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Pranayama Primer Feb 2, 2021

Pranayama Primer

Location Google Map: Nawa Saraan Healing Space, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Main Sanskrit Glossary
  1. indriyas - 10 sense organs - five of expression or action and five of cognition
  2. atma - supreme spirit, true self, soul
  3. shatkriya - purification process
  4. Prana - life force that sustains all of us (aka chi)
  5. Pranayama - a yogic breathing exercise designed to extract more prana from the air we breathe (my personal definition)
  6. Uddiyana Bandha - emptying the lungs and sucking-in the tummy
  7. Khumbaka - a breath-hold, could be in-breath or out-breath
  8. Bahya Khumbaka - breathing-in and holding it
  9. Antara Khumbaka - breathing-out and holding it
  10. Nadi - energy channel, not physical
  11. Sushumna Nadi - the main nadi that connects all the chakras, located in the spinal column (think spinal cord but not physical), blue in color
  12. Ida - major nadi, feminine, on the left side of the Sushumna Nadi, red in color
  13. Pingala - major nadi, masculine, on the right side of the Sushumna Nadi, white in color
  14. Chakra - energy hub lined up from tip of the spine to the top of the head. Depending on school of thought, there could be 5 or up to 11 chakras
  15. Sahasrara Chakra - the main energy hub on top of the head. When prana reaches this level, the mind gets into a state of one-pointedness (meditative bliss? sorry, I'm there yet)
Article Glossary
  1. indriyas - 10 sense organs - five of expression or action and five of cognition
  2. atma - supreme spirit, true self, soul
  3. shatkriya - purification process

Basics Revisited
With the momentary return of my vertigo, I had to completely stop for a week and resume slowly. Maybe it's a message from my universe to take it easy since my practice of late has always been hard and exhausting. This gave me a chance to focus more on the subtleties of yoga - mantra, visualization and the many pranayama approaches to an asana, while still in full compliance with the Wim Hof breathing method.

But for this class, the focus is on pranayama.

Pranayama Contraindications

  1. do not do inhalation on a blocked nostril, but exhalation is allowed
  2. do breath-holds with no strain. If you cannot breath slowly and evenly after a breath-hold, then you held it too long. Strain means danger in doing pranayama
Pranayama Primer
Pranayama Primer class

THEORY (1-16 mins)

What is Pranayama?
In the yogic tradition, if you mindfully regulate the breath, that is pranayama. The breath can be regulated in many ways and can be in combination with abdominal contractions, visualization, mudra, and yes, mantra. A child as young as 7 years old can start the practice of pranayama.

  1. speed of breathing - pranayama is usually done slow but kapalabhati and bhastrika are done fast
  2. force of the breath - pranayama is usually gentle, but again, kapalabhati and bhastrika are done forcefully through abdominal contraction
  3. breath-hold - when breathing is paused, it's called a kumbhaka, an advanced form of pranayama. Holding on the in-breath is antara kumbhaka and holding on the out-breath is bahya kumbhaka
  4. nostril breathing - in anuloma viloma, breathing is done with alternating nostril. In surya or chandra bhedan, breathing is done one nostril at a time
  5. where you breathe in - belly breathing? chest breathing? ribcage breathing?

Asana and pranayama are essential in keeping the body, mind, prana (energy), indriyas (10 sense organs), and atma (true self, soul) in a proper state — this is yoga.

Why Should we do Pranayama?
Why practice pranayama when we can all do inhale on upward-dog and exhale on downward-dog? Even though we all breathe to stay alive, not everyone does it right.

  1. because you need to level-up from your asana - in the 8 limbs of yoga, asana is the 3rd level followed by pranayama. You cannot stay in asana forever. Asana is simply a preparation for the next level - that is, if you want to deepen your yoga practice. In this session, we'll even graze on the next limb, pratyahara - withdrawal of all senses. We do this through nada meditation
  2. cleanses the nadis - for better energy flow
  3. strengthens prana - pranayama fortifies prana vayu (energy and the wind that moves it). Prana can be exercised, strengthened and hyper-activated like muscles. This is done through asana (physical postures), pranayama (regulated breathing), kumbhaka (breath-hold), bandha (energy locks), mudra (balancing energy), shatkriya (purification process), mantra (sacred sound), etc.
  4. moves prana vayu (movement of energy) - when energy moves, the body is optimized
  5. resilient from disease - people who practice pranayama hardly ever get sick
  6. strengthens the body - you can become insanely strong
  7. increases your energy level - sometimes to a frightening level because it's hard to stop
  8. extends life - in Indian text, shelf life is pre-determined by the number of breaths you can have in a lifetime. If you slow down the breath, you essentially extend your shelf life
  9. breathing right - not everyone knows how to breathe properly. Some just breathe through the chest and can't breathe through the belly. Some cannot use the full lung cavity for air
  10. because some people are mouth breathers - over the long-term, the face of mouth-breathers even changes due to nostril cavity shrinkage

How Do We Do Pranayama

  1. Slowly - never rush the breath
  2. Steady - make it a fluid motion
  3. Deep - use your full lung capacity
  4. Pause - acknowledge the gap between breaths and hold or honor the pause, called a kumbhaka
  5. Through the Nose - nose-breathing has the following advantages:

    1. in yogic tradition, you lose prana when you breathe through the mouth - this weakens you and shortens your life
    2. the nostril cavities are the first line of defense
    3. activates production of nitric oxide, a vasodilator that relaxes the inner linings of the blood vessels allowing them to widen, allowing more oxygen delivery - up to 20% more. This helps to battle viruses and pathogens
    4. filters the air
    5. slows down the breathing process
    6. warms the air
    7. humidifies the air
    8. conditions the air
    9. move mucus out of the nostrils and lungs by activating the microscopic hairs called cilia
    10. air is primed for oxygen-absorption by the lungs

How Do We Maximize our Lung Capacity? (11 mins, 16-27 countdown)
We break the inhalation into 3 sections:

  1. belly - place palms on the navel, empty your lungs, and breath-in on the belly. Push the belly out with your breath as though you are inflating a balloon. Hold for 5 counts. Feel the prana being absorbed by the body as you hold the breath. Feel the prana spreading from the belly to the tips of your toes, to the tips of your fingers, to the tips of your hair. Exhale slowly and empty your lungs. Repeat this 3 times
  2. side ribs - place palms on the side ribs, empty your lungs, and breath-in to expand the ribs sideways. Hold the breath for 5 counts and again, visualize prana spreading from your ribcage to every part of your body. Exhale slowly and empty your lungs. Repeat this 3 times
  3. chest - place palms on the chest, empty your lungs and breath-in to expand the chest. Hold for 5 counts. Visualize. Exhale slowly and empty your lungs. Repeat this 3 times
  4. all together with a stop - fingers gyana mudra and breath-in to expand the belly and hold. Inhale again to expand the ribcage and hold. Inhale again and expand the chest. Hold for 5 counts and gently exhale. Repeat this 3 times
  5. all together without a stop - fingers gyana mudra and breath-in to expand the belly, ribs and chest in one gentle inhalation. Hold for 5 counts and gently exhale. Repeat this 3 times


  1. Introduction - What is pranayama? Why practice pranayama? How to practice pranayama?
  2. Warm-up Squat (8 mins, 27-35) - squat variations. If you can't do your yoga for the day, you should at least start your day with this, and you'll be alright
  3. Warm-up Surya Namaskars (8 mins, 35-43) - surya namaskar A & B
  4. Bhastrika (bellows) (1 mins, 60-61) - fast breathing is done only in the chest. Inhaling and exhaling are forcefully done, no pausing. 30 seconds.
  5. Kapalabhati (3 mins, 57-60) - we only do half-breathing here and forcefully push the air out with abdominal contraction on the exhale. Do 40 seconds.
  6. Anuloma Viloma (Nadi Shodana) (7 mins, 50-57) - alternate nostril breathing. Hold for 5 counts on the inhale, then exhale slowly. Do it slow, 5 mins
  7. Ujjayi (7 mins, 43-50) - create a funnel on your throat to restrict air passage, producing a slight hissing sound, as you inflate the belly, ribs and chest, hold for 5 counts while remaining completely relaxed, and slowly exhale. Keep doing this, ever so mindful. Focus on the breath like meditation. When you catch the mind drifting, take it back gently on the breath. Keep repeating for 5 mins
  8. Wim Hof Breathing (10 mins, 61-71) - do 30 full breaths, no pause, and hold the breath for 30 seconds on the last exhale while keeping the body completely relaxed, no bandhas. Do 3 rounds
  9. Nada Meditation (10 mins, 71-81) - 5 mins on the bee-sound and 5 minutes for silence
  10. Gratitude (4 mins, 81-85) - on Anjali mudra, give thanks for abundance, our health, the people who look after our well-being, the food that will nourish us, the place we call home.

Ending Thoughts
This primer gives the essentials of pranayama. With a deepening pranayama practice, related elements such as kumbhaka (breath-holds), bandha (energetic locks), mudra (energetic seals), shatkriya (purification process) and visualization can be incorporated. When established in pranayama, the next limb, pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), would be next. Yoga is a very long process that takes lifetimes to master. Goal? Sometimes, it's best to just focus on the here-and-now, staying present, one breath at a time.

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p.s. - despite the rehearsed time frame, the Feb 2 class went close to 2 hours. There was simply too much to take up.

Reader Comments:

Marina ForsterMarina Puerto Rico
Brazen Travel Thoughts
(Feb 3, 2021) Gigit's class was exactly what I needed to jumpstart my paranayama practice once again. After many months disconnected from my personal practice, going into Nawa Saaran with the inviting and warm energy of Gigit's presence helped me feel at ease and comfortable to just be. He took us through the principals of Pranayama and how we apply it to our lives and followed it up with practical practice to solidify the theory. It felt sooooo good to reconnect with my pranayama vayu and feel the way it strengthened my body throughout the class. It even eased the headache I had coming into class!! If you're looking to get into pranayama, Gigit is a great teacher to gain knowledge from. He's articulate, thorough, and you know what he's speaking is Truth cause he IS the walking embodiment of his practice!!!

Tom MaherTom USA
Tom Maher Tom Maher
(Feb 3, 2021) Gigit... I feel like I'm still riding the high from yesterday's class. Thank you for the awesome pranayama session! I'll be bringing pranayama into my daily practice more heavily after that session. I really felt amazing all yesterday despite stressors, and still get amazing this morning despite lack of sleep. I've dealt with all stress since class with a calm level head. It's incredible, can't kill this high! Haha. Let me know when you'll have another pranayama class ahead of time if you can, I would love to join your classes.

(Feb 3, 2021) That's the good thing about a pranayama high...keeps you energized, lasts a few days, and no crash landing (unlike recreational drugs).

Victoria BonisVictoria Spain
(Feb 3, 2021) When is the next class?

(Feb 3, 2021) No schedule yet, but I'll notify you. If you can bring along 3 friends, I can make a class for your group 🙂

Leave a comment?

Blogs about Prana and Pranayama

  1. Pranayama Primer Feb 2, 2021
  2. Yoga Class to move Prana Vayu (energy) July 11-12, 2020
  3. Covid 19 and Pranayama Mar 20, 2020
  4. Prasnopanishad: Understanding Prana Jan 17, 2020
  5. Prana Mudra Sep 21, 2019
  6. Prana Vayu (Pranic Wind) Sep 20, 2019
  7. Pranayama in Moalboal, Cebu Aug 3, 2017
  8. Pranayama: An Introduction Oct 24, 2016
  9. Pranayama in Sagada: the Superman-Effect Jan 30, 2008

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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
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Thai massage in Chiang Mai WELLNESS
ITM  International Training Massage School ITM - International Training Massage School - Chiang Mai's most prestigious massage school
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motorcycle rental in Chiang Mai MOTORBIKE RENTAL
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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
Chiang Mai Trains by
  1. Chiang Mai trains for Bangkok - 2 day trains, 3 night trains, daily schedule
  2. Train 14 to Bangkok - departs 5pm daily, arrives BKK 6:15am, 1st class and 2nd class sleeping accomodation, Special Express
  3. Chiang Mai trains to other destinations -
Bangkok to Chiang Mai 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
Loei to Chiang Mai by Bus
  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).
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  48. Yoga Class for Strength and Muscle Jul 30, 2020
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  50. Yoga Class for Healthy Eyes Jul 27, 2020
  51. Hippie Night at Nawa Saraan Healing Space July 24, 2020
  52. The Podcast Series: Alan "Heart Math" Strydom Jul 17, 2020
  53. Yoga Class to move Prana Vayu (energy) July 11-12, 2020
  54. Coming Back to Chiang Mai Jun 29, 2020
  55. Goodbye Chiang Mai Jan 23, 2020
  56. Prasnopanishad: Understanding Prana Jan 17, 2020
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  68. Mathangini Mudra Nov 24, 2019
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  70. Pasini Mudra Nov 20, 2019
  71. Aswini Mudra Nov 18, 2019
  72. Sambhavi Mudra Nov 16, 2019
  73. Manduka Mudra Nov 15, 2019
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  75. Sakti Calana Mudra Nov 10, 2019
  76. Vajroli Mudra Nov 9, 2019
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  83. Partner Healing with Natascha Oct 24, 2019
  84. Maha Bandha Mudra Oct 24, 2019
  85. Point-Of-Failure Birthday Workout Oct 22, 2019
  86. Mula Bandha Mudra Oct 21, 2019
  87. Hugfest at Thapae Gate, Chiang Mai Oct 19, 2019
  88. Anushasan Mudra Oct 18, 2019
  89. Ling Mudra Oct 17, 2019
  90. Jalandhara Bandha Mudra Oct 15, 2019
  91. Learning Thai with Cee Oct 13, 2019
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  100. Sankalpa Mudra Sep 27, 2019
  101. Surya Pradarshini Mudra Sep 26, 2019
  102. Eye-Gazing at Heart Space Sep 20, 2019
  103. Prana Vayu (Pranic Wind) Sep 20, 2019
  104. 2-Week Yoga Challenge by Agnese Erba Sep 17, 2019
  105. The Mudra Project Sep 13, 2019
  106. Sunday Vinyasa Flow with Marina Forster Sep 8, 2019
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  134. Kundalini and Vinyasa Yoga with Nicola Symons May 10, 2019
  135. Secret Sunrise Interactive Dance May 9, 2019
  136. Tok Sen Massage from Ying May 8, 2019
  137. Bruschetta: Nawa Saraan Style Apr 22, 2019
  138. Thai Cooking at Pra Nang Thai Cookery School Apr 20, 2019
  139. Bonding with the Elephants in Chiang Mai Apr 11, 2019
  140. Ziplining in Chiang Mai with Eagle Track Zipline Apr 10, 2019
  141. Getting Thai Massage from Chiang Mai's Best (Lar Thanakrit Khamtanong) Mar 21, 2019
  142. Being the Soul of Nawa Saraan Hotel Mar 18, 2019
  143. Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Jan 24 - Mar 13, 2019
  144. Curing Cancer with Yoga? Feb 21, 2019
  145. International Training Massage School (ITM): Level 1 Feb 11-15, 2019
  146. Sandesch Album Launch by Christoph Joerg Feb 13, 2019
  147. Meditation in a Sensory Deprivation Tank at Float Chiang Mai Jan 29, 2019
  148. Reiki Share at the Mastermind Brain Spa Jan 26, 2019
  149. Resuming Life in Chiang Mai Jan 24, 2019
  150. 4 Days in Chiang Mai at Nawa Saraan Hotel Jan 2-6, 2019
  151. Mike Chong Aug 8, 2018
  152. An Intimate Conversation with my Universe in Chiang Mai Aug 8, 2018
  153. Kneaded and Pampered at Zira Spa Aug 4, 2018
  154. Savoring a Baht 3,500 Birds Nest Soup at Natural Bird Nest by Burapa Aug 3, 2018
  155. Yoga Exploration at The Yoga Tree with Gernot Aug 1, 2018
  156. Laughter Yoga with Saffiya Arnous July 31, 2018
  157. Yoga with Adam at Hidden House Yoga, Chiang Mai July 29, 2018
  158. 2 Weeks in Chiang Mai July 25 - Aug 7, 2018
  159. A First Timer in Chiang Mai Apr 9-23, 2016
  160. Chiang Mai's Amazing Peoplescape Apr 9-23, 2016
  161. Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016
  162. Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016
  163. 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

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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 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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