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Pack a microfibre
towel – they’re
small but super
absorbent and quick to dry – as
well as small bottles of shower
gel, shampoo and conditioner.
A lightweight silk sleeping bag
is good for covering beds of
dubious cleanliness, while anti-
bacterial wet-wipes are essential
for sanitising toilet seats. Door
wedges are useful for added
security as are locks for your
bag. For entertainment, have a
tablet loaded with books and
games, along with a small wireless
speaker to play music.
Songkran (April 13-15) is
celebrated throughout Thailand,
but one of the places with the
liveliest festivities is up north
in ChiangMai (left). If you want
to plunge into the celebrations,
be prepared to get wet. There
is no sprinkling when it comes
to Songkran – think buckets
and super soakers – so come
with your own choice of water
vessels. If your cameras and
phones are not water resistant,
make sure to seal them in
waterproof bags. Keep your
mouth closed as far as possible
to avoid taking in too much
water and stay safe by giving
motor vehicles on the road a
wide berth.
And before you go, learn to
say “Suk SanWan Songkran!”
(Happy Songkran Day), then
enjoy your fill of water fun!
What’s the best way to enjoy
Thailand’s Songkran festival?
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If all you need is love, thenMata
Amritanandamayi Devi’s Amritapuri
(
amritapuri.org
) in Kerala, South India, is the
place to go. The guru known as the “Hugging
Mother” or “Amma” spreads her message
of love and peace by embracing guests. To
combine some activity with your ashram stay,
head to Parmarth Niketan (
parmarth.com
)
on the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh
(right). It conducts yoga courses for
practitioners at all levels.
Another option is the Tushita
Meditation Centre (
tushita.info
)
in the north Indian Himalayan
town of McLeod Ganj, where
you can learn about Tibetan
Mahayana Buddhism philosophy
and meditation techniques. But a
word of warning: this retreat expects
complete silence, so leave those
cellphones and laptops behind.
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ANASHRAM. DOYOUHAVE
ANYRECOMMENDATIONS?
I’m travelling
without a plan, and I
anticipate having to
stay at shabby places
when there’s nothing
else available. What
can I bring along for
such times?