Thailand and India

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    Feb 28, 2016 4:32 PM GMT
    I'm planning on a 3 month study vacation to Thailand and India to learn Thai yoga massage and perhaps take a 200 hour yoga instructor course as well in India. I would love any advice or stories about these two countries from people who have been or live there. My planning is in the starting phases since I will be going from October 1st to December 30th.

    So far I plan to study Thai yoga massage in Chang Mai and yoga in Rikishi. However if anyone has information about schools in other places let me know. I plan to do some sight seeing but more in Thailand since I will have weekends off there, most classes are Monday- Friday and the classes are not as long as Indian yoga classes which need to be at least 200 hours.

    I'd like to stay in Bangkok for a day or two as well as stay a day or two in Phucket. I'm not sure where else I would, should go in India. Part of why I considered India is because I would need a Visa to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days. While I'll still get the visa it would be easier to leave the country and return because Americans are allowed to stay in Thailand for 30 days without a Visa. I haven't checked the visa requirements for India yet.

    I'll keep this thread updated and thank you in advance for any helpful information offered.
  • eM_Jay

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    Feb 28, 2016 7:16 PM GMT
    Great plans, sounds like an awesome trip. Luckily i've been to the places you mentioned before. Phuket and the south side of thailand is better in my op; there's loads of amazing sites and vibrancy in the islands close-by. If you like getting to 'experience' a destination then i definitely recommend it, the beaches and snorkeling+diving sites are easily accessible with a cheap charter longboat and they're unbelievably breathtaking. If you want more 'tourist-ey' and good party spots there's also bungalows close-by on Raya island but also lots of locals to give you a good dose of local culture and amazing foods! icon_smile.gifBangkok is ok too but honestly Phucket offers more (in my op anyway).

    As for India, Rishikesh is the 'best' for yoga teacher training courses. They're generally the most well recognized ashramas and last i was there a lot of students were american so im guessing it's popular and 'reliable' to most westerners. Honestly i prefer Rishikesh for the location and great, serious teachers i found there. Being on the banks of the ganges is really rejuvenating and makes those hours spent in asana and meditation just fly by! Kerala is also a good spot for some good, well-recognized yoga-pithas. Its all the way on the south so i dunno how it would impact your travel arrangements, but id also recommend looking there. Kerala is also beautiful, and in general south india has amazing temples and spiritual must-see spots so you could look over there.

    Im not well aware of american visa restrictions but in general india is pretty easy to into and stay for some time. They're tightening up though i've been told (last i went i got a visa on arrival at the airport but a few people say they drastically decreased this now) so just double-check on everything before your trip. All in all though, think you shouldn't have too many hassles. Oh and another thing, the time of year you'll be going in is still warm but getting colder, so South India will be warmer i think. It wont be too cold yet but dont underestimate it, India can be brutally cold even around Nov/Dec.

    Hope this is helpful. Just a few options. Enjoy your trip and have fun. All the best icon_biggrin.gif
  • Fireworkz

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    Mar 09, 2016 6:10 PM GMT
    My brother is going to Thailand to study massage I think in April or May.
    I can relay some info or put you in touch when he goes.
  • interestingch...

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    Mar 09, 2016 7:50 PM GMT
    I have the 200 hour hatha yoga teacher training cert, yoga alliance rather than the british wheel of yoga, wanted the international qualification so I could teach anywhere in the world, its bloody hard and you have to have a certain level of fitness and also be quite bright because you have to learn sanskrit and anatomy as well as much more, so go in with your eyes open because it was the hardest thing I ever learnt, Good luck though.