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Wild Wild Country (2018) Nov 12, 2021

TV Mini Series Review: Wild Wild Country (2018)

Rating: star star star star star (5 stars out of 5)
Cast: Ma Anand Sheela, Osho, Philip Toelkes, Jane Stork, George Meredith, Jon Bowerman, Kelly McGreer, Rosemary McGreer, John Silvertooth, Ma Prem, Robert Weaver, Krishna Devi Krishna Devi
Director: Chapman Way, Maclain Way
Awards: Primetime Emmy Awards 2018, Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series, Netflix
Genre: documentary, spirituality, bigotry
Run Time: 6h 43m
Premiere Date: January 2018 (Sundance Film Festival)
Country: USA

CULT - I'm doing away with the stigma of the word 'cult'. A counter-culture that is defined by its unusual religious, spiritual, or philosophical beliefs, or by its common interest in a particular personality, object, or goal is by definition a cult. Even Christianity, before it became mainstream religion, started out as a cult.

Synopsis
This movie begins with the genesis of Osho's community in India, how it grew and how it became imperative for it to be moved to America. It recounts the continuing and escalating clash with the locals who resented their presence. It was a classic case of an unstoppable rising force (the Bhagwan cult) and an unmovable force (local ranchers) that wanted to stop it. This culminated in a firebombing of a hotel, a biological attack, illegal wiretapping, takeover of a town, and attempted murder. Ultimately, it took the US government, with its combined force of local, county, state and federal authorities to put an end to this surreal drama that gripped this small town in Oregon.

Movers and Shakers

  1. Ma Anand Sheela - While this movie is about Osho and his followers, center stage was taken by Ma Anand Sheela, the visible de facto head of the commune who fought valiantly, cleverly, creatively against local, county, state and federal forces that banded together to crush the commune. I saw in her, a noble warrior who risked life and limb to defend her guru and her community. Of course, she also enjoyed and used the power she exercised.
  2. Osho - I didn't realize just how charismatic and mesmerizing Osho was to his followers until I saw this movie. While hiding from the scenes for most of the movie, Osho was the galvanizing force behind the growing number of followers. He was also the 'army general' giving orders to Sheela on what to do. It is not clear, however, how specific the instructions were, and to what extent Sheela took liberties in implementing those instructions.
  3. US government - The movie also depicted the extended tentacles of the US government and how they worked together to bring down the cult's leader and break the cult altogether - from the town mayor, the county officials, immigration and the US and State Attorney's Offices. It's ringing true what Osho's lawyer said, that if the government wants you down, they will stop at nothing to bring you down. You don't stand a chance.

Movie Format
There was no narration - only actual interviews, source footage, newspaper headlines and cinematic background shots. The story unravels through this narrative. What is presented is true, of course, but it also begs the question, what was left out that might have changed the narrative? Altogether though, the movie appears to be balanced - showcasing the arguments of both sides while remaining impartial. Each side was represented with their compelling accounts of why they are right.

Wild Wild Country (2018)

Ending Thoughts

I was Played
It's embarrassing, but I have to confess to being unwittingly played by mainstream media. My first account of Osho was from mainstream media who painted him and his followers as a band of fanatics who will stop at nothing in service to their spiritual guru - Bhagwan, who later changed his name to Osho. Osho was painted as another Reverend Jones (of the Jonestown cyanide suicides), and his followers like that of the Charles Manson followers who blindly followed him to the extent of stabbing to death, the very pregnant Sharon Tate. Yes, I bought it without even realizing it was the version of the mainstream (who always have their private agenda).

Talk to the Locals First
This nightmare could have been avoided, perhaps, if Osho sent a public relations committee to meet with the locals of Antelope and manage the expectations, assuage the fears and reassure the local ranchers that the group simply wants to be alone and that they will behave like good neighbors. This would have been a lot better than simply ignoring the locals and showing up with earth movers followed by weird-looking people all dressed-up in red garb.

Leave them Alone
I sincerely believe that the followers of Osho would have been happy to be left alone in their commune to do their own thing, away from the nosy eyes of any outsider. That's the very reason they chose to establish their commune in the middle of the desert. They didn't come looking for a fight, or taking over a small town - the commune was a good 19 miles away from Antelope.

But the locals, traditional ranchers, didn't appreciate weird people in their midst. They started harassing the devotees. Of course, the devotees, feeling fully invested in their community where they toiled the land to make the desert green and arable, to make it a self-sustaining eco-community system, would do what it takes to protect what they have labored for - by whatever means necessary. This tension escalated until all hell broke loose.

Had the locals just welcomed them (like the locals of Gerlach, Black Rock City, Nevada who welcomed and co-existed with the revelers of Burning Man), this would not have ended up so horribly.

Ma Anand Sheela
Ma Anand Sheela has also been painted as devil incarnate. But for the commune to survive the combined forces of the local and county government, it needed a leader like Sheela. Sheela only did what she could work with - the laws of the constitution, guns, voter-base expansion, and biological attack. I never saw the commune as the aggressors - they simply had to do what needed to be done to defend themselves.

Tragically I would say, she was betrayed by the man she tirelessly and unflinchingly fought for. Not only was she ex-communicated after leaving, she was also accused by Osho himself to have stolen money and masterminded the failed murders. The film did not show this, but there just wasn't anything about Sheela to have done this, but all the reason why Osho had to do it.

I somehow came away from this movie feeling for Sheela. She gave all...heart and soul to her master. In the end, she was used as a scapegoat to take all the blame. Lesson here? Discreetly document your meetings with a guru, just in case he turns on you.

Osho and Sheela: Who was Lying?
After Sheela left the ashram, Osho broke his silence and accused Sheela of masterminding the murder attempts and also accused her of stealing up to $50M. The big question now is, who is lying? It's either Sheela or Osho.

Sheela, to her credit, has been consistent the entire time, from low rank devotee up until she was released from prison, that all her actions were in devotion to her guru and the protection of her community. I believe that remains indisputable. Of course there was power tripping, but that's beside the point. Her arguments, corroborated by source footage, adds up. She was the soldier and when shit hit the fan, she was also the scapegoat.

Osho was very clever and manipulative. The fact that his movement is still flourishing means the followers believed that Osho has done nothing wrong and that Sheela was a thief and the mastermind of a premeditated murder. Again, it is not clear what specific instructions Sheela received from Osho, and to what extent she exercised those liberties in implementing those instructions. But I cannot in my sane mind say that Osho's hands are clean.

Manipulating Public Thinking
I also saw how the government used its media machinery and its legal arm on twisting the law to serve its agenda. It's no different from the lies they flaunted about WMD in Baghdad, Gulf of Tonkin incident that sparked the Vietnam War and Building 7, the only modern highrise building that collapsed on a free-fall rate without being hit by an airplane. The establishment is extremely clever in manipulating public thinking. US government hypocrisy and intolerance in the guise of church/state separation, love of God and love of country have been its staple in influencing the American thinking.

Long Term Viability and Sustainability?
On another paradigm, I cannot help but speculate how this community would have fared and prospered if left alone. The disciples are highly intelligent, highly educated, evolved and only in pursuit of sharing something wonderful with humankind. It would have answered my question about Burning Man - if this week-long community would be allowed to have its own uninterrupted existence, would it be viable in the long term? How would it evolve? Unfortunately, that question would remain unanswered.

Creating Your Own Country
This might seem far-out, but if the cult can establish their own self-contained city, complete with all the necessary infrastructure, then, why not establish your own country according to the 1933 Convention on Rights and Duties of States? Offer to buy an island off a country, declare it your own country, issue passports, get representation in the UN, etc? It's not a guarantee as the bigger countries historically have invaded smaller countries, but this alternative seems better than struggling against local, county, state and federal authorities. Of course, it's easier said than done, but there are essentially 15 steps to establishing your own country. At least you'll enjoy a few decades of honeymoon before human nature takes over - power grab, nepotism, jealousy, factions, etc., and ruins the whole thing.

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Chiang Mai INFORMATION

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