The Chiang Mai Experience
I invite you to come with me as I take my annual journey back to my two favorite teachers in northern Thailand. We will spend a week together studying at the home of legendary Thai massage teacher Pichest Boonthumme. As a group we will get together for a daily breakfast and then we will take transportation from our lodging within the Old City of Chiang Mai to off the beaten path where Pichest is located. I will make sure that you have the proper offerings of fruit, incense, candles and donation. Class meets daily Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm. After class you are free to explore the amazing and historic sights of Chiang Mai independently as desired.
Be introduced to the ancient art of Tok Sen Therapy with an introductory weekend workshop given in the Wualai District by Ajarn Sompong. Sompong is well respected and beloved in the community for his decades of teaching Tok Sen and Thai massage.
What is included in this Trip:
transportation to all educational related events
modest and clean lodging in an excellent location
Thai massage training tuition and Tok Sen training tuition(including 1 set of hand made Tok Sen tools)
Sunday Walking Street guided excursion
final group dinner
What is not included:
plane ticket to Thailand
meals / snacks outside of group activities
the chiang mai experience costs / requirements :
Payment made in full by December 1st, 2019 : $1,000
Monthly payment plans are possible with a $250 non-refundable deposit to hold your space.
Discount available for all current and previous students of Therapeutic Thai.
We accept payments through PayPal and Venmo.
No previous experience with Thai massage is necessary; however, a sincere desire to learn and filling out the Interest Form below and conversation with SRV is required for registration.
other considerations :
Seasonal Information : Chiang Mai in December/January is cool and comfortable in the daytime and can be chilly in the evenings.
Responsible travel : Thailand is a Buddhist country. Please cover shoulders and knees when visiting temples and sacred places.
Visa Requirements : Most nationalities are granted a 30-day visa upon arrival. If you plan on staying longer than 30 days in Thailand, it is recommended that you apply for an extension at your local office beforehand.
How to get there : It is easiest to first find an international flight from your point of origin to Bangkok (BKK), and from BKK the flights to Chiang Mai (CNX) are abundant and affordable. If you have time, you may even wish to spend a night or two in Bangkok before continuing on to Chiang Mai. From CNX you can take a taxi for less than $5US to your lodging.
Electricity & outlets : Same as US requirements.
Money changing : There are certified money changers at both airports (BKK & CNX) and throughout Chiang Mai.
Mobile phone service : You may arrange service with your own provider beforehand, or simply bring an unlocked phone with you and buy a cheap SIM card at the Chiang Mai airport or a 7-Eleven in Chiang Mai.
ATMs and using debit/credit cards : ATM machines are widely available throughout Thailand. As long as you call your bank before you travel and let them know that you will be in Thailand, you can use the local ATMs, and most store fronts do accept credit cards.