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Chiang Mai, Thailand

July 31 - Aug 2, 2018

Yoga In The Park - Chiang Mai

Location: Nong Buak Hard Park, Chiang Mai (city), Thailand
Hours: 9:00am to 10:15am daily
Fee: free!!!

Yoga In The Park
Yoga In The Park - Chiang Mai is a daily gathering of yogis in Chiang Mai where resident/traveling yoga teachers take turns in teaching free yoga classes to anyone who wishes to join. Tammy, a yoga teacher I met in Siem Reap (Cambodia) and reconnected here, told me about it and I was just stoked!

Yoga In The Park - Chiang MaiLaughter Yoga with Saffiya
(Aug 2, 2018) Saffiya is an energetic French yoga teacher who calls Chiang Mai her home. She is equally as beautiful and bubbly as the yoga she teaches. In Laughter Yoga, you initially fake the laugh until it feels real. The brain cannot distinguish fake laughter from real laughter, so even faking it gives the same benefit to the body as a real laugh does - that is the premise of Laughter Yoga. Saffiya brought out the child in us. I was reminded of Cat Steven's widely popular song, Child for a Day. We frolicked like kids at play to the astonishment of other people in the park. We laughed our hearts out like nobody was listening. We played pretend and finished it with child-like laughter. In the end, it was a feeling of rejuvenation and feeling a lightness of being. The practice was followed by a hearty and engaging rice porridge with me, Christoph, Saffiya and Makpal at Talat Somphet Market.

Laughter Yoga In The Park - Chiang Mai
up, up and away !!!

pictures courtesy of Saffiya and Christoph

SaffiyaSaffiya Arnous
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
Facebook: @poweroflaugh
Reiki Practitioner
Facebook: @reikisaffiya

Laughter Yoga blogs

  1. Laughter Yoga With Saffiya Aug 2, 2018
  2. Laughter Yoga with Kadek Suambara at Ambar Ashram July 12, 2016
  3. Laughter Yoga with Debra Simpson Feb 1, 2009

Yoga In The Park - Chiang MaiHatha Yoga with Christoph Joerg
(July 31, 2018) Christoph conducted what turned out to be a rare all-male yoga class. He had an infectiously calm and reassuring demeanor as he verbally cued us in weaving one asana to the next, in a meditative vinyasa that inspired confidence. He had a light touch to his adjustments. We covered standing poses, backbends, one-legged balances, core fortification, twists and inversions. This was capped by pranayama as we then transitioned into Savasana.

Yoga In The Park - Chiang Mai
yogis in the park - Devin, Victor, me and Christoph

pictures courtesy of Christoph

Ending Thoughts
Equally cool was meeting members of the yogi community in Chiang Mai - Victor Crouch and Devin Faris. Yogis converging in such a great place - Chiang Mai. How cool is that? Later, we went out for brunch and continued what can only be seen as a promising connection.

Thanks Tammy Hayano for introducing me to this awesome group! Namaste everyone.

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Saffiya ArnousSaffiya France
(Aug 3, 2018) Amazing article!! Thxxx for bringing your great yogi experience & laughter! 🙂 🙏

Next stop: Yoga Exploration at The Yoga Tree with Gernot

Chiang Mai Yoga blogs:

  1. Yoga Exploration at The Yoga Tree with Gernot Aug 1, 2018
  2. Yoga In The Park - Chiang Mai July 31, 2018
  3. Yoga with Adam at Hidden House Yoga, Chiang Mai July 29, 2018
  4. Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016

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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

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
Chiang Mai birds nest motorcycle Tawan Bike - motorcycle rental | +66 91 635 2863 | Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200

cafes in Chiang Mai BICYCLE RENTAL
Chiang Mai bicycle rental Top Thailand Adventure Tour - bicycle rental


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
  • visit Chiang Mai between October and April - best time, without the monsoon rains
  • 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. Road House - in front of Porn Ping Hotel
  3. Boy Blues Bar - at the Night Bazaar
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
Chiangmai Blogs by TheLoneRider
  1. Ziplining in Chiang Mai with Eagle Track Zipline Apr 10, 2019
  2. Movie Review: Shazam! (2019) Apr 4, 2019
  3. Movie Review: Captive State (2019) Mar 27, 2019
  4. Getting Thai Massage from Chiang Mai's Best (Lar Thanakrit Khamtanong) Mar 21, 2019
  5. Movie Review: Captain Marvel (2019) Mar 19, 2019
  6. Being the Soul of Nawa Saraan Hotel Mar 18, 2019
  7. Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Jan 24 - Mar 13, 2019
  8. Movie Review: Vox Lux (2018) Mar 2, 2019
  9. Movie Review: The Favourite (2018) Feb 25, 2019
  10. Curing Cancer with Yoga? Feb 21, 2019
  11. Movie Review: Alita Battle Angel Feb 19, 2019
  12. International Training Massage School (ITM): Level 1 Feb 11-15, 2019
  13. Movie Review: Spider-Man - Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Feb 3, 2018
  14. Movie Review: Green Book Jan 30, 2019
  15. Meditation in a Sensory Deprivation Tank at Float Chiang Mai Jan 29, 2019
  16. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Jan 27, 2019
  17. Movie Review: Aquaman Jan 26, 2019
  18. Reiki Share at the Mastermind Brain Spa Jan 26, 2019
  19. Resuming Life in Chiang Mai Jan 24, 2019
  20. 4 Days in Chiang Mai at Nawa Saraan Hotel Jan 2-6, 2019
  21. Mike Chong Aug 8, 2018
  22. An Intimate Conversation with my Universe in Chiang Mai Aug 8, 2018
  23. Kneaded and Pampered at Zira Spa Aug 4, 2018
  24. Savoring a Baht 3,500 Birds Nest Soup at Natural Bird Nest by Burapa Aug 3, 2018
  25. Yoga Exploration at The Yoga Tree with Gernot Aug 1, 2018
  26. Yoga In The Park - Chiang Mai July 31, 2018
  27. Yoga with Adam at Hidden House Yoga, Chiang Mai July 29, 2018
  28. 2 Weeks in Chiang Mai July 25 - Aug 7, 2018
  29. A First Timer in Chiang Mai Apr 9-23, 2016
  30. Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016
  31. Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016
  32. Border Crossing from Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Bangkok (Thailand) to Chiang Mai April 9-10, 2016
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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