I’ve finally decided to be a digital nomad. So what’s next? It’s time to choose a base.
I’ve always loved the warmer regions of Southeast Asia, especially Thailand. It’s pretty hard to choose between all the lovely locations that exist there, so let’s break it down, starting with Bangkok.
Things are cheap as hell in Bangkok, including getting your clothes tailored but this doesn’t take the cake for me as the same can be said for the rest of Thailand.
Can’t beat the experience of drinking ice cold Singha beer by the streets, grabbing authentic local grub. Bangkok’s renowned for its endless street food, lighting up all the streets at night. Affordable, and delicious.
Alcohol is incredibly affordable around Southeast Asia. What’s even more surprising is how the cheap prices are retained even in cosmopolitan Bangkok. I recall them being pretty expensive in Kuala Lumpur and having had to rely on online liquor delivery back in Kuala Lumpur. Can’t complain, really.
This city has plenty of sky bars, so what better way to chill and unwind at the end of the day? I guess they’re called the City of Angels for this reason too. Be it the sky bar atop Lebua State Tower, overlooking Chao Phraya River, or Moon Bar at the Banyan Tree, you can’t run out of sky bars here.
Ride a skytrain up north and get to one of the world’s largest markets.Over 6.8 hectares, they have everything, I kid you not. Separated into 27 sections, get clothes, handicrafts, homewares, antiques or even illegally traded pets (poor things). Grab some beer and some grub! I fell in love with this place the first time I visited.
Full of cheap and legit Thai massage salons, Bangkok was where I had one of my most painful massage experiences. Or you could visit an upscale Thai massage parlour, there’s plenty to go around. Apparently one of the best ones around is Let’s Relax Spa.
Known as “the art of eight limbs”, using the fist, elbows, knees, shins, and feet to bring force, Thailand’s brutal combat sport, Muay Thai is a classic effective offense and defense strategy-based sport. The Lumpini or Ratchadamnoen Stadium is where one can see real action from the Champions of the sport, filled with avid fans cheering on the evening event of blood and gore. In Siam Hotel, guests can also take lessons for fun and fantastic workout experience. Their new boxing gym offers classes for guests, or by appointments.
Tourists looking for odd art collections would enjoy the museums in Bangkok. The Bangkok Corrections Museum, an old prison, shows all the torture and execution methods from history while the Forensic Museum stores body parts and organs with parasites and foetuses. Truly an odd state of art for mad minds.
Of course, one can’t deny that the cost of living has increased in Bangkok over the years, so it may or may not be a viable option to be based out of it.