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Emptiness Meditation Dec 1, 2021

Emptiness Meditation

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Alone in Total Darkness?
The concept of emptiness conjures an imagery of being alone in complete, absolute and total darkness. Not exactly a very inviting place or state of being. Thankfully, that is not what emptiness means. But let us dispel the myth first. Is emptiness lonely? Loneliness is's a state of's a feeling. Feelings cannot exist within emptiness. Is emptiness being in complete darkness? Complete darkness is a color. Color cannot exist in emptiness.
Emptiness means a few things but they are all saying the same thing.

Emptiness is Impermanence
Emptiness means impermanence. You can identify with your body, but at some point, the body dies. Does it mean your complete existence die too? Or, is there something left when the body dies? This goes true for all our sensory perception - our memories, our feelings, our thoughts, our ego...everything we thought was "I, me mine". They will all come to everything else. Relationships will come and go. Marriages will peak to an unbridled bliss and end over a toothpaste cap. FIAT money will flourish and be replaced by crypto. Even science says that our universe will end to a great crunch or dissolve in its accelerated expansion. Even at the quantum level...when we look at the building blocks of our reality...there is no see elementary particles arising and passing away. Everything is impermanent.

Emptiness means No Objective Reality
Emptiness also means there is no objective reality. Nothing exists independent of anything else. There is only emptiness. Let us take a flower for instance. Yes, you can see its mesmerizing beauty, feel its smooth velvety texture and smell its sweet fragrance. Does that mean that the flower has an objective existence? Does that mean that the flower exists independent of anything else? But without the sun, without the earth, without water...there is no flower. So, a flower, just like everything else, is not objective reality. A flower does not have a separate existense independent of anything and everything around it. Again, it brings us back to emptiness...the emptiness of independent existence.

Emptiness is a Forced Lesson in Life
Emptiness is also understood to be forced lesson in life...but an illusion nonetheless. Therefore it remains empty. In life, we hurdle very difficult situations that can either make or break us. These life situations are unique for all of us. Why? Because we need to learn unique lessons to evolve further. I believe that is the reason why we are here.

No matter how challenging the situation might seem, no matter how real it feels, we can keep the balance of our mind knowing that all this is a test. We can simply observe this difficulty without reaction. We can be aware of this challenge like looking at a chess board. If we are aware and mindful of this difficult situation (mabye you were cheated on by your lover, maybe we were swindled by your best friend, maybe lies were spread about you), mindful of the anger and hate being generated, then instead of reacting in a violent/vengeful fashion, we can choose to remain equanimous and observe the turn of events that led to this situation. We remain calm and that oasis in the eye of the storm. We can then objectively look at how things can be resolved - without the hate and without the anger.

And by resolving this matter with a calm and balanced mind, we gain wisdom instead of acting on revenge. By gaining wisdom, we learn the lesson that we needed to learn from this human experience, allowing us to evolve and continue with our path to self-realization. If we resort to anger and retribution, then we are doomed to be reborn and go through this process again...until we learn the lessons...until we 'get it'. This is our karmic fate. We cannot escape this fate. Therefore, it's a forced life lesson. But once we learn it, the difficult situation is diffused like it never existed. Therefore, when the purpose of this challenge is met, we realize that this test was only to teach us a powerful lesson that we needed to learn. The problem arises, we learn from it, and it dissolves into emptiness.

Objects of Hate and Desire
If we see an object of desire (lots of money, fast cars, big house) or an object of hate (someone who draggeed your name in mud, someone who swindled you), you don't get too affected when you begin to see these things as empty. You don't get attached to these objects of desire, and you don't develop an aversion to these objects of hate.

Feel It
The true nature of our consciousness is emptiness. Don't intellectualize, otherwise it only becomes a concept of abstract philosophy. Feel it. Feel the gratitude for realizing it. Feel the emptiness. Feel that this is all perception...all illusion that allows us to have a human experience.

Emptiness Meditation

Ending Thoughts
Reality being empty is an abstract philosophical concept. It is as abstract as the concept of non-linear time - that the past, present and future exist at the same time. They simply defy how we perceive reality in our human experience.

Is it true? Does it even matter if it's true or not? My 2-cents worth says that if you subscribe to the concept, then it empowers you to deal adeptly with the challenges of day-to-day life. If you don't believe, then you just have to endure the grit and hardship with no crutch whatsover. It's like believing in God. No one has proven or disproven it. But if you believe in the existence of an all-powerful God whose benevolence is at your disposal, then for sure, you can even go through the fires of hell without feeling the heat. But if you don't believe in God, then you're essentially on your own.

Your choice. Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

One sage who talked about going through the 11 dimensions of reality, dealing with all of life's hurdles, the anger, the joy, the planet, the universe and all the elements, finally, when he finally reached the 11th dimension, he realized there was really no one else but him the entire time.

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Chiang Mai Map
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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 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
  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 -
Chiang Mai to Bangkok Trains source:
  1. Check Train Schedule & Fares
  2. Book Online - direct booking with State Railway of Thailand. Best to register first. If going to BKK from CNX, click "Northern Line".

    note -- big difference between booking direct with the State Railway and booking with an online 3rd party agent. 12GO was charging B1330 for the same trip that only cost me B941 with the State Railway.

    note -- Oct 2022, I took the #10 Train from CNX to BKK, upper berth, 2nd class, a/c, sleeper, B941. The train was clean, fast, comfortable and modern. If you have heavy luggage that will cost more money in flight checkin, I would suggest this train. Otherwise, the flight now is so much cheaper it doesn't even make sense to take the bus or train.
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. Chiang Mai Peoplescape Sep 30, 2022
  2. August Snapshots Aug 31, 2022
  3. Yoga Nidra with Chunyah and Tom Aug 18, 2022
  4. Coconut Pancake Aug 11, 2022
  5. July Snapshots Jul 31, 2022
  6. Chiang Mai Peoplescape Jul 31, 2022
  7. Jason, Max and Elizabeth Pizza Nite Jul 28, 2022
  8. Yakiniku Dinner with Max and Jason Jul 25, 2022
  9. Icebath at Nawa Saraan Jul 6, 2022
  10. June Snapshots Jun 30, 2022
  11. Tom, Chunyah and Simona Pizza Nite Jun 23, 2022
  12. Yoga Class Pizza Nite Jun 15, 2022
  13. Pranayama with Nicha Jun 14, 2022
  14. May Snapshots May 31, 2022
  15. Lover's Quarrel May 26, 2022
  16. Getting Lost on a Hike May 25, 2022
  17. Biohacker Meetup at 'Living with The Spirit' May 22, 2022
  18. Music and Magic at Paapu House May 5, 2022
  19. Breathwork + Icebath @ Alt_Chiangmai II Apr 20, 2022
  20. April 2022 in a Nugget Apr 30, 2022
  21. Tombstone Epitaph Apr 29, 2022
  22. Kayaking along the Ping River with the BioHackers Apr 24, 2022
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  25. Tom Maher's Muay Thai Fight Apr 8, 2022
  26. Breathwork + Icebath @ Alt_Chiangmai Apr 6, 2022
  27. Yoga with Leo Apr 5, 2022
  28. Mar 2022 in a Nugget Mar 31, 2022
  29. Street Photo Mar 31, 2022
  30. Peoplescape Mar 31, 2022
  31. Chiang Mai's Recovering Music Scene Mar 31, 2022
  32. Street Photo Mar 31, 2022
  33. Yoga and Fitness Mar 26, 2022
  34. Friday Bitcoin Meetups Mar 18, 2022
  35. Pizza Nite with Aida and Sophie Mar 14, 2022
  36. Pizza Nite with Kevin, Jamie and Kris Mar 10, 2022
  37. In Search of Genetic Immortality Mar 5, 2022
  38. Feb 2022 in a Nugget Feb 28, 2022
  39. Palm-Feeding Wild Birds Feb 26, 2022
  40. Cuckoo Feb 16, 2022
  41. Tell John Feb 16, 2022
  42. Pizza Nite with Kris, Simona and Mary Feb 15, 2022
  43. Pizza Nite with the Chiang Mai Boyz Feb 6, 2022
  44. Welcoming the New Year Jan 31, 2022
  45. January Snapshots Jan 31, 2022
  46. ABS Fitness Challenge Jan 16 - Apr 16, 2022
  47. Pumpkin Tahini Recipe Jan 3, 2022
  48. 2021: A Year in Review Dec 31, 2021
  49. Pizza Nite with Simona and Lisa Dec 28, 2021
  50. Tahini Salad Dressing Dec 27, 2021
  51. Baba Ganoush Recipe Dec 23, 2021
  52. 7 Universal Laws Dec 20, 2021
  53. Sacred Circuitry Dec 18, 2021
  54. Cave-Living in a Boutique Hotel in Chiang Mai Dec 14, 2021
  55. Tummo Yoga + Wim Hof Breathing + Full-Body Muscle Contraction Dec 13, 2021
  56. Monk Chat Dec 10, 2021
  57. Making Tahini and Hummus Dec 8, 2021
  58. Watering the Plants Hands-Free Dec 2, 2021
  59. Vietnamese Phin Coffee Filter Dec 2, 2021
  60. Tummo Yoga Dec 1, 2021
  61. The Bliss of Inner Fire: Book Summary/Review Dec 1, 2021
  62. The Bliss of Inner Fire: Heart Practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa Dec 1, 2021
  63. 'Must Experience' Cafés of Chiang Mai Nov 30, 2021
  64. British Hobnob Cookies Nov 22, 2021
  65. New York Cheese Cake Nov 22, 2021
  66. Dham's Poetry Nov 14, 2021
  67. Pizza Nite with Simona and Nat Nov 11, 2021
  68. Stepping Forward / Reaching Out Oct 31, 2021
  69. Cancel Culture Attack Oct 31, 2021
  70. Mantra Primer Oct 29, 2021
  71. Spinal Mobility Oct 7, 2021
  72. Swedish Cinnamon Rolls [Kanelbullar] Oct 4, 2021
  73. Just Bring 2 Chinese Oct 3, 2021
  74. One-Leg Yoga Asana Sequences Sep 30, 2021
  75. Pizza Nite with Nut, Monika and Yuki Sep 27, 2021
  76. 23-Minute Ice Bath Sep 27, 2021
  77. Pizza Nite with Nut, Simona and Malee Sep 23, 2021
  78. Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) Sep 23, 2021
  79. Making Cornbread Sep 15, 2021
  80. Kombucha: 2nd Batch Sep 11, 2021
  81. Making German Stollen Bread Sep 9, 2021
  82. Pizza Nite with Jackson, Goi and Paapu Sep 6, 2021
  83. Chiang Mai Peoplescape Aug 31, 2021
  84. Making Homemade Kombucha Aug 30, 2021
  85. Wrong Question to Ask This Crowd Aug 29, 2021
  86. Pizza Nite with Tom, Chunyah and Goi Aug 20, 2021
  87. Pizza Nite with Moms and Kids Aug 15, 2021
  88. Bahya Kumbhaka (breath-hold on the exhale) Aug 14, 2021
  89. Everybody's Only Friend Aug 13, 2021
  90. Vanillekipferl (German Vanilla Crescent Cookies) Aug 11, 2021
  91. Fighting Infection through Yoga Aug 3, 2021
  92. Too Close for Friendship Aug 2, 2021
  93. Manifesting: Epicurus' Pursuit Jul 31, 2021
  94. Homemade Rum Raisin Ice Cream Jul 30, 2021
  95. Ice Bath at Nawa Saraan Healing Space Jul 25, 2021
  96. Pizza Nite + Slack Line + Hammock Jul 23, 2021
  97. Yin-Yoga & Hypnosis with Christine Thiel Jul 20, 2021
  98. Pizza Nite with James and Nat Jul 19, 2021
  99. Antara Kumbhaka on Nadi Shodan Pranayama: Yogic Breath-Hold on the Inhale Jul 17, 2021
  100. Moving and Cashing-Out Bitcoin Jun 2 - Jul 11, 2021
  101. 'The Bow' Yoga Jul 7, 2021
  102. Yoga Classes with Calum Mar 27 - Jul 4, 2021
  103. Hike to Wat Pa Thammachat Waterfall Jul 2, 2021
  104. Pizza Brunch with the Yogis July 1, 2021
  105. Continuing Friendships in Chiang Mai Jun 30, 2021
  106. On the Brink of Hunger, the ENABLERS Come to Light Jun 21, 2021
  107. Hatha Vinyasa Yoga with Katharine Day Jun 17, 2021
  108. Pranayama Basics II Jun 16, 2021
  109. 36-Hour Love Life Jun 11, 2021
  110. Pranayama Basics I Jun 9, 2021
  111. Biohackers Meetup in Chiang Mai Jun 6, 2021
  112. Learning How to Breathe Jun 2, 2021
  113. Not the Usual Day-to-Day Life May 31, 2021
  114. Morphing Peoplescape of Chiang Mai May 31, 2021
  115. Breathwork & Ice Bath with Jason Ryer of Zen Strength May 23, 2021
  116. It's Raining Bell Peppers May 7, 2021
  117. Yoga Classes with Nana Apr 20, 2021
  118. You Want to be Wonder Woman? Apr 8, 2021
  119. Kunjal Kriya / Vamana Dhauti (induced vomiting) Apr 1, 2021
  120. Coffeemates, Breadmates and Yogamates in Chiang Mai Jan-Mar 2021
  121. Varisara Dhauti (cleansing of the entire digestive tract) Mar 26, 2021
  122. Spiritual Backpacker Interview by Napasorn 'Cherry' Suvarnapradip Mar 23, 2021
  123. Private One-on-One Yoga Classes with Doriana Feb 17 - Mar 14, 2021
  124. Transformational Life Events Mar 13, 2021
  125. Guess Who's Coming to Bread Day? Mar 1, 2021
  126. Mula Shodhana (anal cleansing) Feb 27, 2021
  127. Are You My Queen? Feb 25, 2021
  128. Breaking the 5-Minute Breath-hold Barrier Feb 25, 2021
  129. Kirtan with Chiang Mai's Khun Thai Seekers Feb 7, 2021
  130. Breaking the 4-minute Breath-hold Feb 7, 2021
  131. Pranayama Primer Feb 2, 2021
  132. Heartbreak in every Song Jan 24, 2021
  133. The Silent Killer is Baaack! Jan 12, 2021
  134. Learning the Thai Language Jan 9, 2021
  135. 2020: A Year in Review Dec 31, 2020
  136. Reversing/Slowing Down the Aging Process Dec 30, 2020
  137. Hike to Huay Keaw Waterfall Dec 20, 2020
  138. Yoga Mat Dec 19, 2020
  139. Hiking to Wat Pha Lat along the Monk's Trail Dec 19, 2020
  140. Am I Psycho? Dec 9, 2020
  141. Muffin Man Dec 8, 2020
  142. Polyamory Dec 4, 2020
  143. The Wim Hof Ice Bath Dec 3, 2020
  144. RSVP Nov 25, 2020
  145. High Intensity Interval Yoga (Yoga + HIIT) Nov 14, 2020
  146. Cleansing the Nadis (Energy Pathway) Nov 13, 2020
  147. Yoga for a 360-degree Core Nov 6, 2020
  148. Edward Witten: 'the smartest living physicist' Nov 4, 2020
  149. Srinivasa Ramanujan: Mathematician of the Divine Oct 27, 2020
  150. Bashar as Channeled by Darryl Anka Oct 26, 2020
  151. Vinyasa Krama and Ashtanga Yoga with Aida Yoga Oct 18, 2020
  152. Deepak Chopra: author, lecturer, healer Oct 12, 2020
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  155. Siddhis (yogic super powers) Sep 30, 2020
  156. Learning the Import/Export Trade Sep 4, 2020
  157. Music and Magic at Justin's Birthday Bash Sep 3, 2020
  158. Biggest Stone in his Shoe Sep 1, 2020
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  160. Intelligent Romantic Break-up Aug 25, 2020
  161. Dad-Zoned Aug 18, 2020
  162. Public Display of Affection Aug 9, 2020
  163. Gabriella's Birthday Bash at Mothership Resort Aug 8-9, 2020
  164. Shifting Peoplescape of Chiang Mai July 31, 2020
  165. Yoga Class for Strength and Muscle Jul 30, 2020
  166. Yoga Class for Optimum Digestion July 29, 2020
  167. Yoga Class for Healthy Eyes Jul 27, 2020
  168. Hippie Night at Nawa Saraan Healing Space July 24, 2020
  169. The Podcast Series: Alan "Heart Math" Strydom Jul 17, 2020
  170. Prana Vayu Adhitthana Yoga Class July 11-12, 2020
  171. Coming Back to Chiang Mai Jun 29, 2020
  172. Goodbye Chiang Mai Jan 23, 2020
  173. Prasnopanishad: Understanding Prana Jan 17, 2020
  174. Hiking the Monk's Trail Jan 15, 2020
  175. Chaturanga Jan 10, 2020
  176. You Spooned Me Jan 3, 2020
  177. 2019: A Year in Review Dec 31, 2019
  178. Friends, Coffeemates and Breadmates (Dec 2019) Dec 31, 2019
  179. Visiting Mae Sot Dec 27-30, 2019
  180. Let's Make it About You - an Epiphany Dec 17, 2019
  181. Shut-Up! Dec 7, 2019
  182. Roasted Red Bell Pepper Puree Dec 3, 2019
  183. Coffeemates and Breadmates (Nov 2019) Nov 30, 2019
  184. Bhujangini Mudra Nov 25, 2019
  185. Mathangini Mudra Nov 24, 2019
  186. Kaka Mudra Nov 23, 2019
  187. Pasini Mudra Nov 20, 2019
  188. Aswini Mudra Nov 18, 2019
  189. Sambhavi Mudra Nov 16, 2019
  190. Manduka Mudra Nov 15, 2019
  191. Tataka Mudra Nov 14, 2019
  192. Sakti Calana Mudra Nov 10, 2019
  193. Vajroli Mudra Nov 9, 2019
  194. Coffeemates and Breadmates (Oct 2019) Oct to Nov 5, 2019
  195. Yoni Mudra Nov 1, 2019
  196. Viparita Karani Mudra Oct 31, 2019
  197. Khecari Mudra Oct 30, 2019
  198. Mahadeva Mudra Oct 28, 2019
  199. Sacred Cacao - Chakra Dance Journey Oct 26, 2019
  200. Partner Healing with Natascha Oct 24, 2019
  201. Maha Bandha Mudra Oct 24, 2019
  202. Point-Of-Failure Birthday Workout Oct 22, 2019
  203. Mula Bandha Mudra Oct 21, 2019
  204. Hugfest at Thapae Gate, Chiang Mai Oct 19, 2019
  205. Anushasan Mudra Oct 18, 2019
  206. Ling Mudra Oct 17, 2019
  207. Jalandhara Bandha Mudra Oct 15, 2019
  208. Learning Thai with Cee Oct 13, 2019
  209. Uddiyana Bandha Mudra Oct 10, 2019
  210. Nabho Mudra Oct 9, 2019
  211. Maha Mudra Oct 7, 2019
  212. 20 Essential Mudras by T. Krishnamacharya Oct. 6, 2019
  213. Mindfulness Gong Bath by Vee (Veerayuth Pongsiri) Oct 3, 2019
  214. Cuddle Party by Abundant Love CM Oct 1, 2019
  215. Vayu Mudra Oct 1, 2019
  216. Visa-Run to Tachileik, Myanmar Sep 28, 2019
  217. Sankalpa Mudra Sep 27, 2019
  218. Surya Pradarshini Mudra Sep 26, 2019
  219. Eye-Gazing at Heart Space Sep 20, 2019
  220. Prana Vayu (Pranic Wind) Sep 20, 2019
  221. 2-Week Yoga Challenge by Agnese Erba Sep 17, 2019
  222. The Mudra Project Sep 13, 2019
  223. Sunday Vinyasa Flow with Marina Forster Sep 8, 2019
  224. Shamanic Breathwork by Rachel Constantino Sep 4, 2019
  225. The Conscious Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Aug 31, 2019
  226. Of Winos and Yogis Aug 26, 2019
  227. The 9 Jhanas of Buddha Aug 22, 2019
  228. Full Moon Ceremony at Heart Space Aug 15, 2019
  229. Yin Yoga - Water Element by Martina Barabas Aug 15, 2019
  230. Hatha Mix Yoga with Christin Aug 13, 2019
  231. Boy Blues Bar Rocks Chiang Mai Aug 5, 2019
  232. Back to my Beloved Chiang Mai Aug 1, 2019
  233. Kaleidoscope of Chiang Mai's Peoplescape July 27, 2019
  234. Secret Sunrise: Nelson Mandela International Day July 17, 2019
  235. Farewell Picnic with Alan and Nicola July 15, 2019
  236. Secret Sunrise: Water July 3, 2019
  237. Hotel Review: Arun Suite June 27, 2019
  238. Bruce Lipton: Epigentics to Transcend Genes June 24, 2019
  239. Optimizing Life thru Heart Math May 8, 15 and 22, 2019
  240. Connective Cacao and Sound Journey June 12, 2019
  241. Chiangmai BLUES June 6, 2019
  242. Hatha Slow Flow with Neil Jefferson June 3, 2019
  243. Meditating with One Million Meditators Movement June 1, 2019
  244. Vinyasa Happy Flow Series by Vaida May 31, 2019
  245. Muay Thai at the Chiang Mai Boxing Stadium May 30, 2019
  246. Yoga Flow Through the 7 Chakras by Sabrina Pilz May 30, 2019
  247. The Outsiders (people you need to push out of your sacred circle) May 31, 2019
  248. Fascinating Peoplescape of Chiang Mai May 22, 2019
  249. World Meditation Day at Heart Space May 21, 2019
  250. Abs Yoga by Gigit May 12, 2019
  251. Kundalini and Vinyasa Yoga with Nicola Symons May 10, 2019
  252. Secret Sunrise Interactive Dance May 9, 2019
  253. Tok Sen Massage from Ying May 8, 2019
  254. Bruschetta: Nawa Saraan Style Apr 22, 2019
  255. Thai Cooking at Pra Nang Thai Cookery School Apr 20, 2019
  256. Bonding with the Elephants in Chiang Mai Apr 11, 2019
  257. Ziplining in Chiang Mai with Eagle Track Zipline Apr 10, 2019
  258. Getting Thai Massage from Chiang Mai's Best (Lar Thanakrit Khamtanong) Mar 21, 2019
  259. Being the Soul of Nawa Saraan Hotel Mar 18, 2019
  260. Peoplescape of Chiang Mai Jan 24 - Mar 13, 2019
  261. Curing Cancer with Yoga? Feb 21, 2019
  262. International Training Massage School (ITM): Level 1 Feb 11-15, 2019
  263. Sandesch Album Launch by Christoph Joerg Feb 13, 2019
  264. Meditation in a Sensory Deprivation Tank at Float Chiang Mai Jan 29, 2019
  265. Reiki Share at the Mastermind Brain Spa Jan 26, 2019
  266. Resuming Life in Chiang Mai Jan 24, 2019
  267. 4 Days in Chiang Mai at Nawa Saraan Hotel Jan 2-6, 2019
  268. Mike Chong Aug 8, 2018
  269. An Intimate Conversation with my Universe in Chiang Mai Aug 8, 2018
  270. Kneaded and Pampered at Zira Spa Aug 4, 2018
  271. Savoring a Baht 3,500 Birds Nest Soup at Natural Bird Nest by Burapa Aug 3, 2018
  272. Yoga Exploration at The Yoga Tree with Gernot Aug 1, 2018
  273. Laughter Yoga with Saffiya Arnous July 31, 2018
  274. Yoga with Adam at Hidden House Yoga, Chiang Mai July 29, 2018
  275. 2 Weeks in Chiang Mai July 25 - Aug 7, 2018
  276. A First Timer in Chiang Mai Apr 9-23, 2016
  277. Chiang Mai's Amazing Peoplescape Apr 9-23, 2016
  278. Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016
  279. Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016
  280. 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 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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