How to get a Thai Drivers License in Chiang Mai

How to get a Thai Drivers License in Chiang Mai

I was looking online for informations about how to get a Thai Drivers License and found some – more or less – valid informations.

I decided to write about how to get a drivers license in Chiang Mai because I just did it yesterday – succesfull!

If you live in Chiang Mai and if you drive a motorbike, driving gets annoying pretty soon. There is police waiting on the side of the road, pulling every motorbike driver over. Wether you not wearing a helmet or not having a valid drivers license for Thailand, you will be charged 400 Baht each time. Also, if you have a international drivers license, and you stay in Thailand longer than 60 days, this license is no longer valid. Furthermore, sometimes if you´re unlucky, you have to pay even if your international drivers license is still valid.

That´s why I got my own Thai Drivers License, it´s a bit of a hassle, but after that you´ll be fine…

 

What you need in order to get a Thai drivers license

1. Medical Certificate
Go to a doctor and ask for a medical certificate. They will show you a couple of colored cards with numbers on it, check your blood pressure and thats it. It´s around 50-100 Baht.

2. Certificate of Residency
How to get a Certificate of Residency:

Go to the second floor of Promenada mall.

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Documents needed for the Certificate
1. 2 Color Photos 1.5 in x 2.36 in (4 cm x 6 cm)
2. Copy´s of Passport (1st Page; VISA Page; TM6, TM30).
3. Original Passport
4. Proof of Residence (Rental Contract or Yellow Residency Book or Letter from your Landlord)
5. Filled out Application Form (Thai-Residency-Certificate-Form)

After you give the everything, they will take some time to process it. You will be given a number with a date and time on it, so you have to go there again on that specific date and collect your Resicency Certificate.

I did not cost a thing, and it only took 4 Days so maybe the speed of the procedure got optimized…

3. Copy´s of Passport, latest Visa Stamp, TM6 Card, TM30 Card

4. You international drivers license – if you´re lucky to be from an english speaking country you just need your original drivers license (Make copy´s of both your international and your original drivers license)

5. Application for Drivers License (Application_For_Driving_License)
Filled out form for the drivers license. If you want Motorbike and Car, you´ll need to fill this out twice.
Same with all the copy´s above. You need 2 copy´s of everything if you wanna get two drivers licenses.

6. Original drivers license

7. Passport

Note that both Medical Certificate and Certificate of Residency are only valid for 30 days so get your stuff together!

 

How to obtain a Thai Drivers Licence in Chiang Mai

First you need to go to the Chiangmai Provincial Land Transport Office which is located on Hang Dong Road, about 3 Kilometers south of Airport Plaza. There is a Big C right after it and it´s easy to find.

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Go in there and a guy will hand you out another form in Thai. You just need to put your name and telephone number and what drivers license you´re applying for on it. (It´s all in Thai, but the people there will help you).

As soon as the second floor is opened, pass the information and go directly to the Information for foreigners. Hand them your filled out forms, copys, passport and drivers licence.

They will give you a queue card (C 10) for example, but it won´t show up on any screen. They also keep all your papers, including your passport! Ask at the counter where to wait.

There is an open door that leads inside to the testing area. With your queue card, you´ll have to sit and wait until everyone waiting around you will go into that area. You go there too, stand in line and make a color blindness test.

Remember the Thai words for blue, yellow, green and red!

Blue (fah)
Yellow (luang)
Green (kheow)
Red (daeng)

A guy will point at a color and you just name it. If you say it in Thai you get some extra appreciation. In my case, the last green dot I couldn´t remember the Thai name so I said it in english, it was a big lough from everyone around.

Once you finished with the color blindness test, you give the queue card to a lady inside that area, just follow the locals… You get back your papers.

Next you´ll be asked to go into room 2. It´s a small room with computers and a projector. Don´t make the mistake and go into room 3. It´s a huge class room, I went in there being the only foreigner, and after a few minutes I was asked to leave and go to room 2.

Anyway, you will be shown a video about safety and the general rules of driving in Thailand. The video is about 45 minutes, pretty boring, but maybe you can get something out of it.

Once finished, they will tell you to which counter you need to go (27 in my case). Pay for the drivers licence.
155 Baht for motorbike and 205 Baht for car.

The stuff will tell you to go inside the area where you took the color test. There a photo booths, where you pic a queue card (again). Sit down and wait until your number is on the screen.

Go into the booth, they take your photo and will issue your 1 year valid drivers license. You´re done!

 

Pretty easy right, get your Thai Drivers License right now…

The whole process for getting a Thai Drivers License took me around 2 and a half hours. I was lucky cause there where so many Thai people applying for a drivers license, and their video take more time than the english version…

In my case, there was no such thing as reflex test or depth perception test. Maybe it happens on any other day, i don´t know.

BTW, the first drivers license is only valid for one year but after that year you can renew it and get 5 years.

Hope that helped.

 

If you want to print this post here is the PDF on how to get a Thai Drivers License in Chiang Mai.
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The #1 Digital Nomad Shoes at nomadgear.org

The #1 Digital Nomad Shoes at nomadgear.org

The best sneakers for Digital Nomads

I love my ON Clouds. I have to say that I´ve never been a shoe guy but as I discovered ON, I turned into a huge fan. As they say, you walk on clouds and that is very convenient especially being a Digital Nomad.

You´ll need good shoes. Durable shoes. Shoes that fit and feel comfortable. The On Cloud does all that. They are super-lightweight and you can wash them in a machine too. They breathe, so they don´t get too stinky.

I just love them and ever since I put them on, I have never put on a different brand – I know I´m stubborn (haha). It´s kind of difficult for me to write about the ON´s because once everybody knows, nobody is gonna buy Nike or Adidas or another brand anymore.

The minority now, it´ll change

So, now I´m the minority and I like it that way. On the other hand, I try to help Digital Nomads and travelers find the right gear. And the ON Cloud is one of my favorite travel assets.

The ON Cloud is perfect for a lot of occasions. Walking, running, light trekking (Chiang Mai – Doi Suthep is no problem), working out or just traveling.

6 pairs of shoes – are you crazy man?

I own 6 pairs now. I know that´s not Digital Nomad Minimalism Style but I just don´t care. I want them in stock just in case. I just love them and I´ve never felt that way for shoes. I guess the company could hire me as a salesman because I´m 100% behind their great shoes. Friends told me I could sell them just because I´m so into them.

Always troubled with new shoes – not anymore

I used to get bladders all over my feet when trying new shoes. Not anymore. The ON Cloud fits perfect. No rubbing, no pinching, no pain while wearing the ON´s. Another good reason for them to be the #1 Digital Nomad Shoes out there.

The ON Shoe company offers all sorts of shoes. I also have a pair for trail-running, and those are amazing too. They have a big palette of shoes for running, marathon, and workout.

I used to think, my feet just aren´t right somehow. Now I know that wasn´t my feets fault. It was the shoe company´s not providing the right shoes. With the #1 Digital Nomad Shoes, the On Cloud I´m finally satisfied.

The price of the #1 Digital Nomad Shoes

Each valuable item has its price. So does the ON Cloud. It costs around 150€ depending on the color/style. I think it´s totally worth it. They are long-lasting and durable. I bought the first pair in 2014 and I still wear them…

Buy the #1 Digital Nomad Shoes right now

You should definitely check them out. Buy them here through Amazon (my preferred option), or by them at the ON Webshop. You can try them out and if they don´t fit you, just send them back – although I doubt that!

Give your feet a new home, with the #1 Digital Nomad Shoe – the ON Cloud!

Of course, this is just my personal opinion, you might think totally different. But first of all, I like to support small company´s, and the ON Company is a small company based in Switzerland. Second, it´s always good to try something new, step out of the box, be different. And third, just buy them, support me and my nomadgear.org project – why not?

I hope you´ll feel the same way about the ON Cloud. For me, they are the perfect shoes for Digital Nomads, Travelers, Runners and for everyday life.

Any suggestions are welcome, just write in the comments below.

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The Roost Laptop Stand – Remote Work made comfortable

The Roost Laptop Stand – Remote Work made comfortable

The Roost Laptop Stand, another piece of my travel and work essentials for digital nomads

Remote work made comfortable… Since I´m writing about my travel essentials one item can´t be missed out – the roast stand. This one has literally saved my back and shoulder since I use it on a regular basis I´m way more relaxed and need way fewer massages. It´s the ideal tool for remote work and will save you a lot of pain on your journey as a digital nomad.

A folding laptop stand – great engineering & design made in the US

It is just a great engineered little thing, which is lightweight and fits in almost every pocket. I´ve tried a couple other laptop stands like the ghost stand and one very cheap china product, but the ghosts and isn´t portable at all, and the China thing was ok but had only one height. The Roost Laptop Stand is foldable, easy to use, durable and super lightweight!

By the way, I found a copy of the Roast Laptop Stand for 30$ on eBay, but since it is designed and engineered in the US, I rather pay more for a good product than getting a cheap copy from China. Cheap copies don´t help those guys at Roost who invented this great folding laptop stand. You can change the height and it also folds into a very small peace you can put into your carry-on backpack (See the Osprey Farpoint 40 or the Tortuga Travel Backpack 44 – two Backpacks for Digital Nomads and remote work)

The Roost Stand unfolded

The Roost Stand unfolded

It is an essential tool for remote work and Digital Nomads. Even if you´re not a nomad, you can use it a home or in your office, in a coffee shop or a coworking space.

It is relatively pricey, but you do your musculoskeletal system a big favor using it!

Of course you have to use an external Keyboard and Mouse to use the Roost Laptop Stand, otherwise, it would be just ridiculous to use it.

Roost Laptop Stand

MADE IN AMERICA - This strong laptop stand holds nearly all weights of laptops and it features quality manufacturing where it counts, including rubber insets to secure computer
INCREDIBLY LIGHTWEIGHT PORTABLE LAPTOP STAND - A compact and lighter design is also fully collapsible, making this laptop stand ideal for business travelers and corporate presentations
PC AND MACBOOK STAND FITS ALMOST ALL MODELS - The universal fit on this laptop stand makes it the perfect portable, sturdy and lightweight laptop stand for almost all PC and MacBook models

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Some features of the Roost Laptop Stand:

  • Height adjustable from 6 to 12“
  • Portable, lightweight (5.8oz) and easy to use
  • Comes with a nylon carrying sleeve
  • Fits almost any Laptop – not even Apple Products
  • Made in the USA
  • Foldable
  • Lightweight
  • Ideal for remote work or Digital Nomads

It is also the perfect gift for any remote worker, and it will help them with health issues… give it a try!

Remote work made comfortable – get rid of neck and shoulder pain right away…

Try the Roost Laptop Stand and you will immediately see the difference. Your neck and shoulder pain will disappear and your posture will improve the longer you use it. Staying healthy is one of the greatest concerns of the digital nomad lifestyle and every remote worker, and when you travel you wanna travel light (See packing light as a digital nomad) and still have some comfort working.

The Roost Stand folded

The Roost Stand folded

The Roost Laptop Stand – the one and only laptop stand for remote work and digital nomads

For me, who tried a few laptop stands, the Roost Stand really stands out. It´s the number one, with all the others far behind. Lightweight, easy to use, solid and simply beautiful (here´s the nerd in me speaking). The ideal Laptop Stand for Digital Nomads and Remote Workers!

Buy it, use it, love it! The Roost Laptop Stand for remote work!

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Tortuga Travel Backpack 44L a Digital Nomads Dream

Tortuga Travel Backpack 44L a Digital Nomads Dream

Tortuga Travel Backpack 44L – the real deal for digital nomads

Here are some really slick features about the Tortuga travel backpack: its carry on size is 22 by 14 by 9 inches which means that there’s no need to check it at the Airport. We have all heard stories of people paying somewhere in the range of several hundred dollars in last minute baggage fees. With the Tortuga travel 44 liter backpack this will not be a problem. It’s a front loading backpack which means that you won’t need to reach deep into your backpack from the top as you fumble around looking for your belongings. Even though no backpack is truly theft proof Tortuga has taken measures for theft prevention by making all of the zippers in the main storage area are lockable.

This backpack has a 44 leader capacity features 11 different pockets. Even though the backpack itself may be complex the outer appearance gives a very sleek and organized look.

Durability:

With a high-strength nylon shell, it offers good protection against the various elements you will face when you are traveling. Even though it is tough and gives the feeling of a decent thickness it is still lightweight and will not add any extra fatigue of the wearer.

Duffle handle:

One of the Interesting features this bag has is a side handle in the form of a typical duffel bag handle that is located on the left side which allows for the easy carrying with one hand. You will appreciate it in situations such as airports train stations and other places when having it on your back would not be convenient.

Lockable Zippers:

Having lockable zippers is a very easy way to maintain light security for your belongings when traveling. High-quality zippers on the main compartment are all lockable and give just a little extra reassurance that someone will not be able to simply open your bag and take your belongings without having to get past this security feature first.

Hip Belt:

The hip belt is a great feature for those who are interested in doing trips where you may be wearing the backpack for long periods of time. The hip belt has extra padding which although may not be convenient sometimes you will definitely appreciate It when wearing the backpack In situations that might not allow you to rest your bag on the ground for long. The hip belt also provides zippered pockets which give quick access to important items such as passports and money.

Storage:

In total there are 11 pockets. There are two pockets on the sides which are zippered which are great for small items and accessories for phones and such. There are as we mentioned to hip belt pockets which are perfect for important items that are required to be readily accessible. There is one medium-sized pocket on the front which is great for slightly larger things that you might not want touching the rest of your gear such as flip-flops or spare shoes. The main compartment is just a typical large storage area for potentially all clothing and other items that you will need when traveling. There is one laptop sleeve which is padded and is perfect for any laptop up to 17 inches. On the inside, you will find 4 zippered pockets. Two of them on the inside of the main compartment and two are mesh Pockets located on the front flap of the backpack.

Internal Storage:

Constructed with the ripstop polyester lining this pack is very strong and gives you access to all your clothes and belongings whenever you need them for those who have owned top-loading backpacks you will know that this can be a bit of a problem and a nuisance at times where the Tortuga company has made the access of your belongings much easier than typical backpacks.

Hip Belt and Strap Storage:

This backpack also comes with a very easy to use and very convenient built-in strap and hip belt protector cover which is located at the bottom of the backpack. Since conveyor belts at airports are notorious for snagging and damaging your straps Tortuga backpacks have this problem solved adding this feature.

Carry On:

Obviously, one of the best features that an international traveler can want in a backpack is that it to be carry-on size. No one wants to get caught at the airport trying to check in a bag that’s too big and that is why traveling with a Tortuga carry on is a perfect fit for almost every airline when packed correctly. You should not have any problems with this bag as it fits right in with most of the airline baggage Dimension constraints.

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Tortuga Travel Backpack 44L

BRING EVERYTHING YOU NEED WITHOUT CHECKING A BAG. The Tortuga is a maximum-sized carry on backpack measuring 22 x 14 x 9".
KEEP YOUR BAG ORGANIZED AND YOUR STUFF WITHIN REACH. The Tortuga is front-loading, like a suitcase. Neatly pack your clothes and find what you need in your bag.
PREVENT DISCOMFORT AND INJURY. The padded hip belt transfers 80% of your bag's weight from your shoulders to your hips for a more comfortable carry.

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Top 5 “Hidden Gem” Coffee Shops in Chiang Mai

Top 5 “Hidden Gem” Coffee Shops in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai – a coffee lovers paradise…

I love coffee, I think I already made that clear. I love silence too. I like to work in a quiet space, surrounded by nice people and lots of trees and flowers. There countless coffee shops in Chiang Mai so I decided to write only about 5 of them and those I go a lot. Easy to love these places and their owners and the staff. Everybody is very friendly and not only pretending to be friendly. 

You digital nomads out there, check out my top 5 “hidden gem” coffee shops in Chiang Mai. I promise you won´t regret taking a look at them.

Happy Espresso

Internet
DL 33Mbps
UL 20Mbps

Coffee Prices
Espresso 50 Baht
Americano 50 Baht
Cappuccino 60 Baht
Cafe Latte  60 Baht

Happy Espresso is located right next to the moat down south. It´s a neat place with good internet and great coffee, my most favorite coffee in Chiang Mai. They don´t care so much about having new customers since they mostly sell beans to coffee shops all around town and further.

Happy Espresso has a great atmosphere and it is ideal if you´re living in the old town. The staff is exceptionally friendly, they offer power outlets and some tables and chairs to work on. I prefer not to work there, I´d rather go for a chat an have a good time there.

if you wanna make your own coffee at home, buy beans there for around 250 Baht per 250 gram.

Go check it out, my favorite coffee in Chiang Mai…

Location

Happy Espresso, 15 Bumrungburi Road,
Chiang Mai

ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/superhappyespresso/

Taste Cafe

Internet
DL 18Mbps
UL 4Mbps
(Lots of people there when I checked the speed)

Coffee Prices
Espresso 55 Baht
Americano 55 Baht
Cappuccino 55 Baht
Cafe Latte  55 Baht

Taste Cafe is located near Nimman Road, so for all you digital nomads living the Nimman dream. It´s small but offers power outlets and a couple of tables to work on. The coffee is great and they also offer smoothies, shakes, and little snacks.

It´s busy all the time, but I haven´t seen many farangs, that´s why I put it on my list. Staff is very friendly, internet speed is good enough and it´s in a convenient area when you live on Nimman road.

Location
10 Chiangrai Rd . Suthep
Chiangmai 50200

ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/Taste.Cafe.chiangmai/

Basecamp Coffee House

Internet
DL 90Mbps
UL 40Mbps

Coffee Prices
Espresso 45 Baht
Americano 50 Baht
Cappuccino 50 Baht
Cafe Latte  50 Baht

I love Basecamp Coffee House, the owner is my tattoo sister. I saw an origami piece on here forearm and asked her if I could make something similar. A few weeks later I showed here. Now we are tattoo sister and brother. That´s just one story.

Basecamp Coffee House offers great coffee, shakes, appetizers, meals in all variations and even trekking tours. They have a small shop inside, where you can buy stuff for trekking and outdoor sports activities.

They have a lot of power outlets, very good internet speed and a nice aircon area inside with lots of tables to get work done.

Sitting outside is also a very good option. Lots of shade and very very good coffee!

Get your coffee and cake at Basecamp Coffee House…

Location
Basecamp Coffee House, 6/1 Suthep Rd.
Chiang Mai

ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/BasecampCoffeeHouse/

Coffee or me

Coffee Prices
Espresso 65 Baht
Americano 65 Baht
Cappuccino 70 Baht
Cafe Latte  70 Baht

This is a special place too. Coffee or me, those guys there are professional baristas with a huge and very expensive coffee machine. They know how to make good coffee and let you feel tranquil in the nature surrounded area.

The staff is very friendly, the internet is fast, there are tables and power outlets… all you need as a digital nomad…

It´s a perfect place for work or for relaxation. Easy to stay a couple of hours without even noticing. Great coffee, cake and a very good (vegan — not sure here) restaurant next by, they also offer free fruits! The area is peaceful with a huge garden to walk around and enjoy yourself…

…take your time at Coffee or me

Location
Coffee or me, 132/1 Khai Lukseau Soi 5, Chang Puak, Amphoe Mueang
Chiang Mai 50300

ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/coffeeormeatchangkhian/

Somkiat Cafe

Internet
DL 40Mbps
UL 50Mbps

Coffee Prices
Espresso 65 Baht
Americano 65 Baht
Cappucino 70 Baht
Cafe Latte  70 Baht

Somkiat Cafe is a quiet place with lots of chairs in and outside offering great coffee and internet. The place is perfect if you´re searching for a place to concentrate since it´s very quiet and surrounded by big trees and lots of greenery.

The owners roast there own coffee, so you can buy their beans and use them at home, around 250 Baht for 250 gram. They are very friendly, offering all sorts of beverages and meals – which are also very good.

Somkiat is the place to go when seeking for silence…

Location
Somkiat Cafe, 105/4 Moo 13 Tambon Suthep
Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai

ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/Somkiatcafe/

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A Digital Nomad Music Lover

A Digital Nomad Music Lover

It´s all about music, love, peace & loco

I felt trapped most of my life. When I first read about the digital nomad lifestyle, I saw a way out of the little box I was putting myself in. I started working on being able to work abroad, and after around five years of work and constantly moving between Austria and Thailand, it seems that I finally made it. Yes, I´m a nomad now, well not a real digital nomad because I have my home base in Chiang Mai, Thailand. But I will travel from there…

Somethings changed in the last 3 months I spend in Chiang Mai. I was an anxious guy, quiet and happy being on my own. Don´t get me wrong here, I´m very happy being alone but now I also like to spend time with people. Good, interesting people from who I can learn from, and I hope they can learn something from me too.

The world has finally opened for me. I don´t ask why I say why not!

Being in a mindset like that opens all sorts of doors, the world gets bigger and bigger. You meet interesting people all the time and have fun most of the time too. Of course, there are some hardships from time to time, but they come and go, it doesn´t really matter.

Music is the key

One thing that changed me dramatically is turning off the TV. I started to listen to music instead of watching boring television series, although I like the Simpsons, Family Guy and Black Mirror (highly recommended if you haven´t heard about it already). But I only watch those series occasionally. It´s all about music, love, peace & loco!

I share my favorites with you. Turn off the TV and start living like I did. Haha…

What music do you love?

Sharing is caring and I always look out for new stuff… so comment and let me know…
thanks in advance…

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Packing light as a Digital Nomad – nomadgear.org tips

Packing light as a Digital Nomad – nomadgear.org tips

You always wanna be as light as possible when it comes to travel. At least I tried for a long time to reduce as much as I can. The best thing being on an airplane is when you only have carrie on luggage!

 

In order to do that I have a few easy tips for all you Digital Nomads out there

 

Nomadgear.org Light Packing Tips

 

 

Shoes

Take only one pair. My favorites are ON RUNNING Cloud, they are super lightweight, comfortable and as the name says, you walk on clouds. Maybe, only maybe bring another pair of flip-flops or sandals (Xero X-Trail). If you´re in Asia you get flip-flops anywhere super cheap.

 

Clothes

Take as few as possible. 2-3 T-Shirts. One Hoodie. 2-3 pairs of underwear. 2-3 pairs of socks. One Pant, one Shorts or Boarding Pants, a lightweight rain jacket, a travel towel and a Cap.

Important that you have good quality clothing. I only use Merino Wool from Icebreaker. They are odor free so you can basically wear them for weeks and weeks and weeks without having to worry about the smell… That said, I also have socks and underwear from Icebreaker.

Clothes on nomadgear.org

Go directly to the Amazon Merino Wool Section

Backpack

Buy a lightweight carry on backpack. I use the Osprey Farpoint 40, but there are way more lightweight backpacks out there like the Arcido Faroe.

Or look at my Backpack Section of nomadgear.org

Carrie on luggage on Amazon

Daypack

Every single Digital Nomad needs a Daypack. A durable, lightweight one you can use for shopping, working, going to the beach and whatnot… I use the Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack, and I use it almost every day…

Take a look at my Daypack Section

Daypacks on Amazon

Tech Gear

Also, bring as few as possible… Laptop, Keyboard, Mouse, Laptopstand, Phone, Charger, Kindle. That´s about it. Get a big iPhone+ or a Galaxy S8+ you can use as a tablet.

I recommend buying a USB to LAN Adapter if you have a MacBook, Wifi isn´t that reliable in Asia and you can connect via Lan at a lot of places. Where I´m at now I have 90Mbit up and down…

Off to the tech section of nomadgear.org

 

Coffee

If you like coffee as I do, bring your own coffee machine. The Aeropress is lightweight and small. Buy local coffee and use coconut milk – delicious and inexpensive. Also, buy the Premium Filter so you don´t have to use the paper ones…

Keep your stuff organized

I use Eagle Creek packing cubes so I know where all of my stuff is. It´s good to be organized, saves you time and trouble.

Declutter before you leave

Pile all your luggage. Then really think about if you need any item. Sort out and declutter. Your backpack shouldn´t be full when you start. It should be half empty. Do you really need that item or do you just think you need it?!

 

I hope this gives you an idea how I pack being a digital nomad. I´m always looking for new items or ideas so if you have some ideas just write me, I´ll appreciate it…

Love, peace & loco,
Tobias

 

 

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Leave the Nomad Lifestyle behind at Azalea Village Resort Chiang Dao

Leave the Nomad Lifestyle behind at Azalea Village Resort Chiang Dao

Get a break from the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

Everyone needs a break from time to time. Especially as a digital nomad. I can only talk about myself, but I work every day, there is no weekend or day off. This gets exhausting so the best thing to do is take a weekend off and go to the countryside.

Chiang Dao – the place to go if you need a break from being a Digital Nomad

I´ve been in Chiang Dao three times already, so I know the place quite well. It´s a small town with a huge mountain in front of it. The people are friendly, relaxed and chilled. Even travelers coming here get in a vacation mode very quickly so it´s easy to catch up with them.

Azalea Village Resort Chiang Dao

All three times in Chiang Dao I stayed at Azalea Village Resort, a calm place where you can enjoy doing nothing. Azalea Village isn´t cheap, but it´s worth the price. Love, Peace, and Happiness are waiting for you here.

Azalea Village Chiang Dao

Azalea Village Chiang Dao

Miss Monday at Azalea Village Resort Reception

Miss Monday at Azalea Village Resort Reception

My huge bungalow at Azalea Village

My huge bungalow at Azalea Village

Garden View at Azalea Village

Garden View at Azalea Village

The nice and huge pool with a view to the mountain

The nice and huge pool with a view to the mountain

The view from the lobby...

The view from the lobby…

They have a huge pool overlooking the mountain and a hot spring tub you can book for 500 Baht. They offer nice bungalows with aircon and ceiling fans, fridge, hot shower and free water and fruits. The breakfast is incredible. coffee, tea, fruits, salad (from their own organic garden), fried eggs, fried rice and much much more…

Not a break – even working more here than in Chiang Mai

It´s good to take a break from time to time although I have to say that I have been working more than I usually do in Chiang Mai. The place is so peaceful and laidback that it´s easy to grab your laptop and start doing some work. You are surrounded by nature and silence and I always get more inspired to get work done. Especially design and motion graphics…

How to get to Chiang Dao

You can either take a local bus at the Chang Phuak bus station in Chiang Mai, get a minivan (not recommended because some of the drivers just drive way to fast) or, what I did this time, take an Uber (around 1000 Baht).

The local bus will take around 2 hours same as the minivan. My Uber driver got me here in 1.5 hours with a coffee & cigarette break in the middle of the journey.

You can find Azalea Village Resort here:

I really recommend Azalea Village Resort Chiang Dao, it´s the place to go if you´re want to get away from the city and enjoy the nice scenery and nature. The wifi is fast enough to work as a digital nomad too…

Get a break all you digital nomads out there and visit Chiang Dao!

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Koh Mak an Island in Thailand which is still unspoiled

Koh Mak an Island in Thailand which is still unspoiled

Koh Mak, an Island which is still quiet and laidback

I was looking for a quiet island in Thailand, which in fact is not that easy these days. I found it! Koh Mak is the place to go if you´re not after Full Moon Partys or getting drunk all day long.

It´s chilled, laidback and there isn´t a lot of traffic so driving is easy and fun!

Sunrise on Koh Mak

Sunrise on Koh Mak

 

I wouldn´t say it´s the perfect place for digital nomads, the internet isn´t that great but you can always use your phone as a mobile hotspot and you are good to go.

Nice place to get some work done...

Nice place to get some work done…

 

Not much to do on Koh Mak except relaxing, eating fresh seafood, taking diving lessons (pretty cheap and well organized) or going on a snorkel trip. If you are like me then you´ll enjoy a snorkeling trip on a slow boat visiting the small islands surrounding Koh Mak. There are also some very good Thai massage places who do a great job. Everybody is friendly, and best of all they really mean it!

 

Snorkel Trip to the surrounding islands of Koh Mak

Crystal clear water and lots of fish...

Crystal clear water and lots of fish…

A handy tool to use while underwater – cheaper to buy upfront…

a lonely island... only our boat and lots of fish...

A lonely island… only our boat and lots of fish…

It´s easy living there if you´re willing to rent a motorbike, otherwise, you have to call a taxi which is 100 Baht per drive.

Nice people, nice vibe, everybody is open to conversations and a beer watching the beautiful sunset. I met so many new people of which some I became good friends in only one week.

Koh Mak is located next to Koh Chang, the bigger brother and Koh Kut the next door neighbor. I tried to take a trip to Koh Kut but I ended up staying on Koh Mak without any regrets. I got a lot of work done – also drank a lot of beer with new friends from all over the world. The vibe makes it easy to sit somewhere and work on serious projects.

After work, you go for a swim, enjoy the sunset or head out for fresh seafood – or just drive around with a motorbike.

 

Fresh grilled Tiger Prawns – 450 Baht

Going to Koh Mak

You have different options from Bangkok.
You can fly to Trat, take a minivan and a ferry or take a bus from Bangkok (around 4-5 hours) and take a slow boat arriving at the east pear.

I recommend Boonsiri they are located close to Khao San Road. They are professional, you get a great big bus with a good driver and once you are at the shore, you get a nice slow boat (40 minutes) directly to Koh Mak – for 850 Baht!

 

Recommendation for staying on Koh Mak

I made my host a new website while staying at his resort... sea view resort koh mak

I made my host a new website while staying at his resort… sea view resort koh mak

I was at a place called Sea View Resort Koh Mak (Facebook) and although the bungalows might not be the best (the owner is working on them all the time, they just opened a year ago), I highly recommend the place. Luca, the owner is very friendly and helpful, also fun to talk to. Check it out, they only have 12 bungalows. The only downside is that it´s not at the beach, but Koh Mak is so small, you drive 5 minutes and end up at any of the beautiful beaches.

Great food at Sea View Resort
I forgot to mention the chef at the Sea View Resort… she has 20+ years experience in cooking. The food there is just amazing! Normally I hate Pad Thai, but I gave it a try there and it was simply delicious!

 

I definitely go back to Koh Mak next year, working from there and hope to see some of you guys also joining.

 

Back to Chiang Mai not to bad either…

Hard to go back after such a swell time...

Hard to go back after such a swell time…

 

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The AeroPress Coffee Maker, one of my essential travel products!

The AeroPress Coffee Maker, one of my essential travel products!

Seriously, I love my Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker. Really!

I wake up early and for some reason, all the coffee shops in Asia open at 8,9 or even 10 AM – what the hell? I wake up at 6 AM and yes I´m a coffee junkie. I love my coffee first thing in the morning – ok maybe not the first but almost.

Here is where the Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker comes in very, very handy. Just boil some water, get yourself some good local ground coffee, or buy beans and grind them somewhere – even better, and make the coffee yourself.

And you know what? At first my I could barely drink my self-made Aerobie AeroPress coffee, but I got better and better and now I don´t even have to go to coffee shops anymore – ok, just kidding still loving a good cappuccino from a good barista in a nice coffee place.

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Aerobie AeroPress, the essential gear for Coffee lovers

But the Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker is on essential travel gear I will take with me wherever I go. Hot water is easy to find, good coffee too. And I just don´t want to use those all in one Nespresso mix which are pretty popular even they taste like s**t.

I just found the Aerobie AeroPress by accident. One travel blogger made a coffee and used the Aerobie AeroPress. He didn´t recommend it, he just made a coffee and I was getting curious. I couldn´t see a logo or name so I had to search for it – and thank god, I finally found it.

Some thoughts and improvements to the Aerobie AeroPress

It´s a bit annoying that you have to clean it right after the coffee is ready, but I guess it makes sense – this way it always stays clean and new.

Another thing is the paper filters. Forget about them on the road. What if your whole luggage gets wet? What if you run out of it? Use toilet paper instead? I immediately bought the pretty pricey metal filter which is a lifesaver. Only one filter needed, out of metal, if you take care of it it´ll last forever.

What don´t I like about the AeroPress

Hmm… actually not easy to tell. Of course, the coffee never tastes like the ones who come out of a big coffee machine, but if that would be the case, it would be a miracle.

It could be even lighter and smaller.

There could be a cup included and with that cup, you could fold all pieces together into a very small bundle, you know what I mean?

And finally, it would be nice if you wouldn´t need a kettle to boil water, isn´t there a way the AeroPress could do the boiling too? Come on scientists, if there is a will there is a way…

My final verdict on the Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker

All in all, the Aerobie Aero Press Coffee Maker is the (almost) perfect portable Coffee Maker out there. Come on guys, just forget about the paper filters, please!

The AeroPress is lightweight, small and very easy to use, and the coffee is pretty good too.

It´s the ideal Coffee Machine for early birds and people who like to drink coffee at home and away from home not having to rush to the next Café.

I love it, really – just try it for yourself!

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Osprey Farpoint 40, the cheap and functional Backpack for Digital Nomads

Osprey Farpoint 40, the cheap and functional Backpack for Digital Nomads

The ideal Backpack for Digital Nomads?

Well, definitely not but it´s a start, and for around 100 Bucks it´s pretty cheap too. I´ve been using the Osprey Farpoint 40 as my Digital Nomad Backpack for over 4 years now and I know it´s flaws and it´s benefits.

  • First of all: It´s cheap
  • Second: It has a lot of space and you don´t have to check it in, you can use it as a carry-on backpack – ideal for digital nomads.
  • Third: Again: it´s cheap

 

You can get your stuff organized pretty good, but you´ll need packing cubes and do a lot of thinking. The pockets upfront are useless, and the laptop compartment in the front section is just not working for me. A laptop, even if you use the lightest has at least 1kg, so why put it up front – I don´t get it guys, you make backpacks for centuries but that didn´t come to your mind?

The back compartment of the Osprey Farpoint 40 is just great!

But anyway, I almost have any stuff in the back compartment – clothes, hygiene, tech-stuff… the front compartment is just for documents and random pickups…

What I love about the Osprey Farpoint 40 is that I can get another daypack in the back of the backpack – there where you can zip down your backpack into a normal bag. I just love that feature, which gives me the freedom to put another backpack (the 22L Salewa) which I (rarely) use for trekking into the Farpoint.

What else to say about it? Well, it´s a little heavy, but compared to the other “Digital Nomad” Backpacks out there costing 200 or more bucks it´s in the same weight class… I searched a lot and could not find any other lighter and at least same-prized bag.

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It could be a city getaway or a campsite, but the Osprey Farpoint 40 Pack is bound to be an essential for any weekend warrior. It has a stowable suspension system that you can deploy if you want to wear the Farpoint like a backpack or carry it around as luggage. Osprey made the shoulder […]

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Arcido Faroe Backpack : 22″ x 9″ x 14″

Air Travel Backpack, compatible with most airlines carry-on restrictions including American Airlines
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What makes no sense about the Osprey Farpoint 40

What makes absolutely no sense are the two front pockets. I tried and tried again putting stuff in it – but terribly failed. I recently saw people putting their flip-flops in them, that might work but water bottles keep falling out of mine so I just don´t use those two pockets at all. As previously stated, the front pockets do not feel right to me either – I may will to others just not for me.

All in all, I would say it´s a pretty decent backpack for digital nomads, remote workers or backpackers, a little heavy with some unnecessary features but it´s cheap and you get used to its givens when you use it on a regular basis.

I recommend the Osprey Farpoint 40 for all Digital Nomads on a budget who are no perfectionists

 

 

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