TheLoneRider
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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 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


CHIANG KHONG
  • Ten Days in Chiang Khong, Thailand Apr 30 - May 9, 2016


  • CHIANG MAI CHIANG MAI

  • Goodbye Chiang Mai Jan 23, 2020
  • Movie Review: Underwater (2020) Jan 19, 2020
  • Prasnopanishad: Understanding Prana Jan 17, 2020
  • Hiking the Monk's Trail Jan 15, 2020
  • Chaturanga Jan 10, 2020
  • You Spooned Me Jan 3, 2020
  • 2019: A Year in Review Dec 31, 2019
  • Friends, Coffeemates and Breadmates (Dec 2019) Dec 31, 2019
  • Let's Make it About You - an Epiphany Dec 17, 2019
  • Shut-Up! Dec 7, 2019
  • Roasted Red Bell Pepper Puree Dec 3, 2019
  • Coffeemates and Breadmates (Nov 2019) Nov 30, 2019
  • Movie Review: Panic: The Untold Story of the 2008 Financial Crisis (2018) Nov 22, 2019
  • Coffeemates and Breadmates (Oct 2019) Oct to Nov 5, 2019
  • Sacred Cacao - Chakra Dance Journey Oct 26, 2019
  • Partner Healing with Natascha Oct 24, 2019
  • Point-Of-Failure Birthday Workout Oct 22, 2019
  • Hugfest at Thapae Gate, Chiang Mai Oct 19, 2019
  • Learning Thai with Cee Oct 13, 2019
  • 20 Essential Mudras by T. Krishnamacharya Oct. 6, 2019
  • Mindfulness Gong Bath by Vee (Veerayuth Pongsiri) Oct 3, 2019
  • Cuddle Party by Abundant Love CM Oct 1, 2019
  • Visa-Run to Tachileik, Myanmar Sep 28, 2019
  • Eye-Gazing at Heart Space Sep 20, 2019
  • Vayu (Pranic Wind) Sep 20, 2019
  • 2-Week Yoga Challenge by Agnese Erba Sep 17, 2019
  • The Mudra Project Sep 13, 2019
  • Sunday Vinyasa Flow with Marina Forster Sep 8, 2019
  • Shamanic Breathwork by Rachel Constantino Sep 4, 2019
  • The Conscious Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Aug 31, 2019
  • Of Winos and Yogis Aug 26, 2019
  • The 9 Jhanas of Buddha Aug 22, 2019
  • Full Moon Ceremony at Heart Space Aug 15, 2019
  • Yin Yoga - Water Element by Martina Barabas Aug 15, 2019
  • Hatha Mix Yoga with Christin Aug 13, 2019
  • Boy Blues Bar Rocks Chiang Mai Aug 5, 2019
  • Back to my Beloved Chiang Mai Aug 1, 2019
  • Kaleidoscope of Chiang Mai's Peoplescape July 27, 2019
  • Secret Sunrise: Nelson Mandela International Day July 17, 2019
  • Farewell Picnic with Alan and Nicola July 15, 2019
  • Secret Sunrise: Water July 3, 2019
  • Hotel Review: Arun Suite June 27, 2019
  • Bruce Lipton: Epigentics to Transcend Genes June 24, 2019
  • Optimizing Life thru Heart Math May 8, 15 and 22, 2019
  • Connective Cacao and Sound Journey June 12, 2019
  • Chiangmai BLUES June 6, 2019
  • Meditating with One Million Meditators Movement June 1, 2019
  • Vinyasa Happy Flow Series by Vaida May 31, 2019
  • Muay Thai at the Chiang Mai Boxing Stadium May 30, 2019
  • Yoga Flow Through the 7 Chakras May 30, 2019
  • The Outsiders (people you need to push out of your sacred circle) May 31, 2019
  • Fascinating Peoplescape of Chiang Mai May 22, 2019
  • World Meditation Day at Heart Space May 21, 2019
  • Abs Yoga May 12, 2019
  • Kundalini and Vinyasa Yoga with Nicola Symons May 10, 2019
  • Secret Sunrise Interactive Dance May 9, 2019
  • Tok Sen Massage from Ying May 8, 2019
  • Bruschetta: Nawa Saraan Style Apr 22, 2019
  • Thai Cooking at Pra Nang Thai Cookery School Apr 20, 2019
  • Bonding with the Elephants in Chiang Mai Apr 11, 2019
  • Ziplining in Chiang Mai with Eagle Track Zipline Apr 10, 2019
  • Getting Thai Massage from Chiang Mai's Best (Lar Thanakrit Khamtanong) Mar 21, 2019
  • Being the Soul of Nawa Saraan Hotel Mar 18, 2019
  • Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Jan 24 - Mar 13, 2019
  • Curing Cancer with Yoga? Feb 21, 2019
  • International Training Massage School (ITM): Level 1 Feb 11-15, 2019
  • Sandesch Album Launch by Christoph Joerg Feb 13, 2019
  • Meditation in a Sensory Deprivation Tank at Float Chiang Mai Jan 29, 2019
  • Reiki Share at the Mastermind Brain Spa Jan 26, 2019
  • Resuming Life in Chiang Mai Jan 24, 2019
  • Mike Chong Aug 8, 2018
  • An Intimate Conversation with my Universe in Chiang Mai Aug 8, 2018
  • Kneaded and Pampered at Zira Spa Aug 4, 2018
  • Savoring a Baht 3,500 Birds Nest Soup at Natural Bird Nest by Burapa Aug 3, 2018
  • Yoga Exploration at The Yoga Tree with Gernot Aug 1, 2018
  • Laughter Yoga with Saffiya Arnous July 31, 2018
  • Yoga with Adam at Hidden House Yoga, Chiang Mai July 29, 2018
  • 2 Weeks in Chiang Mai July 25 - Aug 7, 2018
  • A First Timer in Chiang Mai Apr 9-23, 2016
  • Chiang Mai's Amazing Peoplescape Apr 9-23, 2016
  • Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016
  • Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016
  • Border Crossing from Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Bangkok (Thailand) to Chiang Mai April 9-10, 2016


  • CHIANG RAI CHIANG RAI

  • Visiting the Blue Temple Nov 27, 2019
  • Visiting the Black House of Chiang Rai Nov 26, 2019
  • Revisiting Chiang Rai Nov 26-28, 2019
  • Exploring Chiang Rai, Thailand May 11-16, 2016
  • Visiting the White Temple of Chiang Rai (Wat Rong Khun) May 15, 2016
  • Yoga with Amm Prajna Pitchaya and the Sivananda yoga community of Phan May 16-18, 2016
  • Visiting the Nam Lot and the Pha Khong Caves of Phan District May 18, 2016


  • CHIANG SAEN CHIANG SAEN

  • Exploring Chiang Saen, Thailand Apr 28-30, 2016


  • MAE HONG SON MAE HONG SON

  • Peoplescape at the Wat Pa Tam Wua Forest Monastery Dec 12 - Jan , 2019
  • Arahattamagga Arahattaphala - the path to Aranhantship Dec 30, 2018
  • Goenka and the Theravada Forest Monastery Vipassana Traditions Dec 25, 2018
  • The Knower Dec 24, 2018
  • 10-Day Meditation at Wat Pa Tam Wua Forest Monastery Dec 12, 2018 - Jan 1, 2019, 2018


  • MAE SAI MAE SAI

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


  • MAE SOT MAE SOT

  • Teaching 'Marketing English' to Hotel Staff Feb 17-19, 2020
  • Post-Umphang Mae Sot Feb 15-20, 2020
  • Time on my Hands in Mae Sot Feb 5-10, 2020
  • Full-Body Ocular by the Immigration Officer in Mae Sot, Thailand Feb 5, 2020
  • Mae Sot (Thailand) - Myawaddy (Myanmar) Border Crossing Jan 23, 2020
  • Visiting Mae Sot Dec 27-30, 2019


  • NONG KHAI NONG KHAI

  • Life in Nong Khai Mar 13-???, 2020
  • Covid 19 and Pranayama Mar 20, 2020
  • Giant Mekong Catfish at the Nong Khai Aquarium Mar 19, 2020
  • Drawn to Nong Khai, Thailand Mar 12, 2020


  • PAI PAI

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


  • PAK CHONG PAK CHONG

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


  • SUKHOTHAI SUKHOTHAI

  • Visiting Sukhothai, Thailand Feb 20-23, 2020


  • UDON THANI UDON THANI

  • Isaan Food in Udan Thani, Thailand Mar 5, 2020
  • Low Season (2020) Feb 29, 2020
  • Thai Food Cooking at ISaan Workshop Feb 26, 2020
  • Movie Review: Parasite Feb 25, 2020
  • Abundance in Udon Thani, Thailand Feb 25, 2020


  • UMPHANG UMPHANG

  • Visiting the Pasak Vipassana Temple, Umphang, Thailand Feb 14, 2020
  • Food in Umphang Feb 10-15, 2002
  • Trekking Kao Hua Mot Viewpoint Feb 11-12, 2020
  • Exploring Umphang, Thailand Feb 10-15, 2020

  • 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 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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