Category: Around Asia

pattaya budget entertainment

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...

thaifriendly vs thaicupid

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...

Bar chat with an expat in Cambodia

Bar Chat with an Expat in Cambodia

When I first got to Sihanoukville I had a really long and informative chat with a western expat girl named Nero.  She was a 30ish year old lesbian from Finland who had lived in Snooky for a while. She dealt poker games at a local bar and her pay was a quarter out of every hand she dealt.  Considering how slow moving drunken bar games are her pay was not very much. We chatted for almost 2 hours which is a really long time for an...

Hotels in Sihanoukville

Hotels in Sihanoukville (Snooky!)

If you are backpacking around Cambodia then Sihanoukville aka ‘Snooky’ is certainly a place you must visit. Check out this Wikitravel guide. You can live on the beach cheaper than you ever imagined because Sihanoukville hotels are so cheap, as is everything else in the city. Compare 170+ Snooky hotels on Booking.com. With hotels as low as $5 for rooms with no aircon or $10-$15 for rooms with aircon you have lots of freedom to come and go as you please and don’t have to pay...

Hotels Phnom Penh

Top 3 Budget Hotels Phnom Penh

One of the best things about Cambodia is how easy it is to find cheap lodging.  With it being so cheap for hotels Phnom Penh is kind of a backpackers dreamland because you can stay there affordably without having to commit to a lease. There are so many hotels in the $15-$20 a night range even in the touristy areas of the capital city Phnom Penh. With so many to choose from there are a few things that set some apart from the rest.  Location...