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Thailand

Thailand is one of the most fascinating destinations on the planet. It walks a tight high-wire act of balancing culture with emergent global trends in fashion, technology and emergent social conventions. Unique in Southeast Asia as a culture left to evolve on its own without being under foreign rule, you get to savor the richness, the depth and the animation of its traditions. From the mountain highlands of the north, to the sunny tropical beaches in the south and the bustling international metropolis which is Bangkok, Thailand defies words - it needs to be experienced.


Thailand Blogs by TheLoneRider

    BANGKOK
  1. Bangkok with $19 Dec 8-11, 2018
  2. 30 Days - Goodbye Bangkok Nov 8, 2018
  3. Revolving Peoplescape of Bangkok Oct 8 - Nov 8, 2018
  4. Food and Friendship at Dalad Vietnamese Oct 8 - Nov 8, 2018
  5. Movie Review: First Reformed (2017) Nov 6, 2018
  6. Doing Online Work at The Work Loft Nov 5, 2018
  7. Window Seat [His Precious] Nov 1, 2018
  8. Surreal Odyssey at Bangkok Float Center Oct 29/31, 2018
  9. Bangkok Halloween with Rinna and Steve Oct 27, 2018
  10. Push-Ups Oct 22/24, 2018
  11. Pad Thai at Thip Samai, Bangkok Oct 16, 2018
  12. Birthday Walkabout Oct 16, 2018
  13. Coming to Terms with Donations Oct 14, 2018
  14. Feelin' Da Blues at Adhere the 13th Blues Bar Oct 12, 2018
  15. Visiting the Grand Palace of Thailand Oct 12, 2018
  16. A Web Mandate in Bangkok Oct 8, 2018
  17. 29 Days in Bangkok: Thank You and Goodbye Aug 27 - Sep 24, 2018
  18. Calling the Bangkok Police Sep 23, 2018
  19. Movie Review: Mindfulness and Murder (2011) Sep 22, 2018
  20. Yoga Inversions at Now's Fitness Gym Sep 19, 2018
  21. Flow Yoga with Teacher Kea at Now's Fitness Sep 18, 2018
  22. Movie Review: Under Construction (2015) Sep 15, 2018
  23. Walking Tour of Little India Sep 15, 2018
  24. Vinyasa Yoga with Teacher That at Now's Fitness Sep 14, 2018
  25. Abs Workout with Teacher San at Now's Fitness Sep 13, 2018
  26. Exercise Ball Workout with Teacher Bie at Now's Fitness Sep 11, 2018
  27. Exploring the Amphawa Floating Market Sep 9, 2018
  28. Exploring the Tree-Engulfed Wat Bang Kung Temple Sep 9, 2018
  29. Parting of the Maeklong Railway Market with a Passing Train Sep 9, 2018
  30. Exploring Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Sep 9, 2018
  31. Horse Racing at the The Royal Bangkok Sports Club Sep 8, 2018
  32. Fight Class with Teacher San at Now's Fitness Sep 7, 2018
  33. Exploring the Bangkok Art Book Fair 2018 Sep 6, 2018
  34. Circuit Training with Mild at Now's Fitness Sep 5, 2018
  35. Gentle Flow Yoga with Nuch at Now's Fitness, Bangkok Sep 4, 2018
  36. A Yogi Lost in a Modern Gym - Now's Fitness Sep 3, 2018
  37. Abundance at On Nut, Bangkok Aug 30-Sep 1, 2018
  38. Outside Looking In Aug 29, 2018
  39. Back in Bangkok After 5 Weeks Aug 27, 2018
  40. 15 Days in Bangkok July 10-24, 2018
  41. Peoplescape: Bangkok July 10-24, 2018
  42. Hatha and Yantra Yoga Fusion July 10-24, 2018
  43. Revisiting Terminal 21 Mall, Bangkok July 23, 2018
  44. Rope Skipping, 4mins Full-on July 22, 2018
  45. Sunday Visit to Chatuchak Weekend Market July 17, 2018
  46. Fork on the Road: Abundance or Poverty by Choice? July 16, 2018
  47. Loving Bangkok All Over Again Feb 22-26, 2016
  48. Hotel Review: Adventure Hostel Bangkok July 11, 2018
  49. Hotel Review: Riva Surya Bangkok Oct 20, 2014
  50. Exploring the Shopping Malls of Bangkok Oct 6-20, 2014
  51. Bangkok's Street Food Delight Oct 6-20, 2014
  52. Bangkok Revisited 3 Oct 6-20, 2014
  53. A First Timer in Bangkok December 31, 2005 - January 3, 2006


  54. Chiang Khong
  55. Ten Days in Chiang Khong, Thailand Apr 30 - May 9, 2016


  56. CHIANG MAI
  57. Bruschetta: Nawa Saraan Style Apr 22, 2019
  58. Thai Cooking at Pra Nang Thai Cookery School Apr 20, 2019
  59. Movie Review: Hellboy (2019) Apr 15, 2019
  60. Bonding with the Elephants in Chiang Mai Apr 11, 2019
  61. Ziplining in Chiang Mai with Eagle Track Zipline Apr 10, 2019
  62. Movie Review: Shazam! (2019) Apr 4, 2019
  63. Movie Review: Captive State (2019) Mar 27, 2019
  64. Getting Thai Massage from Chiang Mai's Best (Lar Thanakrit Khamtanong) Mar 21, 2019
  65. Movie Review: Captain Marvel (2019) Mar 19, 2019
  66. Being the Soul of Nawa Saraan Hotel Mar 18, 2019
  67. Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Jan 24 - Mar 13, 2019
  68. Movie Review: Vox Lux (2018) Mar 2, 2019
  69. Movie Review: The Favourite (2018) Feb 25, 2019
  70. Curing Cancer with Yoga? Feb 21, 2019
  71. Movie Review: Alita Battle Angel Feb 19, 2019
  72. International Training Massage School (ITM): Level 1 Feb 11-15, 2019
  73. Movie Review: Spider-Man - Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Feb 3, 2018
  74. Movie Review: Green Book Jan 30, 2019
  75. Meditation in a Sensory Deprivation Tank at Float Chiang Mai Jan 29, 2019
  76. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Jan 27, 2019
  77. Movie Review: Aquaman Jan 26, 2019
  78. Reiki Share at the Mastermind Brain Spa Jan 26, 2019
  79. Resuming Life in Chiang Mai Jan 24, 2019
  80. Mike Chong Aug 8, 2018
  81. An Intimate Conversation with my Universe in Chiang Mai Aug 8, 2018
  82. Kneaded and Pampered at Zira Spa Aug 4, 2018
  83. Savoring a Baht 3,500 Birds Nest Soup at Natural Bird Nest by Burapa Aug 3, 2018
  84. Yoga Exploration at The Yoga Tree with Gernot Aug 1, 2018
  85. Yoga In The Park - Chiang Mai July 31, 2018
  86. Yoga with Adam at Hidden House Yoga, Chiang Mai July 29, 2018
  87. 2 Weeks in Chiang Mai July 25 - Aug 7, 2018
  88. A First Timer in Chiang Mai Apr 9-23, 2016
  89. Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016
  90. Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016
  91. Border Crossing from Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Chiangmai (Thailand) April 9-10, 2016


  92. Chiang Rai
  93. Exploring Chiang Rai, Thailand May 11-16, 2016
  94. Visiting the White Temple of Chiang Rai (Wat Rong Khun) May 15, 2016


  95. Chiang Saen
  96. Exploring Chiang Saen, Thailand Apr 28-30, 2016


  97. Mae Hong Son
  98. Peoplescape at the Wat Pa Tam Wua Forest Monastery Dec 12 - Jan , 2019
  99. Arahattamagga Arahattaphala - the path to Aranhantship Dec 30, 2018
  100. Goenka and the Theravada Forest Monastery Vipassana Traditions Dec 25, 2018
  101. The Knower Dec 24, 2018
  102. 10-Day Meditation at Wat Pa Tam Wua Forest Monastery Dec 9, 2018


  103. Mae Sai
  104. 4 Days in Mae Sai, Thailand Apr 25-28, 2016
  105. Border Crossing - Mae Sai (Thailand) to Tachileik (Myanmar) Apr 23, 2016


  106. PAI
  107. Overnight in Pai with Mike Jan 1, 2019
  108. Exploring Pai, Thailand May 19-24, 2016
  109. Visiting the Land Split in Pai, Thailand May 23, 2016
  110. Trekking the Ridges of Pai Canyon May 23, 2016
  111. Climbing up the White Buddha (Wat Phra That Mae Yen) May 21, 2016


  112. Pak Chong
  113. Pak Chong (Thailand) En Route to Siem Reap (Cambodia) Mar 20-21, 2016
  114. Goodbye Thai Plum Village Mar 20, 2016
  115. Yoga at Thai Plum Village Mar 19, 2016
  116. Pond Picnic with the Monastics Mar 14, 2016
  117. Sentence Expansion Mar 12, 2016
  118. Alms Round of the Thai Plum Village Monastics Mar 10, 2016
  119. First Day of Teaching English at Thai Plum Village Mar 8, 2016
  120. Cyber Monk Redefined Mar 6, 2016
  121. Thai Plum Village, Day 6: Plum Village and Vipassana Mar 2, 2016
  122. Thai Plum Village, Day 5: Visa Snag Mar 1, 2016
  123. Plum Village, Day 4: Picnic with the Monastics on Lazy Monday Feb 29, 2016
  124. Plum Village, Day 2-3: Getting Settled Feb 27-28, 2016
  125. Plum Village, Day 1: Arrival Feb 26, 2016


  126. PHAN DISTRICT, Chiang Rai Province
  127. Yoga with Amm Prajna Pitchaya and the Sivananda yoga community of Phan May 16-18, 2016
  128. Visiting the Nam Lot and the Pha Khong Caves of Phan District May 18, 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)
  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!

    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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