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  1. 1. ==== ====More Informations about Thailand you get here ====1. Amazing Adventures in ThailandA few years ago, I decided to migrate the majority of my efforts, lifestyle and long-term ninjatraining programs to Thailand. This decision was based on number of pros as compared to ouroriginal California program. First, I like change and I like to stretch what we can offer to students. Ihave run programs in Europe, the United States and now Asia equally.Does it mean that California or the United States does not have a lot to offer? No, it just meansthere are other options and I have a lot of pros to talk about for the Adventurer that can financiallymanage a long term trip to the U.S. or Europe.Thailand has a lot to offer serious students and adventurers. Especially those participating in ourlong-term Martial Arts Training camps.There is a popular commercial in Thailand called - Amazing Thailand. It highlights the plethora ofadventure and fun that is available in one small location.In Bangkok for example, you can spend time shopping in a 7 story mall (even purchase Ferrari inone of the stores), visit historical temples (feel like a king in the Grand Palace or say hello to theemerald Buddha), or perhaps enjoy an endless variety of nightlife (have a drink on top of the worldoverlooking the city). Bangkok is an internationally known pit-stop and great for students to spendsome time adjusting to the Asia before heading out to see what else Thailand has to offer.For me, the major draw to Thailand was the tropical outdoor options that are available. I havetaken students to the mountains of Pai near Chiang Mai to the warm blue waters of the Andamansea. We have trained on beautiful islands like Koh Samui and climbed some of the best rockclimbing available in the world in Krabi province. When you are not training in the martial arts,there is plenty of adventure in Thailand.Enjoy a fresh and extremely healthy coconut on the beach, or go snorkeling and diving for a pricethat you can feel great about. Feel like checking out the bridge over the river Kwai or exploring theErawan Waterfall in Kanchanaburi? No problem. How about taking a trip to Hua Hin where theKing lives and enjoy the long ocean strip. You name it, adventure is abundant and access to thatadventure is made extremely accessible.It might sound silly, but many of my students found that renting a moped and cruising around theislands to be one of the best experiences. Simple adventures like taking a long tail boat from oneisland to another can be quite thrilling. Adventure is often equated to new experiences andThailand has plenty to offer.
  2. 2. I believe Thailand offers the best of Southeast Asia, but one of the added benefits to being inThailand is that with a hop, skip and a jump you can be in experience new adventures in Vietnam,Malaysia, Laos, or Cambodia. You can stretch that just a bit to visit China, Singapore, Hong Kongor further to places like Taiwan and Japan. When you are in Thailand, other locations in Asia feelcloser and you are more likely to explore.What Thailand has to offer is of course amazing. However, the real benefits of Thailand hit whenwe get practical and this is determined by how much of a hole any trip will have on our pocketbook.2. A big reason students love Thailand is financialAs with any functional service - money is an important tool. Students that attend my programs,often do so for long periods. Many students prefer 1-12 months of training as opposed to weekendseminars or weekly courses that often cost far more.Another benefit of a long-term program in Thailand is the students lower personal costs ascompared to what they would pay in the States. There are too many discounts to list here, buthere are a few to consider.3. Cheaper Food in ThailandYou can pick up a decent healthy meal for about $2.00 in Thailand, and that is in a restaurant. Onthe street, you can get a filling bowl of noodles for 50 cents. In California, you are lucky to get ameal for $5.00 (though Subway helps with their $5.00 foot long sandwiches) and 50 cents mightbuy you a candy bar. I also tip a minimum of $5.00 in restaurants in the States. A tip like that inThailand would be outrageous, even 20 Thai Baht is high and that is less than a $1.004. Entertainment can be costly, but not in ThailandIn Thailand, you can see a movie for about $5.00. In California, a movie ticket can cost you closerto $10.00. In addition, the quality of movie theaters in Thailand is often superior to what you findelsewhere. For example, you can choose to sit in a reclining mini couch, and choose your seats inadvance (even pay less depending on where you want to sit). In the States, if you cannot chooseyour seat in advance you are forced to arrive early to get a good seat and also be forced to sitthrough previews and commercials.This savings extends to almost every sector of entertainment, whether you want to rent amotorcycle, go to a nightclub or ride an elephant, the costs in comparison are outstanding.5. Shopping in ThailandAlthough students and adventures may not have shopping on their mind, it can still be a factor forthose that like to buy and why not save some money in the process. Thailand is famous for gettinga great deal on your purchase and has shopping streets all over the country. You can pick updesigner jeans for $20 as opposed to $200 or invest in a work of art. I managed to buy gifts forChristmas for everyone in the family in Thailand and spend the same amount (including flight,
  3. 3. hotel and gifts) as I would have spent just on the gifts themselves (judging from my normalspending habits) in California. I also am able to buy items that are unique and not just anothergadget to clutter their closets. Many people have made their short term stay in Thailand into abusiness and fund their new lifestyle by purchasing items in Thailand to sell in the States.6. Travel in ThailandYou can travel from the mountains of Pai (north of Chiang Mai) all the way south to the islands ofKoh Phi Phi (where they filmed the movie the Beach) for about $60. This would cost you in thehundreds in the States. When I lived in Pai, I would fly to the city for only $30. The bus ride downthe mountain is about $5 and takes 2 hours. This travel savings extends to almost every type oftravel in Thailand. You can take a taxi anywhere you want for about $10 an hour or hop in a tuktuk for $5.00 and take a scenic route. Students have rented mopeds for an entire month in Pai foronly $50 or $150 in more expensive locations like Samui Thailand. If you want to jump on a shortflight to Cambodia to see the Angkor Wat (a wonder of the world) or take a train to Malaysia - noproblem, and it wont hurt your pocket book. I often fly to Singapore from Bangkok and it costs meless than it would to fly from city to city in California.7. Housing and accommodation in ThailandA great thing about Thailand is that you have a choice of stay that will meet every budget. InCalifornia, a typical hotel is $100 per night and for a month at a basic hotel you will pay about$3,000 or more. This is usually without Internet, without food and without additional benefits. InBangkok for example, you can get a one-month stay in a great hotel that will include internet, giveyou a great breakfast buffet (usually for two), swimming pools, fitness gym, lounge use and dailymaid service all for $1,000. Not to mention these locations can be found with a small kitchen area -much like Extended Stay of America only at half the cost. Now $1,000 a month may not be cheapto many, but this is for an upscale location. You can also stay in a small house for as low as $200a month in many locations. I have stayed in a $2,000 a month location on a tropical island and Ihave stayed at a $300 a month location on the same island. Both locations were great and no, youdo not have to live in the alley to get a great price.All of this is very important to a long-term student of the martial arts. They often only have so muchmoney to spare and they need it to last them a long time. Students that come to Californiaprograms often run out of money in a few weeks (going out to town to eat, seeing movies, buyingridiculously pricey popcorn and hanging out with friends). Whereas in Thailand, they can stretchthat same money into months and actually get more entertainment - not to mention enjoy thesplendors of a tropical island or globally famous city.8. Medical careOne time flying to Thailand for another adventure I couldnt help overhearing the couple in front ofme. They were not together but seated next to each other. One person asked the other why theywere going to Thailand. His response at first startled me. He said he was going to Thailand to seea dentist as it was just too costly in the States by comparison.I have not seen a dentist in Thailand however I do remember a student that had a cavity removedfor only about 500 baht in a great location off of a main Soi in Bangkok. I also remember visiting
  4. 4. the hospital in Chiang Mai and after visiting three doctors for three separate issues (thought Iwould try to get as much covered as possible at the same time) it only cost me about 1000 Thaibaht (about $35 U.S. Dollars). Naturally, this person must be getting some major dental work doneto spend $1,000 or close to it to fly to Thailand to see a dentist.However, Thailand is famous for those looking for high quality medical care for a low price. I oftencatch myself saying, "I will wait till I am back in Thailand to get that checked out." Many peoplehave a poor view of Thailand when it comes to health care. Yes, you dont have to get aprescription when you want some medicine to fight off a major virus and you dont have to get 5screenings before you can see an expert. All of the facilities I have been to in Chiang Mai,Bangkok, and even the island of Koh Samui have been top notch locations with modernequipment and English speaking doctors. I would wager that I received more attention and bettercare than I have in the States.As a martial artists and adventurer - it is important to know that when I am traveling that there areup-to-date medical solutions in the event of an accident.9. Culture of new locationsI once heard that there was more culture in Yoghurt than there was in the California. This might bewhy websites like are springing up supporting life outside our borders. Somepeople are looking for more than freedom of speech. Now I love California and I am proud to be anAmerican, so I will not have much to say about negative concerns. However, having run adventureprograms for the better part of 20 years and teaching students for the same amount of time, Iknow where they can get more for their money.An exciting part of travel and adventure is meeting new people and learning new languages.Going to places like Thailand will offer a NEW approach and with that comes a benefit that is hardto measure. If you live in the United States already, traveling to another location in the U.S. will notoffer much variety. It is hard to grow if you are not challenged to adapt to new locations, meet newpeople and learn new languages.10. Friends in AsiaNaturally, you can meet friends almost anywhere you go, but there is something unique abouttraveling in a country with others of like mind. When you are abroad, you will meet others thathave taken the time and have the time to spend - people from all over the world. In California, youare likely to meet more people just like you. This can be boring. My first trip to Thailand I madegood friends with people from places like Holland, England, Norway, Australia and of courseThailand itself.11. Time to play in ThailandOne of the reasons I created my long-term program was to offer a lifestyle that is against the grainof modern society. If, for example, you come to a typical city in the United States, you will meetpeople that are more than likely following a very specific path. They are working, going to schoolor busy with their family or business.
  5. 5. Long term students can however get together easily to take a road trip almost any time to eitherexplore a new location, go rock climbing or take a road trip. The same ability to meet new peopleand adventure with them spontaneously is available in Thailand. This is because Thailand andplaces like Bangkok is an adventure hub of the world.In a typical city in the U.S. you are more likely to be challenged with schedules and a tight workweek. In Thailand and for students and adventurers alike, the weekend is whenever they want it tobe.12. Moving to ThailandI ran my long-term martial arts program in California for more than 5 years. I have not had onestudent of hundreds, move to California (other than to train at our camp) for a new lifestyle.However, with only a few years in Thailand, I have had already three students that are trying orhave tried to move and set up life in Thailand (outside of our program). Is it because theirAmerican dollar will go a lot further? Is it because they have additional freedoms they are excitedabout in a new country? Is it because they can escape the almost forced social strategy that ispushed in the U.S.? Any of these might be true, and they are a few reasons that so manyforeigners attempt to set up life in Thailand. Even if it is just for a change of pace and a break fromthe typical norm. Many might head home in a year or two refreshed and ready to settle down intheir home country.My last visit I met a man that was to only be in Bangkok for a few weeks decide to move and livethere. He was only there to organize shipments of gems to the U.S. and realized he could spreadhis wealth and live like a king as opposed to just getting by in the States.One of my students made the comment the first week I introduced him to Thailand that he hadseen enough to know he never wants to come back - that same person is now living in Thailandand has been for more than a year now. It only took another week to convince him that his typicalUntied States views of Thailand were way off base.Do students want to live in Thailand? Some might, but the point is that for a long-term program tobe successful, you need to be able to survive in a location long term. As a child, living on a tropicalisland was a dream and a goal. Living on an island in Thailand is not as challenging as somemight think.Our program also serves as a stepping-stone for introducing students to a new life. I too am ableto fully appreciate the good with the bad. As I am from California, I am spoiled with majesticmountains and National Parks like Yosemite. However, I have found that I appreciate the wealththe United States has to offer by living abroad.13. Freedom to be YOUAs a U.S. citizen you truly have a lot of freedom, but you will only begin to respect your realfreedoms when you travel to a country where you have even more opportunities to do what youwant and how you want to live. In Thailand, for example, if you want to live in one location for aweek or months, it is very easy to do so without the hassle of paperwork, credit checks and otherheadaches that limit you from actually feeling free. Naturally, every country has limitations and
  6. 6. Thailand has many. However, for the long-term martial artist or adventurer - Thailand has plenty ofoptions to make you smile.Consider being able to pick up a moped in a matter of minutes, or rent a 1 month servicedapartment without anything other than your passport (and the ability to pay of course). In theStates, most houses or apartments that you rent (other than outrageously expensive hotels)charge you first months rent, last months rent and a security deposit. Many only charge a securitydeposit, but this is usually the same as the rent.In Thailand, there is a lot of flexibility with how you decide to use your rental space too. Usuallyyou are not charged more if you have more people in your room. This is great for students that arelooking to adventure with friends and get the best deal. If book a hotel in the States (includingExtended Stay Hotels) and add another adult, you will most likely be charged more for the sameroom and service. If anything, they should be giving you an additional benefit, such as breakfast.My point is to point out the positive benefits for long-term students to choose Thailand as theirdestination for growth. I expect everyone to return home with tales of adventure and eventuallysettle down where they are happy and can make a successful life for themselves. However, thetruth is that jobs will always be there and family and friends will be waiting for you to return.Therefore, while you are focused on training and personal growth, you might as well get the bestadventure and experience that your money can buy.14. Self-PowerI remember something that I either read or heard from a public speaker more than 20 years ago.The quote or text was something like this:If you want to be a success - leave home.Thinking about my experiences over the last 20 years, I would have to agree that my time awayfrom home has taught me some very important lessons. Thailand has a lot to teach any openminded individual, but the big lesson is already available as the student must leave their countryand embark on a journey. This step alone is a big step for any adult and one that I believe will helpto teach them more about who they are as a human being.One of the major differences between our martial art system and others label based martial artstyles is the fact that we really push self-powered training and personal growth. It is about creatinga lifestyle that you love.I remember traveling for the first time on the boat to Koh Phi Phi island from Phuket thinking howgreat it would be to share this experience with students. It reminded me of the feeling Bruce Leescharacter might have felt on his island trip where he was headed to deal some kung-fu fighting inthe film Enter the Dragon.What about you? Have you ever been to Thailand? Have you ever dreamed of going to Thailand?Do you know anyone who had been to Thailand? Share your experience or thought with us!Join NinjaGym Live-In Martial Arts and Adventure Camp in Thailand and bring balance to your
  7. 7. Mind (with the mental martial art of Winjitsu), Body (by teaching the Martial Arts and Ninjutsu) andSpirit (outdoor adventure - travel and climbing). Whether you want to learn how to become a Ninja,get in shape fast with our NinjaGym fitness boot camp, or be part of the an island adventure, wecan help.Rick Tew is an internationally acclaimed Sensei or teacher in the martial arts and founder of CMS- College of Martial Science and NinjaGym. He runs Live-In Short and Long term Martial ArtsTraining and Adventure Camps in California and Thailand. Visit Rick Tews NinjaGym Martial ArtsBlog here. the martial arts as a gateway to excellence, he created his personal developmentprograms. His courses are for everyone who wants to integrate mind, body, and spirit to accesshis or her true potential.Rick Tews Winjitsu, The Mental Martial Art System for Success, has helped his students toovercome their fear and become successful in what they love and passionate about.Article Source: