TheLoneRider
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ABS Fitness Challenge

abs Saturday ABS Yoga Classes

This is open to the public and not limited to participants of ABS Fitness Challenge

Days: every Saturday beginning Jan 15 to Apr 16, 2022 (3 months)
Times: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (90 minutes)
Location Google Map: Nawa Saraan Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Fee: Baht 250/pax
Note: bring your mat, come on time

Jan 29 Class:
The ABS asanas will focus on the obliques and the intercostals this time (isometric/dynamic side planks, weighted side bends, Russian twist), interspersed with HIIT (high intensity interval training - shadow boxing, knee taps, butt kicks, jumping jacks, fast foot shuffle, switching mountain climbers), followed by Wim Hof breathing. Anapana Meditation comes at the end to close the practice.



Jan 22 Class

The ABS asanas will focus on the front abs (abdominus rectus, solar plexus, transversus abdominis - leg raises, crunches, hip raises, boat pose, high plank, Russian twist, seated in&out) but this time, interspersed with HIIT movement, followed by Wim Hof breathing. Chakra Mantra Chanting comes at the end to close the practice.



Jan 15 Class

Class dynamics will consist of sun salutations, pranamyama (Wim Hof, Bhastrika, Kapalabhati, Ujjayi), and standing energy meditation conducted by Shen Shuiying. After yoga class, she will also conduct a free acupuncture talk/demo/hands-on. She is also a qualified Chinese Medicine practitioner.


Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Podcast Series




Alan Strydom Jul 17, 2020

The Podcast Series: Alan "HeartMath" Strydom

If you have a heart, this is for you. HeartMath helps people emotionally self-regulate to get a better handle on the decisions they make brought about by years of programming and conditioning.

Website: +HeartMath SA

Alan Strydom
In a Zeitgeist of emergent mind-expansion modalities, HeartMath comes along with the endorsement of 2 biggies in the conscious landscape - Gregg Braden and Dr. Joe Dispenza. How is HeartMath different from all the rest? Who needs HeartMath? To get the low-down, I sat down with Director, Certified Trainer and Master Coach for HeartMath South Africa, Alan Strydom.

But forget about the lofty titles. To me, Alan is da Dude! I dance to his music as he spins us all on his Ecstatic Dance and Secret Sunrise events. We break bread, sip coffee, down a coldie, catch live music and we bounce-off ideas, often agreeing but sometimes agreeing to disagree. While others prance at talking-the-walk, Alan walks-the-talk. He's authentic, and as I say, he's da Dude!

Alan Strydom
first-ever podcast: with Alan Strydom on HeartMath

+HeartMath SA
I've attended one of his HeartMath workshops, and to be honest, a lot of it went over my head - I didn't see the Eiffel Tower as I got distracted from the hovering steel beams. But HeartMath keeps getting bounced around as I listen to today's leading thinkers and iconoclasts. Maybe I needed a second take.

The Podcast Audio

Ending Thoughts
Now, having the liberty to squeeze-in pressing questions as he explained (which I couldn't do on his workshop), I think a have a better sense of what HeartMath is - and I'm not sure if this will sink well with him. I don't think he wants HeartMath associated with anything BUT HeartMath - fair enough.

To me, HeartMath is yoga without the asana or Vipassana without the Pali words and so comes wrapped in a different clothing and jargon. The words are different. What he calls heart, I call anahata. What he calls breathing, I call pranayama. What he calls awareness, I call satipatthana. What he refers to as the stimulus-reaction gap, I call vedana. He calls controlling heart-rate variability as self-regulation, I call it body scanning with a calm and equanimous mind.

But the process and destination are the same. Breaking down the anatomy of the process, when we are bombarded with stimuli, we don't react, and from a balanced mind, we make informed decisions (or follow our bliss) without attachment to outcome. This is as concise as I can squeeze it. The main difference I see is that HeartMath uses scientific explanations and scientific instrumentation whereas yoga/Vipassana don't quantify the benchmarks.

Why am I defaulting to yoga and Vipassana? Because I'm a yogi and a Vipassana meditator - that's my point of reference. I am also not suggesting that yoga or Vipassana has a monopoly on breathwork or awareness - many cultures and traditions have discovered that method independently.

I noticed that a lot of new modalities share many things with yoga/meditation - without using the words. Wim Hof never used any Sanskrit word, but he teaches pranayama, kumbhaka, and bandha. Dispenza talks about squeezing the spinal fluid up the spine, but it's again pranayama, kumbhaka, bandha and chakras. I don't blame them. Yoga does not have a clear edge unlike the new science. Yoga is elliptical rather than straight-forward. Yoga is suggestive instead of direct. Yoga can be nebulous instead of being clear-cut. In fact, it is with the incorporation of new science that I began to deepen my understanding of yoga, breath and physiology - resulting in a blueprint for my practice. Because of this, I see HeartMath making these technologies accessible and comprehensible to those who might otherwise be turned-off to any of the esoteric mysticism.

A good example of this repackaging for accessibility and comprehension would be the musical Bourrée, originally composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in the 18th century. During the hippie era of the late 1960s, this song would have been lost or ignored. But Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull rearranged it into a classical-rock masterpiece and reintroduced it to a new generation, and got them wowed by it. Essentially, this is what the new science is doing...adding tangible science into the esoteric, ambiguous, nebulous world of ancient mystical practices.

Alan Strydom
rock star legends during their time, Johann Sebastian Bach (1700s) and Ian Anderson (1969) with release dates of Bourree, 250 years apart

So, HeartMath is for whom? I would say it's for science-leaning people who would like to get the benefit of yoga without doing asana or long sits. They recognize a power greater than themselves and are out to get a better handle on reality and existence, or at least appreciate knowing the role they play in it. In short, they don't just want to occupy space and go through life oblivious to the purpose of their existence. So, is it for you? He-he, only one way to find out. Alan can be reached through this website: +HeartMath SA

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Alan blogs:
  1. Chiang Mai Peoplescape Aug 31, 2021
  2. Everybody's Only Friend Aug 13, 2021
  3. Coffeemates, Breadmates and Yogamates in Chiang Mai Jan-Mar 2021
  4. Shifting Peoplescape Of Chiang Mai July 2020
  5. The Podcast Series: Alan "Heart Math" Strydom Jul 17, 2020
  6. Secret Sunrise: Nelson Mandela International Day July 17, 2019
  7. Farewell Picnic with Alan and Nicola July 15, 2019
  8. Optimizing Life thru Heart Math May 8, 15 and 22, 2019
  9. Fascinating Peoplescape Of Chiang Mai II May 22, 2019
  10. Secret Sunrise Interactive Dance May 9, 2019
  11. Peoplescape Of Chiang Mai Jan 24 - Mar 13, 2019


Reader Comments:

Gabriella NagyGabriella Hungary
Heart Space
(Aug 2, 2020) I love how it starts!!! 🙂

Mark RatcliffMark USA
Mark Ratcliff Photography
(Aug 2, 2020) Awesome work - a great listen.

TheLoneRiderTheLoneRider
(Aug 2, 2020) ...maybe we can do a podcast on you too. Your extended stay in Vietnam is a wealth of knowledge and experience 🙂

MarkMark
(Aug 2, 2020) Keep up the podcasting - I actually think you make a great host/moderator. Would love to be on one day, some day 🙂

Nicola SymonsNicola South Africa
Nix Dawn Yoga
(Aug 2, 2020) Nice one!!

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Hippie Night at Nawa Saraan Healing Space chilling-out in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Hippie Night at Nawa Saraan Healing Space

(July 24, 2020) Making the most of my stay in Chiang Mai, which could abruptly end by July 31, depending on extended visa exemption, I thought I'd come out of the hippie closet and host a fun-filled night with friends. Why not call it a Hippie Night?....more »»


Chiang Mai INFORMATION

Chiang Mai Map
Google Map

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 Jazz Coop - at Chang Phueg Gate, great Tuesday jam session, Blues on Sundays at 11pm by the Chiang Mai Blues band
  2. Boy Blues Bar - at the Night Bazaar. Mondays at 9:30pm is open mic
  3. My Secret Cafe - near Wat Phra Singh. Tuesdays at 7:30pm for the changing front-act and 9:00pm for the Panic Band
  4. Taphae East - 88 Thapae Rd. (just north of Night Bazaar). Fridays at 9:30pm by Chiang Mai Blues Band
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
Chiang Mai Trains by Train36.com
  1. Chiang Mai trains for Bangkok - 2 day trains, 3 night trains, daily schedule
  2. Train 14 to Bangkok - departs 5pm daily, arrives BKK 6:15am, 1st class and 2nd class sleeping accomodation, Special Express
  3. Chiang Mai trains to other destinations -
Bangkok to Chiang Mai 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
Loei to Chiang Mai by Bus
  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. ABS Fitness Challenge Jan 16 - Apr 17, 2022
  2. Pumpkin Tahini Recipe Jan 3, 2022
  3. 2021: A Year in Review Dec 31, 2021
  4. Pizza Nite with Simona and Lisa Dec 28, 2021
  5. Tahini Salad Dressing Dec 27, 2021
  6. Baba Ganoush Recipe Dec 23, 2021
  7. 7 Universal Laws Dec 20, 2021
  8. Sacred Circuitry Dec 18, 2021
  9. Cave-Living in a Boutique Hotel in Chiang Mai Dec 14, 2021
  10. Tummo Yoga + Wim Hof Breathing + Full-Body Muscle Contraction Dec 13, 2021
  11. Monk Chat Dec 10, 2021
  12. Making Tahini and Hummus Dec 8, 2021
  13. Watering the Plants Hands-Free Dec 2, 2021
  14. Vietnamese Phin Coffee Filter Dec 2, 2021
  15. Tummo Yoga Dec 1, 2021
  16. The Bliss of Inner Fire: Book Summary/Review Dec 1, 2021
  17. The Bliss of Inner Fire: Heart Practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa Dec 1, 2021
  18. 'Must Experience' Cafés of Chiang Mai Nov 30, 2021
  19. British Hobnob Cookies Nov 22, 2021
  20. New York Cheese Cake Nov 22, 2021
  21. Pizza Nite with Simona and Nat Nov 11, 2021
  22. Stepping Forward / Reaching Out Oct 31, 2021
  23. Cancel Culture Attack Oct 31, 2021
  24. Mantra Primer Oct 29, 2021
  25. Spinal Mobility Oct 7, 2021
  26. Swedish Cinnamon Rolls [Kanelbullar] Oct 4, 2021
  27. Just Bring 2 Chinese Oct 3, 2021
  28. One-Leg Yoga Asana Sequences Sep 30, 2021
  29. Pizza Nite with Nut, Monika and Yuki Sep 27, 2021
  30. 23-Minute Ice Bath Sep 27, 2021
  31. Pizza Nite with Nut, Simona and Malee Sep 23, 2021
  32. Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) Sep 23, 2021
  33. Making Cornbread Sep 15, 2021
  34. Kombucha: 2nd Batch Sep 11, 2021
  35. Making German Stollen Bread Sep 9, 2021
  36. Pizza Nite with Jackson, Goi and Paapu Sep 6, 2021
  37. Chiang Mai Peoplescape Aug 31, 2021
  38. Making Homemade Kombucha Aug 30, 2021
  39. Wrong Question to Ask This Crowd Aug 29, 2021
  40. Pizza Nite with Tom, Chunyah and Goi Aug 20, 2021
  41. Pizza Nite with Moms and Kids Aug 15, 2021
  42. Bahya Kumbhaka (breath-hold on the exhale) Aug 14, 2021
  43. Everybody's Only Friend Aug 13, 2021
  44. Vanillekipferl (German Vanilla Crescent Cookies) Aug 11, 2021
  45. Fighting Infection through Yoga Aug 3, 2021
  46. Too Close for Friendship Aug 2, 2021
  47. Manifesting: Epicurus' Pursuit Jul 31, 2021
  48. Homemade Rum Raisin Ice Cream Jul 30, 2021
  49. Ice Bath at Nawa Saraan Healing Space Jul 25, 2021
  50. Pizza Nite + Slack Line + Hammock Jul 23, 2021
  51. Yin-Yoga & Hypnosis with Christine Thiel Jul 20, 2021
  52. Pizza Nite with James and Nat Jul 19, 2021
  53. Antara Kumbhaka on Nadi Shodan Pranayama: Yogic Breath-Hold on the Inhale Jul 17, 2021
  54. Moving and Cashing-Out Bitcoin Jun 2 - Jul 11, 2021
  55. Hatha Yoga: Controlling the Switch Jul 7, 2021
  56. Yoga Classes with Calum Mar 27 - Jul 4, 2021
  57. Hike to Wat Pa Thammachat Waterfall Jul 2, 2021
  58. Pizza Brunch with the Yogis July 1, 2021
  59. Continuing Friendships in Chiang Mai Jun 30, 2021
  60. On the Brink of Hunger, the ENABLERS Come to Light Jun 21, 2021
  61. Hatha Vinyasa Yoga with Katharine Day Jun 17, 2021
  62. Pranayama Basics II Jun 16, 2021
  63. 36-Hour Love Life Jun 11, 2021
  64. Pranayama Basics I Jun 9, 2021
  65. Biohackers Meetup in Chiang Mai Jun 6, 2021
  66. Learning How to Breathe Jun 2, 2021
  67. Not the Usual Day-to-Day Life May 31, 2021
  68. Morphing Peoplescape of Chiang Mai May 31, 2021
  69. Breathwork & Ice Bath with Jason Ryer of Zen Strength May 23, 2021
  70. It's Raining Bell Peppers May 7, 2021
  71. Yoga Classes with Nana Apr 20, 2021
  72. You Want to be Wonder Woman? Apr 8, 2021
  73. Kunjal Kriya / Vamana Dhauti (induced vomiting) Apr 1, 2021
  74. Coffeemates, Breadmates and Yogamates in Chiang Mai Jan-Mar 2021
  75. Varisara Dhauti (cleansing of the entire digestive tract) Mar 26, 2021
  76. Spiritual Backpacker Interview by Napasorn 'Cherry' Suvarnapradip Mar 23, 2021
  77. Private One-on-One Yoga Classes with Doriana Feb 17 - Mar 14, 2021
  78. Transformational Life Events Mar 13, 2021
  79. Guess Who's Coming to Bread Day? Mar 1, 2021
  80. Mula Shodhana (anal cleansing) Feb 27, 2021
  81. Are You My Queen? Feb 25, 2021
  82. Breaking the 5-Minute Breath-hold Barrier Feb 25, 2021
  83. Kirtan with Chiang Mai's Khun Thai Seekers Feb 7, 2021
  84. Breaking the 4-minute Breath-hold Feb 7, 2021
  85. Pranayama Primer Feb 2, 2021
  86. Heartbreak in every Song Jan 24, 2021
  87. The Silent Killer is Baaack! Jan 12, 2021
  88. Learning the Thai Language Jan 9, 2021
  89. 2020: A Year in Review Dec 31, 2020
  90. Reversing/Slowing Down the Aging Process Dec 30, 2020
  91. Hike to Huay Keaw Waterfall Dec 20, 2020
  92. Yoga Mat Dec 19, 2020
  93. Hiking to Wat Pha Lat along the Monk's Trail Dec 19, 2020
  94. Are You Psycho? Dec 9, 2020
  95. Muffin Man Dec 8, 2020
  96. Polyamory Dec 4, 2020
  97. The Wim Hof Ice Bath Dec 3, 2020
  98. RSVP Nov 25, 2020
  99. High Intensity Interval Yoga (Yoga + HIIT) Nov 14, 2020
  100. Cleansing the Nadis (Energy Pathway) Nov 13, 2020
  101. Yoga for a 360-degree Core Nov 6, 2020
  102. Edward Witten: 'the smartest living physicist' Nov 4, 2020
  103. Srinivasa Ramanujan: Mathematician of the Divine Oct 27, 2020
  104. Bashar as Channeled by Darryl Anka Oct 26, 2020
  105. Vinyasa Krama and Ashtanga Yoga with Aida Yoga Oct 18, 2020
  106. Deepak Chopra: author, lecturer, healer Oct 12, 2020
  107. Facebook Friends Oct 1, 2020
  108. Chiang Mai Peoplescape Aug-Sep 2020 Sep 30, 2020
  109. Siddhis (yogic super powers) Sep 30, 2020
  110. Learning the Import/Export Trade Sep 4, 2020
  111. Music and Magic at Justin's Birthday Bash Sep 3, 2020
  112. Biggest Stone in his Shoe Sep 1, 2020
  113. Abandoned Aug 25, 2020
  114. Intelligent Romantic Break-up Aug 25, 2020
  115. Dad-Zoned Aug 18, 2020
  116. Public Display of Affection Aug 9, 2020
  117. Gabriella's Birthday Bash at Mothership Resort Aug 8-9, 2020
  118. Shifting Peoplescape of Chiang Mai July 31, 2020
  119. Yoga Class for Strength and Muscle Jul 30, 2020
  120. Yoga Class for Optimum Digestion July 29, 2020
  121. Yoga Class for Healthy Eyes Jul 27, 2020
  122. Hippie Night at Nawa Saraan Healing Space July 24, 2020
  123. The Podcast Series: Alan "Heart Math" Strydom Jul 17, 2020
  124. Prana Vayu Adhitthana Yoga Class July 11-12, 2020
  125. Coming Back to Chiang Mai Jun 29, 2020
  126. Goodbye Chiang Mai Jan 23, 2020
  127. Prasnopanishad: Understanding Prana Jan 17, 2020
  128. Hiking the Monk's Trail Jan 15, 2020
  129. Chaturanga Jan 10, 2020
  130. You Spooned Me Jan 3, 2020
  131. 2019: A Year in Review Dec 31, 2019
  132. Friends, Coffeemates and Breadmates (Dec 2019) Dec 31, 2019
  133. Visiting Mae Sot Dec 27-30, 2019
  134. Let's Make it About You - an Epiphany Dec 17, 2019
  135. Shut-Up! Dec 7, 2019
  136. Roasted Red Bell Pepper Puree Dec 3, 2019
  137. Coffeemates and Breadmates (Nov 2019) Nov 30, 2019
  138. Bhujangini Mudra Nov 25, 2019
  139. Mathangini Mudra Nov 24, 2019
  140. Kaka Mudra Nov 23, 2019
  141. Pasini Mudra Nov 20, 2019
  142. Aswini Mudra Nov 18, 2019
  143. Sambhavi Mudra Nov 16, 2019
  144. Manduka Mudra Nov 15, 2019
  145. Tataka Mudra Nov 14, 2019
  146. Sakti Calana Mudra Nov 10, 2019
  147. Vajroli Mudra Nov 9, 2019
  148. Coffeemates and Breadmates (Oct 2019) Oct to Nov 5, 2019
  149. Yoni Mudra Nov 1, 2019
  150. Viparita Karani Mudra Oct 31, 2019
  151. Khecari Mudra Oct 30, 2019
  152. Mahadeva Mudra Oct 28, 2019
  153. Sacred Cacao - Chakra Dance Journey Oct 26, 2019
  154. Partner Healing with Natascha Oct 24, 2019
  155. Maha Bandha Mudra Oct 24, 2019
  156. Point-Of-Failure Birthday Workout Oct 22, 2019
  157. Mula Bandha Mudra Oct 21, 2019
  158. Hugfest at Thapae Gate, Chiang Mai Oct 19, 2019
  159. Anushasan Mudra Oct 18, 2019
  160. Ling Mudra Oct 17, 2019
  161. Jalandhara Bandha Mudra Oct 15, 2019
  162. Learning Thai with Cee Oct 13, 2019
  163. Uddiyana Bandha Mudra Oct 10, 2019
  164. Nabho Mudra Oct 9, 2019
  165. Maha Mudra Oct 7, 2019
  166. 20 Essential Mudras by T. Krishnamacharya Oct. 6, 2019
  167. Mindfulness Gong Bath by Vee (Veerayuth Pongsiri) Oct 3, 2019
  168. Cuddle Party by Abundant Love CM Oct 1, 2019
  169. Vayu Mudra Oct 1, 2019
  170. Visa-Run to Tachileik, Myanmar Sep 28, 2019
  171. Sankalpa Mudra Sep 27, 2019
  172. Surya Pradarshini Mudra Sep 26, 2019
  173. Eye-Gazing at Heart Space Sep 20, 2019
  174. Prana Vayu (Pranic Wind) Sep 20, 2019
  175. 2-Week Yoga Challenge by Agnese Erba Sep 17, 2019
  176. The Mudra Project Sep 13, 2019
  177. Sunday Vinyasa Flow with Marina Forster Sep 8, 2019
  178. Shamanic Breathwork by Rachel Constantino Sep 4, 2019
  179. The Conscious Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Aug 31, 2019
  180. Of Winos and Yogis Aug 26, 2019
  181. The 9 Jhanas of Buddha Aug 22, 2019
  182. Full Moon Ceremony at Heart Space Aug 15, 2019
  183. Yin Yoga - Water Element by Martina Barabas Aug 15, 2019
  184. Hatha Mix Yoga with Christin Aug 13, 2019
  185. Boy Blues Bar Rocks Chiang Mai Aug 5, 2019
  186. Back to my Beloved Chiang Mai Aug 1, 2019
  187. Kaleidoscope of Chiang Mai's Peoplescape July 27, 2019
  188. Secret Sunrise: Nelson Mandela International Day July 17, 2019
  189. Farewell Picnic with Alan and Nicola July 15, 2019
  190. Secret Sunrise: Water July 3, 2019
  191. Hotel Review: Arun Suite June 27, 2019
  192. Bruce Lipton: Epigentics to Transcend Genes June 24, 2019
  193. Optimizing Life thru Heart Math May 8, 15 and 22, 2019
  194. Connective Cacao and Sound Journey June 12, 2019
  195. Chiangmai BLUES June 6, 2019
  196. Hatha Slow Flow with Neil Jefferson June 3, 2019
  197. Meditating with One Million Meditators Movement June 1, 2019
  198. Vinyasa Happy Flow Series by Vaida May 31, 2019
  199. Muay Thai at the Chiang Mai Boxing Stadium May 30, 2019
  200. Yoga Flow Through the 7 Chakras by Sabrina Pilz May 30, 2019
  201. The Outsiders (people you need to push out of your sacred circle) May 31, 2019
  202. Fascinating Peoplescape of Chiang Mai May 22, 2019
  203. World Meditation Day at Heart Space May 21, 2019
  204. Abs Yoga by Gigit May 12, 2019
  205. Kundalini and Vinyasa Yoga with Nicola Symons May 10, 2019
  206. Secret Sunrise Interactive Dance May 9, 2019
  207. Tok Sen Massage from Ying May 8, 2019
  208. Bruschetta: Nawa Saraan Style Apr 22, 2019
  209. Thai Cooking at Pra Nang Thai Cookery School Apr 20, 2019
  210. Bonding with the Elephants in Chiang Mai Apr 11, 2019
  211. Ziplining in Chiang Mai with Eagle Track Zipline Apr 10, 2019
  212. Getting Thai Massage from Chiang Mai's Best (Lar Thanakrit Khamtanong) Mar 21, 2019
  213. Being the Soul of Nawa Saraan Hotel Mar 18, 2019
  214. Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Jan 24 - Mar 13, 2019
  215. Curing Cancer with Yoga? Feb 21, 2019
  216. International Training Massage School (ITM): Level 1 Feb 11-15, 2019
  217. Sandesch Album Launch by Christoph Joerg Feb 13, 2019
  218. Meditation in a Sensory Deprivation Tank at Float Chiang Mai Jan 29, 2019
  219. Reiki Share at the Mastermind Brain Spa Jan 26, 2019
  220. Resuming Life in Chiang Mai Jan 24, 2019
  221. 4 Days in Chiang Mai at Nawa Saraan Hotel Jan 2-6, 2019
  222. Mike Chong Aug 8, 2018
  223. An Intimate Conversation with my Universe in Chiang Mai Aug 8, 2018
  224. Kneaded and Pampered at Zira Spa Aug 4, 2018
  225. Savoring a Baht 3,500 Birds Nest Soup at Natural Bird Nest by Burapa Aug 3, 2018
  226. Yoga Exploration at The Yoga Tree with Gernot Aug 1, 2018
  227. Laughter Yoga with Saffiya Arnous July 31, 2018
  228. Yoga with Adam at Hidden House Yoga, Chiang Mai July 29, 2018
  229. 2 Weeks in Chiang Mai July 25 - Aug 7, 2018
  230. A First Timer in Chiang Mai Apr 9-23, 2016
  231. Chiang Mai's Amazing Peoplescape Apr 9-23, 2016
  232. Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016
  233. Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016
  234. 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

This process is BEFORE Covid 19. Not sure what it is now.

    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
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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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