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How to get a Thai visa extension from Chiang Mai

Don’t you just hate it when you have to go to the Thai border to renew your visa? Fortunately, if you are in or near Chiang Mai, you don’t need to! We had already booked tickets and were about to leave for Mae Sai to renew our visas when we found out that there is in fact an immigration office in Chiang Mai where you can get the extension. It might cost a bit more (perhaps someone can confirm or deny this) but at least you won’t have to make a full day’s trip (sometimes even a 2-day trip) to the border to get the extension. And naturally the trip to the border costs something as well!  So, how do you get a visa extension in Chiang Mai?

This is what our bookkeeping looks like in practice. Sometimes expenses go into our cellphone's memo first, if we aren't carrying the booklet with us.

RTW Budget: Southeast Asia in 3 months

It’s been a bit over a month now since we left Asia for Australia and we have finally taken the time to put together our financials from the first 3 months of our trip (excluding the first week in London). It has taken a lot of willpower to keep track of every little expense, but for the greater good (and my sanity – I just have to see where the money goes) we have done just that. Read on to find out how much traveling in Asia costs »

Eating noodle soup in the jungle

Trekking in Chiang Rai

When we were at New Life Foundation, we were offered a chance to participate in an excursion. The Foundation organizes some kind of excursion every Sunday and anyone can join, although residents and volunteers take precedence and there is a small fee to pay for expenses. In this case it was 300 baht, which is pennies when you hear what we got for our money.

So what do you get for 300 baht? »

Gates of the New Life Foundation

First impressions of Thailand, and the New Life Foundation

I meant to write every week or so at the beginning of this trip. Turns out we have been so busy that we haven’t quite had the time to settle down long enough to write anything more than a couple of Facebook posts. Well, we decided we wanted to stay in one place for a while so we could relax, calm down and maybe do a little bit of writing as well. So here is my (lengthy) story of the (intense) first two weeks into the Asia part of our RTW trip. Keep reading »