Category: Around Asia

Buying Weed in Cambodia

If you go to Cambodia you are going to get offered drugs.  If you walk around for a couple hours you will probably be offered weed 5-10 times by tuk tuk drivers or random guys on the street. On the forums I post on people were relatively happy with the quality of weed in Cambodia (especially for the cost) as long as you inspect it when you buy. A friend bought the bud pictured above in Phnom Penh for $15, said it was great but when you...

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How Not to Get Locked up Abroad

Asia is a really weird place when it comes to laws, or better yet lawlessness. There are all sorts of laws and some ridiculously stiff penalties… but do they even uphold these laws? Prostitution Take prostitution for example. In any country you go to in Asia it will technically be illegal. Yet they all have their red light districts that are packed every night. They don’t even try to hide it. Burgos Street in Makati is right in the nicest area of the Philippines. Bangkok has Soi...

Best Place to Stay in Chiang Mai as a Nomad

If you ask the best Thailand bloggers Bangkok beats Chiang Mai hands down for long term living, stuff to do (nightlife especially) and overall lifestyle. That said NomadList ranks it in #1 given the amount of hipsters digital nomads there, and I still like it for short trips. Chiang Mai accommodation is sick value for a reasonably large city. On a recent trip up there I found a good serviced apartment for monthly stays. Best Place to Stay in Chiang Mai I was in town to visit...

Finding Good Food in Asia

Someone told me the articles are a bit girl / sex heavy lately so mixing up my range with something else – finding good food in Asia! If you’re a fan of western food like me eating out can be a bit difficult sometimes. Especially when you’re served what looks like rat on a stick, rice wrapped in leaves, some chilli peppers and a jug of vinegar. That said if you ask around online you can usually be pointed in the right direction.  Walking into an unknown restaurant may...

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Women – Philippines vs Thailand vs Cambodia

It can be surprising how different the women in the Philippines, Thailand and Cambodia are. Actually there are two that are polar opposites and one that is kind of in the middle. I’m not talking about looks because that’s subjective and everyone has different tastes for Asian girls.  I personally don’t find Thais that attractive, however most guys would rate Thai women the hottest of the three. But from a willingness to hook up with foreigners in casual relationships, and overall horniness level the Philippines is a 10 and Cambodia is a...

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Live in Cambodia for $600 a Month

Sihanoukville was the cheapest place I’ve lived. Going by what I spent there, I’d say a westerner could live in Cambodia (Sihanoukville or elsewhere) comfortably on $600/month. Entry to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap is around $30 My expenses were around $850 a month when I lived there for 7 months, but if I went back I think I could cut that down further. Since Snooky was the first place I settled down in after the US I was in holiday mode and went a bit above...

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4 Thailand Ebooks To Read

If you visit or move to Thailand – or anywhere in South East Asia really – you’re going to be tempted with so many girls and will need to know how to handle it.  They’re easily available. You may say to yourself that you aren’t the type of guy that would ever go with a hooker, but in Asia it’s different.  These aren’t drugged out skanks standing on a street corner. These are girls that have little opportunity in life and just want to get...

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My Pattaya Budget Breakdown

My monthly Pattaya budget was higher than any city I’ve lived in so far.  I spent ~$1200 which doesn’t sound like much, but it’s 33% more than I spend living in the Philippines or Cambodia. I’m sure if I lived there long term I could get costs down to around $1100/month.  I doubt I could have gone any lower then that and enjoyed life though.  The main problem with Pattaya is that the ‘entertainment’ is a lot more expensive than in say Angeles City or Sihanoukville. In...

Safety in Cambodia

Safety in Cambodia

So overall I was in Cambodia for almost a year and saw one act of violence in my entire stay. I was at the beach when I see a western girl going crazy yelling at a tuk-tuk driver.  She was pushing him and her boyfriend was there yelling some also.  There were also about 20 other tuk-tuk drivers creeping closer and closer and it looked like things were going to get ugly quick. Apparently they were claiming he sold them fake drugs and they wanted their money back.  He...

Cambodian Ladyboys

So, Cambodia ladyboys (gets a few hundred Google searches a month, thought I’d throw up an article). Well as I’ve blogged before, I lived in Sihanoukville for 7 months. Even though it’s one of the smaller towns I have been to in Asia, for some Sihanoukville happened to have the prettiest ladyboys I have seen. Maybe it was just because I was new to Asia at the time, or maybe the top tier Cambodia ladyboys flock there for the expats and backpackers. One in particular had a...

Living in Pattaya Thailand

Thoughts on Living in Pattaya

I lived in Pattaya for a month.  While that isn’t long enough for me to know everything about it, it is long enough for me to have got a pretty good feel for the place. Overall I thought it had some good things and some bad.  Certain things are overpriced like they are in any city based around tourism, while you could get great value with other things. Living in Pattaya – Pros The best things about Pattaya are the best things about Thailand as...

Living in Sihanoukville

Nomad Living in Sihanoukville

Living in Sihanoukville (aka Snooky) is a good ‘easy option’ introduction to Asia for anyone thinking of moving abroad. It’s the first place I lived, for 7 months. Compare 170+ Snooky hotels on Booking.com. Living in Sihanoukville – Pros To me the main pro of Snooky is the laid back atmosphere of it. For digital nomads who just want to relax and get work done online then Snooky is the place for you. There’s very little traffic, the city is pretty small and things are just...

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Thaifriendly vs ThaiCupid

The two main Thai dating sites are ThaiCupid and Thaifriendly. Most girls will use one of those and/or mobile dating apps like Tinder, Skout and Badoo. Online dating in Thailand doesn’t have quite the same stigma that it does in the West. Thai girls are curious about meeting foreign guys but shy to approach in public, so dating sites are the perfect solution. They also need to share their selfies with the world in as many places as possible. Thaifriendly Review Thaifriendly is the run by the same company...

Police Scams in Asia

Police Scams in Asia?

I’ve been lucky enough to not get caught up in any police scams in Asia the past 3 years. In fact I have had almost no dealings with the police at all. In Sihanoukville one time a cop came in and I was walking through the bar to leave and Cute Hotel Chic jokingly told him I had drugs. Wasn’t really a joke I thought was very funny and I let her know that later, but the cop didn’t do anything. My other two encounters with...