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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai December 4th 2013

Ants have replaced mozzies as public enemy. The cockroaches are meaty and I've seen one snake and one scorpion (a reminder not to go bare foot in the blue room). There are spiders bigger than my hand and once I counted 33 geckos on the way from dinner to my room. No beasties in my room yet but I keep having to leave the door open as Chester the cat seems to have taken up residence in my bed, so it's a matter of time. There are two dogs, Foxy and Jack. Jack is a racist. When I leave the foundation to run around the lake jack frequently escorts me, belting down the road snarling at any passing Thai on a motorbike, the rider then has to fend him off by trying to kick him in ... read more
Nasty ants
Racist dog
Me nd Chester

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai November 28th 2013

Ever meditated after a pizza binge? Not recommended. The only thing you're likely to connect with is the 3kilo cheddar and dough ball sitting on your large intestine. This is how tonight's Sharers Meeting started for me. The premise: a resident shares their story about their struggles and path to recovery and then you're invited to speak about how this is personally relevant to you. Held in the Forest Hall (beautiful mud brick hall located across the lake just inside the forest. ) About twenty five people attended tonight, I reckon more set out but a few were taken alive by the mozzies on the walk down. The following is an illustration of the conflict I feel here at NLF. As I listened to P's story I started having a little chat with myself in my ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » Doi Suthep November 27th 2013

November 27th - December 27th It is hard to describe my month of yoga in all of its true essence. I chose to study traditional yoga, searching for something real and authentic, but not wanting it taught as a religion, and in my search found Wise Living Yoga Academy. In truth, I didn't know what all that would entail at first but after receiving a pre-arrival assignment, learned I was in for something a bit different than what we call yoga in the west. I lived and studied at Wise Living Yoga Academy with two amazing teachers, Daniel and Jeenal, explaining to us what yoga is. Daniel and Jeenal studied and received a blessing to teach what they have learned from The Yoga Institute in Mumbai India (the oldest school for yoga in the world). Our ... read more
Daniel & Jeenal
Zara & Leanne

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai November 26th 2013

Working meditation Rewind six months... A typical Monday was a horrible, horrible thing. I hated Mondays so much that they spoilt Sundays, which I really resented as Sunday could easily be the very best day of the week. Sundays mean lazy mornings in bed with newspapers, brunch which segues smoothly into lunchtime drinks (Sunday being the only day one needn't feel guilty about alcohol before wine o clock), afternoon live music followed by evening live music followed by something you stuck in the oven earlier which has cooked long and slow. The only downside of Sundays is that usually around 4pm Monday rears it's ugly head and tries to ruin everything by reminding you of something really shit you have to do the next day. Then the day itself- always starting a bit too early and ... read more
Kitchen burners
Lunch- my friend nat

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai November 23rd 2013

Where to start... This feels like a million miles away from the craziness of the city. 65 acres of farm land, forest and lake. Another sensory explosion but the smells and noise of traffic replaced by crickets chirping and geckos squawking and the fragrance of jasmine and eucalyptus. After only a week it felt like a luxury to unpack my bag and have my own secure space- It's tiresome repeatedly checking I have all my possessions about my person, especially as invariably I don't (lost items to date: 1 cardigan, 1 cash card, iPad lost and recovered twice). This place was founded by two Belgian guys who travelled independently to the notorious thai detox centre Thamkrabok, located in a monastery where they feed you some herbal shit and you spend 5 days puking. By all accounts ... read more


Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai November 22nd 2013

We booked a one hour foot massage at a place where the practitioners are blind. The establishment was highly recommended - apparently the practitioners have a heightened sense of touch due to their visual impairment. As bev astutely commented, this also meant they couldn't see how skanky our feet were and send us away with a flea in our ears. (It turned out to be more fortuitous still, my therapist didn't get an eyeful of my rather brief briefs when he/she hoiked my skirt up and waved my legs in the air. I did however notice that the sighted proprietor was rather conveniently angled behind the partially drawn curtain. I like to think he was watching something on his iPhone and it was merely a coincidence it was pointed straight at me). On arrival we were ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai » San Kamphaeng November 21st 2013

Temples, elephant rides, lady boy shows. We love thailand :)... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai November 20th 2013

In Chiang Mai spending 150 b (£3) on accommodation will buy: A swimming pool (brown) A bunk bed suitable for children under 6/ Asian people under six stone An interesting aroma (part wee/part congealing meat) An overbearing proprietor who supplements income by bullying guests into trips to elephant "sanctuaries" 150 b does not buy: A sheet A pillow case A bathroom door that shuts A dormitory door that locks I feel very bad for the small Korean girl who was awoken in the middle of the night by my bag falling on her head. I hope the physical and psychological damage is short term.... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai November 18th 2013

Went to CM on the 8am Green Bus from Chiang Rai bus station. Journey was just under 3 hours and bus was like National express coach so perfectly comfortable for that short journey. On arrival got a songthaew to the old city and wandered down to Julies on hunt for a room. Success first time, I was able to get a small cell for the grand sum of 120 baht a night which was comfortable enough and perfectly adequate for my needs Went and got a bite to eat and had a wander around visiting old haunts. Was pretty tired so so spent evening in the common area playing pool and chatting Next day was spent just chilling and went to the Night Bazaar in the evening where I saw an item I wanted ( cant ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand November 18th 2013

7 of the last 24 hours have been spent at bus stations. if instant coffee and the Thai equivalent of WH Smiths is your thing this is fascinating stuff. Currently waiting for it to get light in Chiang Mai. I learnt lots of things at the weekend in Bangkok. Arriving at a prestigious hotel in a tuk tuk is not good form. Masquerading as a guest at posh hotels gives you access to very nice lavatories. You are not allowed to take durian (fruit) into nice hotels. (didn't discover this through personal experience- there are signs) You must give up your seat to a monk on the train. Monks dont have to pay for nuffink! There is no street food on Mondays. Thais can't make sandwiches. At six pm the national anthem plays and everyone stops ... read more

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