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Cleansing the Nadis (Energy Pathway) Nov 13, 2020

Cleansing the Nadis (Energy Pathway)

What are Nadis?
In yoga, nadi is a Sanskrit word describing the etheric energy pathways within the body - they are not physical. Prana (energy or life force) flows through the 72,000 nadis that exist in the body (Shiva Samhita claims 350,000 nadis), similar to nerve impulses moving through the network of nerves within the autonomic nervous system. Another analogy would be the circulatory system. Nadis carrying prana would be comparable to the blood vessels running throughout the body delivering oxygen-rich blood. Most of these nadis are concentrated on the perception organs (eyes, ears, nose, mouth, skin), joints, hands and feet. They converge on the chakras (energy hub), similar to a web of city streets converging to a bus terminal.

Types of Nadi
Of the 72,000 nadis in our etheric body, there are 3 major nadis - sushumna, ida and pingala. These ten (10) nadis provide primary support for all the other nadis.

  1. sushumna (agni nadi) - this is the central or main nadi, comparable to the spinal cord. When ida and pingala nadis are purified and balanced, and the mind is controlled, then sushumna begins to flow. It shares the same location as the spinal cord with its base at the tip on the spine at the muladhara chakra and goes all the way up to the top of the head, through the sahasrara chakra. It is through the sushumna that the kundalini shakti (serpent power) makes its way up to the sahasrara chakra giving rise to samadhi (a high level of spiritual attainment short of enlightenment).
  2. ida - located on the left side of the body beginning from the tip of the left nose down along the left side of the sushumna and ends at the muladhara chakra at the tip of the spine. Ida extends up, undulating itself along the path of the sushumna, passing through the chakras until it merges with the pingala and the sushumna at the ajna chakra. Ida represents the negative force, female, moon, yin, chandra and the para-sympathetic nervous system (recovery, healing, growth). It is characterized by calm, peace, stillness and being composed. It is associated with the right hemisphere of the brain (creativity, emotions, artistic abilities). When the Ida nadi is blocked, one experiences cold, depression, low mental energy and sluggish digestion. Physically, the blockage could simply be a blocked left nostril, restricting airflow and thereby restricting prana flow.
  3. pingala - located on the right side of the body beginning from the tip of the right nose down along the right side of the sushumna and ends at the muladhara chakra at the tip of the spine. Pingala spans from the muladhara, undulating itself upwards along the path of the sushumna, passing through the chakras until it merges with the ida and the sushumna at the ajna chakra). Pingala representsthe positive force, male, sun, yang, surya and the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight). It is characterized by high energy, vitality and movement. It is associated with the left hemisphere of the brain (logic, structure, grids, and formatting). When the pingala nadi is blocked, one experiences heat, quick temper and irritation, itchy body, dry skin, dry throat, excessive appetite, excessive physical or sexual energy, and this could all be caused by a physical blocked right nostril.
  4. gandhari - located in the left eye
  5. hasti jihwa - located in the right eye
  6. poosha - situated in the right ear
  7. yasaswini - situated in the left ear
  8. alampusa - located in the face
  9. guhu - situated in the base of the linga sthala (genitals)
  10. sankini (sakti?) - large intestine, located in the lower abdomen up to the muladhara cakra through the anal opening
  11. ravana nadi pariksa (pulse examination) - not sure if this qualifies as a nadi, but pariksa nadi diagnosis and prognosis are widely practiced in Ayurveda and provide important information through the pulse beat, in determining existing illnesses in the body through the 3 doshas (vata, pitta and kapha).
Cleansing the Nadis (Energy Pathway)

Kandasthana
This is a ball of flesh found above the genitals and below the navel (ball of flesh? presumably, the kandasthana is an etheric organ and not a physical one - otherwise, biology would identify it). There are 72,000 nadis surrounding the kandasthana. These nadis radiate and spread out in all four directions of the body. (There are a few conflicting versions of this. Nadis are supposed to converge to their respective chakras, not the kandasthana. Also, other texts say the nadis converge on the muladhara chakra where ida, pingala and sushumna begin.)

Nadi Blockage
Because nadis are pathways, they need to be cleared of any obstruction in the same way that a highway needs to be clear to allow cars to pass through freely. When nadis are blocked, prana cannot freely pass through, resulting in dis-ease or illness.

e.g. If nadis are blocked in the kidneys and prana cannot pass through, the person is afflicted with kidney failure. But when this nadi is cleared and prana flows freely, the disease goes away and health is restored.

Nadis can be blocked for many reasons - unhealthy habits, stress, trauma, toxin accumulation, etc.

Nadi Cleansing
Blocked nadis can be cleansed or unblocked in many ways.

  1. asana - asana cleanses the blood. Optimum blood circulation is required for the nadi chakra to rotate properly
  2. pranayama - breath regulation. Nadi shodhan pranayama (alternate nostril breathing) literally means energy pathway cleansing. There are many manners of pranayama
  3. shatkriyas - these are a set of 6 purification exercises designed to balance the doshas (vata, pitta and kapha) but they also cleanse the nadis
    1. neti pot - nasal cleansing using salted water
    2. trataka - unblinking until the eyes tear up. This cleanses the gandhari and hasti jihwa nadis.
    3. nauli - stomach-churning
    4. kapalabhati - forceful exhalation using abdominal contraction
    5. dhauti - swallowing a gauze cloth and pulling it back
    6. basti - enema. A sophisticated way of doing this is through a hydro-colon therapy
  4. mudras - energy seals that balance the elements of the body. The surya pradarshini mudra cleanses both the gandhari and hasti jihwa nadis in the eyes.
  5. mantras - reciting sacred passages or sounds
  6. kumbhaka - breath holds
  7. bandhas - energy locks and seals. Jalandhara Bandha Mudra cleans all the nadis and cakras located in the four big toes and fingers, the top of the heel, the knees, the thighs, the genitals, the navel, the chest, the neck, the midbrow, the head, and the brahmarandhram (top of skull). It also awakens the kundalini (sleeping serpent energy at the muladhara chakra)
  8. surya chakra - meditating on the surya chakra purifies all nadis in the stomach

Ending Thoughts
I wish there were more materials available on the obscure nadis. But I guess the asanas, mudras pertaining to them already default to a cleansing process - e.g. mula bandha for cleansing the sankini nadi. Overall, I get a gist that by simply doing traditional yoga (asana, pranayama, kumbhaka, bandha, mudra, etc.), the nadis are consequently cleansed.

Nadis are not the cure-all though. They represent a very signicant 'link in the chain'. Just like any system, it is only as strong as its weakest link. But when the entire system is functioning optimally - nadis are cleaned and unobstructed, mudra practice 'lubricates' the nadis, prana flowing through with considerable ease, then the body remains strong, disease-free and youthful.

Yoga has been my practice for 20 years now, and in the last 2 years, almost on a daily basis. Result? At my age, I'm insanely strong, disease-free for years with no medication or diet restriction whatsoever, and my aging seems to crawl almost to a halt. I can safely say these esoteric teachings are true and accurate.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

important places in Chiang Mai IMPORTANT PLACES
Chiang Mai Bus Station Bus Station
Chiang Mai Train Station Train Station
Chiang Mai airport Chiang Mai International Airport
Nong Buak Hard Park Nong Buak Hard Park - free yoga classes daily

hotels in Chiang Mai HOTEL
Chiang Mai Arun Dara Villa Arun Dara Villa - 7 exclusive rooms, 1 swimming pool for every room, grand opening
Chiang Mai Nawa Sheeva Hotel Nawa Sheeva Hotel - big rooms, high ceiling, salt-water pool, restaurant, cafe
Chiang Mai Nawa Saraan Hotel Nawa Saraan Hotel - low density (4 spacious rooms), stone garden setting, Koi fish pond, Old City location
Arun Suite, Chiang Mai Arun Suite - 3 bedrooms in a 3-storie guesthouse within Old City, ideal for families

birds nest restaurants in Chiang Mai RESTAURANT
La Pizza Chiang Mai La Pizza Chiang Mai - Italian pizza, pasta, wine, dessert, coffee
Chiang Mai birds nest restaurant Natural Bird Nest by Burapa - authentic bird's nest soup

Thai massage in Chiang Mai WELLNESS
ITM  International Training Massage School ITM - International Training Massage School - Chiang Mai's most prestigious massage school
Float Chiang Mai Float Chiang Mai - sensory deprivation float pod
Chiang Mai, Royal Thai Lanna Massage Zira Spa - upscale authentic Thai massage and spa treatment

motorcycle rental in Chiang Mai MOTORBIKE RENTAL
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USEFUL INFORMATION

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
  1. North Gate Pub - at Chang Phueg Gate, great Tuesday jam session, Blues on Sundays by the 11pm band
  2. Taphae East - 88 Thapae Rd. (just north of Night Bazaar). Fridays at 9:30pm by Chiang Mai Blues Band
  3. 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)

  • Transportation
  • 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

  • Tours
  • 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)

  1. take the MRT train to Bang Sue Station. Take the #1 Exit to the north provincial trains
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  1. From Loei town center, take a tuk-tuk ride to the bus station, B30. There is only one bus station.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. Final bus stop is at the Red Bus Arcade, Chiang Mai, 9 hour-trip, arriving 6am (from 9pm Loei departure).
  5. 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
  1. Mula Shodhana (anal cleansing) Feb 27, 2021
  2. Are You My Queen? Feb 25, 2021
  3. Breaking the 5-Minute Breath-hold Barrier Feb 25, 2021
  4. Kirtan with Chiang Mai's Khun Thai Seekers Feb 7, 2021
  5. Breaking the 4-minute Breath-hold Feb 7, 2021
  6. Pranayama Primer Feb 2, 2021
  7. Heartbreak with every Song Jan 24, 2021
  8. The Silent Killer is Baaack! Jan 12, 2021
  9. Learning the Thai Language Jan 9, 2021
  10. 2020: A Year in Review Dec 31, 2020
  11. Reversing/Slowing Down the Aging Process Dec 30, 2020
  12. Hike to Huay Keaw Waterfall Dec 20, 2020
  13. Yoga Mat Dec 19, 2020
  14. Hiking to Wat Pha Lat along the Monk's Trail Dec 19, 2020
  15. Are You Psycho? Dec 9, 2020
  16. Muffin Man Dec 8, 2020
  17. Polyamory Dec 4, 2020
  18. The Wim Hof Ice Bath Dec 3, 2020
  19. RSVP Nov 25, 2020
  20. High Intensity Interval Yoga (Yoga + HIIT) Nov 14, 2020
  21. Cleansing the Nadis (Energy Pathway) Nov 13, 2020
  22. Yoga for a 360-degree Core Nov 6, 2020
  23. Edward Witten: 'the smartest living physicist' Nov 4, 2020
  24. Srinivasa Ramanujan: Mathematician of the Divine Oct 27, 2020
  25. Bashar as Channeled by Darryl Anka Oct 26, 2020
  26. Vinyasa Krama and Ashtanga Yoga with Aida Yoga Oct 18, 2020
  27. Deepak Chopra: author, lecturer, healer Oct 12, 2020
  28. Facebook Friends Oct 1, 2020
  29. Chiang Mai Peoplescape Aug-Sep 2020 Sep 30, 2020
  30. Siddhis (yogic super powers) Sep 30, 2020
  31. Learning the Import/Export Trade Sep 4, 2020
  32. Music and Magic at Justin's Birthday Bash Sep 3, 2020
  33. Biggest Stone in his Shoe Sep 1, 2020
  34. Abandoned Aug 25, 2020
  35. Intelligent Romantic Break-up Aug 25, 2020
  36. Dad-Zoned Aug 18, 2020
  37. Public Display of Affection Aug 9, 2020
  38. Gabriella's Birthday Bash at Mothership Resort Aug 8-9, 2020
  39. Shifting Peoplescape of Chiang Mai July 31, 2020
  40. Yoga Class for Strength and Muscle Jul 30, 2020
  41. Yoga Class for Optimum Digestion July 29, 2020
  42. Yoga Class for Healthy Eyes Jul 27, 2020
  43. Hippie Night at Nawa Saraan Healing Space July 24, 2020
  44. The Podcast Series: Alan "Heart Math" Strydom Jul 17, 2020
  45. Yoga Class to move Prana Vayu (energy) July 11-12, 2020
  46. Coming Back to Chiang Mai Jun 29, 2020
  47. Goodbye Chiang Mai Jan 23, 2020
  48. Prasnopanishad: Understanding Prana Jan 17, 2020
  49. Hiking the Monk's Trail Jan 15, 2020
  50. Chaturanga Jan 10, 2020
  51. You Spooned Me Jan 3, 2020
  52. 2019: A Year in Review Dec 31, 2019
  53. Friends, Coffeemates and Breadmates (Dec 2019) Dec 31, 2019
  54. Visiting Mae Sot Dec 27-30, 2019
  55. Let's Make it About You - an Epiphany Dec 17, 2019
  56. Shut-Up! Dec 7, 2019
  57. Roasted Red Bell Pepper Puree Dec 3, 2019
  58. Coffeemates and Breadmates (Nov 2019) Nov 30, 2019
  59. Bhujangini Mudra Nov 25, 2019
  60. Mathangini Mudra Nov 24, 2019
  61. Kaka Mudra Nov 23, 2019
  62. Pasini Mudra Nov 20, 2019
  63. Aswini Mudra Nov 18, 2019
  64. Sambhavi Mudra Nov 16, 2019
  65. Manduka Mudra Nov 15, 2019
  66. Tataka Mudra Nov 14, 2019
  67. Sakti Calana Mudra Nov 10, 2019
  68. Vajroli Mudra Nov 9, 2019
  69. Coffeemates and Breadmates (Oct 2019) Oct to Nov 5, 2019
  70. Yoni Mudra Nov 1, 2019
  71. Viparita Karani Mudra Oct 31, 2019
  72. Khecari Mudra Oct 30, 2019
  73. Mahadeva Mudra Oct 28, 2019
  74. Sacred Cacao - Chakra Dance Journey Oct 26, 2019
  75. Partner Healing with Natascha Oct 24, 2019
  76. Maha Bandha Mudra Oct 24, 2019
  77. Point-Of-Failure Birthday Workout Oct 22, 2019
  78. Mula Bandha Mudra Oct 21, 2019
  79. Hugfest at Thapae Gate, Chiang Mai Oct 19, 2019
  80. Anushasan Mudra Oct 18, 2019
  81. Ling Mudra Oct 17, 2019
  82. Jalandhara Bandha Mudra Oct 15, 2019
  83. Learning Thai with Cee Oct 13, 2019
  84. Uddiyana Bandha Mudra Oct 10, 2019
  85. Nabho Mudra Oct 9, 2019
  86. Maha Mudra Oct 7, 2019
  87. 20 Essential Mudras by T. Krishnamacharya Oct. 6, 2019
  88. Mindfulness Gong Bath by Vee (Veerayuth Pongsiri) Oct 3, 2019
  89. Cuddle Party by Abundant Love CM Oct 1, 2019
  90. Vayu Mudra Oct 1, 2019
  91. Visa-Run to Tachileik, Myanmar Sep 28, 2019
  92. Sankalpa Mudra Sep 27, 2019
  93. Surya Pradarshini Mudra Sep 26, 2019
  94. Eye-Gazing at Heart Space Sep 20, 2019
  95. Prana Vayu (Pranic Wind) Sep 20, 2019
  96. 2-Week Yoga Challenge by Agnese Erba Sep 17, 2019
  97. The Mudra Project Sep 13, 2019
  98. Sunday Vinyasa Flow with Marina Forster Sep 8, 2019
  99. Shamanic Breathwork by Rachel Constantino Sep 4, 2019
  100. The Conscious Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Aug 31, 2019
  101. Of Winos and Yogis Aug 26, 2019
  102. The 9 Jhanas of Buddha Aug 22, 2019
  103. Full Moon Ceremony at Heart Space Aug 15, 2019
  104. Yin Yoga - Water Element by Martina Barabas Aug 15, 2019
  105. Hatha Mix Yoga with Christin Aug 13, 2019
  106. Boy Blues Bar Rocks Chiang Mai Aug 5, 2019
  107. Back to my Beloved Chiang Mai Aug 1, 2019
  108. Kaleidoscope of Chiang Mai's Peoplescape July 27, 2019
  109. Secret Sunrise: Nelson Mandela International Day July 17, 2019
  110. Farewell Picnic with Alan and Nicola July 15, 2019
  111. Secret Sunrise: Water July 3, 2019
  112. Hotel Review: Arun Suite June 27, 2019
  113. Bruce Lipton: Epigentics to Transcend Genes June 24, 2019
  114. Optimizing Life thru Heart Math May 8, 15 and 22, 2019
  115. Connective Cacao and Sound Journey June 12, 2019
  116. Chiangmai BLUES June 6, 2019
  117. Hatha Slow Flow with Neil Jefferson June 3, 2019
  118. Meditating with One Million Meditators Movement June 1, 2019
  119. Vinyasa Happy Flow Series by Vaida May 31, 2019
  120. Muay Thai at the Chiang Mai Boxing Stadium May 30, 2019
  121. Yoga Flow Through the 7 Chakras by Sabrina Pilz May 30, 2019
  122. The Outsiders (people you need to push out of your sacred circle) May 31, 2019
  123. Fascinating Peoplescape of Chiang Mai May 22, 2019
  124. World Meditation Day at Heart Space May 21, 2019
  125. Abs Yoga by Gigit May 12, 2019
  126. Kundalini and Vinyasa Yoga with Nicola Symons May 10, 2019
  127. Secret Sunrise Interactive Dance May 9, 2019
  128. Tok Sen Massage from Ying May 8, 2019
  129. Bruschetta: Nawa Saraan Style Apr 22, 2019
  130. Thai Cooking at Pra Nang Thai Cookery School Apr 20, 2019
  131. Bonding with the Elephants in Chiang Mai Apr 11, 2019
  132. Ziplining in Chiang Mai with Eagle Track Zipline Apr 10, 2019
  133. Getting Thai Massage from Chiang Mai's Best (Lar Thanakrit Khamtanong) Mar 21, 2019
  134. Being the Soul of Nawa Saraan Hotel Mar 18, 2019
  135. Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Jan 24 - Mar 13, 2019
  136. Curing Cancer with Yoga? Feb 21, 2019
  137. International Training Massage School (ITM): Level 1 Feb 11-15, 2019
  138. Sandesch Album Launch by Christoph Joerg Feb 13, 2019
  139. Meditation in a Sensory Deprivation Tank at Float Chiang Mai Jan 29, 2019
  140. Reiki Share at the Mastermind Brain Spa Jan 26, 2019
  141. Resuming Life in Chiang Mai Jan 24, 2019
  142. 4 Days in Chiang Mai at Nawa Saraan Hotel Jan 2-6, 2019
  143. Mike Chong Aug 8, 2018
  144. An Intimate Conversation with my Universe in Chiang Mai Aug 8, 2018
  145. Kneaded and Pampered at Zira Spa Aug 4, 2018
  146. Savoring a Baht 3,500 Birds Nest Soup at Natural Bird Nest by Burapa Aug 3, 2018
  147. Yoga Exploration at The Yoga Tree with Gernot Aug 1, 2018
  148. Laughter Yoga with Saffiya Arnous July 31, 2018
  149. Yoga with Adam at Hidden House Yoga, Chiang Mai July 29, 2018
  150. 2 Weeks in Chiang Mai July 25 - Aug 7, 2018
  151. A First Timer in Chiang Mai Apr 9-23, 2016
  152. Chiang Mai's Amazing Peoplescape Apr 9-23, 2016
  153. Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016
  154. Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016
  155. 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

    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.

  1. 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
  2. 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!
  3. NOTE: after 2 successful attempts, I was already questioned the 3rd time.

    30-Day Extension

    NOTE: When your 60-day visa is close to expiry and you want to extend your stay. No need to leave Thailand.

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. when your number is called, your picture will be taken. Then go back to your seat. They will call you again.
  4. when they call you again, they'll give you your passport with your extended visa. That's it!
  5. when there are no lines, the whole process can take only 10 minutes
General Travel Tips
  1. arrive early - in case there is a snag (visa snag, documentation snag, transport ticket snag, etc.), you will have ample time to troubleshoot the problem if you arrive early (to the airport, to the bus terminal, etc.)
  2. put detailed itinerary on the Calendar apps of your smart-phone according to timelines - this is where you do all your thinking and planning. Once written down, you don't have to think anymore while you are on the journey...you just follow the steps. This frees your mind for something else that might happen while you are already en route
  3. 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.
  4. 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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