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


  54. CHIANG MAI
    CHIANG MAI
    Movie Reviews
    1. Movie Review: The Outpost (2020) Nov 5, 2020
    2. Movie Review: Searching for Sugar Man (2012) Oct 7, 2020
    3. Movie Review: The Last Full Measure (2019) Oct 6, 2020
    4. Movie Review: Greenland (2020) Sep 28, 2020
    5. Movie Review: Tesla (2020) Sep 24, 2020
    6. Movie Review: Mulan (2020) Sep 10, 2020
    7. Movie Review: Tenet (2020) Sep 2, 2020
    8. Movie Review: Late Night (2019) Aug 20, 2020
    9. Movie Review: Inception (2010) Aug 13, 2020
    10. Movie Review: Jojo Rabbit (2019) July 11, 2020
    11. Movie Review: The Kingmaker (2019) July 8, 2020
    12. Movie Review: Underwater (2020) Jan 19, 2020
    13. Movie Review: Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Jan 7, 2020
    14. Movie Review: Knives Out (2019) Dec 12, 2019
    15. Movie Review: Ford vs Ferrari Dec 5, 2019
    16. Movie Review: The Cave (2019) Nov 23, 2019
    17. Movie Review: Panic: The Untold Story of the 2008 Financial Crisis (2018) Nov 22, 2019
    18. Movie Review: Midway (2019) Nov 15, 2019
    19. Movie Review: Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Nov 11, 2019
    20. Movie Review: Judy (2019) Oct 31, 2019
    21. Movie Review: Roger Waters - Us + Them (2019) Oct 27, 2019
    22. Movie Review: Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Oct 24, 2019
    23. Movie Review: Liam: As It Was (2019) Oct 23, 2019
    24. Movie Review: Official Secrets (2019) Oct 15, 2019
    25. Movie Review: Joker (2019) Oct 8, 2019
    26. Movie Review: Farewell Song (2019) Sep 16, 2019
    27. Movie Review: Hail Satan? (2019) Sep 29, 2019
    28. Movie Review: Ad Astra (2019) Sep 25, 2019
    29. Movie Review: Rambo 5 Sep 22, 2019
    30. Movie Review: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) Sep 12, 2019
    31. Movie Review: Yesterday (2019) Sep 3, 2019
    32. Movie Review: Midsommar (2019) Aug 28, 2019
    33. Movie Review: Ready or Not (2019) Aug 22, 2019
    34. Movie Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) Aug 14, 2019
    35. Movie Review: Anna (2019) July 15, 2019
    36. Movie Review: Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) July 4, 2019
    37. Movie Review: Rocketman (2019) June 25, 2019
    38. Movie Review: Aladdin (2019) June 13, 2019
    39. Movie Review: X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) June 6, 2019
    40. Movie Review: John Wick 3 - Parabellum (2019) June 4, 2019
    41. Movie Review: Avengers: Endgame (2019) May 14, 2019
    42. Movie Review: Arctic (2018) May 13, 2019
    43. Movie Review: Hellboy (2019) Apr 15, 2019
    44. Movie Review: Shazam! (2019) Apr 4, 2019
    45. Movie Review: Captive State (2019) Mar 27, 2019
    46. Movie Review: Captain Marvel (2019) Mar 19, 2019
    47. Movie Review: Vox Lux (2018) Mar 2, 2019
    48. Movie Review: The Favourite (2018) Feb 25, 2019
    49. Movie Review: Alita Battle Angel Feb 19, 2019
    50. Movie Review: Spider-Man - Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Feb 3, 2018
    51. Movie Review: Green Book Jan 30, 2019
    52. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Jan 27, 2019
    53. Movie Review: Aquaman Jan 26, 2019
    Peoplescape Blogs
    1. Chiang Mai Peoplescape Aug-Sep 2020 Sep 30, 2020
    2. Shifting Peoplescape of Chiang Mai July 31, 2020
    3. Yoga Class for Strength and Muscle Jul 30, 2020
    4. Yoga Class for Optimum Digestion July 29, 2020
    5. Yoga Class for Healthy Eyes Jul 27, 2020
    6. The Podcast Series: Alan "Heart Math" Strydom Jul 17, 2020
    7. Friends, Coffeemates and Breadmates (Dec 2019) Dec 31, 2019
    8. Coffeemates and Breadmates (Nov 2019) Nov 30, 2019
    9. Coffeemates and Breadmates (Oct 2019) Oct to Nov 5, 2019
    10. The Conscious Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Aug 31, 2019
    11. Kaleidoscope of Chiang Mai's Peoplescape July 27, 2019
    12. The Outsiders (people you need to push out of your sacred circle) May 31, 2019
    13. Fascinating Peoplescape of Chiang Mai May 22, 2019
    14. Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Jan 24 - Mar 13, 2019
    Happiness Series
    1. In Pursuit of Happiness Aug 2020
    2. Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) Aug 31, 2020
    3. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) Aug 28, 2020
    4. Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) Aug 25, 2020
    5. Lucious Annaeus Seneca (4BC–AD65) Aug 10, 2020
    6. Epicurus (341–270 BC) Aug 2020
    7. Socrates (470–399 BC) Aug 7, 2020
    27 Year Old Farang and the Older Asian Couple
    1. Public Display of Affection Aug 9, 2020
    2. Dad-Zoned Aug 18, 2020
    3. Intelligent Romantic Break-up Aug 25, 2020
  55. High Intensity Interval Yoga (Yoga + HIIT) Nov 14, 2020
  56. Cleansing the Nadis (Energy Pathway) Nov 13, 2020
  57. Yoga for a 360-degree Core Nov 6, 2020
  58. Edward Witten: 'the smartest living physicist' Nov 4, 2020
  59. Srinivasa Ramanujan: Mathematician of the Divine Oct 27, 2020
  60. Bashar as Channeled by Darryl Anka Oct 26, 2020
  61. Vinyasa Krama and Ashtanga Yoga with Aida Yoga Oct 18, 2020
  62. Deepak Chopra: author, lecturer, healer Oct 12, 2020
  63. Siddhis (yogic super powers) Sep 30, 2020
  64. Learning the Import/Export Trade Sep 4, 2020
  65. Music and Magic at Justin's Birthday Bash Sep 3, 2020
  66. Biggest Stone in his Shoe Sep 1, 2020
  67. Abandoned Aug 25, 2020
  68. Gabriella's Birthday Bash at Mothership Resort Aug 8-9, 2020
  69. Hippie Night at Nawa Saraan Healing Space July 24, 2020
  70. Yoga Class to move Prana Vayu (energy) July 11-12, 2020
  71. Coming Back to Chiang Mai Jun 29, 2020
  72. Goodbye Chiang Mai Jan 23, 2020
  73. Prasnopanishad: Understanding Prana Jan 17, 2020
  74. Hiking the Monk's Trail Jan 15, 2020
  75. Chaturanga Jan 10, 2020
  76. You Spooned Me Jan 3, 2020
  77. 2019: A Year in Review Dec 31, 2019
  78. Let's Make it About You - an Epiphany Dec 17, 2019
  79. Shut-Up! Dec 7, 2019
  80. Roasted Red Bell Pepper Puree Dec 3, 2019
  81. Sacred Cacao - Chakra Dance Journey Oct 26, 2019
  82. Partner Healing with Natascha Oct 24, 2019
  83. Point-Of-Failure Birthday Workout Oct 22, 2019
  84. Hugfest at Thapae Gate, Chiang Mai Oct 19, 2019
  85. Learning Thai with Cee Oct 13, 2019
  86. Mindfulness Gong Bath by Vee (Veerayuth Pongsiri) Oct 3, 2019
  87. Cuddle Party by Abundant Love CM Oct 1, 2019
  88. Visa-Run to Tachileik, Myanmar Sep 28, 2019
  89. Eye-Gazing at Heart Space Sep 20, 2019
  90. Prana Vayu (Pranic Wind) Sep 20, 2019
  91. 2-Week Yoga Challenge by Agnese Erba Sep 17, 2019
  92. Sunday Vinyasa Flow with Marina Forster Sep 8, 2019
  93. Shamanic Breathwork by Rachel Constantino Sep 4, 2019
  94. Of Winos and Yogis Aug 26, 2019
  95. The 9 Jhanas of Buddha Aug 22, 2019
  96. Full Moon Ceremony at Heart Space Aug 15, 2019
  97. Yin Yoga - Water Element by Martina Barabas Aug 15, 2019
  98. Hatha Mix Yoga with Christin Aug 13, 2019
  99. Boy Blues Bar Rocks Chiang Mai Aug 5, 2019
  100. Back to my Beloved Chiang Mai Aug 1, 2019
  101. Secret Sunrise: Nelson Mandela International Day July 17, 2019
  102. Farewell Picnic with Alan and Nicola July 15, 2019
  103. Secret Sunrise: Water July 3, 2019
  104. Hotel Review: Arun Suite June 27, 2019
  105. Bruce Lipton: Epigentics to Transcend Genes June 24, 2019
  106. Optimizing Life thru Heart Math May 8, 15 and 22, 2019
  107. Connective Cacao and Sound Journey June 12, 2019
  108. Chiangmai BLUES June 6, 2019
  109. Meditating with One Million Meditators Movement June 1, 2019
  110. Vinyasa Happy Flow Series by Vaida May 31, 2019
  111. Muay Thai at the Chiang Mai Boxing Stadium May 30, 2019
  112. Yoga Flow Through the 7 Chakras by Sabrina Pilz May 30, 2019
  113. World Meditation Day at Heart Space May 21, 2019
  114. Abs Yoga by Gigit May 12, 2019
  115. Kundalini and Vinyasa Yoga with Nicola Symons May 10, 2019
  116. Secret Sunrise Interactive Dance May 9, 2019
  117. Tok Sen Massage from Ying May 8, 2019
  118. Bruschetta: Nawa Saraan Style Apr 22, 2019
  119. Thai Cooking at Pra Nang Thai Cookery School Apr 20, 2019
  120. Bonding with the Elephants in Chiang Mai Apr 11, 2019
  121. Ziplining in Chiang Mai with Eagle Track Zipline Apr 10, 2019
  122. Getting Thai Massage from Chiang Mai's Best (Lar Thanakrit Khamtanong) Mar 21, 2019
  123. Being the Soul of Nawa Saraan Hotel Mar 18, 2019
  124. Curing Cancer with Yoga? Feb 21, 2019
  125. International Training Massage School (ITM): Level 1 Feb 11-15, 2019
  126. Sandesch Album Launch by Christoph Joerg Feb 13, 2019
  127. Meditation in a Sensory Deprivation Tank at Float Chiang Mai Jan 29, 2019
  128. Reiki Share at the Mastermind Brain Spa Jan 26, 2019
  129. Resuming Life in Chiang Mai Jan 24, 2019
  130. Mike Chong Aug 8, 2018
  131. An Intimate Conversation with my Universe in Chiang Mai Aug 8, 2018
  132. Kneaded and Pampered at Zira Spa Aug 4, 2018
  133. Savoring a Baht 3,500 Birds Nest Soup at Natural Bird Nest by Burapa Aug 3, 2018
  134. Yoga Exploration at The Yoga Tree with Gernot Aug 1, 2018
  135. Laughter Yoga with Saffiya Arnous July 31, 2018
  136. Yoga with Adam at Hidden House Yoga, Chiang Mai July 29, 2018
  137. 2 Weeks in Chiang Mai July 25 - Aug 7, 2018
  138. A First Timer in Chiang Mai Apr 9-23, 2016
  139. Chiang Mai's Amazing Peoplescape Apr 9-23, 2016
  140. Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016
  141. Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016
  142. Border Crossing from Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Bangkok (Thailand) to Chiang Mai April 9-10, 2016


  143. CHIANG RAI CHIANG RAI
  144. Visiting the Blue Temple Nov 27, 2019
  145. Visiting the Black House of Chiang Rai Nov 26, 2019
  146. Revisiting Chiang Rai Nov 26-28, 2019
  147. Exploring Chiang Rai, Thailand May 11-16, 2016
  148. Visiting the White Temple of Chiang Rai (Wat Rong Khun) May 15, 2016

  149. CHIANG KHONG (district)
  150. Ten Days in Chiang Khong, Thailand Apr 30 - May 9, 2016

  151. CHIANG SAEN (district)
  152. Exploring Chiang Saen, Thailand Apr 28-30, 2016

  153. PHAN (district)
  154. Yoga with Amm Prajna Pitchaya and the Sivananda yoga community of Phan May 16-18, 2016
  155. Visiting the Nam Lot and the Pha Khong Caves of Phan District May 18, 2016
     
  156. LOEI
    LOEI
  157. A First-Timer in Loei, Thailand Jun 27, 2020

  158. CHIANG KHAN (district)
  159. Alms-Round (Sai Bat) with the Buddhist Monks of Chiang Khan Jun 21, 2020
  160. The Rapids of Kaeng Khut Khu, Chiang Khan Jun 20, 2020
  161. Ascending Phu Thok Hill Viewpoint Jun 20, 2020
  162. Chiang Khan Promenade by the Mekong River Jun 19, 2020
  163. Rummaging Through the Walking Street of Chiang Khan, Loei Jun 19, 2020
  164. A First-Timer in Chiang Khan, Loei, Thailand Jun 18, 2020
  165. Nong Khai - Chiang Khan Roadtrip June 18, 2020

  166. MAE HONG SON MAE HONG SON

  167. Peoplescape at the Wat Pa Tam Wua Forest Monastery Dec 12 - Jan , 2019
  168. Arahattamagga Arahattaphala - the path to Aranhantship Dec 30, 2018
  169. Goenka and the Theravada Forest Monastery Vipassana Traditions Dec 25, 2018
  170. The Knower Dec 24, 2018
  171. 10-Day Meditation at Wat Pa Tam Wua Forest Monastery Dec 12, 2018 - Jan 1, 2019, 2018


  172. MAE SAI MAE SAI

  173. 4 Days in Mae Sai, Thailand Apr 25-28, 2016
  174. Border Crossing - Mae Sai (Thailand) to Tachileik (Myanmar) Apr 23, 2016


  175. MAE SOT MAE SOT

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


  182. NONG KHAI NONG KHAI

  183. Nong Khai - Chiang Khan Roadtrip June 18, 2020
  184. Life in Nong Khai Mar 13 - June 18, 2020
  185. Peoplescape of Nong Khai Jun 17, 2020
  186. My Studies with Sri Krishnamacharya by Srivatsa Ramaswami Jun 14, 2020
  187. Exploring Nong Khai's Cafe Culture Jun 10, 2020
  188. Nong Khai Street Art June 4, 2020
  189. Sirsasana A & B May 20, 2020
  190. Structured Water, Water Therapy and Nauli May 1, 2020
  191. Visiting the Salakaewkoo (Buddha Park) in Nong Khai, Thailand Apr 23, 2020
  192. Fitness in Quarantine Times Apr 20, 2020
  193. Covid 19: Lion - Buffalo Analogy Apr 13, 2020
  194. Covid 19 and the Conspiracies Mar - Apr, 2020
  195. Nong Khai with Cheng Mar 18 - Apr ???, 2020
  196. Covid 19 and Pranayama Mar 20, 2020
  197. Giant Mekong Catfish at the Nong Khai Aquarium Mar 19, 2020
  198. Drawn to Nong Khai, Thailand Mar 12, 2020


  199. PAI PAI

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


  205. PAK CHONG PAK CHONG

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


  219. PHITSANULOK PHITSANULOK

  220. Hostel Scammed in Phitsanulok, Thailand Feb 23-24,2020


  221. SUKHOTHAI SUKHOTHAI

  222. Visiting Sukhothai, Thailand Feb 20-23, 2020


  223. UDON THANI UDON THANI

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


  229. UMPHANG UMPHANG

  230. Visiting the Pasak Vipassana Temple, Umphang, Thailand Feb 14, 2020
  231. Food in Umphang Feb 10-15, 2002
  232. Trekking Kao Hua Mot Viewpoint Feb 11-12, 2020
  233. 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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