Spirit of Thailand

Spirit of Thailand

Culture, Relationships,
Thai Massage, Traveling

Shama Kern
Shama Kern

This blog is the story about my life in Thailand – and how it could become your story as well.

It’s an insider account about living, loving, traveling and finding a home in a beautiful country.

Every story reflects my personal experiences, how I saw it and how it happened to me. These are all beautiful memories for me, and I hope that they will entertain and inspire you as well.

You won’t find negative or critical stories here. I am not a social activist and I am not in the business of fixing other countries. You can find problems in any country in the world, and you can find good and beautiful things everywhere as well. It just depends what you focus on.

My New Life

Author's wife
Author’s wife

I have found a home in Thailand and I have also found the love of my life here, my wife, my partner and my life’s companion Jang.

Thailand and my wife changed my life in a major way, in a good way. It was my “mid life crisis” resolved.

Here is what you will find on this site:

  • Fascinating stories and insights about living and traveling in Thailand  which you won’t find  in travel guides.
  • The “Relationships in Thailand” article series is a real eye opener – you won’t be taken by surprise if you ever come here. Enter the sometimes strange world of cross-cultural relationships, even if only for the fun of reading about it.
  • You will find many great pictures, candid shots, and videos of colorful festivals, life, travel and scenery in Thailand, and even some other southeast Asian countries.
  • You will never be taken by surprise or experience culture shock when you visit Thailand because you know the inside story from someone who has lived here for many years.
  • You will learn the real story about Thai Massage, Thailand’s unique healing massage system: how to find and evaluate good therapists, how to experience great massages and avoid not-so-good ones, how to understand the benefits of Thai massage, and even how to learn it – without ever visiting Thailand.
  • You will find stories that touch your heart, tickle your travel bone, open up a new world of thinking and living, and put a smile on your face.
  • If you need help with something or have specific questions, you can email me at [email protected] and I will try to help you by sharing what I know.

How did I end up staying in Thailand?

temple in Chiang Mai
temple in Chiang Mai

No, it wasn’t the pretty girls or the good food or the beautiful beaches or the splendid temples or the friendly people. Don’t get me wrong – these are all great, but they were not my main reasons.

For me it was the Thai Massage which I fell in love with when I arrived here for the first time in 1999.

I mean, where else in the world can you get a great massage for five or six dollars an hour? Soon after this discovery I became inspired to study Thai Massage.

Thailand inspired a new career

Thai Healing Massage Academy logo To make a long story short, I ended up founding  Thai Healing Massage Academy. This has by now become the top online training institute for Thai Massage.

It has helped thousands of people learn Thai Massage from all over the world right from their home. This has been an exciting and fun journey for me, and it gave my life purpose and meaning.

Thai Massage Resources

Although this blog is not primarily about Thai Massage, there are thousands of people who come to Thailand every year to learn this healing art.

If you want to find out what Thai Massage is all about, you can get a great introduction through Thai Healing Massage Academy’s FREE introductory video series here:If you are seriously interested in Thai Massage, or you are are a therapist or yoga teacher already and want to add to your skills, you can get a first class Thai Massage education through one of our many online training programs. You can find them all here:

Wat Rong Khun, ThailandI truly hope that you will find inspiration and entertainment and useful information through the stories, pictures and videos on this site.

Maybe it will motivate you to visit Thailand. You never know what will happen. As for me, I have found a new life here, a wife, a vocation and many wonderful moments.

6 thoughts on “My Story

  1. respected sir….iam from kerala india….i like to come ur institute and study thai massage all technics..if u like to give me the training iam so happy…pls send me all deatails abt the course and course fee deatails also…..iam so exited to learn the traditional things from thailand

    • I don’t think there are any PR firms which focus on the holistic scene in Chiang Mai or Thailand. There are magazines and websites focusing on it.

  2. Dear Shama sir,
    Greetings from Kathmandu, Nepal. I have read your site and i found so informative. I have 21 years adventure tourism experience. I am travel and golden visa agent for Greece & Cyprus in Nepal. I am so much interested to invest and run a real thai massage service center in Kathmandu. I am looking for a Thai partner who must be massage specialist, also who can manage office, bring thai staffs, training etc. He/She doesn’t have to invest…..totally i can invest….i can give her/him 30 % share….bonus…salary…all…
    I just need Thai manager & staffs…..Can you help me out to find such business partner & staffs?? I am going to open massage center in diplomatic area in Kathmandu…with big garden…hotel….parking enough…all rich & business people know already this place…but no any sexual exploitation for staffs…I am married serious business man….my wife and 2 daughters…
    I just want to give real thai massage experience for the people……i want to show real thai specialist and real thai staffs working as brand..nobody did before here….my people trust to thai people….good business…its sure…i give an opportunity for Thai specialist (free share no need invest) also i need thai staffs. Hope you have understood my theme. It would be great help if you let me know such people…..
    Hope to hear back from you soon.

    Managing Director

    Altitude Randonnee Trekking Pvt. Ltd.

    P.O.Box: 20114 Kathmandu,Nepal

    Landline Telephone:+ 97714006665

    Mobile:+9779851054734 (24 Hours)

    Email: [email protected]

    Web Site: http://www.treknepal.travel




    • It is a wonderful idea to open such a Thai Massage place in Kathmandu. However I am in no position to help you with your business, and I don’t know anyone who would want to join your business.
      Your website looks great, and I hope you find the right person.

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