In this latest series, I will be going through all the countries I’ve travelled to on my mission to visit every single country in the world. In this article, we will be covering country #23: Thailand. If you haven’t gotten a chance already, read this story first to find out why I’m trying to visit all 193 UN-recognized countries.
VIDEO – Country #23: Thailand
Blog post on Thailand
- Complete 24 Days Thailand Spending Breakdown
- Chiang Mai Thailand – My Experience Trying the Digital Nomad Lifestyle
My first two times in Bangkok
The first two times I went into Thailand was nothing special. I had an overnight layover on two separate occasions. During the two separate nights in Bangkok, I stayed at the same hostel which is close to the airport and perfect if you just need to sleep.
It wasn’t until roughly two months later when I finally got a chance to stay in Thailand and try the digital nomad lifestyle.
My first few days in Chiang Mai
After a horrible situation that turned out to be a miracle, I was mentally fried when I arrived in Chiang Mai. I spent the next 2 days just relaxing in a small hotel until I was ready to move on to a rented studio.
My meals in the next two days were pretty sad because I was mostly eating 7-11 food.
Thankfully, those two days passed quickly and I was on my way to my rented studio apartment.
Living a digital nomad lifestyle in Chiang Mai
Because I searched for accommodation last minute, I wasn’t able to snatch any of the great apartment rental deals. Thankfully, I was still able to rent my studio apartment from Airbnb after contacting the host and negotiating a 21-day rate (I paid about $312 CAD).
The apartment wasn’t anything special but I had the whole place to myself. It included a washer and dryer, a fridge, microwave, and a table to get some work done.
After a while, I got fed up working from home because the chair in the apartment hurts my back. I ended up working out of a co-working space which turned out to be a much better idea.
Converting into Canadian dollars, it costs about $5 a day to rent a desk or $7 to rent a private office.
Part of my favourite daily routine is grabbing street food or eating at local restaurants. Thailand definitely has some of the most delicious food in the world. Prices are also quite cheap ranging from $1-$4 per meal.
One of the things I missed dearly while travelling for a year was having a set exercise routine. Since I was living in Thailand for close to a month, I decided to find a gym that I can go to and get some exercise. I found a gym called Go Gym in Chiang Mai that was quite affordable (about $2 CAD for drop-in) and reachable by Uber ($2 per one way drive there). It felt good to start exercising again.
There are also tons of places to get a haircut. Unfortunately, it’s hard to communicate with the locals the kind of haircut you want. I ended up getting a Thai hairstyle which I never would get back in Canada.
If you get bored, you can also visit malls to grab a bite to eat or watch a movie. I remember watching a movie in the mall and it was a great experience.
There are tons of expats and digital nomads that live in Chiang Mai. Often, you can meet them at co-working spaces or through meetups. One of my friends had a friend who was living in Chiang Mai full time. I ended up hanging out with the guy to pick his brain on what life is like in Chiang Mai.
Before long, my time in Chiang Mai flew and I was leaving Thailand not long after. But not before one last adventure in Bangkok where I would be meeting a friend from Vancouver.
Bangkok with friends and fellow backpackers
I stayed one night in Bangkok and hanged out with a friend from Vancouver. During the day, he took me to a local outdoor gym to work out followed by grabbing some delicious food in a mall food court.
At night, my friend took me for a walk in the red light district with other backpackers. This was such an interesting experience. Honestly, watching other tourists interacting with the adult workers here was so fascinating. I remember seeing one Japanese guy being grinded on by two strippers and his face was completely devoid of any emotion. Maybe he was jumping for joy inside but outside, his face was expressionless.
The next day, I said goodbye to my friend and I’m off to my next destination which is India.
Living in Thailand for over 21 days was one of my favourite time during my one year of travel around the world. It goes to show that you don’t know if you’ll like something until you try it.
Thailand wasn’t high on my list of must-visit countries and it turned out to be a tie for my 3rd favourite country of all time. Sometimes, a country is overhyped but it actually lives up to the hype. And my time in Chiang Mai, Thailand proved that this country lives up to the hype.