Meet Karen Harvey coming to ISM in January 2014 – Internship at NightLight

Hi my name is Karen Harvey and I’ll be serving in Thailand with NightLight beginning in January 2015, seeking to shine God’s light in the darkness and bring hope and dignity to His daughters!  I’m a 2014 graduate of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Ministry.  Washington State is my native land, and mountains are my favorite kind of landscape!

 

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I grew up in the church and though there wasn’t a specific moment that I recall, I made the choice to follow Jesus around age nine.  I knew that this meant that I was loved and that God would not leave me.  Around this time, I began developing a passion for the oppressed and undignified of the world.  In high school, I went on mission trips to Mexico and Honduras that were profoundly impacting to me.  I realized my love of other cultures, serving those in need, and the ways that God can work outside of my own personal context.  I also met a wonderful missionary family doing their furlough in my hometown, which put the idea of being a missionary into my mind.  My faith grew a lot at the end of high school as I joined youth group and a small group Bible study and found Christian community for the first time.  I knew that I wanted a Christian college, and I chose to move across the country to attend Hope College- a small school with deep traditions, community, and faith.

 

I’m in my last weeks at Hope now and it has been so incredibly sweet.  I’ve learned what it means to give every part of my life to Jesus- to seek His glory in whatever it is that I’m doing.  I’m privileged to have witnessed God at work on my campus and in the lives of my friends.  I’ve learned so much about who I am in Christ and who God made me specifically to be.  I watched the sun rise over the Great Wall, adventured in Tibet, and learned more about myself than I thought possible during my semester abroad in China.  I got to live in God’s creation in Colorado and live life with the coolest teenagers I’ve ever met last summer.  I’ve been most blessed by a wide variety of friends and mentors who have taught me more about who God is and shown me love and grace when I don’t deserve it.  Even in the challenging times, God has taught me about perseverance and that He will ultimately use my struggles to reflect His glory.

 

One time of my college career that has been especially impactful is the summer between my sophomore and junior years that I spent serving at a children’s home in Kenya.  I saw God’s heartbreak for the orphaned and forgotten of the world, and how deeply He cares for His children.  I love to be His hands and feet, and He is good enough to let us do that!  After this experience, I sensed that the next phase of my journey would take me to women in sex-trafficking and that is what my experience in Thailand will be.  My journey to Thailand officially began at the Urbana conference at the end of 2012.  The speaker said something to the effect of “light isn’t needed where it’s already light- we’re called to shine light in the darkest places.”  I saw in my mind a red light shining in the darkness, and a pair of eyes, broken and without hope.  On my Urbana commitment card I committed to serving in missions and I wrote, “to bring hope and dignity to His daughters.”

This is my call for the year 2015.  I heard about NightLight through a friend, and remembered the name when I started research post-grad plans.  From there I got connected with ISM.  God opened and closed doors until I knew that Thailand was where I was going to be.  He has been so faithful, even in the smallest ways and I know that He will be with me just as He always has been.  I’m excited to join up with what He’s already doing in Thailand through NightLight!

 

BIG NEWS – one of our ISMers Class of 09.12 – Maria is now the Director of Marketing and Relationships at NightLight

BIG NEWS!

It’s Official!!!

You are looking at NightLight Design’s new “Director of Business and Relationships” for their North American region! … almost.

What does that mean? It means that if we raise full funding for this brand new position by July 1st, I will be responsible for directing the business strategy and managing key stakeholder partnerships for NightLight’s social enterprise, NightLight Design, throughout their North American region. We believe the creation of this position will greatly enhance the long-term sustainability of this business, and therefore increase NightLight’s ability to impact the sex trade community in Bangkok.

In March’s newsletter, I will include the complete breakdown on this new position and the business plan we have been working hard to develop! 

In April, I will let you in on the biggest lessons I’ve learned since returning from Thailand… deep stuff. 

Thank you so much for your compassionate hearts towards the women in Bangkok and for partnering with me to impact this community.

Emily says thanks.

Re-blogged – from Emily Snow

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December 21: Thank you.

I’m on my way home. My first flight landed an hour early, which meant less time on the plane but a longer layover. So, I’m currently sitting in the Istanbul airport where I have been for around 5 hours now. For whatever reason after I make one transaction in this airport my debit and credit cards suddenly have a block on them- even though I have a flag on my account that I’m traveling through this exact city. It happened the last time I was here also. So that’s frustrating but I will survive. International travels…

ANYWAY. I want to write a bit more about my time in Thailand-specifically  all of the things I am most thankful for. So, in no particular order…

Impact School of Missions

This four weeks of training and fun could not have been any more perfect for my start to this adventure. I actually wish that I could sit in on the classes for another (or maybe 2 or 3 more…) terms just so that I can soak in more of the information that we were given. For those of you who don’t know, the school is split up into four broad topics: Culture, Holy Spirit, Personal, and Missions. During culture week we learned all about the dos and don’ts of Thailand (and India for those who were traveling there for their internships), the Thai culture itself, and what it looks like to be a foreigner living/ministering in another culture. The second week we learned about partnering with the Holy Spirit throughout our internships and lives. The third week we did personality and gifts testing to learn more about ourselves and why we interact with others the way we do and how God can use those traits. And finally the fourth week we heard from 7 different missionaries in Thailand about their specific ministries and God’s heart for His very diverse world of people. Throughout the first month we also had multiple opportunities to work alongside some of the ministries in Bangkok and we visited a few of the tourist hotspots.

One of the greatest parts about ISM is that it brought 10 very different, unique, beautiful women into my life (+Sandra, Jessica, and Peter). Although we were together for a brief time, it was truly a blessing to get a glimpse at their hearts and the beautiful ways God could, would, and will use them in this world. So, to Impact School of Missions- thank you.

Servantworks- The Well

When God first put Thailand on my heart, I never could have imagined the experience I would be blessed with when I got there. I am so thankful to say that I had the most incredible 2.5 months interning with The Well in Bangkok. I was and will continue to be so blessed by the people there. They taught me about acceptance, love, forgiveness, redemption and so much more.

Every morning I started my day with 3-4 Thai women in the “Baan Dek” (children’s center). It was here that I picked up the majority of my Thai, got to play and do crafts with the kids, and got to spend quality time really getting to know the other women I worked with. They practiced their English with me, and I (tried to) practice some Thai with them. In the afternoons I did a few different things. The first being spending a significant amount of time with my fellow intern, Kylie. She is one of the greatest blessings of my internship experience.  We went on a trip to a NE province together where we got to see another one of Servantworks’ ministries (Breakthrough-Thailand) and even got to help with the rice harvest! We also went with 1 or 2 Thai women every week to China Town, where we had the opportunity to build relationships with women working on the streets. We got to spend the first month playing games/getting to know the older kids who were off of school, spent a lot of time bothering Judy in her office, ate quite a few cupcakes and HiChews, and could almost always be found bent over laughing together. You would never be able to tell by our friendship that there is a 17-year age gap- and to be honest I could never really tell either. I also had the unique opportunity to teach a worship dance class 2 afternoons per week. Even after 13.5 years of dance, I never would have thought that my dancing could be used for ministry…let alone ministry in Thailand. God gave me a passion for dance as a child, but that passion was ultimately going to be used for His glory. So cool, right? My dance class also provided me with time to get to know a lot of the women at The Well, and to see their funny, beautiful personalities. My final day at The Well they gifted me with a time of thanksgiving and prayer. The women and staff shared their thanks with me for specific things, and then everyone (including the children) prayed over me. The tears were inevitable at that point, and behind them were the pains of grief which I am especially thankful for. To grieve is to have loved- and the love I experienced and shared at The Well is irreplaceable in my heart. So, to Servantworks and specifically The Well- thank you.

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When I got off the plane in Thailand and had gathered my bags, I walked out of the airport and found Sandra with the “Impact School of Missions” sign and with a 6-foot tall Canadian girl. Little did I know that the first person I met would soon become one of my closest, dearest friends. We spent an awkward first couple of hours sweating at the dining room table and making small talk- and from then on we were pretty much inseparable. I knew that I would make friends while I was there, but I never expected to have any of them become one of my best friends. Our list of adventures together is LONG but usually included a mall/bookstore, a motorcycle, a TV series, an adventurous/surreal trip around Thailand, or just talking at a coffee shop. Also, laughter. ALWAYS laughter. This girl prayed with me, encouraged me, opened up her heart to me, and loved me. What more could I ask for, honestly? It was such a divinely orchestrated friendship, and I have been so blessed by it. So, to Monique- thank you.

Support System

When I got on the plane to come here, I left behind my incredible friends and family. Throughout my time in Thailand I received so much encouragement and prayers from home. I received Facebook messages, emails, letters, a package, and had countless Skype dates. One thing that I was told on my last day at The Well came to one of the staff members during the time of prayer- it was two words: rootless, and rooted. He told me he was thankful that I was willing to be rootless in leaving behind the people and places I loved to follow the Lord’s call, and saw that in that I was still rooted in Christ. So, I need to say thank you to all of the people who supported me in coming here-financially, in prayer, and in encouragement. Without you guys I would not have experienced the Lord in the unique ways I have, I would not have met all of the people and organizations listed above, and I would not have gained the knowledge I have from my time overseas. So, to all of you at home- thank you.

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My guy gets his own thank you, even though he was a major part of the support system I talked about already. It is with so much joy that I get to call him my boyfriend and that I get to be reunited with him in 15 short hours. My sweet Zack has (aside from God) been my biggest encourager in my time away. He committed to dating me long distance for 3.5 months, which in and of itself was a big step of faith- but in that time he also committed his life to whatever the Lord had for him. Therefore, our time spent apart has become a huge blessing. The Lord has so evidently grown each of us individually, which has made our relationship even more of a joy to pursue. While I was in Thailand Zachary prayed for me, and constantly told me he was doing it. He played worship music for me when I was having melt downs, and he was a voice of reason and reassurance when the heaviness of my internship seemed as if it were too much to handle. So, to Zachary- thank you.

(First and last Skypes in Thailand!)

God

To the Lord of the universe from whom all blessings flow- I am eternally grateful for the sacrifice made on the cross that has saved me from my sins. He has so evidently (as you’ve read) worked in every situation for my good and I’m so excited to give all glory to Him. So, to God- thank you (infinity times over).

So so so thankful for this exciting journey of life that I’m on, and so so so excited to see everyone in the coming weeks.

-E

Meet Sarah Ricker coming to ISM September 2014!

Hello Friends! I am going to Impact School of Missions in September 2014. I will be serving at Place of Grace, Abundant Love, and At The Well Ministries.

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I have loved Jesus for as long as I can remember, and I was 12 years old when I first felt the call in my heart to be a missionary. Ever since then I had planned on moving overseas as soon as I felt God telling me to. I am just finishing up my fourth and final year for my psychology degree at the University of Guelph and I will be off to Thailand in September. From this experience I hope to find out how I will go about being a full time missionary. I am doing three different internships in order to see and experience as much as I can in the hopes of finding out what it is that God wants me to do.

I know that I want to work with kids. For the past three summers I’ve worked at a community house where our goal is to show God’s amazing love to a group of hilarious and awesome kids that some would consider underprivileged. This has been the best job a person like me could ask for; I spent my summers goofing around with kids. However, there were moments when I walked some of them through some pretty tough issues. I’ve talked and prayed with 10 year old kids who were suicidal, who had some serious family issues, and for some of them life just wasn’t going their way.  But I saw God’s love transform their young lives in even the most hopeless of situations. Also, God’s been able to use my crazy silliness to remind those kids that they are kids, and their childhoods’ should be filled with laughter and fun. I’ve seen God do nothing short of miracles at that community house, and I’m excited for God to use me in similar ways in the three children’s ministries that I will be interning at.

God has done and continues to do some amazing things in my life. He uses my weaknesses to show his amazing strength. Naturally I am a person that is prone to anxiety and depression, but we have a supernatural God who fills me with joy daily and he is the only thing that holds me up from the darkness. God has healed me and my life is worth living because of Jesus alone, and so far it has been a beautiful life only thanks to him.

My passion in life is this; for God to use me to show his love to people the way I have experienced it. I want to live my life as a missionary because I don’t ever want to forget about all the children that have yet to learn how much God loves them. I leave you with this verse from James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

God bless you all,

Sarah Ricker

Big News – Meet ISM’s International Internship Co-ordinator starting June 2014.

As we approach the new year, we’d like to introduce you to our Internship Coordinator arriving in June 2014.  Jessica Pellowe has served ISM with excellence and integrity for the past two years.  She will be completing her term in June and returning to Canada.  Because of this we are bringing on an Internship Co-ordinator/Worship Leader.    Jessica will be handing the position over in June 2014.  Due to fundraising needs we would like to introduce you to Ashton McIntosh.

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Ashton writes:

“I anticipate 2014 to be the coming of a new season  that is full of exciting change. I will be moving (back!) to Thailand to work at Impact School of Missions as the International Internship Co-ordinator. It’s been 5 years since I last lived in Bangkok, and I am thrilled to be spending some more time there, as it is a place I grew to love.

So what exactly will I be doing there? As the International Internship Coordinator, I will be organizing the administrative component of the student internships, connecting with the hosts, travelling in the region, and handling the finances.  I am so excited to be apart of what is happening as ISM, and to help educate and empower this generation to be the salt and light of the earth.

Another aspect of the work I’ll be doing at ISM is leading worship in the chapels. I can’t wait to join the ISM students, who have come to serve and obey Christ, in passionate and purposeful worship. I really believe it is something that transforms lives and expect to see God do just that.

I can’t do it all on my own, however. I need to be supported by people,  like you. People who can’t just pick up their lives and move overseas. People who have school, or jobs, and families. But people like you can help people like me make a difference in South East Asia.  I hope to help impact these student’s lives and send them into their calling with renewed minds, prepared hearts, and an eagerness to fulfill God’s will for their lives to help the needy in countries other than their own, and to share Christ’s love to the world. If you want to participate somehow and help make this happen all you have to do is go to http://www.paoc.org/donate?pID=21 to donate  and in the comments clearly designate for Ashton McIntosh.  You can also submit cheques to the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada at 2450 Milltower Court Mississauga, ON L5N 5Z6.  Please specify Ashton McIntosh in the memo line. I need  $10,000 dollars for flights, medical insurance, language class, the regional retreat,  and visas. Any bit of money helps! For your Canadian donation you will receive a charitable receipt.

I want to say THANK YOU for your support whether through encouragement, prayer, or donation. I am truly grateful. Bring on 2014!!

Ashton

Meet Bonny Tam – ISM Student 01.14 – Internship – Daughters of Cambodia

Hello! I’m Bonny and I’ll be starting the internship in Jan 2014.

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I’m originally from Hong Kong. I have lived in London, UK for the past 5 years. I decided to follow Jesus and asked Him to be my Lord 4 years ago when I reached the trough of my life – emotionally, relationally and physically. Ever since I met Jesus I have been overcome by His steadfast and unfailing love despite my failures. When my hopes were shattered, God became my only reliable helper, provider, comforter, counsellor, and lover. As I continually experience His goodness and faithfulness in countless situations, I become passionate about imparting His love on to those who are still held captives in the bondage of sin. I hope to partner with Jesus in bringing light and hope to darkness.

 

I have never been to Cambodia – the place where I will be interning for 6 months. The nearest I got to is Thailand – which is where I first experienced mission that is targeted at extremely vulnerable young women who know little about hope and love. 2 years ago, I left my job as a graphic designer to be trained in arts psychotherapy and theology, hoping to be equipped for long-term mission work. A few months back, during a mission conference in the UK, I felt challenged and convicted to move on from 2-week mission trips to a longer commitment. It was then that I decided to apply to ISM. In Isaiah, I read: “I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness, riches stored in secret places. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.” (45:3) – I pray that Jesus would show me the precious jewels hidden in dark places, and in turn, let me and let those I meet know that He is the Lord, the only One who can save!

 

Being the only Christian in my immediate family, communicating my passion in mission has never been easy. However, God has been gracious throughout the years – my family are starting to be more understanding and supportive. I have also been recently engaged to a wonderful man who loves God and is also enthusiastic about mission. God willing, my journey in mission will not stop at ISM but it would be a launch into an exciting adventure with Jesus and my husband-to-be. I long to see God’s glory, and I long to hear every tongue confess and praise that Jesus Christ is Lord!

 

Bonny Tam

 

 

 

 

Are you READY?

ISM is gearing up for another training session in just a few short weeks.  Our students have been fundraising, packing, getting visas and preparing for their internships.  We have a few ideas about how you can prepare for the amazing things God has ahead.

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1. Learn about the culture before you go.

Before you leave your country, do some research on the culture you’ll be visiting.  You will be taught the basic do’s and don’t but come prepared by researching online or talking to a South East Asian person in your community if possible.  Research the following:

What is the food like?

What should I wear?

What are some common sayings?

Are there unique ways you show respect?

How do you greet people?

What are some of the names of the food?

What is offensive?

2. Love people.

You are coming to help and serve – not as a super hero.  Superman sweeps in and rids a city of the bad guys.  You get to serve like Jesus – so foot washing is the posture you want to take.   Come with an attitude of honour. Honour your fellow students, honour the people in the culture, honour everyone. Be a servant.

3. Follow the rules.

If you’ve been given specific instructions to minister in a certain way, follow the guidelines. We may not understand why certain organizations do what they do, but there is a reason why. Show honour and  respect by doing it their way.

4. This is about Jesus.

Jesus is the only one who can change a life. You are not expected to save anyone. The problems you’ll witness are so big, you will feel overwhelmed. Remember, you can only do what you can do – love.  Jesus saves, convicts and sets free.  Also sometimes the people we serve may thank you, like your post on FB or Twitter and talk about you on social media. This all about Jesus – it’s not about you getting any glory – do it all for Him and you won’t be disappointed.

5. Look for ways to serve.

If you see something that needs to be done do it. Don’t stand on the sidelines all the time waiting for someone to tell you what to do or watch everyone else do something. A lot of the jobs are not fun or glamorous. Sweeping the floor or putting toilet paper in a bathroom might seem boring but it is a beautiful reflection of a servant and it blesses those you came to serve.

6. Think before you act or speak.

Not everything you think needs to be spoken.  Usually we speak out of ignorance on a missions trip.  There are reasons that things happen or are done that we can’t possibly know or understand.   The little you do know about the culture, religion or people is nothing compared to those who live there.  Be a learner not an expert.

7.  Be all in.

Be a sponge! Listen to the people you’ll serve. Ask questions, be observant, take notes, eat up every bit of information you get.  Listen carefully, work hard, offer to help all the time, smile, embrace everything, eat different food, talk to people, use a squatty potty, jump all in!  This may be a once in a lifetime opportunity – seize every moment so you won’t have regrets.

It’s going to be a life changer! Are you ready?

Meet Sabrina Shaheen coming to ISM September 2013 and interning at Abundant Love.

Hi!  My name is Sabrina Sheehan.  I’m coming to ISM September 2013 and interning at Abundant Love in Chiang Mai Thailand.

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Sabrina Sheehan

I am a recent graduate from the University of Toronto, where I majored in English with a double minor in history and writing/rhetoric.

I can’t even begin to express the excitement that comes over me when I think about the kids I will get to spend time with at Abundant Love.

As a kid, I was very lonely and depressed, often wondering what my purpose in life was.  I have grown up in a loving home with parents who have constantly shown me the love of God, but I knew from an early age that something was missing.  I knew about God, but I didn’t really know that He loved me or wanted anything to do with me.  When someone had told me that God wanted to be my friend and had a plan for my life, I was eager to listen.  I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour when I was eleven years old, and it has been an incredible, wild adventure since.

God’s heart definitely beats for children.  In Luke 18:15, the disciples rebuke people for bringing their children to Jesus, but verse 16 really reveals the heart of God: “But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these’.”

I have worked with kids in a number of different capacities, and what I love most about being with kids is seeing their sense of wonder and imagination.  I love how something so simple can give them such great joy.  I love their ability to dream big and believe in the impossible.  I believe that there is much to learn by spending time with children, and I desire to have that simple, uncomplicated faith they carry.

I know not every child has grown up in a home where they are deeply cared for.  It breaks my heart to hear and see this reality.  Our God is the God of the fatherless, and my prayer is that I will be His hands and feet, and have His heart for the people He cares so deeply for.

I have been on several different mission trips where I have worked with kids, and what I’ve learned is that children in North America are no different from children around the world.  It is cliché, but all kids really desire is to love, be loved, laugh, and dream.

So why Thailand?

I have grown up in a home where different languages, food, and culture are very important.  Although I was born and raised in Canada, I have had a heart for the nations for as long as I can remember.  I felt unsettled in Canada, as though I was made for somewhere else.  I love my nation, and know God is doing amazing things here, but I also know that God has given me a heart for the nations and has wired me in such a way that I can easily adapt to wherever He calls me.  I’m so thankful that I get to participate in what God is doing throughout the world.

Beautiful Bangkok! ISM’s top picks for things to do!

Fun things to do in Bangkok

During your month of training at ISM you will have the opportunity on weekends and during the week as part of our schedule to experience a few of the highlights in the amazing city of Bangkok.  Here are some of our favorite activities!

Activities

Ancient City (Muang Boran) This is on our ISM calendar!

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This is a large, green park with smaller replicas of many of the monuments, etc., found throughout Thailand. There are Thai restaurants, a mini-market area, and souvenirs all set up in models of Thai villages. With the admission price, you get to use a bike that you can ride around to see and take pictures. You can also pay about $5 per hour to rent a golf cart, which makes the experience even more fun!

Dinner Cruise on the Chao Praya River

While you can find cheaper cruises, if you want a really peaceful and excellent dinner experience, we recommend Manohra Cruises. For approximately 1500THB, you get a lovely set Thai menu delivered restaurant style to your table on an old rice barge boat that holds a max of maybe 30 people.

• Flight of the Gibbons  

This is a zip line experience through the jungle. We’ve never been, but everyone we know who has gone, loved it!

• Floating Market

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There are several, most of which cater to tourists. Some are just regular markets with a few vendors in boats, while others allow tourists the chance to get into boats themselves, which is worth the trouble getting there for the novelty. We have been to one called Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Expect to barter for a boat and guide.

Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew – This is on our ISM Calendar

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 The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782. The king, his court and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925. The present monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), currently resides at Chitralada Palace, but the Grand Palace is still used for official events. Several royal ceremonies and state functions are held within the walls of the palace every year. You will learn so much about Thai culture and religion.

Wat Pho – This is on our ISM Calendar!

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This is the Reclining Buddha. It is truly a sight to be seen – breathtakingly huge. It is near to the Grand Palace, so it is good to do both on the same day.

Jim Thompson House

Tour a “traditional” Thai house with some Western twists and learn about the man behind the flourishing silk industry in Thailand – and his mysterious disappearance! There are truly beautiful gardens and buildings here!

• Massages

Getting a massage is a popular tourist activity. However, you need to be very, very careful because many are covers for less-than- reputable activities. We recommend Baan Dalah Mind Body Spa, which is on Sukhumvit 8, right near the corner with the Indian restaurant. The price is fantastic, the atmosphere is lovely (many feel like cheap clinics – not this one!), and it is family-friendly. You can browse the menu on their website ahead of time.

Be aware that a traditional Thai massage includes stretches, cracking, etc. Some people love it, but other people actually hurt so much afterward that they are in pain for days. Just be aware, and don’t be afraid to ask them to go lighter and lighter. You can also get other types of massages.

River Taxi Ride o Take a River Taxi down the Chao Praya River in Bangkok! This is on our ISM Calendar!

 This is a great way to get to the Grand Palace area.

Silom Thai Cooking School  - an option on our ISM Calendar!

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There are many Thai cooking schools in Bangkok, but this is the one we recommend. It is the cheapest, but also has a truly great and educational experience. For only 1000THB, you start at a market and learn about foods, then go back to the school to make five dishes that you also get to eat. You leave with a cookbook, too. Book ahead online.

Siam Niramit

This is a great stage show (every night) that is definitely worth your time!

You will see traditional Thai dancing, costumes and music used to show you stories that explain different elements of Thai culture, from history to religion to festivals. It is truly spectacular.

Shopping

• Chatuchak Weekend Market o Also called “JJ Market,” Chatuchak is only open on Saturday and Sunday. It is a HUGE, fantastic weekend market with pretty much whatever you might need to find, as long as you’re willing to look for it. It may be better to go without an agenda and see what you find. You can buy a map to help you find your way! Bargain here.

• China Town – This is an outdoor market with lots of stalls crammed close together. It is definitely an experience! Sometimes you have to buy things in bulk. If you know where to look, you can find beautiful fabrics, delicious food, and lots of other stuff. Bargain here.

• MBK –  This big mall is like an indoor market. It is full of stalls with vendors. It is huge, but fun, and a lot cooler than the hot outdoor markets! Bargain in most places. There are some ‘proper’ stores here, too, where you usually don’t bargain.

• Panthip Plaza – This is a massive indoor market of just computer things. If you are “into” techie things, you may enjoy this.

Siam Paragon

This is the mall with all of the big designer expensive stores. It’s fun to window shop and has a massive food court on the basement level.

Terminal 21 –   It is designed to be like an airport, which is so cool! Also, each floor is decorated like a different city, including the bathrooms and the staff! More expensive stores are at entry level, and the higher you go, the more market-like it gets. Definitely worth visiting just to see how creative it is!

Mega Bangna- near ISM – beautiful new mall with a very western feel.

There are many, many other malls around town. These are just a few of the highlights!

Food – Restaurants – too many amazing restaurants to name them all!

• Akiyoshi o Japanese  just off BTS Phra Khanong (Sukhumvit Soi 67)

• Beirut - Lebanese food - Ploen Chit Plaza, Sukhumvit Soi 2 • Bourbon Street

Creole & Mexican – Tuesdaynight buffet o Sukhumvit Soi 63 aka Soi Ekkamai, near Soi 1

• Crepes and Co. o Lunch and Dessert Crepes o Sukhumvit Soi 55 Thonglor 8

• Flying Chicken –  If you order the flying chicken, a man on a unicycle will catch your dinner on his head on a plate as he flies through the air. Sometimes they do it with veggies, too, and catch it with a poker. Other than this feature, it’s a pretty average restaurant, but the flying thing makes it worth going! Near ISM

* Bangna Trat • Ma-Cool-Ya - Your table has a grill in the center and you cook anything you want from an unlimited selection of meat, vegetables, etc. You can even make your own ice cream at the end!

* At Seacon Square mall • Olivie’ Cafe  Dinner “buffet” where you can order as much food as you can eat off the menu- pizza, pasta, etc.

*  At Paradise Park and Terminal 21 malls • Royal Dragon Thai food is served to you by waiters on roller-skates. There is also a short cultural dance in the evening.

* Bangna Trat • Scoozis – Italian-stylepizza

• Starbucks - Starbucks are almost everywhere here. Almost every mall will have one, and several plazas do, as well.

• Sunrise Tacos –  Equivalent to Qdoba/Chipotle – Several locations downtown

Food – Delivery

• ChefsXP.com –  You can order from a variety of types of restaurants downtown. They will deliver it on a motorbike for about $2 delivery charge. Delivery depends on your distance from the restaurant and the traffic. They say it takes an hour, and on average, it usually does.

• McDonalds –  You can order drinks and ice-creams and everything! This is definitely

something you should do once, just to say you did!

• KFC • Pizza Hut • Pizza Company (Similar to Pizza Hut) • Swenson’s (Ice Cream)