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Feb 26, 2021 | 6pm-7pm | Ecstatic Dance

Ecstatic Dance with Dj Alan Heart, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Feb 27, 2021 | 5pm | Full Moon Ceremony

Heart Space, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Feb 23-Mar 4, 2021 | 12pm-1:30pm | Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga, Chiang Mai Holistic, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Mar 6, 2021 | 5pm-7pm | Archetypal Wisdom Dance

Heart Space, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Manipuraka (Navel Chakra)

Manipuraka (Navel Chakra) July 12, 2020

Manipuraka (Navel Chakra)

Mantra: RAM
Asana: Chakrasana
Form: lotus flower with ten petals bearing the Sanskrit letters ḍa, ḍha, ṇa, ta, tha, da, dha, na, pa, and pha
Element: fire
Statement: "I have a strong body and a strong mind. I don't get sick and I am determined. I am a doer. I make things happen. But is this all there is to life?"

Assertion and Dominance
Manipuraka Chakra is the center of self-assertion. One attempts to dominate situations and other people. One seeks to manipulate the world according to personal wishes. This is expressed in the predominant motive of gaining wealth, respect, etc. This is the chakra level where people become very active and extroverted. They involve themselves with many external activities whether in work or play. Many people in the world are functioning at this level. They try to impose their will on other people and the world around them. It is the center where all things and other people are seen as a means of providing personal power and satisfying worldly ambitions. The Manipuraka Chakra is the center of dynamism and energy. People at this level are predominantly rajasic (active and intense) in nature; the lower chakras, Muladhara and Svadhisthana, are predominantly tamasic (lethargic and negative) in nature. At the level of the Manipuraka Chakra people seriously begin to question their attitude towards life and their place in the scheme of existence. This is in accordance with the Buddhist concept that the kundalini resides in manipura. Until the level of manipura, people are not knowingly on the path to expansion of the mind.

Blazing Fire
The word Manipuraka Chakra can be translated directly as 'the city of gems' because of the intensity of the pranic energy like the dazzling power of the sun. It radiates and distributes pranic energy throughout the entire human framework; without this chakra, each person would be lifeless and totally devoid of vitality. It is also compared to a blazing fire, since it burns up and assimilates the energy in food in the same way that fire burns up wood and releases the inherent energy. The absorption of energy in the human structure takes place at different levels - at grosser levels by absorbing the nutrients of food for the upkeep of the physical body and at a more subtle level by absorbing the more subtle essence of food to refuel the pranic body. The Manipuraka Chakra is intimately related to this entire process at all levels.

Manipuraka (Navel Chakra)
Manipuraka Chakra at the navel

Physical and Mental Virility
If consciousness (caitanya) is attained at the Manipuraka Chakra due to the strength of breath regulation (pranayama), then the practitioner will never encounter any physical or mental afflictions. These afflictions will flee his presence. One who has acquired caitanya in this chakra will be able to face any disaster or accident with mental fortitude. Not only that, he develops divine perception (divya drishti). He will experience the bliss of identifying universal self (atman) as a separate entity from the body. The main function of this chakra is to ensure that all organs or parts of the body function at their proper strength.

Uddiyana Bandha moving Prana from the Manipuraka Chakra
Uddiyana bandha also has many subtle influences on the pranic body. The navel is the area of the Manipuraka Chakra, which is the center of prana in the body. Physical stimulation of this area (thru Uddiyana Bandha) has repercussions on the more subtle flows of prana and its distribution throughout the body. Uddiyana also redirects prana into the sushumna nadi. This helps to expand awareness and induces meditation.

Tantra vs Buddhism on Kundalini
In Buddhism, Manipuraka Chakra is regarded as the seat of the kundalini and not the Muladhara Chakra. It regards the lower chakras (Muladhara and Svadisthana) as simply instinctive levels of man. It asserts that the expansion of awareness begins at the Manipuraka. The Manipuraka Chakra is indeed the center of prana that permeates and controls the body from behind the scenes. It is the center that puts man directly in contact with the subtle forces of the cosmos, and thus the seat of the Kundalini shakti.

Tantra yoga, however, regards expansion of awareness, as starting at the level of the Muladhara Chakra, for it is here that man begins to become aware of himself, even if in a very rudimentary form. The Muladhara Chakra is also a vital trigger center that is very much concerned with directing pranic forces from the base of the spine upwards through sushumna to the higher centers. It is often associated with transmutation of sexual energy into more subtle pranic energy (ojas). Both of these chakras are centers of pranic energy but in a slightly different sense. Thus kundalini resides here.

Manipura Kshetram and Exercise

Manipura kshetram
In kriya yoga practices, the area of the body directly in front of the Manipuraka Chakra area on the front surface of the body is also used as a point of awareness. This is called the Manipura kshetram and is exactly located at the navel. You should develop the ability to locate this region. Most people should find it quite easy to feel and locate the Manipuraka Chakra kshetram with the eyes closed.

Two excellent methods of locating the Manipuraka Chakra trigger point and the Manipuraka Chakra kshetram are called Uddiyana Bandha and Manipuraka Chakra shuddhi (purification). These are practiced as follows:

Stage 1: Uddiyana Bandha
Sit in a comfortable position, preferably one of the traditional meditative asanas, with the knees flat on the ground. Perform uddiyana bandha. Be aware of the navel. Practise several rounds for about 5 minutes. Then stop uddiyana bandha. Fix your attention on the blood pulse at the navel. You should distinctly feel it. After a few minutes, transfer your attention to the Manipuraka Chakra trigger point in the spine. If necessary you can physically locate this region with your finger. Try to feel the blood pulse at this point. Continue in this manner for a few minutes. Then if you have time, again do a few more rounds of uddiyana bandha. Then again be attentive to the blood pulse at the Manipuraka Chakra kshetram and chakra for a few minutes each. Repeat the entire process again if you have time. Then proceed to stage 2.

Stage 2: Manipura Shuddhi (purification)
Take a comfortable sitting position. Hold the back straight. Keep the eyes closed. Breathe slowly and deeply. Feel the contraction and expansion of the navel as you breathe in and out. Feel as though you are breathing in and out at the navel. Fix your whole attention at the navel. Feel that the breath is being drawn from the Manipuraka Chakra trigger point in the spine through the navel and outwards as the abdomen expands during inhalation. Feel that the breath is being pushed inwards through the navel to the Manipuraka Chakra in the spine as the abdomen contracts with exhalation. Be attentive to this rhythmical process. Continue in this manner for at least 10 minutes. Then combine the mantra Aum with the inhalation and exhalation of breath. You should still continue to feel the movement of breath inwards and outwards, but it must be now synchronized with Aum. Feel the breath and mantra piercing the navel and the Manipuraka Chakra in the spine. At the end of exhalation, feel the Manipuraka Chakra kshetram being pierced, and feel the breath being pulled upwards from the Manipuraka Chakra kshetram during inhalation. Continue in this manner for as long as you have time available. Be attentive.

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