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Why a yoga teacher training in Chiang Mai is every yogi’s dream

Chiang Mai, a land of misty mountains and traditional hill tribes is a must-see for travelers, a hub for digital nomads and a haven for yogis.

Chiang Mai has a long history. It once was the capital of the ancient Lana Kingdom. Today it’s a modern city and the place to be for Thai cooking courses, hiking trips, and classic Northern Thai temples.

In Chiang Mai, the old and the new merge, and yoga fits right in. Here is why a yoga teacher training in Chiang Mai is every yogi’s dream.

Get trained by experienced and knowledgeable yoga teachers

You will find a variety of high-quality yoga teacher training courses in Chiang Mai. With local and international Yoga Alliance certified yoga teachers.

Yogi’s, teachers and aspirants are drawn to the positive and laid-back vibes of Chiang Mai city. If you are looking to get trained by highly-skilled yoga teachers from every corner of the world, then a yoga teacher training in Chiang Mai is the way to go.

Healing crystal shops in Chaing Mai

Crystal healing is an ancient practice, that has been gaining popularity in recent years. Especially yogi’s seem to be drawn to the healing effects and positive effects of these stones.

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The stones are said to have an enormous power to improve health and wellbeing, of the mind, body, and soul.

There are a number of healing crystal shops in Chiang Mai where a yogi can find their perfect healing crystals.

Lucky Stones

A small crystal shop just West from Old Town. You can buy healing stones, beads, and ready-made jewelry.

Where?  
34/1 Loi Kroh Rd, Tambon Chang Khlan, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100

Karen Beads

Near Warorot Market, Karen beads has a huge assortment of healing stones, beads, and ready-made jewelry.

Make sure to go and have a look at the second floor!

Where?
Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300

Lookpud shop

Just across the street from Karen Beads, you will find Lookpud. Not only do they also have a big variety of stones and beads, they also offer tons of jewelry making supplies.

Where?
35/2 Kuang Men Rd, Tambon Chang Moi, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300

Now that you know where to get the supplies, you might want to have a go at making your own mala.

Embedded video: how to make a mala

Smoothies and fresh fruit

A huge reason why a yoga teacher training in Chiang Mai is a yogi’s dream is because of the fresh fruit being sold at every corner of the street.

Because of their numerous health benefits, smoothies are the perfect snack during your yoga teacher training. For one they are an easy way to get your daily allowance of fruits and vegetables in. They also boost brain activity, give you energy and will make you sleep better.

You can buy bags of cut pineapple, watermelon, mango… for about 20 Baht. Which is about € 0,55 or 0,64$! Have a fresh smoothie for one euro or just over a dollar.

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Organic shops

Don’t you just love those small, cozy organic shops? If you are looking for non-toxic, natural, and cruelty-free products, you are sure to find them in Chaing Mai.

Do you still need a reusable straw for all the smoothies you’ll be drinking? Visit one of our favorite organic shops in Chiang Mai.

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Good health

From bamboo straws to matcha powder and psyllium husk, Good Health is the organic girl’s or boy’s dream.

Where?

48, 3-5 Sridonchai Rd, Tambon Chang Khlan, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100

Urban green health store

A natural pharmacy shop, perfect for all your natural beauty products.

Where?

62/4 Samlaan Rd. Phra Sing Muang Chiangmai Chiang Mai 50200

Freebrids

Freebirds has a selection of pre-loved clothes and has a nice vegetarian restaurant.

Where?

14 Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200

Thai massages

Chances are your yoga teacher training will leave your body stiff and sore. To remove blockages and make everything flexible again, you might want to try a traditional Thai massage.

Here is everything you need to know about a Thai massage. Spoiler alert: there is no oil involved at all!

Active yoga community

From women circles, to sound healing baths and ecstatic dance. There are events and meetups for everyone’s taste. Have a look at the  Chiang Mai Conscious Community Facebook group to tap right into the yoga community of Chiang Mai.

Nature at your doorstep

Chiang Mai is a great city for nature lovers. Here are some of our favorite spots.

Doi Suthep National Park

Enjoy the rewarding hike up and take in the stunning views of Doi Suthep National Park.

Huay Kaew Waterfall

Huay Kaew Waterfall is one of the most accessible waterfalls at Doi Suthep National Park. For 100 baht you can get up close. It’s the perfect place to cool down and take some beautiful pictures.

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Huay Tung Tao Lake

At about 10km out of the city, you’ll find this beautiful lake. The straw huts on the shoreline are a nice place to relax and take in the stunning view.

What makes it even better is the delicious vegetarian food served by the local restaurants.

Pro tip: make a sunset trip out of it. There is no better place to watch the sun go down!

Practical information about Chiang Mai, Thailand.

How to get to Chiang Mai

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You can easily get to Chiang Mai from Bangkok by bus, train or plane.

How to get to Chiang Mai from Bangkok by bus

Ordinary 2nd class buses and 1 class air-conditioned buses leave at Bangkok’s Northern Bus terminal (Mo Chit 2). Buy your ticket at the public bus station. There is an 8 AM day bus and a 9 PM night bus.

There are also a number of private buses which you can book your bus ticket from Bangkok to Chiang Mai online or in tourist centers.

Busses take about 10-12 hours to get to Chiang Mai. The buss will make a couple of sanitary stops. Most tickets include a snack and one meal at lunch or midnight snack stop.

How to get to Chiang Mai from Bangkok by plane

Air Asia, Vietjet Air, Nok Air, Lion Air are some of the low-cost airlines operating the Bangkok – Chiang Mai route.

Depending on your flight date and how long in advance you book your plane ticket to Chiang Mai, they can be as cheap as 20$.

More details on how to get to Chaing Mai from Bangkok.

How to get to Chiang Mai from Bangkok by train


You can buy first, second and third class train tickets at the train station or on the SRT- website. If you want to save time and money you can take the sleeper train. Both first and second class offer lower and upper bed-bunks, equipped with privacy curtains and a nightlight.

The train has a dinner wagon where you can buy a meal or snacks, but if you want to save some money it’s best to buy some fruit and snacks in advance in advance.

Wifi

There is no shortage of cute little coffee bars in Chiang Mai.

Most, if not all of them, offer free WIFI. So check up on your emails or keep in touch with friends and family while enjoying a nice cup of Thai coffee.

Your hostel, guesthouse or hotel will without a doubt also offer free WIFI.

Do you need internet when you are out and about? Buying a local sim-card is a very quick and easy process. One month of unlimited data usage will only set you back about 700 Baht, not even € 20 / 20$.

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Currency

The Thai Baht is the currency of Thailand and the currency symbol is ฿.

As of March 2019,1 US Dollar is 31.1319 Thai Baht. And 1 Euro is 35.3385 Thai Baht.

How to get around in Chiang Mai.

Getting around Chiang Mai is easy and straightforward. You can rent a scooter. This will cost about 1.500-2.000 Baht. You need an international motorcycle drivers license to drive in Thailand. Wearing a helmet is obligated by law.

Another, more fun way of getting around town is by riding a bicycle. It’s a healthy and sustainable mode of transport. For 1.000 Baht or less per month, you can rent a bicycle to explore the town and get from point A to B.

You can also rent a private tuk-tuk. Or just hop on one of the public ‘Red Vans’ driving around town, that’ll only charge you 30 Baht for a ride.

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