pizza, pasta, wine, dessert, coffee
Natural Bird Nest by Burapa - authentic bird's nest soup
ITM - International Training Massage School - Chiang Mai's most prestigious massage school
Float Chiang Mai - sensory deprivation float pod
Zira Spa - upscale authentic Thai massage and spa treatment
Tawan Bike - motorcycle rental | +66 91 635 2863 | Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200
Chiang Mai FYI / Tips
- crop-burning season in Chiang Mai is between late Feb to early April. But laws change everytime. This year, 2019, there is a 61-day ban on burning so the farmers started burning early. When my plane was approaching Chiang Mai on Jan 24, 2019, there was already a thick blanket of smog covering the entire city (and beyond). But within the city itself, you won't feel it (but that doesn't mean the air is healthy). To monitor air conditions in real time, refer to site: Chiang Mai Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI)
- hot season begins March and lasts until June
- wet season begins July and lasts until September
- best time to visit Chiang Mai is mid-September to mid-February - after the monsoon and before the burning
- you have to try Khao Soi, this is north Thailand's culinary staple
- the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is located in the Old City
- to exchange your dollars to Thai Baht, the Super Rich Money Exchange give the best rates. There are many branches scattered around Chiang Mai
- get a red cab (songthao) outside the train station for Baht 50 (instead of paying B100 if inside the train station) to Old City - if you haggle nicely enough...I did!
- shared red taxi (songthao) - B30 standard fare plying all over Old City
- for only B50/day, best to rent a bike to go around the Old City - it's a 2.5km2 with lots to discover
- FREE daily yoga classes from 9:00am to 10:15am at Nong Buak Hard Park (southwest corner of Old City). Resident and passing-through teachers take turns conducting yoga classes.
Blues/Jazz Bars in Chiang Mai
- North Gate Pub - at Chang Phueg Gate, great Tuesday jam session, Blues on Sundays by the 11pm band
- Taphae East - 88 Thapae Rd. (just north of Night Bazaar). Fridays at 9:30pm by Chiang Mai Blues Band
- Boy Blues Bar - at the Night Bazaar. Mondays at 9:30pm is open mic
Chiang Mai Cost Index
- B60 Chiang beer
- B250 1 hour drop-in yoga session
- B200 one hour Thai body massage at WAYA Massage (highly recommended)
- B50 noodle soup with meat
- B50 coffee
- B40 pad thai
- B30/kilo wash-only laundry
- B50/kilo wash+iron laundry
- B100-150 dorm bed/night
- B250 fan room/night
- B30 internet cafe/hour
- B170-190 Movies Sat-Sun and public holidays
- B130-150 Movies weekdays
- B100 Movies Wednesdays (movie discount day)
- B750 1/2 day Thai cooking lessons
- B900-1000 1 full day Thai cooking lessons
- B400 Muay Thai boxing ticket
- B2500 starting room rate at the luxury hotel, Nawa Sheeva (highly recommended)
- B450 bus, Chiang Mai to Bangkok
- B160-180 bus, Chiang Mai to Pai
- B1250 bus, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
- B1650 slow boat, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
- B210 bus, Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, 3-4 hours
- B360 Green VIP bus, Chiang Mai to Mae Sai (Thai border town for visa run to Tachileik, Myanmar)
- B50 bicycle rental, 24 hours
- B200 motorbike rental, 24 hours
- B273 #51 sleeping train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
- B638 #7 a/c train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
- B50 red taxi fare from point to point
- B100 red taxi fare from train terminal to city
- B2000 full day elephant sanctuary
- B750 Chiang Rai one-day tour
- B1500 mountain biking scenic ride
How to Get to Chiang Mai from Bangkok by Train from Bang Sue Train Station
For more train info: Bangkok to Chiang Mai trains - departing from Hua Lamphong - MRT (Bangkok)
(I'm using Bang Sue as a starting point because I was closer to it, but you may be closer to the Hua Lamphong station)
- take the MRT train to Bang Sue Station. Take the #1 Exit to the north provincial trains
- Proceed to Counter 2. You will see an information booth, a train schedule chart and the ticket counter. Choose the train and pay at the ticket counter.
- daily train schedule:
- 8:48am - #7 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:30pm, not sleeper, B638
- 2:06pm - #109 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 4:05am, sleeper
- 6:31pm - #9 Premium Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:15am, sleeper, B938 upper deck, B1038 lower deck
- 7:56pm - #13 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 8:40am, sleeper, B768 upper deck, B838 lower deck
- 10:22pm - #51 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 12:10pm, sleeper, 3rd class B270 (non sleeper), 2nd class B438, B728 upper deck, B798 lower deck
Bus from Loei to Chiang Mai
- From Loei town center, take a tuk-tuk ride to the bus station, B30. There is only one bus station.
- As of June 28, 2020 (still on Covid schedule), there are only 3 night trips: 8:30pm, 9:30pm and 12 midnight. 9 hours, B470.
- The bus makes the following stops at the following times from a 9pm Loei departure: Phu Ruea (9:50pm), Phitsanulok (12:40am), Uttradit (2:20am), Lampang (4:35am)
- Final bus stop is at the Red Bus Arcade, Chiang Mai, 9 hour-trip, arriving 6am (from 9pm Loei departure).
- Take a red songthaew to Old City, B50. They'll try to charge you B100, but they'll take B50 (just assure the driver you won't tell the other passengers).
Chiangmai Blogs by TheLoneRider
- Mula Shodhana (anal cleansing) Feb 27, 2021
- Are You My Queen? Feb 25, 2021
- Breaking the 5-Minute Breath-hold Barrier Feb 25, 2021
- Kirtan with Chiang Mai's Khun Thai Seekers Feb 7, 2021
- Breaking the 4-minute Breath-hold Feb 7, 2021
- Pranayama Primer Feb 2, 2021
- Heartbreak with every Song Jan 24, 2021
- The Silent Killer is Baaack! Jan 12, 2021
- Learning the Thai Language Jan 9, 2021
- 2020: A Year in Review Dec 31, 2020
- Reversing/Slowing Down the Aging Process Dec 30, 2020
- Hike to Huay Keaw Waterfall Dec 20, 2020
- Yoga Mat Dec 19, 2020
- Hiking to Wat Pha Lat along the Monk's Trail Dec 19, 2020
- Are You Psycho? Dec 9, 2020
- Muffin Man Dec 8, 2020
- Polyamory Dec 4, 2020
- The Wim Hof Ice Bath Dec 3, 2020
- RSVP Nov 25, 2020
- High Intensity Interval Yoga (Yoga + HIIT) Nov 14, 2020
- Cleansing the Nadis (Energy Pathway) Nov 13, 2020
- Yoga for a 360-degree Core Nov 6, 2020
- Edward Witten: 'the smartest living physicist' Nov 4, 2020
- Srinivasa Ramanujan: Mathematician of the Divine Oct 27, 2020
- Bashar as Channeled by Darryl Anka Oct 26, 2020
- Vinyasa Krama and Ashtanga Yoga with Aida Yoga Oct 18, 2020
- Deepak Chopra: author, lecturer, healer Oct 12, 2020
- Facebook Friends Oct 1, 2020
- Chiang Mai Peoplescape Aug-Sep 2020 Sep 30, 2020
- Siddhis (yogic super powers) Sep 30, 2020
- Learning the Import/Export Trade Sep 4, 2020
- Music and Magic at Justin's Birthday Bash Sep 3, 2020
- Biggest Stone in his Shoe Sep 1, 2020
- Abandoned Aug 25, 2020
- Intelligent Romantic Break-up Aug 25, 2020
- Dad-Zoned Aug 18, 2020
- Public Display of Affection Aug 9, 2020
- Gabriella's Birthday Bash at Mothership Resort Aug 8-9, 2020
- Shifting Peoplescape of Chiang Mai July 31, 2020
- Yoga Class for Strength and Muscle Jul 30, 2020
- Yoga Class for Optimum Digestion July 29, 2020
- Yoga Class for Healthy Eyes Jul 27, 2020
- Hippie Night at Nawa Saraan Healing Space July 24, 2020
- The Podcast Series: Alan "Heart Math" Strydom Jul 17, 2020
- Yoga Class to move Prana Vayu (energy) July 11-12, 2020
- Coming Back to Chiang Mai Jun 29, 2020
- Goodbye Chiang Mai Jan 23, 2020
- Prasnopanishad: Understanding Prana Jan 17, 2020
- Hiking the Monk's Trail Jan 15, 2020
- Chaturanga Jan 10, 2020
- You Spooned Me Jan 3, 2020
- 2019: A Year in Review Dec 31, 2019
- Friends, Coffeemates and Breadmates (Dec 2019) Dec 31, 2019
- Visiting Mae Sot Dec 27-30, 2019
- Let's Make it About You - an Epiphany Dec 17, 2019
- Shut-Up! Dec 7, 2019
- Roasted Red Bell Pepper Puree Dec 3, 2019
- Coffeemates and Breadmates (Nov 2019) Nov 30, 2019
- Bhujangini Mudra Nov 25, 2019
- Mathangini Mudra Nov 24, 2019
- Kaka Mudra Nov 23, 2019
- Pasini Mudra Nov 20, 2019
- Aswini Mudra Nov 18, 2019
- Sambhavi Mudra Nov 16, 2019
- Manduka Mudra Nov 15, 2019
- Tataka Mudra Nov 14, 2019
- Sakti Calana Mudra Nov 10, 2019
- Vajroli Mudra Nov 9, 2019
- Coffeemates and Breadmates (Oct 2019) Oct to Nov 5, 2019
- Yoni Mudra Nov 1, 2019
- Viparita Karani Mudra Oct 31, 2019
- Khecari Mudra Oct 30, 2019
- Mahadeva Mudra Oct 28, 2019
- Sacred Cacao - Chakra Dance Journey Oct 26, 2019
- Partner Healing with Natascha Oct 24, 2019
- Maha Bandha Mudra Oct 24, 2019
- Point-Of-Failure Birthday Workout Oct 22, 2019
- Mula Bandha Mudra Oct 21, 2019
- Hugfest at Thapae Gate, Chiang Mai Oct 19, 2019
- Anushasan Mudra Oct 18, 2019
- Ling Mudra Oct 17, 2019
- Jalandhara Bandha Mudra Oct 15, 2019
- Learning Thai with Cee Oct 13, 2019
- Uddiyana Bandha Mudra Oct 10, 2019
- Nabho Mudra Oct 9, 2019
- Maha Mudra Oct 7, 2019
- 20 Essential Mudras by T. Krishnamacharya Oct. 6, 2019
- Mindfulness Gong Bath by Vee (Veerayuth Pongsiri) Oct 3, 2019
- Cuddle Party by Abundant Love CM Oct 1, 2019
- Vayu Mudra Oct 1, 2019
- Visa-Run to Tachileik, Myanmar Sep 28, 2019
- Sankalpa Mudra Sep 27, 2019
- Surya Pradarshini Mudra Sep 26, 2019
- Eye-Gazing at Heart Space Sep 20, 2019
- Prana Vayu (Pranic Wind) Sep 20, 2019
- 2-Week Yoga Challenge by Agnese Erba Sep 17, 2019
- The Mudra Project Sep 13, 2019
- Sunday Vinyasa Flow with Marina Forster Sep 8, 2019
- Shamanic Breathwork by Rachel Constantino Sep 4, 2019
- The Conscious Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Aug 31, 2019
- Of Winos and Yogis Aug 26, 2019
- The 9 Jhanas of Buddha Aug 22, 2019
- Full Moon Ceremony at Heart Space Aug 15, 2019
- Yin Yoga - Water Element by Martina Barabas Aug 15, 2019
- Hatha Mix Yoga with Christin Aug 13, 2019
- Boy Blues Bar Rocks Chiang Mai Aug 5, 2019
- Back to my Beloved Chiang Mai Aug 1, 2019
- Kaleidoscope of Chiang Mai's Peoplescape July 27, 2019
- Secret Sunrise: Nelson Mandela International Day July 17, 2019
- Farewell Picnic with Alan and Nicola July 15, 2019
- Secret Sunrise: Water July 3, 2019
- Hotel Review: Arun Suite June 27, 2019
- Bruce Lipton: Epigentics to Transcend Genes June 24, 2019
- Optimizing Life thru Heart Math May 8, 15 and 22, 2019
- Connective Cacao and Sound Journey June 12, 2019
- Chiangmai BLUES June 6, 2019
- Hatha Slow Flow with Neil Jefferson June 3, 2019
- Meditating with One Million Meditators Movement June 1, 2019
- Vinyasa Happy Flow Series by Vaida May 31, 2019
- Muay Thai at the Chiang Mai Boxing Stadium May 30, 2019
- Yoga Flow Through the 7 Chakras by Sabrina Pilz May 30, 2019
- The Outsiders (people you need to push out of your sacred circle) May 31, 2019
- Fascinating Peoplescape of Chiang Mai May 22, 2019
- World Meditation Day at Heart Space May 21, 2019
- Abs Yoga by Gigit May 12, 2019
- Kundalini and Vinyasa Yoga with Nicola Symons May 10, 2019
- Secret Sunrise Interactive Dance May 9, 2019
- Tok Sen Massage from Ying May 8, 2019
- Bruschetta: Nawa Saraan Style Apr 22, 2019
- Thai Cooking at Pra Nang Thai Cookery School Apr 20, 2019
- Bonding with the Elephants in Chiang Mai Apr 11, 2019
- Ziplining in Chiang Mai with Eagle Track Zipline Apr 10, 2019
- Getting Thai Massage from Chiang Mai's Best (Lar Thanakrit Khamtanong) Mar 21, 2019
- Being the Soul of Nawa Saraan Hotel Mar 18, 2019
- Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Jan 24 - Mar 13, 2019
- Curing Cancer with Yoga? Feb 21, 2019
- International Training Massage School (ITM): Level 1 Feb 11-15, 2019
- Sandesch Album Launch by Christoph Joerg Feb 13, 2019
- Meditation in a Sensory Deprivation Tank at Float Chiang Mai Jan 29, 2019
- Reiki Share at the Mastermind Brain Spa Jan 26, 2019
- Resuming Life in Chiang Mai Jan 24, 2019
- 4 Days in Chiang Mai at Nawa Saraan Hotel Jan 2-6, 2019
- Mike Chong Aug 8, 2018
- An Intimate Conversation with my Universe in Chiang Mai Aug 8, 2018
- Kneaded and Pampered at Zira Spa Aug 4, 2018
- Savoring a Baht 3,500 Birds Nest Soup at Natural Bird Nest by Burapa Aug 3, 2018
- Yoga Exploration at The Yoga Tree with Gernot Aug 1, 2018
- Laughter Yoga with Saffiya Arnous July 31, 2018
- Yoga with Adam at Hidden House Yoga, Chiang Mai July 29, 2018
- 2 Weeks in Chiang Mai July 25 - Aug 7, 2018
- A First Timer in Chiang Mai Apr 9-23, 2016
- Chiang Mai's Amazing Peoplescape Apr 9-23, 2016
- Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016
- Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016
- Border Crossing from Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Bangkok (Thailand) to Chiang Mai April 9-10, 2016
Travel Tips for Thailand
How to Get a 60-Day Thai Tourist Visa and then Extend by another 30 Days
- Bring the following to the Thai embassy:
a) proof of money (bank statement will suffice)
b) flight booking to Thailand
c) onward flight back to your country from Thailand
d) filled-in tourist visa form
e) 2 passport pictures
f) hotel booking in Thailand (they didn't ask me for this but better be safe)
g) passport with at least 6 months validity
- After handing over all the documents, they will ask you to come pick your passport with the visa the following day from 4 to 5pm. That's it!
- NOTE: after 2 successful attempts, I was already questioned the 3rd time.
60-Day Thai Tourist Visa
NOTE: There is no need to go back to your country to get the Thai tourist visa. Any major city with a Thai Embassy will do. Apparently there is also no need to have an invitation from a Thai establishment to justify the visa.
- bring the following to the Immigration Office:
a) passport (make sure your Tourist Visa hasn't expired yet)
b) Baht 1900
c) photocopy of your passport + visa duration date stamp + TM6 card (white immigration card) and sign all the copies
d) completed TM7 visa extension form (available at the Immigration Office)
e) one 4cmx6cm passport picture
- submit the above to the Front Desk. They will give you a stub with your number on it. Take a seat and wait for your number to be called
- when your number is called, your picture will be taken. Then go back to your seat. They will call you again.
- when they call you again, they'll give you your passport with your extended visa. That's it!
- when there are no lines, the whole process can take only 10 minutes
NOTE: When your 60-day visa is close to expiry and you want to extend your stay. No need to leave Thailand.
General Travel Tips
- avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.
- power bank - hand-carry your power bank. Do not check it in. You can be called in when you are already inside the plane to go all the way to the loading dock so you can personally remove the power bank...and chances are, you'll have to surrender it to them. And you might delay the plane departure!
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