Spiritual Travel & Retreat
@ Phuket, Thailand
Welcome to Nithyanandoham 1008!
Nithyanandoham 1008 will be held at Duangjitt Resort & Spa in Patong beach in Phuket islands. The participants will stay in this resort and in nearby resorts. (more details about this below).
Duangjitt Resort & Spa
18 Prachanukroh road,
Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand
Tel: + 66 (0) 76 366 333
E-mail: [email protected]
Participants will be accommodated in the above resort and also in nearby resorts on a twin-sharing basis (two beds in each room). If you are coming with your spouse or with your family members and/or kids, you will automatically be paired with them unless requested otherwise. Hotels booked for Nithyanandoham 1008 participants will update soon:
♣ Hotel Duangjitt Resort & Spa (same location as program hall)
♣ Hotel Deevana Plaza Phuket Patong (5 mins walking distance from program hall)
Subject to availability, participant preferences for a hotel will be honoured. Participants who register early will have a better chance
of getting their preference.
1. Hotel Duangjitt Resort & Spa Phuket
18 Prachanukroh road,
Patong Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand.
Tel: + 66 (0) 76 366 333
The Duangjitt Resort and Spa is situated in 36 acres of lovingly tended, tropical gardens. Shady coconut palms, blooming exotic plants as well as doves and mynah birds that have made our gardens their home, combine to ensure every moment of your stay with us is a pleasurable one. The hotel has 3 Swimming Pools, 2 Restaurants, Conference Room and Function facilities, Tailor Shop, Money Exchange, Laundry and Dry Cleaning Service, Postal Services, Internet Services, Safety Box in
all rooms, Wimarn Spa 10.00-22.00 hours, Tour Counter 09.00-21.00 hours, Kids Club 09.00-18.00 hours, Disabled Room, Fitness Center.
2. Hotel Deevana Plaza Phuket Patong
239/14 Raj-U-Thid 200 Pee rd.,
Patong Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand.
Tel: +66 7630 2100
Fax: +66 7630 2111
This hotel is about 5 – 7 mins walking distance from the main resort. The hotel has a swimming pool, Kids Club, Whirlpool, delightful courtyard and a spa. Most rooms have a balcony view of the gardens and palace. Free Internet Corner & Free Wi-Fi service is offered.
Weather in Phuket in December
December sees the monsoon over and the amount of average rainfall dropping from the highs of the monsoon. The average temperature is a pleasant 27°C with average high/low temperatures of 23°C and 31°C respectively. December is the most popular time for tourists to visit.
Prior to Leaving:
Review your checklist and make sure you have:
• Flight tickets
• All the things required for your Thailand visa / visa on arrival
•confirmed flight ticket
•confirmed hotel booking confirmation
•10,000 Thai Baht per person at least
• Proof or confirmation of program payment
• ID card for verification
☼ 2 photo copies of their passport (biography page) and visa
• Cash, travellers checks, credit card, etc.
• Notify your bank/credit card company that you will be travelling to Thailand if you plan to use your credit card
• Travelinsurance (optional)
• Cellphone & laptop (optional)
• Your prescribed medications (if any) – amount needed for the entire program duration
Where to report when you to arrive in Phuket:
♦ Directly check-in to the hotel allotted to you
If you have finished all the registration procedures, you will be receiving an email with your Hotel confirmation. Please bring a copy of the confirmation along with you. Upon arrival at the airport, you can go to your hotel to check-in directly. After checking in, you will need to report at the registration desk to finish signing your registration form and collect your program badge. (see registration procedures below)
♦ Report at the registration desk:
If you have not received an email with hotel confirmation, you need to report at the registration desk (see “Registration procedures” section below) to finish your registration procedures and be allotted your hotel room. To avoid long wait at registration desk after your long flight/travel, we highly recommend you to finish all your registration formalities.
Registration will happen at reception area of Duangjitt Resort & Spa (same hotel as the program location) at the below
December 5th: 11am – 10pm
December 6th: 11am – 10pm
December 7th: 6am – 10am
Nithyanandoham 1008 support team will be available in the above location to guide you through the registration and accommodation process.
How to Reach Phuket
Phuket International Airport (Airport code: HKT) is a public airport located at North side of Phuket. The Airport is approximately 37kms from the Nithyanandoham 1008 program hotel.
Visa related information
Many (not all) countries don’t need a visa or have visa on arrival. For example – US passport holders can get a 30-day entry permit when they arrive at the airport via flight. Rules are different if you fly vs if you enter Thailand by Land, so please check before you book your tickets.
Some countries may have visa on arrival but may only get 15-day visa which are not enough for Inner Awakening.
Indian Passport holders are especially requested to apply for a vy need up to 3 weeks to get your passport. Please check the Thai embassy web site.isa AHEAD OF TIME to get a visa covering the entire length of stay for Nithyanandoham. Especially Indian Passport holders in the US.
Thai Immigration Bureau Website: http://www.immigration.go.th/nov2004/en/base.php
Summary of Countries and Territories entitled to visa exemption: http://www.immigration.go.th/nov2004/doc/services.pdf
Website of Embassy of US in Thailand: http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/service/thai-visas-for-americans.html
Forms you need to fill:
Hotel confirmation letter for VISA purposes:
If your country requires you to apply for Thailand visa ahead of time, you would need a letter from hotel confirming your stay during your travel. Please fill this form to request the hotel confirmation letter. The letter we are issuing now is for VISA purposes only. Resort you will be staying in, during the Nithyanandoham program, may or may not be this resort.
Nithyanandoham 1008 registration form (mandatory for Nithyanandoham 1008 program participants)
Roommate request & Travel Itinerary request form (mandatory)
☼ Roommate requests (if you want to stay with your family/kids/friends)
☼ Let us know when you arrive (so we can be ready with your registration papers)
☼ And whether you need taxi pickup from the airport
Common Questions Answered
Spending extra day with Swamiji:
The first 300 fully paid participants are eligible to spend “one extra day with Swamiji” (6th December). Hotel is being booked for all these participants Nithyanandoham 1008 participants from 5th December – 28th December. Check-in time is after 2.00pm on 5th December and check-out time is before 12.00pm on the 28th December. If you need booking for additional night, please contact the Hotel and book the same for an additional charge.
If you are in the first 300 fully paid participant category, hotel is being booked from 5th December – 28th December. For all other participants, hotel is being booked from 6th December – 28th December. Check-in time is after 2.00pm and check-out time is before 12.00pm on the 28th December. If you need booking for additional night, please contact the Hotel and book the same for an additional charge.
Nithyanandoham 1008 is a spiritual vacation with Swamiji, so the usual all white clothing rule does not apply, except for the sacred morning Pooja. For the morning pooja, please wear traditional white Indian dress (men can wear – white dhoti, kurta, etc, women can wear – white saree with golden border, white salwar etc.). These
clothing will be available in galleria for purchase as well. Apart from the morning puja time, participants are free to wear clothing of their choice in any color! Since we’re a Sangha of celebration, and this is a spiritual vacation, it will be a great time to express what Swamiji calls “Traditional Flamboyance,” so if you have beautiful, colourful, traditional Indian clothing, we highly encourage you to bring it along!
Service: Laundry service is provided for all Nithyanandoham 1008 participants at the hotel. 3 pieces per participant per day will be complimentary. This is in addition to the towels provided in the rooms. More than 3 pieces per day per person will be charged accordingly.
♠ ID for Verification: All participants are required to bring 2 photo copies of their passport
(biography page) and visa.
♠ Taxi Pickup Service: Taxi pickup service is provided from Phuket International Airport for convenience of International participants. You will be paying for the cost of the taxi. Volunteer will be waiting for you at the airport (with your name / Swamiji’s picture) and will be guiding you to the taxi. If you would like us to book a taxi for you, kindly fill the taxi pickup form http://tiny.cc/iadec2015
♠ SIM card purchase at the airport: Upon arrival at the airport, visit the AIG / TrueData phone shop and get a Thailand SIM card for yourself which will have 3G data connection enabled. These were the Phone/3G packages available in
♠ What to Pack: We will provide you with all the special items you’ll need for the processes, which will be yours to keep, so please leave some empty space in your luggage to bring it all back! Though we are providing specialty supplies, please be sure to pack all the personal items you think you’ll need throughout the 21 days, including: – White Indian style clothing for the daily Pooja (Hindu worship ceremony) – 7 changes of clothing for everyday wear, including (optional) one fancy sari or Indian outfit (laundry will be done daily by the hotel; many dress up on the last day of the program.)
• Yoga clothes
• Beach Towel
• Flip Flops / Sandals
• Soap and Shampoo if you don’t like to use what’s provided by the hotels
• Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, face wash, etc.
♠ No Nirahara/THE Samyama: December Nithyanandoham 1008 participants will not be having NiraharaSamyama (Level 1, 2, 3) or the Samyama options during the program.
♠ Travel VISA Related Information
o Referral information to provide in the Visa application form (Thai Guarantor details):
• Reference name in Thailand: Purimpratch Sukbuayai
• Address: Hotel Duangjitt Resort & Spa, 18 Prachanukroh rd., Patong Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand.
• Phone: +6676366333
• Thailand Visa application form in certain countries asks for accommodation confirmation letter from the Hotel. If you need one, we can provide you with the same. Kindly fill this form:
Nithyanandoham 1008 Support Team
For any help, support, questions related to Nithyanandoham 1008, feel free to email or call us. We are waiting to make Nithyanandoham 1008 a reality for you.
Email: [email protected]
o Ma Nithya Jnanatmananda Swami: +91 776 098 0635
o Ma Rishi Advait (Kids program): +91 776 098 0640
♦ United States:
o Ma Nithya Prabananda Swami: +1 909 908 8080
o Ma Nithya Prematmananda Swami: +1 909 230 1002
♦ Thailand (after 2nd Dec 2015):
o Ma Nithya Jnanatmananda Swami: +66 92612 4206
o Ma Nithya Swaroopapriyananda: +66 92612 4117
Phuket has long played a significant role in Thai history, from early times, through the tin mining boom, to the present. Throughout the centuries, Phuket has played host to many different nationalities, many of whom continue to be represented in the diverse population and culture of the island. Foreign influences may come and go, but Phuket’s temples represent a touchstone, both religiously and culturally. Locals frequent them to maintain ties with their past as each of the island’s temples has a story to tell about Phuket’s history.
Possible Field Trips during December 2015 Nithyanandoham 1008
(**Field-trip locations subject to change)
♠ COCONUT ISLAND
♠ KARON BEACH
♠ NAI HARN BEACH
♠ NAI HARN LAKE SIDE
♠ NAI YANG BEACH