After a six-month jonada in California, we decided to continue our trip to Asia, to Thailand. We feel the motivation to know Thailand because of the famous Tai cuisine, tropical climate suitable for live food, frugivore movement, Thai massage, amazing natural beauty of beaches, Buddhist philosophy and its magnificent temples.
We arrived in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, at the end of January 2016. Where our first impression on arrival was of a city with very polluted air, noisy, very few trees, very confusing and crazy traffic. We spent a week in Bangkok to research places such as live restaurants, natural food establishments, fairs and local markets. We can easily find a variety of fruits, especially in small street markets.
We were visiting the floating market Dammoen Sadak, which is approximately 100 km south of Bangkok. Before this tour we were super excited, but when we arrived we realized that it is extremely touristy, tumultuous, we did not find much variety of fruit, prices are high, the river and quite polluted, the Thai crafts are of the type made in China and it was super tiring, because we spent more than three hours running in a van before arriving. The interesting part is that everything is done by boat typical of the region, passing through canals and has a contact with the local povodo surrounded by residential stilts. It was beautiful to see the variety of food colors and so many boats together.
We know a few restaurants, but what really inspired us and tasted with pleasure and is on our lists of good restaurants and directions, is the Rosayana restaurant and retreat – Raw food cafe in Bangkok, a restaurant with a fully live menu connected with a downtown natural therapies. Rasayana is a nice place, with very friendly waiters and dishes, beautiful, delicious and healthy. We also had the privilege of meeting the owner of the restaurant, who greeted us with great affection and gave us empathy tips in Bangkok and fairs in Chiang Mai.
Another restaurant we know and recommend in Bangkok is the Broccoli Revolution, which is Vegan, with a variety of vitamins and cold pressed juices.
Then we travel to Koh Phagan Island south of Bangkok. Koh Phangan, especially the part of Srithanu and a sublime location, many renowned Yoga schools such as Agama, Sama Karuna and Orion, many vegan restaurants and local natural therapies such as massage, reiki, etc. In addition to meeting point of interesting people from all over the world, a place to restore the energies, take care, rest, enjoy beaches, beautiful sunset and waterfalls.
On this trip to Thailand, we had an incredible meeting with our friend and partner Soraya Terra Curry (Vidya), we went together from Bangkok to Koh Panhgan and we have a beautiful journey of deepening friendship, partnership and rich experiences. We performed a delicious and successful workshop, called Tantric Nutrition, in the space of Samma Karuna, a yoga center. This workshop brought a new approach that shows that the importance of nurturing more live foods with high nutritional power makes the vortex of Kundalina more energized, helping the expansion of Consciousness.
After Koh Phangan we went to Chiang Mai to do a Thai Yoga Massage training at an excellent internationally certified school called Sunshine School. We learned this amazing massage technique and met many nice people who became like a family for two weeks.
Chiang Mai, is a welcoming city, but we were at a rather delicate time because of burnings on rural properties, leaving the air more polluted. This period varies from February to April every year.
In Chiang Mai, we find more varieties of fruits and vegetables with better prices compared to other places visited previously. We know the Muang Mai market, where we find great varieties of fruits. We have also discovered organic fairs, one located within the market of Siriwattana which occurs every day of the week, and another at the University of Chiang Mai on Wednesdays and Sundays.
We also met some restaurants, but none with fully live food. We recommend the Amrita Garden, Blue Diamond and Concept Salad restaurants, all located in the old town of Chiang Mai.