Monday, March 23, 2015

Starting An Ecommerce Business from Thailand?

There have been a number of people that have written in to ask, "How did you start an ecommerce business in Thailand?"

Truth is, it wasn't our first plan, or even our second or third. We just started on a whim. Maybe that isn't what most of you want to hear, but that's the way it started out. Creating an online business was a priority, but selling something tangible was not. Still, the ebusiness we created became one of our primary money makers so we continued it over the years, putting a little into it, and learning over time what it was all about. The business has grown tremendously from it's meager beginnings over six years ago and is now doing well. In 2015 we really are going to focus on making it much better and taking it to a new level.

ThaiAmuletSales and AllBuddhas are our two amulet stores. Click each to see them.

If you want a hint as to how it has gone - read on...

1. Initially we bought a few items and listed them on Ebay.

2. Those sold within a couple of weeks, and we were surprised how much they sold for - multiples of what we paid for them.

3. We researched a little bit to see if anyone else was selling the same thing. They were. We looked for a niche that nobody was selling in.

4. We found that sub-niche and started selling a small inventory there to see how we did. It did OK, but it wasn't hugely successful. We kept it going over time, and slowly the interest grew.

5. We created a very simple e-commerce site as a sub-domain in one of our other websites.

6. We added about a dozen products there - all were under $20. They sold slowly and steadily.

7. We gradually added new products to test them - did they also sell? Some did. Some didn't. We have some inventory here that we haven't sold after six years. We will just give it away, we have a better idea what sells and what doesn't.

8. We tried to branch out into new areas of products found in Thailand - and failed there too. The websites we created (we had multiple sites by now), were too strictly focused on one are and branching out into new products that were not closely related, didn't work.

9. Over time we learned dozens, scores of little tips that helped us serve customers better. We increased our average order by many multiples. We increased our repeat orders similarly.

10. Today we have over 500 items for sale at our websites. We make money while we sleep. We make money while we vacation. We make money just about every day, though there are times we don't make money for a day or two, even three or four... then it all evens out because we'll get some great orders of a few per day. On average monthly we've done well enough to support us solely on income from this online business for the past five years.

That was just a very brief and very vague idea of what we did. We'll create an in-depth video course to teach you exactly what you have to do to duplicate our results in some other niche. What we did is not difficult. It does not require you to learn intricate plans or very advanced systems. It's nothing but solid business ideas that will help you also make money online with your new ecommerce business. So, stay tuned and have a look over at Thai Amulet Sales when you get a chance. Time frame for the new course release is by the end of August.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Photos of Wat Suan Mokkh Theravada Buddhist Temple in Chaiya, Thailand

A large, two-story kuti (monk's home or hut) at Wat Suan Mokkh Theravada Buddhist temple in the southern province of Chaiya, Thailand.
Small house close to the entrance.

Emanuel Shermann painted many pieces on walls of building at Wat Suan Mokkh Theravada Buddhist temple in the southern province of Chaiya, Thailand.
Painting by Emanuel Shermann. There are many of his works here from the 1960's.

Emanuel Sherman's painting of a Buddha meditating in fantastic style with fire at Wat Suan Mokkh Theravada Buddhist temple in the southern province of Chaiya, Thailand.
Another Emanuel Shermann painting on the wall at the "Eye Building."

Outside the Eye Building it is covered in these black and reddish concrete representations of early life in Siam.

Large white Buddha statue of white jade or marble at top of hill, Wat Suan Mokkh Theravada Buddhist temple in the southern province of Chaiya, Thailand.
At the top of the hill is the main outdoor area where Buddhadasa spoke to the Sangha. It's a wide open expanse with sand on the ground.

Colorful poster on wall of temple, of Buddhadasa Bhikku, at Wat Suan Mokkh Theravada Buddhist temple in the southern province of Chaiya, Thailand.
A colorful poster of Buddhadhasa Bhikku. This poster is on the second floor of the "Eye Building."

An interesting scene of a spirit handing out eyeballs to followers at a building at Wat Suan Mokkh Theravada Buddhist temple in the southern province of Chaiya, Thailand.
The Eye Building. There is a spirit giving away eyeballs painted on the corner of this building. An interesting photo!

Lots of wildlife at Wat Suan Mokkh. There are many small man-made ponds around the temple and a few kinds of frogs. I saw 3 frog species yesterday.

Information center for meditation retreats at Wat Suan Mokkh. There is a 10 day silent retreat, and a self-guided stay retreat program if you wish. Wat Suan Mokkh Theravada Buddhist temple in the southern province of Chaiya, Thailand.
Meditation information center. Here you can find out about the International Dhamma Hermitage 10 day silent meditation retreats they have at the IDH across the highway and down the road. Thousands of foreigners have joined the experience over the years.

This is a monk's kuti covered in orange monk robes to block the sun and keep it cool at Wat Suan Mokkh Theravada Buddhist temple in the southern province of Chaiya, Thailand.
A monk's kuti - hut - where he lives in the forest at Wat Suan Mokkh.

The small library with many great Buddhist books and pamphlets at Wat Suan Mokkh Theravada Buddhist temple in the southern province of Chaiya, Thailand.
A small library found under the large boat building. This is probably the best place to meditate, as long as people are quiet inside. The books you will find here were placed there by monks and visitors over the years. There are some very obscure books and pamphlets that you will probably never see anywhere else. A great opportunity to find gems.

Men's dormitory, second floor, at Wat Suan Mokkh Theravada Buddhist temple in the southern province of Chaiya, Thailand.
Men's dormitory - second floor for foreigners. Just come and stay, volunteer sweeping or doing something and meditate as you wish. No formal program on this, the Thai side, or the original temple side of Suan Mokkh. Not to be confused with the International Dharma Hermitage retreat center across the highway from here.

Monk's forest kuti under slanting bamboo at Wat Suan Mokkh Theravada Buddhist temple in the southern province of Chaiya, Thailand.
Another monk kuti under bamboo on the hill.

Roosters, chickens, frogs, and lizards are all over Suan Mokkh Temple.
Roosters and chickens, chicks, are everywhere!

Skeletons hanging on wall at Wat Suan Mokkh Theravada Buddhist temple in the southern province of Chaiya, Thailand.
At the study building, skeletons hang on the wall near the "Wheel of Becoming" canvas.

Near the art center.

Two Theravada Buddhist monks are walking in the forest on their way to lunch at the forest monestary at Wat Suan Mokkh Theravada Buddhist temple in the southern province of Chaiya, Thailand.
On the way to breakfast, two Theravada Buddhist monks walk down the path.

Yesterday we again visited one of our favorite Buddhist temples, Wat Suan Mokkh Theravada Temple located in the small province of Chaiya, just north of Surat Thani, Thailand. This temple was founded by Buddhadasa Bhikku and Vern came to know it because he spoke with a monk, Santikaro, who stayed there for 13 years.

The temple was created in the forest tradition - similar to Ajahn Chah's temples in the northeast. There are acres and acres of forest, and the vast majority of the grounds have not been touched at all. Monk's kutis (huts) and other buildings are separated by large tracts of forest, trees, flowers, ponds, etc. There are dirt trails throughout the temple. There are dozens of Thai monks staying here. Yesterday I didn't see any foreign monks, and no foreign meditators staying in the men's dormitory, or walking around the grounds. It is getting to be one of the hottest times of the year currently and maybe that is what is putting off visitors for now. Here is Vern's meditation journal entry at his main blog.

Buddhadasa was focused on meditation and true dharma. He visited Bangkok as a young monk and found the Buddhist system in place to be corrupt, self-serving, and not what he wanted to be a part of. He traveled back home to Chaiya and took over an abandoned temple and started the amazing Suan Mokkh temple and the International Dharma Hermitage across the highway and down the road. This is a place where foreigners from the first to the tenth of each month can join a 10 day silent meditation retreat. This is a vipassana (insight) style retreat and is usually attended by dozens, to over 100 people each month.

Suan Mokkh sells no amulets, no statues, nothing except t-shirts with some sayings Buddhadasa once said.

Enjoy the Suan Mokkhabalarama Photos!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

More Wat Mahathat Temple Photos

Main temple area. This Thailand temple is exceptionally clean and lovely for photos.
It is summertime right now and it's super hot in this chedi area.
Thai marigolds do not last long in the heat here!

From inside the row of Buddhas and looking out toward the chedis.

Click these Thai Buddha photos to see the bigger photos.

Wat Mahathat is known as being the birthplace of Jatukam Ramathep amulets. A few years ago there was a frenzy for these amulets and all the temples in Thailand began creating their own Jatukam style amulets. Eventually the market crashed for all these other temples, but Wat Mahathat still has the best amulets - and they still sell very well today.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Wat Tum Sang Pet Buddhist Temple

This Buddhist temple has recently been renovated quite a bit. The abbot of the temple is a friendly older man that has given me multiple tours around the grounds. Apparently he planned the entire layout and it's quite a wonderful place to go have a look at.

There are fruit trees and other plants surrounding the entire limestone mountain. The kutis where the Thailand monks live (Theravada Buddhist monks) are built into the side of the mountain, and some are freestanding on the other side of the temple.

It is possible to hike around this Krabi temple if you feel like it. You may encounter some dogs, but if you throw some rocks in their direction, they get the idea and back off.

Bring your family - with children to this temple, it's pretty fun to explore the place. Bring flashlights or ask the monks to find the lights for you.

Please give a donation to the temple of at least 50 THB for each person visiting. This is $1.66 USD each. If you cannot afford that - you shouldn't go. Many visitors don't give the temples anything for a donation, and it's pretty sad to see this. The temple has very little money and they have medical needs that often go unattended.

If you want to go on a tour of this and other Krabi caves and waterfalls - use our Thailand Eco Tours site - focused entirely on Krabi, Thailand.

Photos of this Krabi Buddhist Temple below...

Friday, November 25, 2011

Wat Prom Rattanporn (Rattan) - Krabi, Thailand Buddhist Temple

This is a rather hidden wat (Buddhist temple) located outside of Krabi town, near the Khao Phanom Mountain chain.

This was an undiscovered temple until they put a sign out on the main road. Then they had a total of 1-2 people visiting each week. This was 3 years ago. Since then they might have had 100 visitors. Now they've renovated the temple a bit and put another sign - the old one was too worn to read after 6 months. This one might last the same.

I wanted to get these photos up - and a video of this Krabi temple - so you can go visit it too. If you want, you can book a tour to see this temple with us - or, just rent a motorbike or car and go drive out yourself when you arrive in Krabi.

Wat Prom Rattanporn Cave in Krabi, Thailand has tours which stop here... for more information on all Krabi Tours - and

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Krabi Temples Photos

Solid silver Buddha amulet. We have many Thai amulet photos at: Thai Amulet Sales (click).

A new white Buddhist temple in Krabi town, Thailand.

Painting Buddhist murals at the new Thailand Temple.

Painter's colors for painting Buddhist murals.

Krabi town temple entrance.

Buddha cutting off hair statue.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Miscellaneous Photos at Tiger Cave Temple in Krabi

Thai amulets at Buddhist temple in southern Thailand.

Concrete Buddha statue - a little different than we usually see.

Lersi - the ascetic Buddha follower in his typical garb.

Bright blue skies are the norm during November, December, January at the temple.

Demons guarding the Big Buddha.

Theravada temple monk.

Not India, Thailand!

Solid brass temple bell.

Close up of solid brass temple bell.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Thailand Temple Photos - Wat Tham Suea, Krabi, Thailand

278 meters vertical elevation, this mountaintop shrine is a lovely temple to visit.

Temple Chedi lit at night over Krabi Town.

Bamboo leaves frame another great sunset view at Wat Tum Sua Temple.

Behind the temple is Khao Phanom - a 1400 meter high mountain always in clouds.

Night time is the right time for Big Buddha photos!

A little creative expression that didn't turn out quite how I would have liked...

World-class sunsets... I counted 17 layers of limestone karsts here.

A small section of the temple shrine at the top of this hill.

You just can't hide the BIG BUDDHA!