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Digital Nomad in Chiang Mai and Beyond

Greg Hung, Travel Videographer

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23 Lessons (2h 16m)
    • 1. Chiang Mai digital nomad guide promo

      2:04
    • 2. Chiang Mai digital nomad guide mastermind experience2

      8:55
    • 3. Chiang Mai digital nomad guide what to do in chiang maib

      5:47
    • 4. Podcast lessons learned

      11:22
    • 5. Podcast dashboard

      12:42
    • 6. Chiang mai monthly budget

      6:57
    • 7. Chiang mai motorbikes 101

      4:57
    • 8. How much savings should you bring for your journey

      3:10
    • 9. Keeping in touch with Family

      3:18
    • 10. Chiang mai tips for renting

      4:28
    • 11. Cmai apartment pics and prices

      5:04
    • 12. Course Summary

      1:32
    • 13. Slow Travel vs Binge Travel

      1:03
    • 14. The Lifestyle of Chiang Mai Thailand

      4:35
    • 15. Where to meet entrepreneurs spl

      3:57
    • 16. Getting connected spl

      4:42
    • 17. Top tips for Bangkok Digital Nomads

      6:29
    • 18. Tips for Capetown South Africa

      3:14
    • 19. Top tips Traveling to Canggu Bali

      7:15
    • 20. Bangkok Cowork Spaces

      13:03
    • 21. Top Tip: Traveling to Cebu Phillipines

      4:59
    • 22. Tips for Johannesburg South Africa

      4:11
    • 23. Kuala lumpur pros and cons

      11:54

About This Class

This is a versatile guide for people still in a corporate job or location independents that would like to make the next step to become a Digital Nomad. Chiang Mai Thailand is a great location to begin your journey so we provide good coverage on all the things you would need to know to get started like where to rent, where to get connected, and where to work and find wifi.

Chiang Mai was one of my starting points near the middle of my entrepreneurial journey. I've since added tips for additional locations as I've lived in other locations outside Chiang Mai.

Transcripts

1. Chiang Mai digital nomad guide promo: Hi, My name is Greg Hung. I'm a Canadian digital nomad videographer. I'm originally from Vancouver, Canada, but I've lived in Asia for the past three years. Two years in Taiwan, one year in Chiang Mai. I feel like I have enough knowledge to share for you to prepare you for your journey as a digital nomad or location independent in Asia. In this course, I'm gonna focus specifically on Chiang Mai because I believe it's the best place to start as a visual, nomad or location independent. It's a very WiFi friendly city, easy to find WiFi on places. The work from It's easy to meet friends and like minded people, which is probably one of the best parts of Chiang Mai. And it's also easy to find very comfortable, cheap accommodation. Now I'm a late 30 something. Before I became a digital nomad, I was working in I T. In Canada. I took my MBA and then decided I wanted to start my own business. So, being someone in my late thirties, more of a slow traveler, I feel like a little bit more practical, as opposed to someone who's just coming out of college and still looking Teoh find the career what they're interested in. I know what my passions are. And I'm on the path to taking my business to the next level. I want to cover your basics. Your SIM card. Where you going to stay? Where you gonna work? Where you're gonna meet friends. And where are you gonna get your teeth clean? If you're staying here long term. Where you gonna exercise? So I've got you covered for those things. Because I've been through those things myself, living in another country. I know that you need to keep in touch with relatives. You may even need to go back and visit. So I hope you enjoy this chorus. Check out the curriculum and I hope to see you in there. 2. Chiang Mai digital nomad guide mastermind experience2: Hey, this is bright con Canadian digital Nomad videographer base off Thailand. A lot of entrepreneurs back all the way from Napoleon Hill, right to 2016. Pathan. Smart, passive income. They often talk about the benefits off doing a mastermind. And this year, in March, 2016 I just started. I was actually gonna make it happen. And in this video, I'm gonna share a lot of things about the mastermind I'm gonna share. How I started it. Who did I use to recruit in the mastermind and what were their backgrounds? Where did we meet? How often do we meet? What do we do in those meetings? The pros and cons of doing it on lessons learned. So stay tuned. We're gonna die into those details. Okay, let's start off with how did this mastermind start? Well started with my initiative. I wanted to start it. I had already heard about the benefits of it. And being in Chiang Mai, I had access to like minded people who were also starting their own business, and they had pretty much a flexible schedule. So it's a lot easier to find the people to do a mastermind. I heard of people paying expensive amounts to connect with people through Skype, not even in the same city. And the way I found the first person was my good friend Thomas. We were actually working together, and we would just have lunch chats and end up talking about business naturally anyways. And we started working together once I return in Chiang Mai and I thought, Hey, why don't we just go to the meeting room and shot for an hour about our business? And we enjoyed it, and from there we started doing it weekly. One are per week, and we would just split 30 minutes between the two of us. Leader on. I met another German guy, Simon, and his wife, Corn. And she knew about me because of my posts about visual nomad in Taiwan. And he had an interesting background. She was a app developer reaction. He created an app in the play store called Simply Learn Tai, and you didn't for other languages. He was a ready earning an income and MAWR established than someone who just had an idea and invited him to the podcasts, and he invited his wife, and soon we had three people in the podcasts, and that was good mix. And the final member was James, who was from the UK more of a jack of all trades guy. He you but about Death Analytics marketing. And we started to meet at different places once a week for an hour. And because we had four people, we would generally loosely speak before about 20 minutes. Later on, we found that we were tracking what we did each week in the week before in a Google spreadsheet. And this actually worked out well, because Google spreadsheet had a nap so he could actually monitor and entering data to the spreadsheet where all the members could see it. So we focused on what we did last week in what we're working on for the upcoming week. And we had diverse backgrounds. Okay, now I'm going to talk about what we did in the mastermind. Well, we scheduled an hour. It was either for coffee at a cafe. Generally, we look for quiet cafe, and then we started to schedule them at lunch. So what we would do you had order are lunch. And while we're eating lunch, we would do the mastermind, and we would loosely let each person speak for 20 minutes and would talk about things that we worked home last week and what we're working on for the upcoming week. And if we had questions or want to share something, we had 4434 other people to bounce ideas off of with varying backgrounds, and that was the benefit off it. It's the accountability and the having other people to share and talk about what you were working on and for me that I had a way off during the week when I was thinking about what I need to do. I could refer back to that spreadsheet and just the process of actually speaking of someone else about it, instead of just keeping those thoughts and ideas in your head actually helped out quite a bit. Okay, let's talk about how I recruited people. Well, was an easy sell. Uh, I just basically ask Simon, would you like to be the mastermind? Thomas and I are ready meeting and he was in. And then he invited his wife and for James, same thing. I told them we're meeting at this time for the mastermind. Would you like to join us, he said Yes, and then that became a regular thing. Let's talk about pros and cons. Terms of cons. There's not very many cons. It's just it's setting aside the time to do it. I find that if you don't have enough structure, it can end up blowing up from 11 hour to to our meaning. And you just feel like you haven't done a lot of actual laptop where in terms of the pros, I think there's a lot of benefit by sharing ideas, being accountable and just getting away from the computer and connecting with people, sharing ideas and getting input from people of different backgrounds. Here are some lessons learnt from doing the mastermind. Some people pay a lot of money to connect with other people in the mastermind through Skype . China is a great place to do this. You ready have people that want to work on their businesses, their here. For that reason, and because of that, it's easy to find people to do a mastermind with people live masterminding with are in the analytics, the websites based of development backgrounds, and I'm the video guy. So my backbone is quarry of a different. Maybe I would consider finding someone that's doing something in my space, which is online teaching or something video related, like you tubing or video freelancing to get that type of input. I also think it's important to have someone own the role of scheduling and keeping people on track in terms of, ah, amount of time that we speak. It does take some structure to keep it to keep things efficient, so maybe it would be one person or taking turns dividing that role. But I found in in my group that I was often the person saying, like a what time of a meeting where we meet meeting will be nice to have that divvy it up. I think there's a lot of upsides to masterminds. I think it's a good idea to do it in a quiet space. I think the hardest challenge is just setting aside. You know that our our behalf away from your laptop, which is difficult as a digital, no matter an entrepreneur, you like to be around your laptop or eating or doing something, but I think it's most effective if it's in a quiet place and you're focusing, you know 100% on the mastermind, but keeping it short 20 minutes or who every long you want to do it from, then get out of there. But it's important to keep track of these things. So the Google spreadsheet worked out well, Hope that helps you get some idea of someone who's actually done a mastermind and, ah, benefit from some of my experiences of actually doing it. 3. Chiang Mai digital nomad guide what to do in chiang maib: Hi. This Greg hung in this video. I'm gonna share my personal lifts after living in China for over year main attractions. In my opinion in Chiang Mai Mai, refer to my phone because it's along this okay, Number one is the voices. Stop Temple. This is the famous Big Temple on top of toys. Attack Mountain, if you can. I recommend riding a motorbike up there. It's a really nice Dr Teoh. Sample some of the nice fresh air on getting up the choice to tap. There's lots of photo ops, and you take off your shoes and go to the temple. Check out some of the statues you can watch the monks of your lucky. There's a lot of tourists up there, definitely a must do great view from the top of the mountain as well. There's also some waterfalls and smaller temples, like for eagle waterfalls and the Whopper Lot Temple, which I mean to and recommend on your way up to Doyce. Atop Number two is the Little Grand Canyon. Little Grand Canyon is like a canyon or little canyon. It's a bit of a drive, a 30 minute drive from Neiman, but there are turquoise blue water. You could jump off the cliff. So do some cliff jumping into the water and do some swimming. Very beautiful, very pretty. And if you stay here long enough, definitely worth visiting. Number three is Tiger Kingdom. Tiger Kingdom is basically a place you can go to look cats and take photos with the tiger. So actually going in the cage with the full size tiger taking a photo, do so at your own risk. I've done it. It's pretty fun, something unique. Teoh Chiang Mai. Next thing is go to a Thai cooking school. You can join one of the Thai cooking schools output, the one that I went to, which was rated pretty high on trip Advisor. I went to the market. They picked us up from our apartment and we bought vegetables from the market. We went back to the Thai Cooking School is a group of us and we learned some Thai dishes and then we ate the dishes we cooked for lunch was pretty fun, met some new friends, highly recommended. Another thing I recommend is Sunday night Market. At the market, you could buy things like covers for your phone. You can buy t quit by the elephant pants, even get food. Basically, you can spend, you know, a couple of hours to three hours with their friends or date Nice place to go to for that. Okay. We also have wa processing, which is apparently one of the popular temples in the old city of Chiang Mai. There is a lot of different temples and if this is your first time in Thailand, it may want to go temple hunting. But personally, I've seen one or two temples. I've seen them all, but definitely Doyce a tap on whopper saying, And the silver Temple are three that you should check out. Okay, I also recommend checking out the Neiman area thistles where a lot of coffee shops are a lot of trendy restaurants and stores. You could just walk through the soy, some popular soy. So our five 11 13 on 17 we can also walk along human human road. Plenty of stuff to see that was a digital nomad. You might want to reserve time to check out some of the core work spaces. Camp workspace is probably the most impressive in terms of size and the creative artwork that it has is definitely very photo worthy. And if you have time, you can check out pun space. The manner workspaces to get an idea. But that's something unique. Teoh Neiman. Loss of coffee shops, Good coffee, lots of photo ops, another attraction or the massages. Massages are really cheap, especially up in Chiang Mai. You could new the popular Thai massage or do an oil massage foot massage. Another attraction is Chiang Mai University. Very big, very beautiful. I recommend taking some photos by the lake with the mountain as a backdrop. One last bonus attraction on the list is the lawyer for Tong Festival. That's where they set off the lamps at the river and Chang mine, and you see all the lanterns in the sky do that in Taiwan. But they also do in Chiang Mai. I believe it's in December, and it might be different every year. So definitely do your research before coming to Chiang Mai on planning your year around that if that's important to you. Okay, I hope you enjoy that list of attractions. And if you come and check my this helps guide you on what you want to do and see 4. Podcast lessons learned: Hi, My name is Greg home. I'm a digital nomad videographer from Canada. I started a podcast back in December 2015. I've recorded about 20 episodes on iTunes and stitcher. It's called The Greg Hung Show, and it's about travel, lifestyle business. And I thought you would benefit from hearing about my experience off starting and running the podcast. I got inspired to start the podcasts after listening Teoh other entrepreneurs like Johnny F . D. A famous in digital nomad in Chiang Mai, and American entrepreneurs like Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income. And I finally decided to start my own podcasts, found some guests, recorded interviews, did everything myself. And if you could benefit from my knowledge, I'm going to share my experience of the podcast. I'm gonna tell you what the cost and time it takes to start the podcast. Maintain it. I'm also gonna go through the pros and cons of podcasts. I found doing this for the past eight months. I'm also gonna take you behind the scenes and show you my dashboard stats for iTunes as well as stitcher. And as a bonus, I'm gonna take you through the process of actually publishing my next episode. So stay tuned if you're interested in this and let's jump right in. Okay, here is my podcasts view through iTunes. You can see that I have 20 episodes and this is the cover art. I did the cover art I believe on Can va. It's a cloud base. Graphic design software that easy allows you to design professional looking results. Well, I hope mine looks professional. The actual picture I shot at a green screen in Vancouver and I had background of Singapore . And so I have that photo that makes it look like I'm right in front of the Singapore landmark in Hell. The podcast gave me access to some interesting people, like the president of Lens rentals dot com, which is the largest lens rentals company. They also rent other stuff other than lenses. But I was able to reach him after seeing him on a CNN YouTube video and was really interesting to get his insight. I've interviewed Rob Cub in whose while known for his online teaching on You, Demi as well as full Epner, who is a six figure videographer and online teacher, and the popular Johnny F. D. Who's a a for popular digital nomad in Chiang Mai, which many of you in China line do you know. And so this whole process has given me access to them where I've prepared specific questions for them in advance and after I would prepare the questions I would have to edit , of course, and then posted. But while was posting it, I would listen to the podcast again, and it would actually get a lot of gems for myself because I would sometimes ask very specific questions. And I actually learned by interviewing these people and because I had pretty much full access to them, I could ask them anything about business or their lifestyle. Nothing was really out of bounds. I mean, if someone didn't want to answer something, they would say so and so that whole process of doing a podcast with someone we're talking about research the actual interview itself and publishing that content all on my own. I actually learned quite a lot, and these people are. I would consider more experience in their specific field than I am, and that's one of the benefits I found from doing this podcast. But the entire process of doing a podcast episode is quite time consuming because I would like to research someone else's business and prepare the questions and then actually do the interview. And then it would actually need to edit the podcast myself, make sure it sounded good and kind of things when there was a big delay and then actually publish it, which does take some time if you haven't done it before. And I estimate that took about two hours to arrange and actually do the interview, maybe even longer, and then another two hours for editing and publishing it. So we're looking at about 4 to 5 hours. Her podcast interview. I think that's something you have to be aware of. What made me actually make that jump to do a podcast was listening, Johnny, after you talk about podcasting, and it just sounded like it was something that, you know, wasn't that difficult to do that we're low barriers to entry, and I thought there would be a lot of benefit. And so December 2015 in Chiang Mai, I got my first interviewees from Chiang Mai, who digital nomads, people like Peter Miller and Ryan from Canada, who launched a successful 2000 dollar Amazon Kindle book campaign as well as Kyle who did the travel T shirt So some interesting people to start out with. And then when I went to Vancouver, I had access to some Vancouver Canadian entrepreneurs that interviewed. And then I also purchased a software. It's called call recorder. So it's an add on for your Skype that allows you to record video interviews. And the benefit of using call recorder was that I could not only interview people that were not in the same location, but I could reuse that video on YouTube so I could have an audio and video pork caucus and something I also experimented with was using the video and, ah, the audio, like extracting the audio for an audio podcasts. And that's what I did with Johnny. Once I started to do more of these podcasts, I found a comfortable routine for pushing it out. I would reserve one day each week just to cut the actual audio, and I would record it at 96 k h. D. On my H five zoom recorder. I started out thinking about using the blue Yeti USB mic, but it was just a little bit to balky, and I don't want to lug my laptop around. Whenever I wanted to do a podcast, sometimes one meeting and interview we It was just easier to take my H five zoom field recorder and I'm recording on it right now. I'm pretty happy with the results and allowed me to be portable. And what it did was created a large way file. And what it would need to do would be to after I edited, I would need to export it to an MP three. Now, now I'm gonna be talking about storage. So after I converted to an MP three, I would need to uploaded, and I'm just going to take a step back here. How I learned to do the podcast was I would read, Ah, I read John Lee do miss from EEO. I fire, I believe, And he had a good pdf just to get started and then path. Flynn had a series of videos and I followed that. I found there were some parts that were a little bit on a date and to get started for a podcast, you need a WORDPRESS website. You need a decent microphone. You need to get approved by iTunes and stitcher. And before that you need to purchase a host to store your videos and to syndicate your audio. So I use Lipson as my host. And originally I thought I could get away with their she plan. I think they're sheep line waas 50 megabytes for five bucks. But really, I found in the real world that 25 minutes gave you You got 25 minutes out of the 50 megabyte file, whereas in riel real life, you're actually spending about our interviewing someone. So that's about 100 megabytes. So that means that unless you want to limit yourself to a 25 minute podcast per month, you need to spend 15 us to get the 250 megabyte plan. And so that will give you 50 minutes, 15 minutes times maybe too. So maybe, ah, 2.5 hours worth of interviews on the $50 plan, which is 250 megabytes. I'm not so gated doing math right now on the fly, So 100 megabytes for 50 minutes so you can do the math right there. Okay. What are some lessons learned from doing the podcasts. Well, I think it takes a lot more time than people think. Especially when it comes to learning how toe set it up all the time it takes to edit the actual podcast. You actually got a do the interview you got. Ah, publish it. And you got to get the word out there. But would I recommend doing it? I would say yes. If you enjoy meeting and talking people and you can get a little bit of help, I would recommend doing this once your business is a little bit further, you've got a good audience and you can find someone to help you edit and publish the podcast, then, yeah, I think, uh, it's definitely something that a lot of people are doing that have brands. Even from I watch a lot of UFC. You've got Joe Rogan. You've even got the ring Announcer Bruce Buffer who, as one, you have the sports analyst, and I myself love listening to podcasts while I'm working out walking or doing some low level task that doesn't require a lot of thinking. Okay, let's jump right into my dashboard. Here 5. Podcast dashboard: we're going to jump right into my lips in dashboard and here you can get my stats from my iTunes. Please don't judge me. I'm doing a favor by sharing these stats, and I don't think they're terrific, But at least you get an idea of what it looks like, and then I'm going to show you my stitcher stats. Then I'm gonna walk you through actually publishing an episode to iTunes and stitcher. The Lipson is the hosts that will display the itune stats. And over here, you've got a snapshot off your downloads. So when you look to get an episode, you can download it to your mobile device so you can listen to it. This view here would give a breakdown off how maney downloads per episode So you can see here that Ah, hi, 44. But we've only displayed 10 episodes, so I'm just gonna expand that out here. So I got a high of 85 for Ryan, who launched his Kindle book. So I got a range here. So about 40 to 85 per episode, Okay, and now there's a different you. You can get here. You can get Donald's per day There's also an area king of daily totals, weekly totals. I like the monthly totals and over here the podcast started in December in the middle of December. So you can see here it's hovered around to 300 and I haven't done much marketing. Basically, my process would be to publish it, and then I just push it out through Facebook, maybe Twitter, and then I would just leave it alone. I actually haven't seen a lot of measurable business benefit yet. I haven't been approached for any sponsorships, but like I said, I did enjoy this and enjoyed access to interviewing some of these people. Let's go over the stitcher now. Stitcher is the other platform that I published these two. But in the process, I'm going to be walking you through. It automatically would publish the podcasts to both these platforms. Stitcher shows me that I actually haven't done very well at all. I just did a filter here for beginning basically from the beginning of 2016 up till now, which is almost the end of August, and it's just thinking here. Yeah, so we can see that these that's or not too impressive. I got total 12 downloads. Listening time. 504 minutes. Okay, But I think the main thing that you can or we can get out of this is that looks like stitcher is not getting as much bra ticks exposure as iTunes is. And yes, teacher has a way to monitor your stats. I basically logged on and I clicked on an area called Metrics. Okay, Now I'm gonna walk you through how I actually go about publishing and you episode. Assuming you've already cut the audio you've export awarded an MP three. So the area that you need to see existing publish episodes is under content and you can see these past episodes here. I can see here that ever ready uploaded the MP three and you can fetch the file from Dropbox or just uploaded. The files aren't too big by today's standards. Now, where you can get lost is that there is a lot of areas to put information, but it actually takes the information from your WordPress. But the iTunes rating it takes from here what I like to do is just copy was copied the title and the actual WordPress text to word file. Then I would posted in the new posts and then just modify it. Because this third episode is gonna have a lot of similar stuff to the second and first episodes using the links. Okay, so we're gonna post the title and a copy. The role text. Apologize for the wheel. I think screen recording is making my computer like I want to go to add new. So I've just changed this 21 and we can always change this leader. I remember this episode The main theme. Waas. He gave a single important piece of advice. Okay, Just like to choose some categories there. I should have copied the tags, but I can come back to this leader. I'll just put some main themes here. Business. Taiwan. OK, now pay attention. This is the most important part. Okay? All right. I'm gonna publish this episode from lips, and now and then we're going to get a link that we will take back to where press. So I want a copy. Direct download your l. And then we go back to the WordPress posts and I use this ad in I believe it's blur. Berry will check later, But what I do is I paced the direct link there. Verify euro. Okay. And then I'm going to copy this text. Make sure I'm on the text tub control the paste it in. Okay, just gonna modify this part in part three of three. Importance. But to find out, you have to listen to the episode Bump up my stats. Okay? One last thing is I need to just get a image and then show you what I didn. We're press plugging I'm using for the podcasts. I found this a little bit confusing even after watching Pat Flynn stuff, but eventually did figure it out. Okay, I can change this, leader. I'm just gonna use this image of Taiwan for a CEO. You should prince some text on the old text area. Uh, and the last thing we need to do is click publish. Boom. There we go. Stitcher is generally a little bit faster at making the podcast available after you hit, publish and iTunes maybe is a one or two day turnover, so just keep that in mind. Now I'm going toe hop over to my plug ins just to show you what I'm using for the podcasts . Okay? The plug and I'm using is blur Bury Power Press, which was power press here. I thought blueberry impart press were two different things. Okay, I've walked you through how to publish an episode once you have the finish. MP three from Lipson, too. We're press. Please watch Pat Flynn for the entire process. There's some things you need to do to set up your iTunes, your stitcher installing this power press plugging if you've never done that before, as well as you know, the whole recording process. But my final thoughts on Paul casting or that you know, if your spent the time to get set up, you ready? Have a good mike and you love interviewing people. You can get a lot of benefit out of this. And I think if you get a good following, it can also help the business. I'm not there yet, but I do enjoy this. It just takes some time to actually edit and publish the podcast. So maybe this is something you could eventually alters. If you're starting to get a return on doing his podcasts and who knows, maybe this final episode of Johnny's podcast will blow up and take me to the next level. So let's stay positive. But any I would recommend giving it a shot. If you do have an audience, you do have the recording equipment and you have a little bit of time and 15 us to spare and you enjoy putting yourself out. There will be enjoyed this video. 6. Chiang mai monthly budget: I describe Hung in this video, I'm going to cover the famous low cost of living in Chiang Mai. Specifically, I've got to sample spreadsheets that I've tracked my monthly expenses in a monthly budget in Chiang Mai. One is gonna be based more on a studio budget if I'm living in something that's pretty modern and clean, but just a studio and then I'm also gonna cover a mid range budget which is gonna be living in a one bedroom something a little bit more comfortable. But keep in mind that generally you can live quite comfortably in Chiang Mai for 1000 us or under. And a lot of variation in the cost is going to depend on your lifestyle. All right, eso I'm gonna let you take a look at the spreadsheet to look at the breakdown, and I'm gonna give you an explanation on what you're looking at. So first we're gonna look at my monthly budget or a studio. We have accommodation for a studio which is actually about 8500 but but you have to factor in electricity costs. So we're looking at about 10,000 bucks, which is 287 us. I've included a entertainment fund, which is 2000 but and you can see the US cool in there, so that's just for things like drinking and going out for a massage. Also got a fun for renting the motorbike, and this is good way to get around and trying by not necessary, so this could actually be removed. If you're planning just to state within the Neiman area, and if you stay in Neiman, you can do things like work of the cafes you'll have places to work from. We'll be able to walk to the mall, watch movies or do some grocery shopping and it plenty of bars here. So you could absolutely stay just within Neiman and then use a red truck or use the grab up to get around. But that all depends on you. A motorbike is really convenient, and if you want to get a motorbike, you're looking at approximately 300. But in gas, it's 100. But to pull up these motorbikes and then it depends how much you drive for coal workspace. Typically, you can hey, 100 baht and you can stay at a cafe or a co work space, and I'm not gonna go to work every day. This depends on you, but typically you're paying about 100 Teoh 150. But if you're going to cork space now, there are some caloric spaces, like the brick, which I'm filming right now, or hunt space. The charge on the monthly basis about 3500 for punt space and 3700 for the brick. That may change, but that will give you an idea off that different model for food. For eating out, I have allocated 8000 baht per month, which is 230 US. I try to keep my daily food spinach er to about 2 to 300 baht per day. I usually like Teoh by some cereal and yogurt a milk, so I could make my breakfast at home, and then I'll eat out for lunch and dinner. Once in a while, I'll treat myself. Maybe that's once a week or once every two week weeks to a Western breakfast. And for this budget in a studio, I'm looking at 806 just under 807 US or 28,000 but approximately per month, all right, let me go over to the monthly expenses for a mid range studio. So my 1st 3 months after I came back to China, why I spent a studio and then I wanted to step it up to something a little bit larger. Okay, so the main increasing costs is gonna be the rent, which is 13,000. And then electricity's electricity was based. On my first month, there was 1000 400 butts. So for a total of 407 us, basically my monthly budget with all the costs fixed costs, staying the same is about 923 us. So again, this is going to fluctuate depending on your lifestyle, things like, Are you gonna work at home or go? You're gonna work a co work space. A cork space like punt space is a little bit more per month. But your costs may be lower because you're not going out to cafes and spending money on getting coffees and foods and drink. Maybe you're going out to more expensive restaurants. If you eat local food, you can get that for about 40 to 70. But but if you're eating Western food, you can spend up to 150 to 250. But for hamburger eso, it all depends on How are you eating your lifestyle? Are you paying the glamorous Jim in town, or are you going to somewhere that's at the university? That's more local. That's what I do. I pay about 60 but to go to the gym, and I just drop in because I only use the gym above once or twice a week. I just don't enjoy the mundane routine. I think I've always going to the gym. I prefer to do team sports like basketball or do some hiking. Teoh. Add some variety into my fitness. So again it all comes down Delai stuff. 7. Chiang mai motorbikes 101: Hi. My name is Greg Hung. I'm a Canadian digital nomad in Thailand. And in this video gonna give you some general tips on how to ride a motorbike for first timers. Okay, so riding a motorbike is gonna be your most practical type of transportation. Rule number one. Always wear a helmet. Good helmets. We'll have windshields. Even better is if there's some reflective tents on the shield. Because Kanye pretty hot. Some popular brands are index and space crown. I got this helmet for about 350 but from Tesco, Tesco is one of the large shopping, uh, shopping stores that you can find their chain. Okay, once you have your helmet on, make core that it fits snug. Okay, this is the key here. This is a Honda Spacey Hana Spacey as a good general bike. So once you have your keys just going to put it in and, uh, you'll notice that there is this hexagon or square shaped thing. This is used to lock the bike. I'll do a close up of this so you can see this in action Leader. To start the bike, you need to put the key in. Technician, pull it to the right to the on position and then pulled on one of the breaks, the right or the left. I like the left. And then press the button with the lightning icon. All right. Your gas is on the right handle, and you've got your breaks over here. So pretty easy. Well, you ride when the car's in motion. You're gonna use this area to put your feet on that. Okay? Others show quickly. All right, so this is locking it way, like so we unlock it. Here are the lights. The born and signal left signal. Right. You want to stop it? Press that in. Okay. The gas is on the right. You basically just pull the handle down for more gas. Then if you want the bridge, just pull on the handle pretty easy. When you think about it, Here's some additional storage in hanging bag or helmet on there. Okay. Something that you're gonna have to do eventually is the Philip Gas. And the way it works in Thailand is that they fill it up for you. Basically, Just put the kickstand down, open up the seat, and this is where the gas cap is. basically, just open that up. Make sure you tell them the right amounts. So this is 91 octane, and it's about 100 but to fill it up, but you can also do 40. But if you're feeling cheap, just want, you know, less than half attack, you could do that, too. Uh, that's it, I think is pretty straightforward. Just try toe drive safe and defensively in general because a little bit more reckless in Thailand. 8. How much savings should you bring for your journey: Hi. In this video, I'm gonna be talking about how much savings should you bring on your digital nomad journey to Chang model? Okay. Generally, I think if you're just starting out and you wanna give yourself on a shot at starting an online business, I think you should give yourself a minimum of six months or longer six months to a year on . If you do get your business going, I think you should stay out there until you can take your business of the next level. Let's talk about some costs. If you want to get the six month multiple entry visa, that's currently the most popular visa. If you want to be a digital nomad, they require you. That means the Thai Embassy. They need a least 200,000 bought proof of income, so that's about 5800 US. I think you can live comfortably in Chiang Mai for about 1000 US per month, so that includes everything from your accommodation. Your food and some money for entertainment. Also include a budget on one bedroom on something mawr comfortable. You can use this as a guide to figure out how much in savings that you would need to last at least six months to a year until you get monthly revenue coming in from an Internet business. This is different. If you already have some Internet income coming in, maybe you've got some freelancing. We've got regular work that you do for clients. Or maybe you have some Google AdSense income or YouTube income, whatever it is. If you ready, have some income, then maybe you don't need that 10,000 US. But it's also good toe. Have some savings as a cushion, just in case things don't work out with passive income, it can be a little bit unpredictable because you could do all that work up from. But there's no guarantee that you're gonna get a set revenue, whereas if you're doing freelancing the amount that you're going to get for the service and time you're putting in, it's pretty much set. And so it depends on what your situation is. Are you starting fresh and you don't have any existing business than I recommend bringing a least 10,000 US that should cover you for about 6 to 9 months in monthly living expenses, depending on your lifestyle. If you already have some income. You not gonna need to bring us much. And I hope that serves as a guy for you before you figure out. How much money do you need to bring with you on your trip? 9. Keeping in touch with Family: Hi, My name is Greg Hung. There's no nomad videographer in this video. I'm gonna be talking about some tips toe how to keep in touch with your relatives and your friends while living abroad. Long term. This would also apply to expats as well that also live abroad. Well, when I first lived abroad was in Taiwan and I realized that now we have things like ipads and iPhones and mobile devices, and we have programs like Facetime and Skype, where we can do video calls with our relatives and our friends. Now the reality is that I don't do video calls with my friends usually, but I use Facebook, Facebook Messenger as well as what's up to keep in touch with my friends As far as keeping touch with my family, I do regular face time calls, and that means every week I like to use an app called World Time buddy dot coms actually a website, and you can use that to help you convert the time from the time zone that year in to the time zone that your family is in and you conf usually find a window that fits both off your schedules and I suggest sticking to a regular routine where you can call them at a time. That's good for both of you. I like to do FaceTime calls with my parents because they know the technology. It's pretty easy for them to use it and understand it. And I've got a iPad and a MacBook Pro, so those both have face time, and that's working out pretty well. There's also Facebook Messenger and that has a video function. I've tried it out, and that works pretty good as well. For people that mean on have face time, you've also got Skype. Skype is a little bit trickier for non technical people, but that also works pretty good if you want to do video or audio calls. Okay, so those are some tips for keeping in touch with your family and friends. If you can. During the holidays, it may be a little bit lonely if it's your first holiday season, for example, your Christmas and you're away from home and maybe you don't have too many expat friends. I suggest maybe the first Christmas is a good idea to go back home. You can enjoy some of the foods from back home and also visit your family. Also a good idea to do some shopping for baby clothes or stuff that you can't get in the country that your currently living in. And you can take care of any administration or business issues any like errands that you need to do and take care of. It's good to take advantage of your visit back home to do those types of things. Okay, I hope this video's been helpful for you and helps you keep in touch with your relatives and your friends a lot easier while you're living abroad. 10. Chiang mai tips for renting: this video, I'm going to give you some tips for renting rooms in Chang y. In another video, I broke down the costs now and give you tips. Look at some resource. Like Chiang Mai, Buddy. They have a really good website. Another good resource is Chris the Freelancers YouTube channel. He did some recent the logs on some different apartments. Most digital nomads tend to gravitate towards names of apartments that are familiar. Some of those names are the green hills. There's also Baan Thai, that's B a N ty. There's also PT residents, and there's also the Poon, a building's P U and then a. There's a long list of buildings, for sure, but definitely do your research. I recommend booking a hotel. Neiman Boutique Resort is one. I stay that it's about 20 something Canadian two nights, and it's right in the heart of Neiman close upon space so you can walk or even rent a bicycle or motorbike, ride around, look at some apartments in a very short time and get a feel for the area. But a lot of digital nomads have made YouTube videos or the done apartment tours, so recommend looking at those now, once you've found an apartment that you like a recommend, actually looking at more than one room, the reason is, is because not all rooms are equal. Some are privately owned and their furnished differently. Some may even have a differently out, or you may be looking at a view out your balcony off dump. Or you may be looking at the beautiful mountain view, so definitely pays off. Some other tips for looking at rooms are checked the WiFi speeds, especially as a digital nomad. You can download an app called speed tests, and while you're actually in the apartment, you can ask to connect to the WiFi and then just clock the download and upload speeds. Keep in mind that if you're using a shared WiFi that the actual WiFi reliability is going very depending on how many people are use it during. During that time, you can always get a private line as very possible, so that's another option for you. Also important to check that there is a solid desk and a chair with good back support, and that's comfortable to sit at if you're planning to work from home, Okay, furniture. Now it's very common to get an LCD TV. You may even have a couch to say that if you're gonna have someone to crash over, maybe you want to make sure that you have a larger couch. Now, if you get a kitchen, it's important to make sure that the kitchen is large enough that it comes stock with everything that you would need to get started. So plates, utensils, pots. You should expect to have those things if it's fully furnished on. Most apartments are fully furnished in China. Other things are to check how friendly the staff are. Check the bed. Do a test to make sure that it's firm enough. Maybe you like soft beds, but maybe just do a test before you settle on the apartment. Check the water pressure. Make sure that the water pressure out of the shower is good enough. Also, test the hot water. You can use the shower knob. Just Teoh tests out that the hall water is hot enough and that it lasts longer than the minute. Also tests the toilet flush with oil and make sure that it's strong enough to flush everything and that that fills the water back up so you can flush it again. Those are some basic tests that you can use. Also, check all the lights. You definitely want to make sure you don't have a life ball problem before you accept the apartment. Okay, so those are some tips for looking for an apartment in China, and I hope you find the one that you're looking for. 11. Cmai apartment pics and prices: 12. Course Summary: Okay. Congratulations on finishing the early version off Digital Nomad in Chiang Mai. I hope you enjoyed it. I've had a good time shooting. It has been refreshing the take a break from the video related courses and focus more on the lifestyle that I'm enjoying living in Chiang Mai. I do have plans to make a more in depth course. I also want to develop something for digital nomad in Taiwan that I can also create. But I want to make sure this is something you're interested in before I go ahead and shoot all these videos and get them edited and published. Does take a lot of work in time for one person. So I want to make absolutely sure that you are serious about something like this. If you are, I'm gonna put a link below that you can click on and you can take a look at the curriculum . And if you are interested, please go ahead and preorder the course. If I get enough preorders, that tells me that there is an audience for this and I can go 100% and to creating something really special. One thing I wanted to mention is that if you preorder the course and I don't get enough preorders, don't worry. You'll get your 100% money back guarantee. I hope you enjoy the early version of this course, and I hope to see you on the other side in the full course. 13. Slow Travel vs Binge Travel: slow travel is basically, you're spending more time at a location before you go in travel. So for me, I like to spend the maximum time I can do in Thailand. So that's 90 days. But that may be shorter. Few. A lot of people that are don't digital nomads. They may travel every week or two weeks shorter than a month, and I just find that's too disruptive, especially if I'm tryingto focus on my business and take it to the next level. If you're traveling, you always me worried about where you're going to stay, how to get there, learning new things in a country that you're not well adjusted to. So far, there's some benefits to slow travel, easy to meet friends, develop a routine, even have build a relationship if you stay here longer. But that's an introduction to slow travel versus been strong 14. The Lifestyle of Chiang Mai Thailand: I describe how digital nomad videographer I'd be sharing. What the lifestyles like in Chiang Mai now realize everyone is different lifestyle. But some things are pretty general for everyone else, like great weather here in Chiang Mai, usually pretty warm and hot most of the year, the burning season runs from Fred Berry to May, where the air is not so good. But other than that, the weather is pretty warm. It does get a little bit wet during the rainy season, which runs from June to September. I believe so. The best time to come is timber to February the general. The pace is prettily back, especially with the locals. Everyone is very relaxed and calm. People don't get too worked up here. It's normal to write a mortar bike around here. It's the most practical way to get around, and there are a ton of coffee shops and cafes where you can have a drink or conversation with friends or get some work done. The October spurt is alive, and Chiang Mai and I use that to help drive me further because they're people that are hustling to get their business off the ground, and there people working all times of night. I'm us all prefer to work Mawr routine where I like to start in the morning and then and around five or six and then just have the evenings to relax may work a little bit on the weekends, but everyone has different preference. There are so many places to work from, from cafes to dedicated workspaces in terms off what to do in your free time. There's a lot off sports you can do here. They're organized volleyball groups at the Chinese University. There are basketball groups play some basketball or even hiking groups. They go up on a Saturday or Sunday from the university up to the mountains. There is also the track at the university. You can go for a run. Generally, the pavements are missing or they're not very well pay. So not the best for pedestrians or going for run in the city. But there are parks in places where you can run as faras night life. There's a very lively bar nightlife, seeing here, where you can drink a lot of local beers like sing ha Leos and Chang's Get a big bucket of ice with friends, enjoy some live music and some cheap Thai beer that's very common not so much into the nightlife clubbing scene. There are some places like that, but generally it is a lot of open live bars, and it's not as expensive, but it can get expensive. You drink too much. There is a midnight curfew on when the businesses can shut down and sell liquor so they'll shut down at midnight, except for a few after our places. So that's good, because you end up drinking less and spending less on working more so that the strange way makes Chiang Mai a great environment. Teoh. Get some work done if that's your goal. If you're staying here long term, you can eventually need to go to an immigration office to extend your visa or go for Visa rotten every 90 days. So it's very common for people that live your long term to talk about their travels or where they're traveling to on talking about visa runs. So a lot of work, a lot of travel. There's a lot of meetings where you can meet people. There's a Nomad Coffee Club meeting on Fridays that there to learn some business from a speaker, but also meet some friends. And there are a lot of other groups that have meetings on Facebook and meet up where you can go meet people for a beer or writing club or a coffee club. There's so many groups, so generally a very active, lively place to get work done. Good weather, a good place to meet like minded people on locals are very friendly to foreigners, so that is Chiang Rai in a nutshell. 15. Where to meet entrepreneurs spl: Hi, this is Greg Hung in this video can answer the question. Where do digital nomads and entrepreneurs hang out in Thailand? I'm going to speak specifically to Chiang Mai because that's my expertise. And it's where most of the digital moments are in Thailand. There are other locations, like Copan Yen, Jolanta Cat, Bangkok, where you may find other digital mets. But I think most of them concentrate in Chiang Mai because the environment is so favorable to the digital nomad. Costs are low, people are friendly, the environment is very WiFi friend, the plenty of places to work, and it's easy to find places to live that are comfortable and sheep. Okay, let's get down to where can we find them? So in Chiang Mai, we have the old city area, and then we have Neiman Hayman, which is the popular neighborhood that's expats and digital nomads. Tender stay are for two. It is Neiman now. Once you're Neiman, it's pretty likely you're gonna bump into people at restaurants or co work spaces because it is pretty small. But if you're very new to the city, most likely your best bet is to hang out at one of the popular cork spaces. These are going to change, so definitely do your research. But at this time punts bases, a regular fixture and the course space, seeing they have location in Neiman One in the Old City. There is also the camp workspace at the mammal. That's one of the larger ones. There's a mix of digital nomads and Thai students there, and you've also got the manic Orc space, which is one of my favorites, a little bit smaller. But it's got that customer service and also easy to meet people. I'm filming this right now from the elephant workspace, and there's tons off cafes and you can war cat and hybrids. And this is where you'll find the digital moments. The Nomad Coffee Club, founded by Johnny FD, who is one of the most well known and successful digital nomads found in the Nomad Coffee Club. He did that last year, and now every Friday. Visual nomads meat around 4 30 on 4 30 at the soy five Healthy, be cafe. Definitely check out their Facebook group first for any time or location changes, but that's become the place to me. Digital nomads to learn business topics but also to meet friends and maybe someone to hang out for a drink or dinner after, Of course, there are also other Facebook events, so definitely joined different groups on Facebook. I'll listen on the video for you to join, and that's gonna be a good start for you. Once you start Teoh, spend more time here. You'll meet other digital nomads through sports groups or just hanging out at cafes on coal workspaces. Or maybe you'll read about someone on a log, and then you might find out that they're in trying my because it is very common for people . Teoh leave and then come back or, like myself, stay here longer term. So there are some ideas to find where the entrepreneurs or digital nomads hang out. 16. Getting connected spl: Hi. This video, I'm gonna talk about getting connected in Chiang Mai. And by that I mean getting Internet. It's actually very easy in Chiang Mai. The top two Internet providers are A I S and true WiFi. I remember the first time I came through the airport. I ended up getting the tourists in from the China airport. If you're just visiting, then this is okay. But if you plan to stay here long term, I recommend waiting and you can get the A S and part or true, I prefer yes, because they have better service and they're more reliable. Most of it is the service, though. And you confined Yes, and true at the Minimal or Katzen Gal or the Airport Plaza. There's definitely a lot around town, but an example off. My plan is I paid 220 bucks per month, and this gives me one gigabyte of data which is valid for 30 days. If I run out before then, it's a simple as going back Teoh Yes, and topping up at the machines. Or you can go inside their very helpful and they'll get you sorted out. The reason why I get one gigabyte of data is on spending most of my day at a court space or cafe or spot with WiFi anyways, and you can still receive phone calls on that plan. You can make outgoing calls through Skype, so I don't see the need to pay a little bit extra for calling time. But you may be different on. I'll try to put up a table with the rest off the Internet plans for a I s if you wanna purchase more data. All right. There's also the super AI Essam card, which is very popular because it gives you access to very fast speeds. So if you want enroll in this program, I recommend going to the Mayo Mall and asking for their Super A I s the very first time you'll need to purchase their SIM card. I can't remember the price exactly, but it's fairly cheap after that, too. Maintain your access to the service is gonna be 25 baht per week or even just by 100 bucks per month, and you can get speeds up to 100 megabits per second, download and upload. But the reality is it's not gonna be that fast, depending on how many people are there, but still pretty fast. You can go do the camp at me, a mole to access that they have super WiFi. Also, Amazon Cafe and Tom Toms are some popular places that have super s WiFi, and it's constantly changing. But the places I mentioned have access to that and really good if your someone who needs fast tableau speed your creator like me who creates lots of videos and content, and you need to upload those things to the Internet really fast, So that's a nice service to have. The other option is if you work from home or you want to get a fixed line, you can. You can do applying with companies like Sign it's and you can get a fixed line for about 1000 or under. I'll list the prices there so you can get the exact pricing. But it's actually not that expensive compared to back home, and I believe you could do monthly plans. And if you need to do up loading from home, this is another option. Most off court spaces have pretty fast speeds, but depending on your line of work, you may need faster, and it's always nice. Tiu have that fast line from home if you just want to leave your computer home and do some up fluids while you go out. But it all depends on you. So those are some ideas of how you can stay connected while you're in Chiang Mai and a lot off the A I s and the true. They also work in other areas of Thailand if you need to travel a bank off or Boquete etcetera. So I hope that video helps you get connected. 17. Top tips for Bangkok Digital Nomads: Hi. It's great Hung here in this video. I'm going to give you some of my top tips for coming to live in Bangkok as a digital nomad or someone who has all line income or is thinking of living in Bangkok long term. My background is I've lived in Bangkok for two months, two months, not consecutive, and I've visited many times as tourists or just passing through. I've lived in locations like Taiwan, Chiang Mai and Penang, Singapore and Vancouver and South Africa. So I've got a bit of experience of lived as a location independent for about 4.5 years now . So let's dive on right right in for why? Bangkok? A lot of people have the impression that it's, Ah dirty, chaotic concrete jungle. And that's impression that I had, especially when I was living in Chiang Lai, and I would just pass through Bangkok and use it as ah airport I would transit to Bangkok has a lot of benefits that Chiang Mai has its got good Internet infrastructure. The people are nice, costs are relatively cheap, so let's talk about costs. So, uh, this cost is going before the month. It includes my total expenditure from accommodation to eating out Ah Coworking entertainment funds. So I estimate about 1100 to 1300 us, and I'll put a sample budget somewhere in here so you can take a look at that. Everyone has a different lifestyle, so that will vary depending on your comfort to some ballpark costs. If you want to live in a fully furnished studio in a good area like am I, you're gonna be paying 15,000 bahts if you stay further out. That means further down self on the line. You can expect to pay about 9 to 10,000 co working. You're looking at 3000 bucks per month for 24 7 Membership costs for street foods can vary between 50 bots, and you can go to the food court for about 70 80 but and some restaurants for 150 to 250. But and if you go higher end than that and you can spend a lot more so those are some sample costs. If you want to take the BTS, which is there transit line, you can pay anywhere from 20. Do 100 bought the Pentagon where you want to go but transport getting rounds pretty cheap. So why would you consider Bangkok? Well, uh, yet lower costs the people. Local people are nice, quite friendly. It feels relatively safe. As a foreigner. It's also easy to meet foreigners. I just find their more open, especially that Vancouver and just as friendly as the people in Chiang Mai. And it's a different set of people that I've met. These people are tend to be more establish. I think people in Shanghai that air there, the more starting out or Backpackers. So you've got a different vibe there. Bangkok's and big city. It's got everything that you could need. It's known for its medical tourism, so it's got top notch health care available transports pretty good, and there's just a lot to do. And the longer that I've lived in back lock, the more it grows on me. What are some tips for Bangkok? Let's start with the essentials. Get a SIM card and get an unlocked phones so you can change your SIM card out. I like to use a company called A S, and depending on which package I get up a 3 to 500 But that gives me 3 to 5 gigabytes and some minutes for phone calls. Very essential. And with that package, I can access free fast WiFi from any of the major public areas, like shopping malls or airports, so that also helps reduce my data use. So what are my? So my tips for living in Bangkok? I will recommend maybe doing a hotel or on Airbnb for two or three days just to get a feel for the area. Some neighborhoods I recommend or Akamai the ACA My is MAWR. It's sort of in the middle off the BTS line. It's also close to the Hubble co work space. It's got some nightlife and residential areas, and it's fairly central to a lot of things, which is why I like it. Another area you can consider is Tong lore tongue or is going to be a bit more expensive, heavily Japanese influence area. And, um, it's also home to a co workspace called hive. But I from what I hear, most people don't like hive as much as they like Haba because people are more friendly. But Tung Laura's pretty trendy area a lot to do. The nightlife is there, but expect to pay a bit more for tall or other areas you can consider. Our ASAC ASAC is near the center of Bangkok, near the famous big mall called Terminal 21. There's also on Newt on it is, ah, area that's lower costs, also quite central. I know some people teaching English that living on Newt there's another area called Perrachon on Prock. Along is between aka MY and on Newt. So those are some areas you could check out and you could even just try, walk up to an apartment and ask for the accommodation. Or look on Google map for service apartments and some of the places have websites and you can talk from there, even just go and visit. 18. Tips for Capetown South Africa: uh, I thought Is it a log? And I wasn't even recording Cape Town, wrapping up the trip in South Africa and just leaving our Airbnb. Just having one more glass of good wine before we check out Top test for kids. Tone. Definitely visit Cape Tone. If you come to South Africa, do an Airbnb try stay in the suburbs. We stayed in the city, which has a nice year Table mountain. But it doesn't feel so safe once we leave the hotel. Some of the areas air sketch, even though we're right across the parliament building. But you can't beat these views. The food and the wines. Craft beers are really good. Robin. Try that many crop fears. But the winds of specifically at the wineries are world class, and the prices are quite reasonable. You can get a bottle for about 100 grand to Constanta. Stellenbosch, Um, area for the wineries Do rent a car, don't drink and drive. You don't have a dozen A driver going a tour on, um Have you come to Cape Town? Definitely. Uh, come come to South Africa. Definitely. Come to Cape Town on, uh, rent a car on. Yeah, It's just a really beautiful city, something that most talked about his home with great quality of the wines of foods is great steaks, you know, staying in Asia for a while. I don't realize not every when the world is steak and great wines expensive, mostly in Asia. So from the Western world, this is a nice way to enjoy Western life with great you at reasonable prices trade off his safety. So stay safe. Don't flash around your valuables. Take uber at night whenever possible. Or don't go out too late that I tell you, ready to go to the wineries to check on the line? Because the great of wine at the wineries is better quality of more potent than Moore's movers is where you should go for your groceries. Okay, I think I'm gonna update my booked tourists in my motherland. It's Amazon Kindle book. I wrote about my sightseeing in South Africa from Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, even Cape Town. But I'm gonna update this for 2017 based on my weak here on, uh, more video content. So check it out on Amazon Kindle. I'm not sure how I'm all gonna package it up. But I got a lot to share. A lot of videos, a lot of information. So stay tuned to my YouTube. If you're interested on, definitely check out South Africa during the summer time, which is right about now. End of January, every the best time to come. 19. Top tips Traveling to Canggu Bali: the guys. My name is Greg Hung on a Canadian Digital Nomad videographer location Independent videographer. I hate the term digital nomad. Bet it explains so much. Anyways, in this video, I want to give you top four tips If your digital nomad wanting to try Bali. Or maybe you just want to come here and live long term, not like a tourist like a local and pursue whatever, uh, is important to you. Maybe you're trying to do the eat, pray, love thing. Find yourself, do some yoga. Maybe you want to get your business off the ground. In that case, I would mention you might want to consider going to Chiang Mai. First. It's a little bit easier, but anyways, when ever your reason for coming to Bali, I want to make it easier for you because even in 2017 there is not enough information out there. So I just wanted to give you some tips to get you started. And if you like this, I'm thinking about doing a more in depth guide. I have a local friend that can also give you the local insider knowledge about Bali and, ah, let's give you tip number one getting into Bali. I recommend going through Singapore. You can take a cheap flight with tiger air. I like Tiger air over AirAsia. Lot better service. Pretty good. Cheap flights. Tip number two is visas. Now, if you're from a western country, I'm from Canada. You don't need any visa. You could just do 30 days and just show up. No visa card, No arrival card. Just show up. So pretty easy. Now, if you want to stay longer than 30 days, you can by a visa. That allows you to stay a total of 60 days. But what that means is you would need to stay 30 days and then extend at the immigration office. You can get this visa at the airport, so you have to decide that you want to do that before you arrive in Bali and then get that visa at the airport. I just did 30 days because I wanted to get a feel for Bali before I commit eso that takes care of visas. Definitely recommend getting a SIM card. That's just what is important. As pretty much anything you have without it. You don't have navigation doing of access to communicate So where can you get a SIM card? They have a standard the airport, but they do have free WiFi. So what I did is I took an uber from the Bali airport to my Airbnb, and after I got set up, I got a motorbike and then got my SIM card. The problem with that is that you have to wonder around and find a place to get a SIM card , so maybe it's worth it to get it at the airport. I used the company called I can't remember, but I'll just put it below. I paid 100,000. I'd, er, for 10 gigabytes or 30 days. So that gives you a guideline and they give you some bonus minutes for call time and SMS. But data is the most important thing, so that covers some card. The other thing we need to talk about is where to stay. So when you're first coming here, I recommend booking about four days on Airbnb. Look for something with good reviews in the Chang Gu area, which is area I've explored a little bit less touristy than salmon yak, but it's still considered touristy by local Indonesians who booed is also very commercialized. Now if your digital nomad maybe you want a base yourself somewhere near the cork spaces, so does Joe in Chang Gu. And who booed in you boot Hubbard. Cool workspaces How it's, uh, spelt and may be easier to understand. Um, I'm not an expert on you boots, but if you stay anywhere that's within walking this. Since Abdo Joe, you've got some community there. I've toured it, but I haven't worked there. I think it's a bit expensive with WiFi at some of these Airbnb is is good enough to work at , so it depends what your goals are. Anyways, once you find your Airbnb, you confined your feet. You can walk around, get a feel for the area, and then you can look for apartments. Maybe rent a motorbike, which I'd recommend, is probably the best way to get around. Because once you get dropped off, they actually have signs banning. Ah, numbers. So yeah, that's kind of a bummer. So if you can ride a motorbike, you can rent them for about 50,000 day, which is less than five bucks us. You can zip around and ah, fine things like apartments, you can just go to what they call home stays. Home stays are like shared Billa's the swing cool and you get a room with a balcony, private bathroom and shower WiFi. You can expect to pay about five million. I knew your month to eight million. Eight million is a bit on the higher end, but you get a little bit nicer facilities. Five million's but more basic. And, um, I'm gonna put out some videos that shows your tour off those different options. If you're interested in this in depth guide. So, uh, hope those tips help you out, I will leave you with one more tip, and that's to get the go jek app. So with this, after you can do things like order, dental floss or food using an app, and then they'll deliver to your location. So ah, bonus tip there. Anyways, check out the link below. I'm thinking about creating a course or some helpful guide to help you get set up. By the time I leave here, I would have spent a month here, and I do have a local partner that's interested in making this course. I've created a lot of different courses, including living guides for trying. My So I have that experience behind me to create something really good and high quality and informational. So leave some Commons, let me know and check out the length and hopefully you've got a chance to enjoy and experience volley. 20. Bangkok Cowork Spaces: in this video, we're gonna talk about Bangkok co work spaces. A quick Google search is gonna reveal there's a ton off co work spaces in Bangkok. I think that Bangkok has the most core spaces off any city that I've been into. And my job in this video is gonna help narrow down the amounts of choices for you. And I'm gonna give you tips for what to look for in a cork space in Bangkok. Now, unlike some places in Chiang Mai and Bali, most court spaces of Bangkok give you as a baseline comfortable furniture and chairs and things like free water and good Internet. So from there you're looking adds other things. I mean, those baseline things are taking care of. So then you can focus on things like, What is the vibe? What is the community like? Do they have events? What are some special perks that they offer? Do what they have. Croft, Your fridge. Do they have good meeting rooms that you could record videos in? Are they closer? VTs, etcetera? I'm going to start off by covering cork spaces that I've worked at for the past month. I worked exclusively at harbor discoveries so I can cover that cork space in depth. And I'm also worked to course spaces like Haba, aka my and think society. So stay tuned and let's dive right in. So the first cork space we have is have a discovery. This is located at the CME BTS. So this is the downtown area and to actually get to the space from the beach s. It's quite a walk through the CME center, and it's easy to get lost, but it is a pretty inspiring walk once you get into CM Discovery. This is the high tech modern mall that the co work spaces actually in what I really liked about this court spaces that its modern, it's clean, has got fast Internet, and you also have super s as a backup. Furniture is comfortable. They have some standing desks and, of course, a C. They've got free water, microwave fridge and good free coffee. And there's not that many events, but they are trying Teoh organize some lunches with the members, so I wouldn't need to say that is the downside as well as the commute there If you don't live downtown, some perks are the relax room. They've got really nice lazy boy leather style couches that I could just show up. Look outside the window, enjoy the downtown view of Bangkok, and those are super nice. My favorite chair in Bangkok. They also have, Ah, being Bagh area in the relax room and there's a desk. Tiu have your lunch, and the overall experience is pretty good. They give you really good plans, especially if you go on. The monthly plan is just under 3000 but I had four R meaning room time. The meeting rooms are upstairs and are pretty good. They give you access to the small meeting room. You get 50 pages, two prints, which is pretty good for sessions for mentorship, which I didn't use. And the locker is a nice perk. So you get a lot for your money here. It's actually better value than Chang line. Okay, let's talk about how about ECOMOG? How back, um, eyes in a really good neighborhood called aka My. It's a Japanese influence neighborhood. It's close to Gateway Mall. When I say close, I mean about 10 minutes, so it is a bit of a walk, and it's located in a residential area. So it's a house converted to a cork space. It's pretty cozy, a nice vibe. They have a lot of events here. That's one of the strength, and they rent out large monitors. Which is great for video creators. The Internets pretty solid not as fast as Hubble Discovery, but fast enough for me to upload my four cave videos. And they have free water and coffee here. The Skype room is available on the trampoline outside, and like I said, lots of events. It's also close to the Big C grocery store. There's not a lot of restaurant options, but there are once you walk to the mean road in that commodity. And the Gateway Mall, which is close to my BTS, has a lot in that mall. They've got a few cord lots of good Japanese restaurants and, uh, the have Max Value grocery store. They have a movie theater nearby, skating rink and the Medical X. If you need Teoh, do anything like surgery. There's also vegetarian restaurants in that mall. There is Starbucks, and actually the plaza near Big C has a Starbucks is well, so this is a very convenient area. Teoh. Spend the entire day. There's also good the sauce shops. One that I can recommend is secure response. So you have to factor all that in. Went working at how Beckham I. It's probably a neighborhood I would return to and a place I would like to work out again. OK, moving on, we're gonna cover think society. This is located at Woodham Sook BTS a little further east, one station away from all Newt. This space has a good daily rate. I think it's over 220 bucks for the day. They have good strong coffee from Chiang Mai, comfortable furniture to sit at and good fast Internet. It has a lot of meeting room options at reasonable rates starting at 300 bunt. Now, on the downside, there isn't free water. I think your first drink is free and and after that you gotta pay, so you'll end up spending a lot more in the long run. I think society is probably a good spot if you just need a place to work for for the day or for the weak. But if you're looking for a monthly space, I would recommend looking at other spaces like the Habas. Also, there's not a lot of restaurants nearby, but there is a max value 24 a grocery store and fitness station. If you need to work out, there isn't a lot of Jim's that you can get a fair rate by the day. So that's one of the benefits of working. I think society Adams took is a pretty convenient location, and you may even be able to find a condom in your here. So I think society is a good option. I'm gonna cover cork spaces that I just peeked my head into. Took a quick tour draft board. This is located at the Chip Log BTS one station away from CME. This is a good location because close to the BTS and close the malls will not inside the mall, and they have good distractions. They've got a chill area with a pool table, although the table has broken sticks and they have an espresso coffee capsules craft beer, fridge, Yes, craft beer Fridge on the space itself looks pretty nice. Press the freelancer work there. You can check out his co work space video in Bangkok on. I think he enjoyed working there based on his video That's we want Teoh, Another court space. One call connect. This is near on Newt Station, located at the Fill Plaza. The Coric space itself looked like a clean, modern design. Fairly new, hardly anyone there. I know a friend who's a member there, but he works mawr time at Hobbit Discovery, he said. This cork space has some mosquitoes, and it's in the basement, So not a lot of natural daylight. It looks like Connect has some good meeting room options, and there's a food court at this plaza. They have a lot of local healthy food, and it's indoors, so that's nice. And there soon opening kebab company. There's a 7 11 so Connect is a good option to look at. I'm gonna talk about Harbor or Newt. Harbor on Newt is located, obviously near on Newt Station, but it's actually not that close, but they are shuttles that pick you up close to the all new BTS and they'll take you to the Subito Mall So the harbor on Newt co work space is in the hubby tamal, and this is a creative space for people actually doing sculptures photography. I think there's a three D printer. It's a large space looks quite nice. I did a speed tests and I remember the speed weren't super fast, so I decided not to work there, and some friends I know that worked there for the day said. There isn't a lot of energy there, so I think they don't quite have the vibe and the personnel the established at this space yet. But it is another option. It is part of the have ah group of co work spaces. One thing that I have to say about Harvoni compared to the other spaces is that they don't offer free coffee. I don't think they offer free water either, so those are hidden costs. If you're thinking of a space to work for the entire month, they haven't cafe connected at the bottom, so they need to support that business. So you want to consider that other cork spaces that I wanted to visit that I haven't yet include launchpad, which is located all the way in C long. And there's also glow fish, which is near the ASAC station. As you can see, there's a lot of cork spaces in Bangkok and its customers market because you have so many choices, and I'm sure you can find one that's a good fit for you at the right price. And I think that's something you should take advantage of in Bangkok to use the good infrastructure and spaces that they have to bring your business of next level. One other cork space I will mention is E 88 I actually just came across this one yesterday at the W District, which is a big plaza that you can go to eat, and E 88 is located in this plaza that looks like it's a fairly new for work space, a little bit more pricier, and it's grow. Kate id at the Praca Non BT s a very short walk nearby. So a lot of good options to choose from. And I hope you found this video helpful for choosing a course space in Bangkok 21. Top Tip: Traveling to Cebu Phillipines: - it's Greg and see Boo here on just here on a six day trip. Been doing some filming, went to see the whale sharks yesterday went to the time you log waterfalls. So let me give you some my top tips for see boo. So getting in here, I took Philippine air gives Get out your XY currency up for conversions. I'll be throwing around prices in Thai but and Philippine pesos, and it's a four hour trip from bank clock over to see Boo. And once we got to the Cebu airport, I believe that took a grab taxi. You'll get some card stands that air charging about 300 pesos for one week plan. I think it's like one gigabytes or 1.5 for the week. But here's a tip. You couldn't go to the 7 11 Also, get a card. You have a cheaper plan for 100 pesos if you want to save a little money. But personally, maybe it's better just to get it from the airport because those will set you up. You don't need to fiddle around with the machine that 7 11 and you'll have data right from the beginning. But there is free WiFi the airport. If you I want to call Newburgh, grab so that covers how to get in and get connected. Once you're in the city, you can get around with uber or or grab. Um, sometimes the prices are pretty high, depending on the the time of day in the traffic. In that case, you can take it's a local taxi on. The prices weren't too expensive. You can also take jeepney, which is like the like those fancy looking public taxi vans and those going set route. So I can't tell you which bus goes where, but they do have certain numbers. And if you meet a nice local, they might give you a tip. So we took one. It's 10 pesos, but it's very slow. Is very crowded, pretty uncomfortable. Eso that's up to you. If you wanna go ahead and take that, A Sfar is where to stay with chairs to stay. I stayed at the Vita Towers, which is right behind me over there. It's in the I T park, so I t Park is, uh, could have been nice bubble. It's an area where there's a lot of restaurants, is a big park in the middle that has Yeah, bars and restaurants. Good coffee shops. Ah, film around here so you can get a feel for the area. But it's definitely a good area to stay walk around and ah, a bit more expensive. But but yeah. Um so we stated the vita towers on Airbnb spent above 40 five Canadian the nights on, um uh, what else we're giving Moving to Muck Thanh today. This is the island where the airport is. I heard it's also good area and, um as faras getting connected. There's most places, have WiFi so you can get connected. But it's better to have your own some card faras things to do. You can go island hopping. Um, my friends going Toe island, call Bohol. You can do the whale sharks and cause law highly recommended and Kawasan falls. So see booze, I think the second largest city in the Philippines fairly safe. So it's a good place to visit eso if you like this video like it subscribe. So thanks for watching help. These tips help you on your journey and trip to Cebu Or maybe get inspired to come here 22. Tips for Johannesburg South Africa: So I'm here in Johannesburg on what do I think? What advice can you offer to visual nomads or location? Independence. Wanna come to Jasbir South Africa? Well, you don't need a visa on most passports, so you can just show up. You get about three months from there. I would recommend getting SIM card from the Tambo Airport. I think cell C is pretty good. I got voter calmer Vodafone. It's a little expensive, but it really will help with goobers and looking up stuff While you're on the go, it's a little bit harder. Find free WiFi, so get us some car from the airport. If you need to find accommodation, you can look on Airbnb. I recommend staying in areas called Santa. That's S E N D. As in San T o N Santa. Another good area is Rosebank. These areas are quite safe there, close to shopping malls with really nice restaurants on shopping helicopter there. Sorry, but it's a really good lifestyle here. So way. Good wines, good Western food. You can get it all periods off that recovered. It's really good quality and the price is good. I recommend getting Airbnb with good WiFi uh, this Airbnb got It's just amazing. Show you a tour. Is the punching bag over there with a bit of a workout? Beautiful garden. Oops. Let's get you back over here. I think, by the way, I teach video courses. If you're wondering home, it will do these videos. Um, what else can I say? Be safe. Don't go out at night, um, staying the safe areas and try not to go out tonight. Unless you're going with the group. And, you know, we're going. You can catch the whole train. G a u T train. It's kind of like the MRT or a train station that goes all the way from the airport to some of the areas I spoke about Santa in Rosebank. Uh, Victoria. And then you can take uber's from those stations too. Your destination. So I think I've covered quite a bit how to get around, how to get connected. I don't think the cork space seen here is I think it's There are spaces that I've seen in Rosebank, but I think they're not catered towards digital nomads. I think they're quite expensive, so maybe you can work out of cafes and work a home. But you really I think you would come here to do some sightseeing. Maybe you want to go Kruger National Park, check out some of the shopping centers, enjoy some good food, and then you gotta head off to Cape Town to go and enjoy the beautiful scenery and the wineries. Which, uh, I'll cover more. I wrote a book in 2013. I'm actually born here, but I come back for visits my family, and it's called the book's called Tourists. In my Motherland. Amazon Kindle and I put a lot of information. All of Gen Zer where I stayed prices specific hotels at the Kruger National Park in Cape Town. So stuff like that. All right, I'm gonna go for another swim on. Maybe all makes more logs. So they're my tips for Glasberg South Africa. Subscribe. May do another of logging Cape Town. And, uh, yeah, this is South Africa. 23. Kuala lumpur pros and cons: It's great kung hair and Colin, Port Malaysia. And in this video, I'm gonna cover Paros and cons of Kale, as is known. I've been living here for just under three weeks of being here for visit many times, and I feel like I've got a decent feel for K off course. My opinion could change jobs here longer term. Ah, but let's just good this video out of the way. First eso in terms of, um, like, places to stay. Ah, this is quite a fair bit of selection on Airbnb. But you're gonna pay a bit more than Thailand, but more than Chiang Mai in Bangkok. Ah, but you're gonna get more like the apartments are going to be more spacious. You might get better amenities. A proper pool. That's long enough. Teoh actually do some laps. Infinity pools are thing here. I call k all the land of pools. Gyms are big enough to do workout. So, um, you know, right off the bat, that is, um yeah, that's really nice. You've got your your ah, exercise. Um, place your gym to go taking care off your apartment's taking care of. And you know you're paying a little bit more than Thailand. But these apartments are really comfortable, really spacious. And if you have a family or looking for two bedrooms, it's probably gonna be easier to find it in Malaysia than in Thailand. Uh, getting around. So, um, grab taxi is probably going to be your go to. It's very reliable. It's cheap and safe. And, um, I've heard that costs of gas is cheap and car ownership, so that's how they're able to keep prices down. Usually, I'm paying about 5 to 10 ring at to get to most places, and it's a very walkable city. There's pavements. Sometimes there's not traffic lights, so you do have to do the occasional, um, you know, wait for Tropic and scramble. It's not chaotic is Thailand and Vietnam? The, um, the trains have taken the light train. It's cheap, you know. You can get from, you know, I'm in Bangsar area, but you can get to central or, you know, the bought two caves. I've taken the trains there. Central's the main hub, where all the different types of trains come into a fairly cheap. The problem is, I don't think they have taken those good of care off the train infrastructure looks a bit dated, uh, and actually was waiting for a train one nights, and it was the late 20 minutes, and, uh, the train never came. I don't think it's his reliable as, uh, Thailand or Taiwan, for sure, but it is there, but grab taxi Just seems like it's so convenient. Even though it's, you know, it's private transportation in terms of WiFi in places to work. DG is the company I used for my SIM card. Well, I got ah, 15 gigabyte plan for prepaid. Any ring at that was the maximum. The, um, you know, it's I would want more, but it's fine. It works good. They have a nap. Aiken monitor my usage, and they often have bonuses where you can between a certain time, one and seven, you can use an additional two gigs on your quota. So that's nice. And you can you can top up through the up rather than go into shops. So that's the good thing over Thailand apartment WiFi. The new apartments that have time you can get up to 100 megabits per second, and cafes do have WiFi co work spaces of good WiFi. So I don't think why. Why should be an issue? And let's talk about the fun factor. So, um, often hear some posts from digital nomads that are just here for a short visit. Steen, KLCC or book have been tongue. That skill might be boring now. I don't know. I think it the pens on the places that you know. I mean, I've been to book happened. Tong. I'm being to Bangsar Village for some drinks. Sheesha the A P W, which is Ah, it's the compounds where my clark spaces, there's some trendy cafes and a few bars there. I've also been to Trek. This is where the Duke Boris. So this is, Ah, another dozen good nightlife area. That's pretty crazy. Lots of clubs, sheesha drinks, young, younger crowd. So when last night I went to Chinatown, stumbled on the reggae bar eso There are spots to have drinks. It's usually looking at 10 11. Ring it for a local beer and they do have happy hours here. And so a lot of people say it's expensive. Um, maybe a little bit more expensive than Thailand. But for beards doable and you can get a ball want for 40 ring at like Wolf Blass. We're talking decent stuff, and that's cheaper than Thailand prices. There's also sheesha, which I like to smoke well, having a beer, and that's that's really cheap, you know, 25 to 30 ring at ah, but more expensive If you're near KLCC, Um, let's talk in general like, What's the vibe here? It's it seems pretty relaxed. Slow pace. Maybe Justin number the area that I live, but doesn't Seimas chaotic? Or Russia's city like Bangkok, where people in such a rush, like, even if I'm at a 7 11 going for water, I feel like a hand reaching behind me, you know, because I'm too slow to reach, you know, for my coins to pay for something that's really annoying. And, you know, that adds up over every day, every month to three months. It's a lot of unnecessary stress, and I just feel like here is pretty good, pretty good living. Um, it's a bit more expensive in Thailand, but you get more. This is a more family friendly place, and it feels like it could be, um, more livable. I could fit in. Locals speak English that is a huge bonus. It's being able to talk to taxi drivers, go on dates. I've been on one date and, you know, had a normal conversation, not holding back on on my English on. I think that's a major, major major thing. Uh, some friends. I'm making Thailand's. They often say it's their goal to learn. Tai, That's not my goal. When I first came to Thailand, I wanted to experience Thailand and meet like minded people. It was never my goal to learn Tai. And now that I've lived in Thailand 2.5 3 years, you know, people are wondering Why don't you speak Thai? You looked, I want you know, you've been here three years When you speak Thai, I don't have to deal with any of that in Malaysia. And, ah, like a youtuber, the nomad capitalist says, Maybe you gotta choose where you're treated best. I feel like I'm treated better in Malaysia. Um, yeah, people are quite friendly. The locals are very friendly here compared to Bangkok, where I felt locals air rude There you get the vibe that there but tired of tourists because there's just so many people, so many foreigners here is, um, better air, I said, more walkable. Uh, the food diversity. It's a lot better here, especially when it comes to Western foods to Middle Eastern foods to Indian foods, Chinese foods. And you're not paying because these are considered local foods. You're not paying a premium. In fact, them from Western foods. You're not really paying a premium. Where's in Thailand? You're paying local prices for Thai food, but pretty much everything else is a premium Indian food. Western food, pizza, everyone. Crazy pizza in Thailand. Um, but yeah, here is the costs of really good food for eating on it is cheap. Um, if you want to go grocery softening, that's go to Bangsar Village. That got pretty much everything you need. Uh, let's talk about the cards. Um, the cost is high end for Southeast Asia, a bit more than Thailand's. So, but more than Bangkok. But you're going to get more, so you have to factor that in its relative. It's not ocean side, but it is close to notion. Uh, the crappy er scene that's still like a boutique luxury thing here. So quiet, expensive the, uh, tender. It's not very good for me. I'm a single guy right now. So also exploring the dating options. And, uh, it seems a bit not as bachelor friendly place for single guys. I'm not sure about single girls, but Tender, um, you know, I did go out on a date and it's just ah long syriza questions. So I think the girls here maybe a but more conservative than Thailand's. And it's just for me, not as many choices, but we'll see. It's only being three weeks here. Also, uh, corks, coal workspace, seeing if you're into that is not established share. But there are choices, not a deal breaker. A massage. It's more expensive. In Malaysia, I looked up a Thai massage that's almost three times the price. And as Bangkok, Bangkok, you're paying about 300 block for a nice Thai massage. We go up the tire lines even 150. So, yeah, I miss my massage. Um, yeah. So those are pros and cons of coral on poor. I did a lot of comparisons to Thailand because I just I was living there before Bangkok for three months Chang life for six months. So a lot of my, uh, experiences are compared to Thailand. But if I were to take that away, I think that, um you know Malaysia is Ah, very good option. Ah, One more thing I would say is the visas as a pro. They're quite casual. Three months just for arrival. And you don't not to You applied for visas or anything, which is really not so in a way. I think Malaysia's easy, maybe too easy and just some reason gets overlooked. So let me know in the comments below what you think of Malaysia. You've lived here or thinking about coming here when he what your perceptions of living here, not visiting and ah, yeah, Let's see what you say. If you like more videos like this hit that subscribe button and we'll see you soon.