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Nada Meditation (perceiving the Inner Sound) Jan 17, 2021

Nada Meditation (perceiving the Inner Sound)

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

Within our being are different levels of vibration and subtlety, all generating different sounds. They are always present but we don't perceive them because our 5 sensory organs and our monkey mind are too inundated by stimuli from the outside world - it's a sensory overload. Even our bodies are stuck at the level of apparent solidity where we don't feel these subtleties. Nada flows everywhere - the living and the non-living.

Nada Meditation enables us to close the outside doors so we can hear the sound within. Nada meditation is the yoga of sound - not by chanting a specific mantra, but by hearing the sound from inside that arises spontaneously. An aspirant first hears of sound at the gross level and progresses to the more subtle sounds as consciousness is developed. Nada is a means to transcendence where the mind is completely absorbed in the inner sound to the exclusion of all outside distraction and noise (pratyahara).

Nada Meditation (perceiving the Inner Sound)

Stages of Nada

  1. vaikhari - grossest sound at the apparent level, produced when two objects hit each other
  2. madhayana - nada takes form (??? you don't see it yet and you don't hear it yet, so how do you know you're at madhayana ???)
  3. pasyanti - nada that can be seen (through colors representing vibration, seen by the inner vision) but not yet heard
  4. para - transcendental sound, the point of origin of nada. It is the silent sound. It happens in a state of samadhi. It is called the anahata nada - the unstruck sound

Vipassana and Nada Meditation
The concept of nada meditation is very similar to that of Vipassana meditation where both start at the gross level of existence and progress to the more subtle levels of reality. Vipassana works on sensation in the physical body while nada deals with solidified vibration. But both strive to reach an intangible level of existence where gross solidity is dissolved leaving only a mass of subtle vibration.

Science and Nada
When string theory talks about a band of energy that creates form and shape as it vibrates (the physical reality we perceive), it hints at the aspect of nada. On a different level, the electromagnetic spectrum (radio wave, microwave, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet ray, x-ray, and gamma-ray) is nothing but a waveform vibrating at different frequencies. It wouldn't be too far off if nada is simply a continuation of the electromagnetic spectrum that cannot be detected by present-day instruments.

Meditation Class

Phase IA - (bhramari for beginners) making the audible bee sound

  1. sit in padmasana with index fingers inside the ears to deaden all sounds. Elbows pointed to the sides. Spine straight. Eyes closed, body relaxed. Mouth closed, teeth slightly separated.
  2. inhale slow and deep
  3. on the exhale, make a controlled sound of a bee until the lungs are empty. Out-breath should be slow, smooth, and continuous. Feel the vibration inside the head.
  4. make a slow inhale and repeat the process until you feel complete.

Phase IB - (yoni mudra for advanced students, aka shanmukhi mudra, baddha yoni asana), closing the 7 gates of perception - 2 ears, 2 nostrils, 2 eyes and one mouth.

  1. seated, thumbs press upon the ears to close them, index fingers gently touches the eyes, middle fingers rest gently on the nose (cannot close the nose or you can't breathe), ring fingers above the upper lips and pinky fingers below the lower lips. Except for the thumbs which actually press down on the ears, the other fingers are mostly symbolic since they cannot press upon the sense organ.
  2. on the inhale, hold the breath in (antara kumbhaka) and close the nostrils
  3. listen for sounds inside your head, at the bindu or in the right ear
  4. exhale without holding the breath. Repeat

Phase II - perception of subtle inner sound. No sound is made.

  1. keep in position with the fingers and listen to an inner sound inside your head. The sound can emanate from the bindu, the right ear, inside the head or even in the heart. It will take some practice before this happens. Be patient.
  2. when a sound is perceived, stay focused to the exclusion of everything else
  3. as the days and weeks pass, the sound will become more and more distinct and loud
  4. as your sensitivity increases, a second sound can be heard - a faint sound in the background. Focus awareness on this new sound. Ignore the first sound.
  5. after more practice, a third and subtle sound can be heard. Focus on this sound now. This cycle will keep repeating as you move into the more subtle realms of consciousness
  6. do not remain on the old sound when a new faint sound becomes apparent. The point is to keep progressing into the more subtle sounds as you progress

The whole practice will take months to develop. Be patient and vigilant.

My Practice

  1. pranayama - (30 mins), because it is suggested that pranayama precedes nada meditation, I incorporate nada into my morning practice when I wake up. Before even leaving my bed, I would do 3 sets of the Wim Hof 30 breathing reps. I would follow this with 10 minutes of nadi shodhana (ingesting divinity, strength, wisdom, courage, mental clarity, etc.) on every inhale, internalizing as I engage maha bandha mudra, and surrender on the exhale, dissolving my ego. This would then be followed by 108 breaths of kapalabhati.
  2. nada meditation: phase I - (10 mins), seated, I insert my index fingers in my ears and begin the bee sound. On the inhale, I still visualize/internalize divinity, wisdom, etc. followed by a short maha bandha mudra. I make the bee-sound on the slow exhale. It gets tiring on the arms after 5 minutes. Alternatively, I use my construction ear-muff instead of my fingers. The head vibration feels the same, but not sure if fingers have more esoteric benefits.
  3. nada meditation: phase II - (5 mins), not making a sound, I simply focus on hearing any sound that emanate from my head, while keeping relaxed. The mind drifts more in this phase, so vigilance is needed. So far, since I only started this practice today, I hear no sound.
  4. gratitude - as I cap every practice, I think about the blessings I enjoy (health, strength, friends, Mike, being in Chiang Mai, no money shortage, food, etc.) and give thanks

Ending Thoughts
Comments to come after a few sessions practicing this meditation. Stay tuned.

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