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.

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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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