Where is Trinidad and Tobago for dummies (with no access to internet)

When people ask me where I’m from my first response is usually a dramatic sigh. “Not this again..” is what I’m almost always thinking. “This” being the endless double-takes, puzzled looks and assumptive questions guessing at where Trinidad and Tobago might be.

So you’ve met someone from the Caribbean, wait, some people don’t even know where that region is, so…let’s go with close to America. That gives a person a little more than “Somewhere on Earth, possibly Africa.” to go on. How else do I direct them geographically if no phone with data or wifi is available?

I use some sort of object like a napkin or a book or failing having any of these, my own palms. I have the person imagine North, Central and South America to the left of what I’m using. I ask them to imagine Central America as having a sort of “C” shape. I then say that the Caribbean, which has a lot of countries, is in the ocean a little further out from that “C” shape and that Trinidad and Tobago can be found all the way down, next to a country in South America called Venezuela.

It’s all well and good if the person speaks English. In the eventuality the person does not, I just say Mars. Why, because…….(I really wanted to write “YOLO” but I’m too dignified for that mess…)

 

 

Or am I?

 

 

YOLO.

Feminism in Korea: The Ultimate Tease!

Writing an article like this seems like a suicide mission, albeit I feel obliged to inform my fellow man. Now, don’t misunderstand. I don’t believe in hating in any shape or form, but there are times in my life where I have wished I was capable of such things. Usually, females were the cause of such emotions.

Generally, I have the philosophy of understanding conflicts rather than adding fuel to the fire by simply hating. At the same time, the injustice, the pain that I see is that men are suffering all over the world. No one seems have the slightest sympathies for men’s issues.

Okay, let’s get into it! Why was South Korea (RoK) such a shock to me?

Note: The above half of the article was written on 6th of September 2016, amidst a mini/personal crisis.

Since its been a good 2 weeks I have left South Korea for Thailand, I can reflect back on that time with little emotional influence on my writing.

So what happened? To be honest, South Korea mainly sucked for me. Why you ask? Well… the truth is I was alone. I felt like I was under attack by radical feminists as I read more into the history and social issues of South Korea. In fact, I had barely any interaction with the locals. It was like nothing I had ever experienced before. I walked for many kilometers and many hours, yet I failed to make eye contact with a single person. It was as if I was a ghost walking through a town. I was longing the days of being pushed around in the metro/subway systems in China.

Maybe it’s too soon for met to judge South Korea, but I would have to say though, it is a girl’s paradise/heaven. Especially if you love to shop. But be prepared, South Korea is not a budget country.

I will summarise by saying, if you’re a single guy, don’t go to South Korea on your own. You’ll end up returning back home depressed and hungover from all the flavored Soju. Also, I will take my Australian BBQ over Korean BBQ any day of the week :D. I think South Korea can potentially be really fun if you meet the following conditions: 1. You’re either traveling there as a group or you’re a girl. 2. Money is not an issue for you, you can shop as much as you’d like. 3. You’re a young person or have the mentality of one.

I don’t want to sound like an old geezer… but there is much better times to be had spending a lot less money.

Langkawi – Party paradise or just another tourist trap?

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or at least that’s how it’s promoted by giant government sponsored billboards and tour agencies. Let me paint a picture for you. We came to Malaysia originally to look for jobs but seeing that there would be at least a week where all the schools would be closed we started looking around for a place to visit. The southern Perhentian islands or a trip Borneo were way over budget so were we able to narrow down our options to Pangkor island, Penang island and Langkawi island. After some research, we decided to go with Langkawi island as it frequently came up as a place where folks went to party on the beach and have fun dancing and partying which sounded pretty attractive to us.

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After 7 hours on a bus…we still look fabulous!

To get to Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur we decided to take a bus from the TBS (50RM each)and a ferry from Kuala Perlis (18RM each) to see more of the landscape. It was also half the cost of flying. Note that this isn’t always the case, sometimes local airlines Firefly and MalindoAir will have lower prices, even lower than the bus and ferry combo. The bus take between 7 and 8 hours to get from the TBS to Kuala Perlis and there aren’t any toilets on the buses. There will be a stop at one of the rest stations about halfway through your trip, but I would still advise not to drink too much fluids, just to be safe. Some buses have wifi and electrical outlets, but you should ask for those types of buses when buying your tickets.

After we got off the ferry at Kuah jetty in Langkawi we decided to walk to our lodge because of all the taxi drivers that were trying way too hard to get us to go with them – their behavior made us really suspicious hence the decision to walk.

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The Bougainvillea Inn. A lovely, quiet place to stay.

The Bougainvillea Inn is a nice, clean, budget property not too far from the jetty but it is pretty easy to miss the road leading to it at night. Langkawi has street lights, but they are not the best placed nor are the roads the best made for pedestrians. Still, it was a pretty cool experience getting lost (even with our heavy backpacks) and stopping for iced coffee and tea at a local food stall. We stayed there for three nights and were able to visit a few places on that side of the island, plus a nice night market.

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Zooming around the island on a scooter.

To get around Langkawi is not the easiest as there seems to be no public buses and taxis are expensive in Malaysia, but probably more so in Langkawi – I’d only heard this from our landlord at the Bougainvillea Inn, I can’t say for sure as we never took any. We did rent a scooter for 40Rm for the first day then 35Rm for four further days from an agency on the jetty. Later we found out that in the Pantai Cenang area one could rent a scooter for 30Rm. Oh well.

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Goddess of Mercy at the lucky temple in Langkawi

Some of places we were able to visit when we stayed in Kuah included the Lucky Temple, Tanjung Rhu private beach and the night market. We also had dinner one night at the famous Wonderland seafood restaurant. A quick note on the beaches in Langkawi – none of them have clear water! In the Andaman Sea there are very very few places on islands other than the main, easy to access ones, that have clear water! (There is a rumour of one beach near Datai bay that has clear water but we did not have time to visit it).

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Tanjung Rhu Private Beach

All that being said, the Tanjung Rhu private beach is nice and clean with calm waters, great for swimming and kayaking. To get there just take the route to the public beach. Once you see the public beach keep going straight, past the four seasons hotel and after about five minutes you’ll come to a fork in the road and a security booth with a guard booth. Approach the security booth, you will sign an agreement that you’re going to the private beach and not going to litter and cause a ruckus. Then just cotinue along the road and after another few minutes you’ll see the river on your left and the beach a little further up ahead on the right. The beach is open from 9am to 5pm everyday. You may even see monkeys on your way there or on your way back like we did!

After exploring Kuah we headed over to Pantai Cenang for a few nights. We stayed at a family freindly place called Pemandangan Indah Guest House for one night. There’s a nice garden and a fair view of the ocean as well. After we moved on to the Rainbow Lodge and Cafe. I have mixed feelings about this place – the people we met there are great, I was really happy to meet them all. However the room itself was a little bit of a trial for me as we booked the cheaper option of a fan-cooled room, with no hot water and a toilet that did not flush well. The sheets were a cool travel theme but they were old and were rough from having been in washing machines one to many times. The thing that probably got to me the worst was the wall, which was dirty from previous guests having wiped….stuff… (I assumed boogers, yuck) on them. Each room does come with it’s own sitting area outside with chairs and a little table and a hammock – those were big pluses as I love me a hammock ūüôā

Pantai Cenang itself is not a terrible beach. There are a lot of people during the late afternoon so a better time to visit is during the night, after dinner and a few beers or cocktails. Be prepared to spend more for food and water than alochol. Alcohol isn’t taxed on Langkawai so it’s one of the more resonably priced things on the island and on the popular Pantai Cenang.

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Pantai Cenang at sunset


As for the parties on the beach – not so much organized as just you and a group of people you meet at a hostel or bump into at the beach just hanging out and having fun. I would recommend a night swim under a full moon, just go even if you went to the beach without your swimwear! The water is rougher around that time but it’s quite shallow and you can enjoy calmer water if you go a little further in, away from where the waves break. It’s truly romantic to be able to gaze at a full moon as you float on the ocean…better if you got good company ;).

Star Trek III: beyond expectations

The newest installment of the rebooted Star Trek series takes us a few years into the journey of the U.S.S. Enterprise’s five year mission. Everyone seems to be working harmoniously, like clockwork. Chris Pine plays Jim as restless with growing melancholia but, that aside, things couldn’t be¬† better aboard the star-ship.

This movie has a lot more action than the previous two, something that is quite in line with the original series. There are ass-kicking women, an even more emotionally open Spock and some moments of wonderfully delicate acting by both Zoe Saldana as Uhura and Sofia Boutella as Jaylah.

There is a sense that the characters have all grown up a little bit more. Whilst there is still humor from Bones and Scotty, it is not as heavily scripted into the movie as was seen in the first two movies. It was a wise move in my opinion as there was more focus on a quickly advanced, albeit simpler, plot.

It seems that more credit was given to the audience’s intelligence this time and major foreshadowing wasn’t too much in your face as the second movie. Whereas there were clear clues for the observant viewer, like seeing that the pretty planet-sized station of Yorktown would be under attack and that the alien who had her ship stranded was really in league with Krall.

It was still hard to guess the true identity of the villain as his appearance was unlike the aliens casual fans are familiar with and he changed markedly every time he drew energy from his victims. It was a well played plot piece but¬† I felt that despite Idris Elba being, well, Idris Elba, it’s actually quite hard to create a villain as impacting as Kahn and Nero respectively. Krall may have been the scariest of them all in that he really didn’t got , or need to go to, great lengths to show off his crazy, neither to his followers, his enemies, nor us. He didn’t spend as much time as the previous villains on screen brooding about how he was going to kill a lot of people and start a new war, he got the missing piece of his ancient bio weapon and flew out – attack begun.

It was truly a less plot focused movie and the layers showcased in the first and second movies seemed to have been missing from this one but, they were cleverly hidden and a lot of the information was shown rather than explained.

In addition to the more mature tone of the movie, one cannot miss nor forget to acknowledge the untimely death of the actor that played Pavel Andreievich Chekov, Anton Yelchin. It was not stated as such but I choose to interpret the toast and the words spoken by Bones and Jim as a solid tribute to his accomplishment as an actor and a person. It was tasteful and well received.

Well, folks, if you have any comments or would like to start a discussion on why the USS Franklin needed to achieve terminal velocity by falling off a precipice, leave a comment below and I will respond!

Live long and prosper!

A weekend away – Xi’an Edition! (places to go for expats living in China)

In this series of posts I’ll be sharing some of my travels in China. To start things off I’ll be giving you my experience getting to Xi’an, the hotel I’d selected and visiting some of the attractions there including the fabulous Terracotta Army!

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1. Nanjing to Xi’an – train or airplane?

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Whilst it is possible to take trains the easiest and fastest way is to fly. The major pro to taking a train is that you get to have an enjoyable night ride where you can socialize and make new friends. Flying is a good option if you want to save on time or if the timing of the train departures clash with your work or personal schedule.

Whereas the Skyscanner app is useful for international flights, domestic carriers all have deals that are available on Ctrip. You can purchase your tickets online or call them directly. You can even visit them in person at their airport branch or at their office in Nanjing.

Flight duration: 2hrs        cost: between 600-800RMB

Train duration: 8hrs        cost: from 608-684RMB

2. Airport to Hotel – shuttle or taxi?

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There is an extensive and inexpensive (average 25RMB) shuttle bus system that can take you close to or even to your hotel, depending on where it is and what time your flight arrives. If you happen to miss the last shuttle bus then be prepared to fork out a bit extra to a taxi driver. Always remember to insist on their using the meter, though, or you will be paying way over what you should.

As a side note, the train station is located fairly close to the city center (3km from the Bell Tower Hotel) and all the major attractions, it is possible to catch cheap buses or even walk to where you need to get to if you wanted.

3. Where we stayed: pros and cons.

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We stayed at the old but lovely Bell Tower Hotel. The staff were extremely nice, and the location of the hotel is second to none in Xi’an. However, the hotel has been around for a long time and some of the rooms may look slightly run down. The view from the window, in my opinion, made up for the worn state of the room and facilities.¬† We had a direct, unrestricted, view of the beautiful Bell Tower of Xi’an, which is absolutely gorgeous at¬† night.

4. The Drum tower and Muslim food street.

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I would suggest visiting the Drum tower around eleven am or three pm as there are daily drumming shows put on for the public inside the tower. The entry fee is 35RMB for the Drum tower and if you wish you can purchase the tickets for the Bell Tower there as well. (As much as we admired the Bell Tower from the outside, we didn’t have enough time to visit it).

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The Muslim food street is right next to the Drum Tower so after visiting the tower many people head down the street in search of good food, souvenirs and the like. My favorite thing for a long while on that street was a spicy breaded and deep fried squid – there’s nothing quite like it on a cold night. Also, coated and fried bananas are really excellent, as well as all the noodle dishes you can lay your hands on – a Chinese friend once told me that noodle dishes from Xi’an are especially delicious, and they are!

3. The Wall and the Beilin Steles Museum.

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Now, it’s not the Great Wall of China, but it is a pretty nice wall to walk around or go on and have a stroll or a bicycle ride around. Every ancient Chinese city had it’s own wall, Nanjing has the remnants of one and so does Xi’an. Xi’an’s wall is the most intact due to fortifications and rebuilding of certain sections so a bicycle ride around it is a great sightseeing and a light, refreshing workout.

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The Steele museum is another one of my favorite attractions in Xi’an – it is a museum comprising ancient stone tablets which scholars used to record important academic and political works, poetry and even art. The stone tablets filled me with a sense of awe at their different sizes, engravings and ages. The surrounding courtyards are quiet, clean and very charming. A really relaxing getaway from the city bustle.

4. The Terracotta Army.

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This world famous attraction is quite far from the city and it takes about 40mins to an hour to get there by public bus. There will be many tours offered and taxi drivers will be shouting at you left and right but the best and cheapest way is to go to the bus depot and find bus 306, get on and sit down. Sooner or later the driver or the fare collector will come by and sell you the ticket for about 5-7RMB one way. The entrance to the warriors itself is about 90RMB and I would strongly advise not to accept any tour guides that try to convince you to hire them at the gates. Anything they can tell you will already be in your booklet or online…plus a lot of them just try to get their groups to buy things from the stores.

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There is a sort of standing, all-walls covered, cinema with the history of the Terracotta Army and how they were discovered on loop in one of the buildings, in English and Mandarin with English subtitles. It’s not long and it’s totally worth a visit after walking around and seeing all the cool excavation sites and what’s in them.

When you’re all done you can easily catch another 306 bus back into town, sometimes these buses will not be in the parking lot they dropped you off at by at but the roadside parked facing the direction to head back to the city center.

As a final note, I’d advise that you try to leave the site no later than 3 or 3:30pm as the traffic, by the time you get to the city, will become nightmarish if you leave after those times and you really don’t want to be stuck in traffic after a day of exploration!

If you have any questions at all about getting there, things to buy (or not buy!) or even getting around; I’d be super happy to help out! Post your comments and questions below!

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Three unbeatable reasons to “get lost”.

unnamedAny experienced backpacker or explorer will tell you that abandoning The Plan and simply getting into a place and getting lost is spice of traveling. The unique challenges and rewards really help people find themselves, as ironic as that sounds. Here I’ll give you the three most exciting reasons to “get lost”.

1. Adventure

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Central Festival; finding it was a bittersweet relief after a long journey through exciting backstreets.

You can’t beat finding a road that is fresh and unexplored by too many people, or a discovering a different path that leads to the destination you’re (eventually) getting to. A good example is when Mustafa and I took a “shortcut” to the Central Festival mall here in Chiang Mai and ended up stumbling upon a few interesting places that weren’t on TripAdvisor, like a board games center/shop and a new restaurant with some great guava juice. The magic of the road is that you truly don’t know what to expect.

2.  People.

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The famous Golconda fort where Mustafa, with no plan nor intention, was invited over for the night by a perfect stranger who saw that Mustafa was a little lost with nowhere to stay. Kindness can be found everywhere.

Granted that no matter where you go you’ll run in to interesting people, there’s no better way to experience the true culture of a place than to just get lost and head into places and communities that aren’t perfectly mapped out on your maps app. Mustafa did this (quite bravely) in India. He’d gotten lost, found Golconda fort and after exploring it, met some lovely people that hosted him for free at their place.

3. Food!

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“Could you add some more peanuts, please?” We’d found this lovely pad thai stall whilst we were searching (and getting quite lost) for our bank branch. It was a tremendously tasty find!

All the greatest, tastiest tales have been about discovered food finds whilst meandering down an unknown quarter of a town or village. We discovered what might be the most amazing pad thai in Chiang Mai on a street we had no intention of going down (we’d only gone down it to look for a bank). Also, lots of deserts and snacks that are indigenous to the local culture we’ve only been able to find through getting lost and happening upon them.

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Bonus pic…The most amazing grilled bananas stuffed with shredded coconut and smothered in coconut milk…..best lost find, ever!!!

 

Five Chiang Mai Food Specialties

This one’s for the foodie in us all.

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Best noodles in Chiang Mai, right here on Rattanakosin road!

In my previous post about the wonderful, sumptuous delights of Thailand I mentioned that I would be doing a part two to focus on the mouthwatering masterpieces of Chiang Mai. Well, the wait is over. Allow me to introduce you to some of the most amazing foods I’ve ever eaten.

1. Khao soi gai

Slow cooked meat in a spicy yet decadent coconut curry. Delicious!!
Slow cooked chicken in a coconut curry noodle soup, topped with crispy fried noodles and lots of green onions. My personal favourite!

This dish is a Nothern Thailand bestseller. Khao Soi is renowned all over Thailand as Chiang Mai’s biggest culinary export. This particular location has, in my opinion, the best Khao Soi in Chiang Mai. The owner has very good English, the ordering system is so easy – you just sit at a table and tick off what you want from the ordering menu, which is in English. Or, why bother when the staff all know the names of the dishes anyway?

2. Noodle soup with chicken

Slow cooked chicken in a tasty, light broth. Served with thin rice noodles. Yummy!!
Slow cooked chicken in a tasty, light broth. Served with thin rice noodles. Yummy!!

Now, I know everyone loves a good chicken noodle soup…. well you ain’t ever tasted anything quite as good as this chicken noodle soup from the same restaurant that serves the best Khao Soi this side of Thailand!

I kid you not, some of the best noodle dishes I’ve tasted in Thailand were right here at this homely little corner restaurant.

3. Pot stewed duck noodles

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Here we have another winner of slow cooked meats!

This treasure is found right by the famous McCormick hospital in Chiang Mai. The duck is slow cooked and the soup is savory, a little on the sweet side and is a great meal, especially for lunch. You get a large drumstick and two wings plus a heaping portion of noodles and fresh, delicious bean sprouts.

4. Salt-grilled red snapper

Delicious, healthy and leaves you licking your fingers!
Delicious, healthy and leaves you licking your fingers!

Ok. I know I talked about salt-grilled fish before….but I didn’t have this beauty to compare it to!! The fish are sold by an old couple on the sidewalk, grilled fresh every afternoon right outside the Inspire Hotel. It would be a crime to miss out on this fish. Served with fresh greens and a super spicy green sauce, you can’t go wrong.

5. Crispy basil with chicken on rice.

Basil, basil, basil. I just can't get enough!!!
Basil, basil, basil. I just can’t get enough!!!

Served with a clear black pepper and spring onion chicken broth, this amazing rice dish comprises fried crispy basil and minced chicken on rice. By far one of the best dishes I’ve ever had in Thailand. I don’t even have the words to express how much I adore this dish. You’ve just got to try it for yourself!

Cookbooks for your enjoyment:

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Young nerdy boys of the world, COME OUT OF YOUR SHELLS!!!


bromanceOriginally, I was going to call this post something like “10 reasons why it sucks to be a single guy in Sydney”, dedicating it to a couple of young boys I know and deeply love like my own younger brothers that I never had. Then I realised that the other is in another country and in the same situation.

So, what’s this rant about you say?

I will try to not bore you with too much details. The thing is, it sucks to be that guy who is technologically savvy but has no / little clue when it comes to interacting with girls his age. The fact is, while the boys are playing their “Scrap Mechanic”s and watching their “One Piece”s, girls their age are constantly going out to clubs learning the ropes of becoming masterful manipulators (in a positive way). Finally, when these boys come out of their shells, walking into these clubs for the first couple of times, they soon realise they are out of their league. It’s too harsh of an environment. It seems like every other guy is cheating by doing Roids and gyming 24/7. Soon, they realise they’re too behind in “night club” race. They decide, “if a girl truly likes me for who I am, then appearances don’t matter” or something along those lines.

The wake-up call!

The reality is, both these boys are at a disadvantage at their home cities. Just like I once was. Everyone these days wants to be special, they want to be “unique”. Whereas these boys are as common as stock roms that come with your brand new phones (nerd terminologies, hehe). This is why I push the message to them, “get out”, “get as far as your home as possible”, because only then you will arrive at a place where no one knows who you are. The people around you are different, YOU ARE DIFFERENT to them. Different is good, different makes you special and interesting. It won’t be long before the girls you considered to be an 8 (or, in other words, out of your reach) who considered you to be a 5 (or treated you like you weren’t in their league) appear to act differently. At this new location, a magic trick happens, all of a sudden, this girl you see who you think looks like an 8 thinks she looks like a 5, at the same time she thinks you look like a 7 OMG!!! (note that the numbers here don’t relate to girls’ self confidence, but to the novelty of you being different in their location)

This exact scenario happened to me multiple times as I was traveling (before I met you ofcourse Leshanta… please don’t kill me *shivers with fear in the corner* ). It’s so sad that this sort of thing is happening all around the world. Boys and girls are setting such high expectations (appearance wise) of their future potential partners that they are spending more time alone than with someone special.

As I have mentioned this You Only Live Once idea in other posts. But, truly boys, I know you’re both young and everything – please, please, I’m begging you – don’t waste a single moment of your lives. Life is way too short and there are so many girls out there who would be lucky to have you. They just don’t exist where you currently residing. I know you all have your issues to deal with. But solve them as soon as humanely possible and get out there. This world is yours for the taking!

Conveniences of Thailand! (What is Thailand like?)

Let’s get straight to the point.

Are you 18+ and you can’t do your bed / cook your own food / wash your own clothes without your mother holding your hand? No Worries! Are you looking for a place to travel to but have little to very little money? No Worries! The answer is here and it’s called “Thailand”!!!

What is Thailand like?

I might be exaggerating a tad, but the reality is, Thailand is so darn cheap to live anyone can potentially come here, start working at a job (most jobs are for teaching English but there are other jobs out there) and before you know it, you’re eating like a local, you’re dressed like a local and you become a local. There are so many people from all around the world here in Thailand (especially in Chiang Mai) that sometimes I wonder if I bump into more foreigners than Thai locals while walking along the street.

Ok, I know what you’re thinking “I’m not a tourist, I don’t want to be a tourist, I can’t afford to be a tourist”. Again, let me emphasize, there’s a very big population here in Chiang Mai (Northern Thailand) where expats from all over the world have come here, fell in love with this place and decided to make this place their new home.

So my advice to you is, do some research (shameless plug of our YouTube channel here: A Pair of Nomads (APoN)) and don’t get discouraged. Find the resources to get over here and before you know it, you’ll be living independently and having a very chill lifestyle.

The cost of living.

As I said earlier, Thailand makes living independently SUPER EASY! As I am writing this post, me and Leshanta have rented a serviced apartment close to our school. We paid 6000 Baht for our room for the month (electricity is extra, and it can vary 0-1500 baht per month depending on usage). Now, if you came here and decided to live here on a long term basis, it wouldn’t be difficult to find a long term lease that would be cheaper and of better quality at the same time. Meanwhile, we do enjoy getting our room serviced for 100 Baht, getting our clothes washed and ironed for 5 Baht a piece (why bother washing your own clothes when it’s so cheap). So what’s left? You can’t cook? Oh well… such is life, you’ll have to starve to death. 555555!!! (Thai joke, you’ll get it once you get here) The fact is, there’s so much access to delicious food no matter where you are in Thailand, you’ll need strict self-discipline if you don’t want your waistline multiplying. For those of you who love your fresh fruits and veggies have a look at this!
This is what Thailand is like!Now some of you might be thinking, it’s just avocados (just like Leshanta), but none of you get it. I grew up in Australia, where avocados are so expensive that they are sold individually. So, as much as I loved eating them when I had the chance to, the chances were few and far in between due to their cost. But now, here in Chiang Mai I found them at 50 Baht per Kilo!!! That’s a little less than 1.5 USD a kilo (the lady who sold it to me gave me more than a kilo, more like 1.5 kilos for the same price) and there’s so much more of the fruits and veggies that would cost an arm and a leg back home.

Anywhos… Chiang Mai is a cool, laid back place that doesn’t make me want to go anywhere else. But, we must travel as much of the world as possible so that you and our friends can find out about all these different awesome places to live and travel to.

Final words of advice, don’t be afraid to take small risks. Pack yourself a bag and hit the road. Life is so much better when you are making your own decisions and stepping up to the consequences and feeling the pride of your achievements. You only live once, so go out there and LIVE!

i-Sanook hotel, tucked away and beautiful.

Our stay at this hotel was so comfortable that I had to do a mini-post about it.

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Located close to the Silom area, i-Sanook Hotel is a visually appealing, modern hotel. The rooms are moderately large by Thai standards and include en suite toilet and showers, a mini fridge, safe, tv with cable channels, desk and chair and a sofa with a table.

The rooms also have large glass windows with black out drapes. Lots of light but only when you want it.

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There is a nice pool which isn’t very deep and to be honest we were so busy exploring the alleyways around the hotel we didn’t even go swimming. There’s also a jacuzzi, which we also didn’t go to but we did hear from other guests that it was a great, relaxing experience.

We had one meal at the rooftop restaurant, which was lovely for the experience but because of all the great, cheap street food and small restaurants all around the hotel we didn’t have a second meal there.

The staff were all very nice and it was, overall, one of the best places we stayed at in Bangkok.

i-Sanook Hotel Map: