If you value your life don’t move, Thailand is a very corrupt country and they treat killing, robbing foreigners like a business. Do you own research, otherwise you may end up as the many foreigners that apparently go on vacation to “kill themselves” by jumping from the roof with their hands/legs tied up.
Been here a year now, the only corruption I’ve been a victim of is having to pay a police officer $10 for riding my motorbike without a helmet (daft thing to do anyway), and again for parking my bike in front of a “no parking sign”. I’d prefer to pay a corrupt officer than go through the process of paying the fine properly.
I value my life. I’ve had to go to the hospital twice here in Thailand, both times the quality of service kicked the NHS’s (UK National Health Service) ass.
I’ve spent time in all the main tourist areas, too. Never seen someone strung up from a roof, but I have seen thousands of foreigners so drunk they have no idea what their name is.
Also, to add to this point, I’ve been robbed twice in my life. Once was in France, the other was in my home city of Manchester. Since being in Thailand, I haven’t witnessed any violence and I feel safer walking around the streets in Thailand than I do in the UK.
Sure, there’ll be the occasional horror story of a tourist getting into trouble – but that happens everywhere.
I’m on the beach in Thailand right now: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201245106597864&set=a.3029812112459.2124021.1477558322&type=1&theater¬if_t=like
...doing a little work.
I live in Chiang Mai now (up north), which I use as a base to travel around Asia. Plus, Chiang Mai is awesome. I would recommend it to anyone.
My internet connection is bad right now, but I’ll dig up a previous thread I posted about setting goals to work towards them.
I posted about wanting Envato to put $200 a month towards my travel expenses. Now my monthly GR account pays my rent.
Thailand has a great mix of standard of living and quality of life at a great price, but don’t be fooled into thinking you can get by on pennies here and live a paradise lifestyle.
I spend around $2,500-$3,000 a month, which is around 90,000 Thai Baht (or, 9x the average monthly income).
My lifestyle is epic, though, and a lot of my expenditure can be cut down.
I have American friends who get by on $800 a month. But focus on the get by.
With the paperwork and visa runs required to stay here, they’ve basically moved from one country to work their ass off to another country to work their ass off.
Do I think you should earn money online and come to live in Thailand? Yes I think it’s a great idea. Do I think you should do it before you have a steady stream of cash whether freelance or passive? No, definitely not.
That’s so cool! Also, how does one get in on this whole $15/night bungalow/island getaway?
It’s pretty easy. There are dozens of places to stay on islands like Koh Lanta – most for less than $15 per night. It’s worth noting too, that price is shared amongst two people (my girlfriend and I).
$7.50 a night to stay in a bungalow on a tropical island? Yes please Factor in you can get food here for $1-$2 a dish (local Thai cuisine), soft drinks and fresh coconuts from bars are $1.50 each and beers $2-$3 (small/large).
Though, you’re probably wondering what this bungalow looks like… well it’s not what you’d be sold in a vacation brochure at your local travel agent for $150 a night complete with Jacuzzi and memory foam mattress.
It’s clean and basic and has everything you need for a good night of sleep (plus free wifi too!)
I’ve no pics of the inside, but there’s a double bed which is comfy, two fans (no air con, but the sea breeze keeps us so cool the fans aren’t even needed), a surprisingly decent private bathroom, a big mozzy net for at night and plenty of plug sockets for our chargeables.
On the front deck is a hammock to laze around in during the day reading books or getting some design work done, although I prefer to do that from coffee shops.
To properly answer your question “how does one get in on this whole $15/night bungalow/island getaway?”, probably just be adventurous and forget the overpriced luxury sold by hotel chain media.
You can find any type of accommodation you want on Lanta. There are 6 star resorts that offer everything, mid range hotels, backpacker hostels, cheap bungalows on the beach and drop-dead low shared dorm rooms, in buildings and in the trees.
I never book accom before coming to a place like this. There are so many places to choose from, you’ll often find spending 2 hours looking around will yield cheaper prices for better quality rooms and locations than simply trusting some copy-written online review.
Also, for $15 a night, you need to understand you’re not getting luxury.
You’re getting a bed to sleep in a night. The beach is free, the local restaurants are cheap and you can get any type of massage you want whilst sippin a mojito looking out over the waves. All the same things a big hotel will sell you in some expensive package deal, just DIY.
To put it in words most of us would understand, my dad would stay here, my mom wouldn’t. hehe.
I post a lot of pictures on Facebook if you want to follow me & my travels there.
Koh Lanta is a beautiful place, one of my favourite islands to visit. It’s under-touristed, incredibly relaxed and cheap.
This morning I was walking up a dirt path from the $15/night bungalow I’m renting on the beach. I pass a “tree house community” of hippies and backpackers relaxing in – yes – tree houses, a lady BBQ’ing freshly caught fish and another making fresh som tam.
However, sad as it may be, the most eye catching / exciting moment of my morning so far?
Seeing this and exclaiming “I know where that’s from!”
I guess it’s like bird spotting but for graphic design nerds