How to Avoid Tuk Tuk & Taxi Scams in Thailand

How to Avoid Tuk Tuk & Taxi Scams in Thailand

How to Avoid Tuk Tuk & Taxi Scams in Thailand, despite certain things sound typical, they should not have happened though. Particularly when it comes to scams that could happen to you, while abroad. Not only we might be getting ripped off, but situations can get us into dangers or crimes.

Thailand is well known for friendly locals who are willing to help, meanwhile mischievous people are out there waiting for an ideal moment to conduct perfect crimes on innocent foreigners. As public transportation in Thailand, specifically Bangkok, is not thorough and of great quality like those in Europe, Japan, etc., Tuk Tuk and taxi unfortunately remain prime options when it comes to (actually) getting around. So, what to do to avoid scams? Here, we have some suggestions you might find useful.


Survival Rule 1

Don’t Get into the Vehicle Right Away

If the driver doesn’t seem to comply with using the meter nor hasn’t agreed at a final flat rate yet (this depends on the situation), DON’T get in the vehicle. Make sure you and the driver have agreed upon the same method of fare charging. Bear in mind, also, that flat rate generally doesn’t include the use of toll roads.

Survival Rule 2

Suspect the ‘too-cheap-to-be-true’ Things

Never ever get lured by incredibly cheap offers. No matter for Tuk Tuk, taxi, water taxi, hired minivan or unlicensed vehicle. There were cases that drivers making super cheap offers ended up bringing foreigners to pricey eatery, jewelry factory, carpet shop, tailor store, etc., whereby huge profits are being shared between the shop owner and the driver.

Survival Rule 3

Insist on Using the Meter

If taxi is your option, make sure the driver agrees to use the meter even before stepping into the car. Another good suggestion is that if you find the driver a good man who can communicate well with you, ask for his mobile number to hire him again in the following days. After that it depends whether you will cling on using meter or negotiate a flat rate for a day tour. By the way, don’t forget that toll road fees must be added up separately for either metered fare or flat rate.

Survival Rule 4

Always be Prepared

Work your part. Be prepared. Roughly study the route using your map or smartphone so that you can get an overall picture of the routes you’re about to use and by which landmarks you’ll be passing. If, unfortunately, the driver is tricky and bringing you out of the correct way to overcharge, you will be able to notice and interrupt right away.  


Survival Rule 5

Stick to the Officials

Be it at a pier, palace, temple or attraction site, stick to the official ticket booth for entry. There might be somebody come up to you making special offers of fast lane service, additional privileges or custom tour package, but you better ignore. Just queue up at the counter. Reach out only to the officials or authorized staff for enquiry or ticket purchase.


Good to KNOW!    

  • Some hotels, or even department stores, have a systematic taxi hailing service for their customers. So, it’s much better to have the staff helped you on this. Currently, there are many hotels or department stores that manage to use blacklists of unkind and cunning taxi or Tuk Tuk drivers whom customers have made complaint of. These drivers will be banned by these premises in the future.

–       Good people and bad people are everywhere. Crimes can happen anytime in the world. If one day you must encounter with a criminal, just remember that the best way to tackle is to “Be mindful. Keep calm”. Save your life before valuable belongings.

Chiang Mai Digital Nomad Scam

Chiang Mai Digital Nomad Scam

Scammers come to Chiang Mai

– to recruit newbie digital nomads promising them away to start up their own business on their program, they managed to take some money off some of the newbies in January 2017. Chiang Mai Digital Nomad Scam artist who are unscrupulous twins that have travelled to Thailand hoping to make some money and scam people that were venerable and wanting to be a digital nomad so badly. These scammers had travelled to other countries and scammed others before, charging between $300 – $1500.

Apparently, some digital nomads got together and said that they should leave town as they are suspecting that they are just scammers. Some of the people still turned up to the event and were later told by others that this is all a scam. Apparently, the Thai police are looking for them, but it is suspected that they are no longer in Thailand.

Chiang Mai Digital Nomad Scam

Due to this some of the people that came to Chiang Mai got very angry and said that the whole digital nomad thing is all a scam and that it is not real and does not work. They blamed even the most popular nomads for scamming people and just selling their own courses on how to be a digital nomad and the money that they make is funding their stay in Thailand.

Some YouTubers were criticised by spreading negative things about being a digital nomad and that they should be spreading more positive approach. Stating that it is not so easy to be a digital nomad and can take many years to build up a business. The Youtubers state that the whole thing is a scam and that it is a pyramid scheme “everyone is just making money off each other, selling crap. Selling how to be a digital nomad and everything is bullshit”, Chiang Mai Digital Nomad Scam.

What I do agree with is yes the newbies don’t know any better and they don’t know between a real successful digital nomad from someone that has been stuck in Chiang Mai and has not built up a business and you have some newbies coming along and they are at times being taken advantage of.

Turning up to Chiang Mai thinking that you will be a digital nomad in a few weeks

It is wrong that they should turn up to Chiang Mai thinking that they will be a digital nomad in a few weeks and be successful and live the independent lifestyle. Most of the early digital nomads had to put a lot of hard work to get where they are now. They have had to work all hours in the beginning until they have built their own business and automated it so they can live the Digital nomad lifestyle. Please don’t think that you can turn up and be successful in a few weeks, although there may be people out there that will sell you that idea. Chiang Mai Digital Nomad Scam, No it is not a scam but that will not stop some people from trying to take advantage of others, and people will always scam others, unfortunately, Thailand is full of scams.

Please don’t think that you can turn up and be successful in a few weeks, although there may be people out there that will sell you that idea. Chiang Mai Digital Nomad Scam, No it is not a scam but that will not stop some people from trying to take advantage of others, and people will always scam others, unfortunately, Thailand is full of scams.

Don’t get carried away by the some of first video’s and podcasts saying just come to Thailand you won’t regret it, unfortunately, a lot of newbies are regretting it and are having to come back home and losing money in the process. Some tips before you even go to Thailand make sure you:

Tips on becoming a Digital Nomad

  1. Do your own research
  2. Follow top Digital nomads
  3. You can learn from free resources on how to start a business online
  4. Don’t get sucked into expensive courses
  5. Stay at home and build your business first before you come
  6. Watch and listen to YouTube and Podcasts on being a digital nomad
  7. Read blogs on being a digital nomad

Having listened to the original YouTube video claiming that the Digital Nomad is all a scam, this is because he attended groups and newbies were attracted by other digital nomads selling different courses. He states that 90% of the digital nomads are scammers and the other 10% are newbies.

I could not disagree more, Digital nomads are real and it does work if you spend time building your business and you build a passive income. Don’t just can’t just turn up in a country and expect to earn thousands of dollars without putting in the work first. It is a shame that he chose the words very poorly and said that being a digital nomad does not work and it is a scam. 

Following other Digital Nomads

If they had followed some digital nomads closely from start to finish they would have found out that they did do the hard work and some of them came to the Digital Nomad conference and seen the lifestyle, and said that is what they wanted and were more destemmed than ever to make a go of it. They returned back to their home country started saving and started researching their online business and started it. They were not all successful and some kept on going despite the disappointments and then made it, after putting the work in and made some losses on the way.

This is not true, there are many digital nomads around the world that are very successful, It does work and people are doing it or working it all over the world. This kind of talk puts the whole digital nomad lifestyle in disrepute. Unfortunately, there will always be scammers, if you try hiring a jet ski, or Tuk Tuk in Thailand you are likely to be scammed, so what is the difference.

Eager newbie Digital Nomads eager to learn 

Newbie digital nomad believes that they can make it in Thailand just by turning up in Thailand and mostly Chiang Mai and think that they are going to make it without putting the work in first. They are eager to learn quickly and willing to pay people to learn, and then there are the others that are coming to Thailand and trying to scam others claiming that they have all the answers and taking money up front with lots of promises that they cannot fulfil and then take the money and run.

Newbie digital nomad believes that they can make it in Thailand just by turning up in Thailand and mostly Chiang Mai and think that they are going to make it without putting the work in first. They are eager to learn quickly and willing to pay people to learn, and then there are the others that are coming to Thailand and trying to scam others claiming that they have all the answers and taking money up front with lots of promises that they cannot fulfil and then take the money and run.

Buyer beware – Claiming to be Digital Nomads, selling their own products

Yes, there are others that are claiming to be digital nomads and yes they are but may rely on the newbies coming into Thailand and trying to sell them courses as many of them are including the very long established digital nomads, and that is just part of their income stream. As long as they deliver what they state and you are prepared to work at it then fine. Buyer beware, they are not going to be giving you all the secrets as that will affect their own income, they might even teach you what used to work but as the competition has grown so much these digital nomads have moved on and tried a different approach but might not pass that on to you.

Many free resources on how to be a Digital Nomad

There are some many free resources out there and so many popular digital nomads explaining how to make the digital nomad lifestyle and explain bit by bit how to achieve success, these are free and on YouTube, they are happy for people to learn, they may even get some money from you watching their channel and really who cares it not costing me anything, I am happy to help.

I am not saying that some people in Chiang Mai are not taking advantage of some miss guided information that people should just come to Chiang Mai and be a digital nomad. To be honest, I heard exactly the same thing, come to Chiang Mai with some money and within a few months you will be able to build a business in dropshipping or amazon and away you go you’re in the money.

I have been tempted to do the same thing and to be honest in the beginning I believe it could have been like that but there is a lot of competition from others and it is not so easy now.

Happy to buy courses from well established Digital Nomads

Some digital nomads will try and sell you courses on how to make it, well, to be honest, if I was travelling to Chiang Mai I would want someone to teach me how to do it quickly. If you have some successful digital nomads and they are prepared to teach you, then what’s the problem, even for a fee?

We hopefully have done are research and listened to the top digital nomads on YouTube or on their podcasts, we can either learn from what they teach us each week or do our own research and go it alone.

I personally would not mind being instructed by the top digital nomads in Chiang Mai as I feel that I know them already. But what I would not do is agree to sign up to any course with a digital nomad that I didn’t even know and is not known by others. This is where people can really get hurt and it normally hurts in the pocket. Unfortunately, this has now given the word Digital nomad a bad name and this is especially true in Chiang Mai. I really hope that this gets sorted out and some rules are put in place and some of the original Digital nomads and influencers stand up and tell the newbies what they should do and what they must not do. They must give really good advice and not always seen as selling their own courses, although this must be tempting.

How to become a Digital Nomad 

If you want the whole location independent lifestyle, then learn a skill before you leave home. A skill that you can take with you, why not Learn to code, there are plenty of great (and free) courses on Udemy, YouTube. Get a remote job. Freelance – teach yourself copywriting, design, build websites and much more.

Put at least a year into it or a lot longer would be more beneficial, but please not just a month. Have backup cash and plans. Leave when you’re making enough money, not when you’re learning how to make enough. Don’t chase shiny objects.

My advice as always is always the same, build your business at home in your own country, you don’t even have to leave your job, you just build slowly your online business until you can live on your earnings.

In Thailand it is cheap to live, so you don’t need much to live on, so you don’t need to earn your full wages that you earn in your home country, You can choose if you wish to leave sooner as all of your accommodation, food, and other items would be a lot cheaper in Thailand so don’t think that you will have to earn the identical wage you were on before.

When you finally arrive you would have built up your business and able to survive and live a comfortable life in Thailand or any other country with a cheap cost of living. This is my current plan, to build an online business and when the time is right I will be able to live a comfortable life and continue to build the business in the country that I choose to go, which in my case is, of course, Thailand.

I put it out there to all the influencers and top digital nomads in Thailand, especially Chiang Mai, Please give strong advice to the newbies, It’s great to come to Thailand and be part of the conference and then return home and build your business at home. Return to Thailand with your businesses earning money and make sure you finically independent before coming to Thailand.

So a call out to some of the Nomads that I personally follow


Jonny FD – Podcasts “Travel like a Boss” and YouTube

I have been following Jonny F.D from the very beginning and I believe that most people that have gone to Chiang Mai, in the beginning, were due to the influence from Jonny. The other digital nomads below were influenced by him.

Jonny FD – Digital Nomad


Chris the Freelancer 

Highly ranked on YouTube, He has slowed right down on his podcasts, which is a shame as it could have used his audio file from his YouTube Channel for his podcasts, maybe he will after he reads this. At the time of writing this piece, he has slowed down on his YouTube Videos. Maybe he has such a large following now that he only has to do a video every so often.

However, that being said his videos are very informative and is my current number one to follow as a digital nomad in Thailand / Chiang Mai. He has worked hard in a short period of time to become a digital nomad and has spread extremely valuable information to others. Thanks Chris for all your hard work.

Chris the Freelancer – Digital Nomad



Riley Bennett – Livin That Life 

Riley is now becoming a big influencer in his own right, first influenced by Jonny in Chiang Mai where he attended the Nomad conference, stayed for a while and could not wait to come back again to start up his business and become a digital Nomad, he is now successful.

Riley Bennett – Digital Nomad



Nick Danforth

Nick has been travelling the world as a digital nomad with his wife Steph since 2012 and love sharing their adventures online. updates several times a week as we continue to travel and build our online businesses. I really like Nick and his videos as he travels around Thailand and beyond, giving an honest reflection of his life with his wife as a digital Nomad.

Nick Danforth – Digital Nomad


Thailand Vaping and e-cigarettes law, Can you bring and use e-cigarettes

The use of e-cigarettes and Vapes in Thailand

Previously, it has been criticised as another hot topic the use of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes in Thailand, which is still confusing many Thai people since the Justice Minister, General Paiboon Kumchaya, announced plans to remove “Amphetamine” from the legal drugs list in the future.

Amphetamine is a potent central nervous system stimulant that is used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy and obesity. The abuse of amphetamine may create some of the most serious effects too. Currently, it is only used in the medical profession in Thailand.

The abuse of amphetamine may create some of the most serious effects too. Currently, it is only used in the medical profession in Thailand.

Did you know that Baraku, e-baraku, e- cigarette are untaxed goods in Thailand but they are prohibited for import, possess and to sell in the Kingdom.

Any breach will result in a term of imprisonment up to 10 years, a fine of 5 times the price of the goods or both fine and the confiscation of goods, according to the Ministry of Commerce B.E. 2557 (2014) effective 27 December 2014.

However, the Office of the Consumer Protection Board (Thailand) also announced to not sell or use Baraku, e-baraku, e-cigarette, liquid of baraku and liquid of e-cigarette effective 19 February 2015, which means it is prohibited to sell, rent, hire-purchase, possess, promote and/or give the goods for free.

Any breach will result in a term of imprisonment up to 5 years, a fine of 500,000 baht or both imprisonment and fine. If anyone is found to be producing for sale/import in the Kingdom the imprisonment is up to 10 years, a fine of 1,000,000 baht or both imprisonment and fine.

Even though there are no laws prohibiting the use of e-cigarette in Thailand, e-cigarettes are untaxed goods. Therefore if anyone is found to possess these untaxed goods in the Kingdom, the imprisonment is up to 5 years, a fine of 4 times the price of the goods or both imprisonment and fine according to the Custom Act B.E. 2469 (1926).

However, you may find some people try to sell e-cigarettes to you on the street but you do still need to be aware that it is still prohibited to use it in Thailand.

On November 1, 2016, the Excise Department may request the government to allow for legal import of e-cigarettes and baraku.

This is possible because the current tobacco law does not define products that are made with the intention to replace tobacco products such as e-cigarettes which are used for vaping and baraku known as shisha. Director-general of the Excise department, Somchai Poolsavasdi said that if the changes are executed, the products will be taxed accordingly.

Under the existing tobacco law, only products made of tobacco leaves can be imported. As such, import of baraku and e-cigarettes are illegal and are brought into the country via smuggling. There are strict laws regarding the selling or possession of narcotics and drugs in Thailand.

Therefore the Vape is cool but still controversial in Thailand.

Electronic cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, include e-pens, e-pipes, e-hookah, and e-cigars are known collectively as ENDS – electronic nicotine delivery systems. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), e-cigarettes are devices that allow users to inhale an aerosol containing nicotine or other substances.

Unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes are generally battery-operated and use a heating element to heat e-liquid from a refillable cartridge, releasing a chemical-filled aerosol.

Living as a Digital Nomad in Bangkok, Thailand.

Living as a Digital Nomad in Bangkok, Thailand.

Being a Digital Nomad is like having a job with lots of freedom job as digital nomads spend at least a few months of the year abroad, change their destinations, and earn a living while working online. They do not to work in the office, they can work in anywhere even on the beach with sea view.

However, it is not that easy for every digital nomad to make enough money to be able to live and work anywhere in the world. But why do a lot of digital nomads want to live and work in Bangkok, Thailand?

According to the nomadlist scores for living and working in Bangkok voted by digital nomads, Bangkok is good for working online because of the speed of Wi-Fi in the city, nightlife, friendly to foreigners, A/C, places to work, cost of living etc.


Figure 1 – (January 26, 2017)

So I would like to summarise top 3 reasons why you should work and live as a digital nomad in Bangkok.

  1. Convenience
  2. Cost of living
  3. Comfort

Why convenience?

It is convenient because of the speed of Wi-Fi in the city. In Thailand, you can find internet or Wi-Fi providers that not require complicated registration such as True Move, 3BB broadband, and CS loxinfo. You can also work online at any coffee shops in Bangkok. Enjoy drinking coffee while working online!

Cost of living in Bangkok is cheap

Yes, Bangkok is cheap. Food in Bangkok costs around 1 USD – 3 USD for your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Even though you visit a nice restaurant or luxury one, it is still cheap. There are many good places for cheap drinks in the city too. You can also pay for public transportation like local bus starting 0.17 USD to roam around the city.

Why comfort?

Bangkok is served by multiple transport systems such as the Skytrain (BTS), underground (MRT) rail systems, taxis, river taxis, motorcycle taxis, tuk-tuks and local buses. BTS and MRT connect the main shopping, entertainment and business areas of the city, while river taxis and express boats can be used to explore many historic sites at the riverside. Tuk-tuks are worth a ride and roam around the city.


You can work as a digital nomad with a tourist visa in Bangkok but please be aware of the period of stay for your Visa. If you have a 1 months tourist visa, it is still great to discover the city but I am sure that it will be not enough for you to stay because the city is great. You will fall in love with it. I highly recommend you to apply for a 3 months tourist visa at your home country. If you want to extend your visa for one more month, you can apply it at the Immigration Office at the Government Complex Commemorating His Majesty The King Chaengwattana, B Building, Floor 2 (South Zone), Chaengwattana Road (Soi 7), Laksi, Bangkok 10210 (Website:

I highly recommend you to apply for a 3 months tourist visa at your home country. If you want to extend your visa for one more month, you can apply it at the Immigration Office at the Government Complex Commemorating His Majesty The King Chaengwattana, B Building, Floor 2 (South Zone), Chaengwattana Road (Soi 7), Laksi, Bangkok 10210 (Website:

Tel : 0-2141-9889 , Fax : 0-2143-8228
Office hour: Mon-Fri 8:30 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 16:30

Please be aware of the new rules for visa on arrival. If you want to extend the period of stay, Thailand becomes stricter for visa on arrival.

Border runs have been cut short due to the very recent change in rules regarding overland entry by Thai immigration. Foreigners entering Thailand via border posts at Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Malaysia without securing a prior visa will now be granted only 15 days of stay in the country as opposed to the previous Visa on Arrival, which was valid for 30 days.

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21 Money Saving Tips in Thailand

How to save money in Thailand

21 Money Saving Tips in Thailand, it  is relatively cheap city to live if you can avoid the western influence areas and places. In the Thai local areas you will find cheap accommodation and cheaper food. It will be difficult to spend a lot of money in these areas rather the western areas.

Traveling around Thailand can be cheap, if you do some research

Avoid Western Food in Thailand

Western food can be expensive wherever you go, whether it be in a n American coffee shop, not mentioning any names. And that’s just the coffee, what about the food. You could probably have ten Thai meals for the price of one western meal. Nearly all-western food is imported at a great cost although the menus do change to incorporate a Asian influence. So the answer is don’t eat western food in Thailand.


Eat from the street stalls

Street food is great, very tasty and fresh and very cheap. You can have pad Thai or fried rice for only 30 THB. The locals eat the food so it must be good, not only is it the best food, but it is also the cheapest. You can get great food also at the night markets, the smell of the food is just great, and who could resist such temptations. You will find food for every palate, such as all kinds of meats and the desserts are just out of this world, beyond temptation.Thailand has some great food, probably some of the best in the world, so don’t miss out.


Make sure your taxi turns on the meter

Taxis are notorious for not using their meters; this is especially true at night and during busy times and at shopping malls. All taxis are required to use their meter and you can report them if they don’t. Thai taxis don’t want to be stuck in traffic so they try to up the price to compensate otherwise they could lose business. At night the problem is worse and people need to get home and maybe don’t want to wait so you will pay a premium for this.

Always ask for the meter to be turned on and if they refuse then get out of the taxi, if most people did this then there would be less of a problem in Thailand.


Negotiate with Tuk Tuk drivers

Tuk Tuk drivers do not have meters so make sure you fix the price beforehand. If you are not on the ball then the prices could be 3 times the price of a Taxi or if your new to Thailand and just of the Plane then could cost you ten times as much, you will always come across plenty of Tuk Tuks so you can fix your own price. It is good to get the experience of a Tuk Tuk, but it can be very hot, noisy and lots of pollution from the Tuk Tuk or other vehicles around you. Don’t get scammed by Tuk Tuk drivers wanting to take you to the jewellers or tailors for free, it will cost you in the long run and the Tuk Tuk driver will get petrol vouchers in return.


Use public transportation

Why not use the public transport system rather than using taxis. You can use the BTS system to get anywhere in Bangkok to save money. Or use the bus, which costs 10 THB instead of 130 Taxi fare for the same destination. Songthaews are great and a cheap form of transport, they tend to run a specific route with set fares. They can also be hired as a form of private transport. When crowded, luggage is placed on the roof, but can also be left in the aisle or stuffed under the seats.The public transport in Thailand is very good and quite cheap,so why not take advantage of it.


Take the boats In Bangkok

Boats are a great way to travel, with famous historic attractions, temples and the great architecture. You can explore the great canals of Bangkok and go back in time and view Bangkok from yesteryear. You will find lots of different boats, from express boats, taxis and Tail boats, you can travel up and down the Chao Phraya river, or even use the free crossings to various hotels and restaurants in Bangkok Thailand.


Avoid Preventable Money Charges

Bank charges can be quite expensive in Thailand and Your bank or card company will normally charge a flat fee for withdrawing money, if you make fewer and larger withdrawals you will save money. Also If you have to pay a fee for each time you exchange a Travelers Cheques or cash, then order larger denominations before you go.


Barter Over Prices

Bartering for some items is expected in Thailand. Anything from a market is fair game, but keep it real when trying to get an extra few baht discount. Room prices can be negotiated, especially in low season or for longer stays. Be aware that if you are the first customer then they must get a sale otherwise if could be bad luck for them for the rest of the day, please be aware of this as they may even make a small loss or just a small baht profit, please do not abuse this as they could lose face.


Motoring Regulations and fines

In Thailand it is quite normal to see road blocks at times when the police are out in force to fine you, so here are some tips. Always bring your international driving license with you and carry it with you when driving. I don’t have an international one but I still bring My European one. Always wear seat belts in cars and helmets on motorbikes, or you will likely get an on the spot fine. They do put roadblocks every so often, these are normally in the morning, and some say it is to pay for their lunch. You could always avoid the roadblock and turn off before hand as you can normally see the traffic and police lights ahead.


Obey the Local Laws

Foreigners in Thailand have been targeted outside shopping malls, normally the foreigner would smoke and then finish the cigarette and throw it on the floor, you will then be taken away and fined, if you disagree to the fine then they will take you to the local police station, Normally you would not see the litter signs and fines until they take you to their office. Smoking can seriously harm your wealth


Don’t Get Scammed or Robbed

Be aware as soon as step foot in Thailand from the arrivals lounge from your international flight you will be approached by many drivers asking you do you want a taxi and how far you are going. Suvarnabhumi International Airport, has its own area for Taxis, this is the best way to get a proper Taxi, and if they see a problem then they will wave on the taxi themselves, you also have a ticket which you can complain if you need to. Meters will normally always be used at the airport, but if not tell them to put it on or tell them you want to get out and report them. I have never had a problem at the airport, but it is a bit of a potluck whether you get a nice newer taxi or a very old car with the Air-conditioner not quite making it. I have always found the Airport taxi drivers very friendly and helpful.


Protect your valuables and cash

Try not to make yourself an easy target in more dangerous areas of Thailand. People can always tell that you have just arrived as you are not tanned or by the clothes that you are wearing. Be careful during the Songkran festival, you will get wet, your money will get wet and your camera and laptop will get wet, so if you are travelling during this time and going outside, you must put all your items in waterproof bags, and don’t forget to include your phone. Its great taking some pictures of all the fun, but when your phone is wet, you may need another phone, so protect it.


Booking accommodation

When you traveling to Thailand try not to book your accommodation all in one go, as once you get to know the different locations that you would like to stay then you can move to a different accommodation or hotel. You could have saved a lot on cheaper deals in even better locations and better hotel facilities. I tend to only book the first 1-2 nights at a hotel. As you may find that you hotel is not as nice as you think it was by looking at the photos and maps, or it is not in the right location or problems with Internet being in the reception area and not in your room.

After settling in a little I will search the Internet for the best deals, I normally search and at a discounted price. Don’t be put off by the size of guesthouses, as the smaller guesthouses can be more comfortable stays and the owners usually look after you well.


Booking Travel Tours

There are literally hundreds of travel agent and tour-booking shops all over Bangkok and other cities in Thailand. Don’t book anything over the internet or through the hotel as you will be paying premium prices, You can checkout the prices first and then compare them.

Sometimes I like some of the tours but would not want to be rushed from one place to another, an alternative is a taxi may be willing to take you to different places at a price that is cheaper and you will have the taxi driver waiting for you. If there is only one of you this might not be the cheaper option but if there is 2-3 of you then you will save money. The Taxi driver is happy to sit around and get paid is half-day rate or whole day rate.

You can walk in to any shop and book whichever trip or tour you want to do. Most of the activities will have a van, which will pick you up in the morning and drop you off at your hotel afterwards if you decide not to do it yourself.

The Island tours in the South: Angthong National Marine Park, Phi-Phi Island, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan etc., these one day trips are great and it is fun to get to know others and having fun together do its always worthwhile, in these cases definitely go for packages that include pick up, lunches and activities. You can get different quotes from different travel shops.


Packing for Travel

I have wasted so much money going to shops in the UK buying shower gels, Shampoo’s, conditioners, toothpaste, sun cream and other items. I didn’t have to do this as I can get everything in Thailand and most cases it is cheaper in Asia. Don’t forget that when you travel from America or UK your luggage allowance is quite large but then later when you are traveling to another location, you are on a smaller flight and then the luggage allowance has almost halved. Also don’t bring your heavy clothing, you wont need it and clothing is so cheap in Markets in Thailand.


Use drinking water from filtered water dispensers

If you’re spending some time in one town, then keep an eye out for filtered water dispensers. Instead of buying 1.5 L or 6 L water containers from Tesco, FamilyMart, or 7-Eleven, and throwing away the empty plastic bottles. Save them when you’re finished and refill them with filtered water. If you drink tap water in Thailand you could end up with an upset stomach, the water could even come from a well, so go for the filtered water.

If your staying for some months and renting out a building then you can get your drinking water delivered in bottles or in larger plastic bottles from your local water company.


Thailand dual pricing

Thailand is very bad for charging the foreigners one price and then charging the locals another. In some places they would ask for the foreigners to walk one way and the locals to walk another. Reason for this is the locals did not pay to get inside but the foreigners had to queue and pay.

This is really annoying at times and other times it is warranted, even my wife gets annoyed when she has to pay a much cheaper price as in the UK we all pay the same. Other times I have now changed my mind, when it comes to temples, as I have found when a foreigner goes into a temple we may be eager taking photos and having a good look around. But the locals would be spending money on candles, incense and putting money in each pot, as they pray, where as the westerner would not in most cases. So in would become evident that the locals actually pay more than the westerner by not paying an entrance fee but will spend more once inside, this is part of their upbringing and belief. When it comes to other places like a zoo or national parks this can be annoying to the westerner, as back home it would not be allowed.


BUY BEER AT 7-ELEVEN or FamilyMart

It is far cheaper to go into the local 7-ELEVEN, FamilyMart stores to get your beers rather than going to the bars in Thailand.

A beer costs a lot cheaper in comparison to a restaurant and those beers can soon add up. You can sip your beer outside and take advantage of the cheap price and you may even bump into some locals.



Rent a Motorbike

Taking a Taxi or getting a Tuk Tuk or Songthaew can add up over time, so why not rent a motorbike, You will find that over time it will work out a lot cheaper and you wont have to wait around. Be aware to not hand in your passport when doing this and if there is any damage to the motorbike beforehand then make sure you take photos of these. There are scams around Motorbikes to please be aware of them in Thailand.


Don’t have toTip

It is not customary to tip in Thailand, unless you are in a high-class western restaurant then this may be expected. As it is not expected then just be very nice to them instead, My wife would prefer to give some money for the poor or disabled instead that may be sitting outside the restaurant or nearby. But you don’t have to tip or if you do decide to tip, then you don’t need to tip that much.


Setting yourself a Budget

And the last advice to you is to make yourself a budget, be it a daily, weekly or monthly budget. If you don’t control; your finances, you could easily run out of money if you don’t budget your finances. Its easy to think that you are on holiday and take a trip to another country and another city, but make sure you have enough money coming in to cover the costs.

So if you are a freelancer, sometimes you may have money coming in and at other times the money could just dry up, so take care and live within your means until you have enough income from different income streams to cover your finances so remember to always budget. Remember all your bills and the bills that may come every quarter that you might forget about. It might be best to do a spreadsheet of all your normal outgoing expenses whilst your staying in Thailand.




So in summary here is the list of 21 Tips that will save you money in Thailand, although some of these tips you could possible use across Asia.


  1. Avoid Western Foods

  2. Eat from the street stalls

  3. Make sure your taxi turns on the meter

  4. Negotiate with Tuk Tuk drivers

  5. Use public transportation

  6. Take the boats In Bangkok

  7. Avoid Preventable Money Charges

  8. Barter Over Prices

  9. Motoring Regulations and fines

  10. Obey the Local Laws

  11. Don’t Get Scammed or Robbed

  12. Protect your valuables and cash

  13. Booking accommodation

  14. Booking Travel Tours

  15. Packing for Travel

  16. Use filtered water dispensers

  17. Thailand dual pricing

  18. BUY BEER AT 7-ELEVEN or FamilyMart

  19. Rent a Motorbike

  20. don’t Tip

  21. Setting yourself a Budget

Hua Hin Railway Train Station

Hua Hin Railway Train Station Thailand

Built during the reign of King Rama VI, just a short distance from the centre of town, Hua Hin’s railway station and nearby the attractive royal waiting room stands.

The brightly painted buildings made of wood have a Thai concept and design, however, has a Victorian feel to it. The story of Hua Hin started as a royal seaside getaway town with its historic railway station.


In the early days, there was no road access to this pleasant beach town, and train travel was a new and wonderful alternative from Bangkok to Hua Hin instead of travelling by the normal alternative method by boat.

Brief History – The Birth of Hua Hin With the train station in place and the northern-southern rail line connecting Bangkok and as far south as Singapore in 1921, the town was gradually built around it.

European expatriates would travel from Penang and Singapore to enjoy a beautiful seaside vacation in Hua Hin. Later a road was constructed from the train station to the beach where the town’s first luxury hotel stood.

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Hua Hin Night Market

Hua Hin Night Market

Hua Hin Town is approximately 195 kilometres from Bangkok; the night market is located in the centre of the town and runs from Petchkasem road towards the railway line.

Hua Hin night market is a large venue with various restaurants, various hotels and souvenir shops. The night market is open every evening from 18.00 to 23.00 hours, the market sells various items such as souvenirs, handicrafts, cuisine and seafood from the Sea of Hua Hin.


Seafood restaurants display their produce outside which looks fantastic and very appetising. Restaurants and street food include dishes such as Thai dishes, seafood, and Thai desserts and Thai roti bread. You will find numerous outlets selling delicious dishes for you to enjoy and some severed in a matter of minutes if it is street food. If you don’t fancy street food then there are numerous restaurants behind the stalls on the pavement.

The night market is visited by both foreign tourists and Thai locals alike if visiting Hua hin this is a market that cannot be missed.

There are plenty of souvenir shops throughout the area so you will have plenty of choices of items to purchase, Make sure you keep walking for a while as you are likely to see the same item at a cheaper price, and of course you can also barter the price down.

This is by no means the best place to shop in Thailand as you will find a larger variety of goods in

Bangkok or Chiang Mai.

Hua Hin does have a superb selection of seafood restaurants that line the road that hosts the Night Market, drawing a lot of attention from visitors eager to feast on the good quality dishes that are on offer.

Most of the restaurants at the market double up as bars where you can enjoy a beer or cocktail while watching the crowds go by at the market.

Should you hide your digital nomad lifestyle?

Digital nomad lifestyleDigital nomad by the sea

Digital nomads have difficulties when it comes to sharing their lifestyles to others, especially the people that they are working for.

The question is should you hide your digital nomad lifestyle or embrace it and tell them.

Being a digital nomad might not have the desired reputation in the field of work. Some digital nomads tend not to mention this information to their clients when they have the opportunity.

They might be frightened of the implications that might result such as losing a contract or work opportunities if they divulge this information.

It may be that even potential customers may jump to conclusions and think that living the nomad lifestyle would make their work less efficient or the quality of work not up to scratch.


Digital nomads and time zones business-time-clock-clocks-48770

Being a digital nomad brings with its own difficulties such as working in different time zones, this on its own can be challenging when trying to obtain work or trying to reply to requests for work.

when you are sleeping and could possibly miss out on the work. Or maybe you are doing some online work and an urgent email has been sent to you, but unable to receive it several hours later.

If your employers were aware that you could only be contacted at certain times, then, of course, this would not be a problem. Whilst working remotely you may still have to depend on your colleagues, business partners or you employer.

It can get frustrating for you if you can’t even call them impulsively due to the time zone you are in.


Digital nomads and passive incomeincome

Obviously, in some cases, this does not apply if you set up your work style to incorporate passive income so that you do not have these issues, or your work schedule is such that you have only minor issues in regards to different time zone or you can stay up late to make contact.

If you can manage these difficulties and still eager to living the digital nomad lifestyle, the question is should I tell my clients or employer that you are a digital nomad and that you travel frequently?

My answer is maybe, not the answer you were expecting right. On some work platforms, the client can tell your location anyway. With my own experience, I have had issues with people from certain countries as their English were poor and the work was not up to scratch.

You have others that pretend that they are from the USA when in fact this is not the case, and even put a picture of a female white person as their profile but find out that they are male and not white.


woman-hand-smartphone-laptopDigital nomads and quality of work

But this is a different kind of lie, as it is totally dishonest in their approach to getting work online. In most cases the quality of work is substandard, but they have to lie to get a foot on the ladder.

Unfortunately for them when they produce substandard work they are unlikely to get continued work from clients that know what good work is.

I don’t believe that it makes a great deal of difference if you tell them or not, but it may do, they may think that you spend all your day on the beach and out drinking all night.

After some time your work will speak for itself so if you do some great work then it will not matter, however, if your lifestyle impacts on your work then it will matter.


Digital nomads only working a few hours a daypexels-photo-104750

I know many digital nomads that only have to work a few hours a day and have the weekend off, they have systems in place so they can work only a few hours and can live the nomadic lifestyle and truly work a location independent lifestyle.

If you can put systems in place then you too can lead this lifestyle, the importance being having different income streams so that you do not have to rely on contact with clients or business partners in opposite time zone.

Those people who don’t hire you because of your chosen lifestyle then you don’t want to their business anyway as it does not fit in with your travelling lifestyle.

There are some jobs that you have to be physically there, we are not going to be focusing on too much as they do not normally fit into your chosen lifestyle.


leave-board-hand-learn-54597Digital nomads teaching English in Thailand

For example teaching English in a classroom in Thailand, although there is nothing wrong in it, it does, however, limit your freedom to live the lifestyle that you have chosen and keeps you in one location.

Is it wise to disclose your lifestyle on your LinkedIn profile, the answer is yes, I believe you should disclose the information. It is better to be open and honest. 

Once you have achieved the status of a digital nomad and truly living the lifestyle, it may even benefit you as clients may invite you to their country to work for them for a while.

People may assume it is hard to regularly keep in touch with someone who works online and travels a lot, but even this is wrong.


Digital nomads live for their work

The digital nomads that I have met live for their work and one of the first things that they will in their new location is to scout out the best cafes or co-working spaces so that they can keep online and keep working.

Many digital nomads I know are very hard working and put in so many hours until passive income kicks in or they are able to put systems in place.

Being a digital nomad can be a positive thing for someone who works in an office as others could get disheartened over the 9-5 job and don’t put their full heart into it due to the stress and the constant travelling in jam-packed trains or being stuck in traffic for long period of time and getting nowhere.

Hopefully, as a digital nomad, you have a great work life balance with some enjoyment thrown in, with the beautiful mountains or beautiful islands and so many things to do and see, this will only help but to make you more creative and make your work even better.


apple-iphone-smartphone-deskDigital nomads and advanced technologies 

The digital nomad is able to use advanced technologies and has a big network of people all around the world. 

Success isn’t just determined by your style of working. But rather by your own talents and professional outcomes. The digital nomad and their lifestyle can be an asset rather than a disadvantage.

DOs and DON’Ts for Digital Nomads in Bangkok Thailand

Digital Nomads in Bangkok Thailand


Globally, Thailand is known an easy going country. People are friendly, especially with foreigners., and Digital Nomads in Bangkok Thailand.

As a digital nomad residing in Bangkok or another part of Thailand, you might have to involve with either local people around or even working people sometimes.

Knowing DOs and DON’Ts is definitely useful for all digital nomads based in Bangkok or Thailand. Now let’s roll.



  • Remember Bangkok is NOT representing other Thai provinces. There are differences in almost all elements. Urbanisation. Language. People. Food. Manner. Etiquette. Belief. Behaviour. Taste. Attitude. Education. The list goes on…
  • Respect dress code when visiting main temples in Bangkok or Thailand. Women avoid clothes that are revealing with no short pants, while men must leave jeans with holes at home. Sandals are okay, though.
  • Dress properly when dealing with companies, startups, business people, state agencies and officials when it comes to work-related issues. No need to be official outfits, though. Just a smart casual will do. This will incredibly raise your credibility.
  • Be extra careful when crossing the road. Thai traffic direction is similar to some countries and NOT to some others. So, streets can be dangerous.
  • If you have to make a complaint against services or must request something over and over again (when your luncheon companion becomes suddenly fussy), smiling a little as you speak to the staff or manager will make things easier.
  • Only take a taxi when the driver turns on the metre. Having the application like Uber or Grab Taxi installed on your phone or knowing how to call the All Thai Taxi will help save you from dishonest taxis.
  • Know that if the distance is not too far, taking a taxi can be more comfortable with a price that’s equal to a tuk-tuk.
  • Leave a tip, if you made a mess out of your dinner table.
  • Take off your shoes when getting into a Thai house or other places that you noticed others people do so.



  • Expect that some Thai business people won’t call or text you during public holidays or late at night, regarding an ongoing work. Some really do that!
  • Negotiate prices just for fun if you don’t really need that stuff. NO bargaining game if you’re not into it. Some Thai merchants can be fierce like Tony Jaa.
  • Take it seriously if you encounter any Thai who smiles or laughs at all times. Thai people are just like this. But, strange as it may seem, Thai people don’t smile much to one another.
  • Use your feet to operate things instead of hands. Feet are considered dirty among Thais. This is a belief which has been passed on from the ancestors. So, better be careful.
  • Put your feet on all types of table. Be it a low coffee table, working desk or dining table. This is not only a matter of etiquette, but also a hygienic issue as Bangkok is not a very clean city. Street surfaces can be infectious sometimes.
  • Think all Thais have an equal level of education. You might be surprised to find a farmer or a barista nowadays has his or her master degree, while an attractive girl you just met only made it to the A Level. So, don’t stereotype.
  • Trust any local who acts as the middleman who says he can serve you with privileges to enter some key attractions with extra benefits not stated on the entrance tickets. Either at palaces or temples, consult the premise’s officials when you doubt something or want to buy tickets.


Well, actually it’s not complicated dealing with local people. Every country has its own etiquette and culture we must obey anyway. Generally, Thai and Bangkok people has the nature of adoring foreigners who’ve shown their efforts to be proper, this will truly help Digital Nomads in Bangkok Thailand.

So, if the digital nomads only know and understand, things will get a LOT easier and will make your time in Bangkok or the rest of Thailand more memorable and worthwhile.



Health Concerns for Digital Nomads in Bangkok Thailand

Health Concerns for Digital Nomads in Bangkok

What are Recommended Medication Centres for Digital Nomads in Bangkok Thailand?


Health Concerns for Digital Nomads in Bangkok Thailand as less digital nomads have health insurance if they were to get ill. Even though Bangkok has been well modernised, chances of illness remain.

Contagious diseases, such as influenza A or B, and other diseases, including dengue fever, are often diagnosed among working people, from season to season.

Staying safe is the best prevention, but how? In this article, we’ll take a look at health concerns for digital nomads living in Bangkok and recommended medication centres in Bangkok. Read More