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In Thailand, too often I found myself explaining to people that I was an Indian vegetarian, meaning that I was highly particular and strict about my food. People would nod their head and the Thai locals were quite possibly co-relating this with the Muslims who are strict about Halal. Though they also know that many…

For more: Vegetarians and the Indian Vegetarian

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In Feb-March 2019, I spent 2 months cycle touring in Thailand. This trip included 12 days of stay in Chiang Mai and 7 days in Bangkok. Apart from this I visited many small and obscure towns on my cycling trip. I gauged the towns for a long term stay (2-3 months) later on as a…

For more: Long Term Travel in Thailand for Digital Nomads & Slow Travellers: The Pros & Cons

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I had earlier written a post about ways to make your Adiyogi visit really memorable. I love that place. So, you can imagine how excited I would be to spend the entire night out at the Adiyogi! Last year, I was staying at the adjoining Isha Yoga Center during a full moon night, the Sharad…

For more: A Full Moon Night With the Adiyogi [& Pondering about Bharat’s Lunar Culture]

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January of 2019, I went cycling in Thailand. It was my first time in this country and I was looking forward to see beyond its touristy visage. Cycle touring was sure to provide a deeper and more intimate view of the country. I was eager for long rides. And this was the first time that…

For more: A 1000 km Cycle Tour in Thailand: Chiang Mai – Bangkok – Trat – Phnom Penh

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Happy are those travel moments when one finds kindred spirits or in this case sant sangathi i.e. the company of fellow spiritual devotees. These are not very often because people are of all different kinds and finding a true sync is tough especially for me. I was sitting with two ordained folk in Thailand. One…

For more: Q: As a Solo Cycle Tourer, How Do I Fit In With People Back Home in India?

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My first podcast on my first long distance ride of my Thailand cycling trip. It was recorded a couple of days after the trip. This ride was also one of my longest in the cycle tour – about 80-90 km. I don’t have a GPS tracker so can’t be sure. I will map this route…

For more: Chiang Mai River Route Cycling to Chom Thong, Thailand [Podcast]

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It has been a long day. I will myself up from the bed. I have yoga practices to do and then I have to consider my sprained ankle. And consume some fluids. And if the body aches, only stretching vociferously helps. I have cycled for 3 days. About 190km across southern Thailand. This is quite…

For more: Cycling Bangkok to Pattaya: A Travelogue with Route Map and Photos

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Even in the most random places I visit, with little to no tourist footprint, the locals can guess that I am an Indian. I am not sure how – maybe because of Bollywood? Or maybe some odd Indian traveller has reached the place earlier however unlikely it seems. Conversely, in India many rural folk think…

For more: People thought I was a Muslim: A Testament to Thailand’s Pork Obsession

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Currently, in Thailand on a cycle tour. Frequently my route is by a river. River fronts can often be very interesting. Be it Taiwan’s River bike path or the ghats of Varanasi. How about a canal then? Here’s a look at a canal walk in a random Bangkok suburb [if you like, skip the text…

For more: Amazing Canal Walk in a random Bangkok Suburb: Long Transit at Suvarnabhumi Airport?

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My cycling tours are all self-planned and there are many challenges with each tour which I need to figure out. The visa application is one of the first. When I went to apply for my Thai visa the VFS guy gave me a 101% rejection guarantee….. and then I got the visa. Check out my…

For more: South East Asia Cycling Tour #1: When the VFS Guy Gave Me a 101% Rejection Guarantee [Podcast]

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