Shamanic Workshops and Meditation Retreats in Chiangmai, Thailand Intro

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Daily Meditation Practices

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Saltwater Cleanse
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Blood Cleanse
Apple Cider Vinegar
Recovery Soup
Common Cold Cure
Castor Oil Compress
Cough Remedy for Kids
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Diana's Poetry (Translated)

Visiting Thailand

Life as an Expatriate

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Where to Stay
When to Come

Festival Schedule


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Introduction to Thailand

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is situated 3,520 meters above sea level and offers panoramic views of Chiang Mai city in the north. The temple’s golden pagoda contains the holy relics of Buddha.Ranked as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Thailand is rich in fascinating destinations and cultures and can be explored throughout the year.

Come now and enjoy what so many others have discovered as the land of smiles. Wondrous sites and sounds and memories to treasure for a lifetime.

1st Time Visitor Information

Climate: We enjoy a tropical climate with 3 distinct seasons - hot from March through May, wet from June to September, and cool from October through February. The average annual temperature is 28°C (83°F), ranging from 30°C in April to 25°C in December (Bangkok area.) See yearly averages for humidity, sunshine hours and temperature in Chiang Mai here.

What To Wear: Light, loose clothing is best. We recommend trekking-wear from North Face or anything with Coolmax or Lycra. A sweater or light jacket are needed during the evenings or the cool season (especially on a motorbike or while visiting mountainous areas, hill tribes and national parks.) Neat clothes are required for entering temples or palaces; something to cover legs and shoulders. In many places you'll need to remove your shoes. Although open-toed shoes (especially Tevas) are best for all of Thailand, a slip-on sandal (or shoe) is best for going in and out of lots of temples, shops or homes.

Local Time: GMT +7 hours.

Business Hours: Most offices open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, except on public holidays. General banking hours are Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3.30pm. Many stores open 12 hours a day, seven days a week.

Currency: US$1 = 41 Thai Baht (B or Bt or Bht) Notes are issued in denominations of B1000 (gray), B500 (purple/pink), B100 (red/pink), B50 (blue), B20 (green), and B10 (brown). There are 10, 5 and 1 baht silver colored coins. There are 100 satang in a baht, but these gold colored 50 and 25 coins are useless for transactions. If you have a choice, take the free candy offered instead.

Note: the further you get away from civilization, the more smaller Thai baht notes you should carry. Use 7-11's, restaurants and large stores to change your larger bills, so you don't take all the change from a small vendor on the street or have to send your taxi driver running for change on a busy street.

Changing Money and ATM's: Most foreign currencies and traveler checks are easily changed at banks, hotels or moneychangers. Money changes are open until late in all tourist areas. Larger denominations bills/checks receive a higher return. Airports, banks and money changers all give a similar rate. If your pinching baht, shop around for best rates and never change money in a large hotel. Major ATM networks are represented in all major cities.

Credit Cards: Major credit cards are widely accepted throughout the kingdom. We recommend their use a the more known and established organizations. If your in a one-stop shop/hotel/car rental pay cash.

Phra Buddha Chinnarat, built during the 14th century and reflecting the late Sukhothai art, is one of the most highly revered and most beautiful Buddha image in Thailand.Electricity: The electric system is 220 Volt AC (50 cycles). There are many plugs and sockets in use. Travelers with shavers, tape recorders and other appliances should carry a plug-adapter kit.

Visas: Visitors to Thailand who hold valid passports or traveling documents issued by any country included in an officially issued list of eligible countries are permitted one-month visa-free visits. If planning a longer stay, a Tourist Visa valid for 60 days must be obtained from a Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate abroad. Visa extensions can be applied for at the Immigration Department in Bangkok. For more information online, go here

Tipping: Tipping is not a usual practice in Thailand although it is becoming more common. The larger the city and the more tourist, the more a tip may be expected. If someone extends a special service, 10 or 20 baht will sometimes get you a smile and other times be politely refused. Most larger hotels and restaurants add a 10% service charge to the bill. Thai's general leave whatever change is in their pocket with the restaurant bill irregardless of the amount of the check. Tips are commonly pooled (for waiters, cooks, cashier) so rewarding an individual with a tip may not get you the results you are expecting.

Bargaining: Fixed prices are the norm in department stores, but at most other places bargaining is to be expected. Generally, you can obtain a final figure of between 10-40% lower than the original asking price. Much depends on your skills, the shopkeeper's mood and vicinity to tourist areas. Thais appreciate good manners and a sense of humor. With patience, eye contact and a broad smile, you will not only get a better price, you will also enjoy shopping as an art.

Vaccinations: No vaccinations are needed for coming to Thailand. According to World Health Organization (WHO) report of SARS as of April 3, 2003, Thailand has no local transmission in-country. Thailand is considered NOT an AFFECTED AREA and is safe from SARS.

Language: Thai (though English is widely understood in most major cities)

Phones: local calls from public pay-phones are inexpensive at 1 or 2 baht. International phones are marked with special colors on public booths. You can pick up pre-paid calling cards for local or international calls at 7-11 and other shops.

Convenience of a Mobile: You can pick up a mobile phone for $50 (disposable by western standards) and use pre-paid calling-cards if you'll be staying for more than a couple of weeks. Mobiles work on a SIMM card that is specific to the area while purchased.

Post: the Thai postal service is reliable (register each shipment for 25 baht) and more reasonable for shipments abroad than DHL, FEDEX, UPS and TNT. EMS is available and delivers in about 1 week. AIR mail is delivered in about 1 to 3 weeks. ECO-AIR or SAL is delivered in 3 to 6 weeks. Surface shipments are also available but take several months.

Thailand Fact Listing

Thailand: Most common destinations map.Full Country Name: Thailand (Prathet Thai, meaning "land of the free")

Capital: Bangkok (Krung Thep, meaning " city of angels")

Geography: Lies in the heart of Southeast Asia, roughly equidistant between India and China.

Neighboring countries:
1) Myanmar - west and north,
2) Lao P.D.R. - north and northeast,
3) Cambodia - southeast and
4) Malaysia - south.

Area: 514,000 sq. km.

Typography: Thailand is divided into four distinct areas:
1) the mountainous North,
2) the fertile Central Plains,
3) the semi-arid plateau of the Northeast, and
4) the many beautiful tropical beaches & offshore islands of the Southern peninsula

Chiang Mai and the northern Thailand are homes for several hill tribes who follow fascinating ways of life. People: 60.2 million (6 million in Bangkok alone).Thai (80%), Chinese (10%), Malay (3%), and the rest are minorities (Mons, Khmers, hilltribes). Ethnic Thais form the majority, though the area has historically been a migratory crossroads, and has thus produced a degree of ethnic diversity. Integration is such, however, that culturally and socially there is enormous unity.

Language: Thai (though English is widely understood in most major cities)

Religion: Buddhism (95%), Muslim (4%), others (1%)

Government: Democratic Constitutional Monarchy
Head of State: H.R.H. King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX of the Chakri Dynasty)

Prime Minister: Thaksin Shinawatra

Administration: 76 provinces, each subdivided into amphoe (district), tambon (sub-disrict) and muban (village)

National Flag: The red, white, and blue stripes symbolize the nation, Buddhism, and the monarchy, respectively. Key to Happiness Workshops and Retreats
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