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"Hi, we're Chris and Angela and we sold it all, paid off our debt, and left behind the nine-to-five lifestyle in the US. Today we live as full time expats in Chiang Mai, offering future expats and travelers firsthand knowledge about all things Thailand!" -Chris and Angela-

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Thailand, honestly, I never gave this country much thought until recently.  I have been listening to a podcast rather religiously "Travel Like A Boss" and I have to admit after about 22 episodes, Johnny has done a good job on convincing me that Thailand is a great place to visit and live.  Mind you, in my personal opinion, it would be more suitable for single people or couples without children. The cost of living and opportunities seem to be endless and affordable for as much as $600 USD a month you would be well off with little boot strapping.  Also it seems to be a great hub for digital nomads to get together and share ideas helping each other grow as location independent business owners.​


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THAILAND PLACES TO VISIT, QUICK GUIDE TIPS & HOSTELS, COWORKING, NIGHTLIFE, HEALTHCARE LOCATIONS ALL LINKED TO GOOGLE MAPS


SIM CARDS:

 If you bring your smart phone to Thailand, it’s fairly easy to buy a local SIM card and get cheap internet access without costly data roaming fees.  An important fact as usual...  Have your phone unlocked, then all you need to do is go to one of the three main Thai mobile companies. AIS, DTAC and True.  Best place to do this is as you land in Bangkok, the terminals have on location cell shops.  Always inquire about the plan they will offer you, whether its only local calls you need or long distance and DATA. Always make sure it works before you leave.  Be prepared to provide your passport as your identity might be registered in the system to receive a SIM card.


CULTURE & ETIQUETTE TIPS IN THAILAND:

  • Do not point your feet at people.  Do not raise your feet higher then someone.

  • Do not cross your legs when sitting down.
  • ​Do not touch peoples head.
  • ​​Thais greet each other with a "wai."  A person places the palm of his or her hands together, with their fingers extended at chest level close to their body and bows slightly. The higher the hands are placed, the more respect is shown.  Not to be returned to servants, clerks, children or waiters.
  • ​Do not show affection in public. 
  • ​Do not open a gift you've been given unless invited to do so. Thais generally do not open a gift in front of the giver.
  • ​Use your right hand only for passing, eating, touching.
  • ​Ladies may not enter a bot, the restricted area of a Wat (temple). Never touch a monk, hand him anything or sit next to or higher than him. When visiting a mosque, cover your body.


A FEW PLACES TO VISIT WHILE IN THAILAND:

  1. Grand Palace:  The Grand Palace is a complex of buildings at the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782. - Google Maps

  2. ​​Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market:  The market is surrounded by a residential neighborhood and is located along a canal. - Google Maps
  3. Wat Arun: The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand's landmarks and the first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence.  - Google Maps
  4. Sanctuary of Truth:  The purposes of decoration with wooden carve sculptures are to use art and culture as the reflection of Ancient Vision of Earth, Ancient Knowledge, and Eastern Philosophy. With in this complex, visitors will understand Ancient Life, Human Responsibility, Basic Thought, Cycle of living, Life Relationship with Universe and Common Goal of Life toward Utopia. - Google Maps
  5. Wat Rong Khun:  Wat Rong Khun, perhaps better known to foreigners as the White Temple, is a contemporary, unconventional, privately owned, art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai Province. - Google Maps
  6. ​​Doi Suthep–Pui National Park:  Activities in the park include walking and hiking, cycling, camping, tours of caves, waterfalls, and other features, observation of plants, birds, and butterflies, cultural and historical sightseeing, and stargazing.  - Google Maps



NIGHTLIFE IN THAILAND:

Bangkok

  1. THE PIMP® CLUB BANGKOK:  Night Club, Mixed Genre -  Google Maps
  2. ABOVE ELEVEN:  Rooftop, Restaurant, Bar -  Google Maps
  3. Route 66:  Pub, Bar. DJ's, Mixed Genre -  Google Maps
  4. Sky Bar:  Suspended on a precipice over the city 820 feet in the air -  Google Maps

​​Chiang Mai

  1. The Red Lion:  Restaurant, Bar -  Google Maps
  2. Zoe in Yellow Bar & Night Club:  Restaurant, Night Club -  Google Maps
  3. ​UN Irish Pub & Crusty Loaf Bakery:  Irish Pub -  Google Maps
  4. The North Gate Jazz Bar:  Bar, Live Band -  Google Maps



INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS IN THAILAND:



1: Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) - Bangkok (NEW)

​(Within a 50 KM Radius)


​HEALTHCARE BANGKOK:

  1. Bumrungrad International Hospital:27 Min 27 KM, 33 Sukhumvit 3, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand.  Tel:  +66 2 667 1000 - Google Maps


CoWorking Stations in BANGKOK:

  1. HUBBA THAILAND:  26 Min 23 KM  -  Google Maps -  Tel: +66 2 714 3388



HOSTELS IN BANGKOK: (All Hostels have 75% and above user ratings)

  1. 3Howw Hostel Sukhumvit 21:   ​35 Min 24 KM -  Google Maps -  Tel: +66 92 5203339
  2. Bed Station Hostel:  30 Min 27 KM -  Google Maps -  Tel: +66 2 019 5477
  3. Smile Society:  40 Min 34 KM -  Google Maps -  Tel: +66 95 424 1694




2: Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) - Chiang Mai

(Within a 20 KM Radius)


HEALTHCARE IN CHIANG MAI:

  1. ​Bangkok Hospital Chiang Mai:  24 Min 13 KM, 88/8 Moo. 6, T. Nong Pa Khrang A. Mueang, Chiang Mai, 50000, Thailand.  Tel:  +66 0 5208 9888 - Google Maps


CoWorking Stations in CHIANG MAI:

​​Punspace Nimman:  15 Min 5.7 KM  - Google Maps -  Tel: +66 53 223 932


HOSTELS IN CHIANG MAI: 

  1. Diva 2 Guesthouse:  17 Min 6.3 KM - Google Maps -  Tel:  +66 53 224 648.

  2. Maa - D Hostel ( Big & O's House ):  16 Min 6 KM - Google Maps -  Tel: +66 98 747 5464
  3. ​Brick House Hostel:  17 Min 6.8KM - Google Maps -  Tel:  +66 95 674 2015
  4. D-Well Hostel:  19 Min. 7.3KM -  Google Maps -  Located on Thapae road, half way between Night Market and Thapae Gate. Opposite of Wat Bupharam (Bupharam Temple). Next to Wat Saenfang (Saenfang Temple) -  Tel: +66 53 234 897​​​


A great way to travel around Bangkok is using their affordable Skytrain public transit.


From Bangkok, To Chiang Mai by vehicle is possible, but it will definitely take a minimum of 10 hours of travel time, roughly 845 KM.  You can also take the night train which will cost you about 811 Baht and that ride is about 12 Hours.  You can get the info from SEAT61 website.   Slightly more expensive than the bus, and taking longer, the train is a much more comfortable means of travel, especially if you take an overnight sleeper.


You can also use this site to for further information on booking your train tickets.  LINK TO WEBSITE


Renting scooters are very popular and affordable.  2 things to live by.. 1: If renting from a street vendor (not a hotel chain) DO NOT leave them your passport, if you must, leave a bigger deposit.  2: Take pictures and videos before leaving, it is part of a very common scam that they will charge you for nicks and scratches that were already there.  Without proof... Your paying!!!

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