Your head should be below the head of the Buddha
Your head should be below the head of a Buddha image. This is just a sing of respect. If you are tall you should kneel or sit so your head is not above that of the central Buddha image. Just a cultural note!
IT and electronic shopping
Bangkok's Pantip Plaza has a smaller sister in Chiang Mai. Located at the corner of Chang
Klan Road and Sri Donchai Road, it is in fact within the Night Bazaar radius.
One day we went out searching for a place to repair a friend's portable video player, went around Chiang Mai and found this Pantip Plaza from local people's advise. problem is, spare part is not available, so she was forced by necessity to buy a new one (at THB2500 from the original quoted price of THB3000) at the 3rd level of the Pantip Plaza.
Like it's bigger sister in Bangkok, Pantip houses several electronics shops (big and small) selling computers, laptops, video players, TVs, mobile phones and many other things electronic. Electronic items apparently
JIA TONG HENG: Chinese at Chiang Mai
We had dinner at JIA TONG HENG, but we were not very lucky with our choice. We arrived to the restaurant a little late, so we weren't able to taste the pork dish that we had been recommended to order. We tried some dishes and we liked very much the duck with chestnuts and the fried pork. However, we also ordered vermicelli with prawns, which the six of us didn't like at all. I do recommend it for groups: they had large tables on the first floor with a round tray to share the dishes comfortably. Don't forget to bring a jacket or a shawl with you: the a/a is so cold that we didn't dare to stay there a little longer to order a desert. Cenamos en JIA TONG HENG, pero no tuvimos mucha suerte en la eleccion de la hora. Llegamos al restaurante un poco tarde, asi que no pudimos probar el cochinillo que tanto nos habian recomendado pedir alli. Probamos algunos otros platos, entre los cuales nos gusto el muy tierno y sabroso pato con castanhas, y tambien el cerdo frito estaba rico. Sin embargo, tambien pedimos una racion de vermicelli con langostinos que nos desagrado a los seis. Lo recomiendo para grupos: tienen mesas grandes en la primera planta con una bandeja giratoria en el centro para compartir comodamente los platos. No os olvideis de llevar una chaqueta o un chal: ponen el aire acondicionado tan frio que no nos atrevimos a quedarnos el tiempo suficiente para pedir postre.
Thai Massage Course in Chiang Mai
Mainly, it's the massage course that brought me to Chiangmai.
There are several Thai massage school in this city mostly vying for the best thai massage school, and most of the major ones are accredited by the Ministry of Education of Thailand.
I chose the Shivagakomarpaj Thai Massage School (Old Medicine Hospital) basically because it's the cheapest one. The 10-day course cost only THB5,000, the 3-day Foot Massage is THB2,500, inclusive of instruction booklet with illustrations and blank pages where you scribble your notes and write your daily homework. The other popular schools charges twice as much which was broken down into a curriculum of different levels - either 2 or 3 levels in 2 to 3 weeks.
Shivagakomarpaj or the Old Medical Hospital is reputedly the oldest one in Chiang Mai and based on research it’s where most locals study thai massage and some of those who put up their own massage schools have taken the basic courses at this school. Now, that overshadowed my main reason.
Well, it turned out to be a really good school. Complete facilities -- airconditioned classrooms on the 4th floor (for foreign English-speakers) and ground floor for local thais. But after the noontime break, everyone joins in (local and foreign) for the practical lessons on the 2nd floor – complete with clean crisp sheets on massage mattresses, pillows, lockers for your stuff, washrooms with soaps and towels.
The 10-day course is extensive, from 9 to 12NN is theoretical – writing and listening to the witty and (sometimes) funny English-speaking teacher. Then, a 1-hour break from 12 to 1pm, and the practice of what have been discussed and chapters on the book will be done from 1 til 4pm.
It’s a daily routine so it’s always in pairs. They encourage you to practice the massage lessons with different partners each day to get familiarized with different body type and shapes. A demo will be exhibited first (both are instructors/teachers), after which you will be doing the same with your partner.
After the end of the day, you get to write down your homework which you will do at home, and will be checked and stamped/sealed the following morning.
It’s like I’m back to schooling!!!!
On Day 9, there’s a written examination, and a practical exam will be on Day 10 where you will do a 1 and a half massage with your teacher as your client. This will be followed in the afternoon with the graduation ceremony – with your hard-earned certificate!
A highly recommended itinerary if you have ample time, otherwise, the 3-day Foot Massage Course is likewise very interesting and easier to learn and practiced which I took also.
Now, I am giving free massge to my friends and colleagues who are truly amazed. (I might have to charge them later though...)
Shivagakomarpaj (Old Medical School) is highly recommended for this course, inexpensive yet comprehensive.
Our first contact with Thai temples was Doi Suthep. It was an excellent way to start.
The location, the sights, and the temple itself make the visit highly recommendable. The cars can´t go right to the summit where the temple is, so, the best way, is to take the small railway up, and descend by the decorated staircase.