The Top 3 Lessons I Learned From Moving to Thailand

5 Lessons That I Have Learned From Moving to Thailand as a Poker Player (Two Years Later)
This isn't a travel blog but my post last year about what it is like to move to Thailand has quickly become one of the most popular in the history of this blog.

Several people have contacted me since then who are moving here at least partly because of it or they were already coming here anyways.

Online professionals continue to migrate around the world in large numbers and not just to Thailand although it is by far the most popular destination.

As I have now officially spent two years over here I thought that I could discuss a few of the lessons that I have learned for some of the newer guys planning the move. Here are the top 3 things that I have learned since coming to Thailand.

1) Thailand Nightlife

After Two Years What I Have Learned From Moving to Thailand as a Poker Player
Walking Street, Pattaya, Thailand
(The most degenerate place on earth)
Ok, let's just call it "nightlife." It is no secret that this country has an enormous party scene and with that comes Thai girls and lots of them. Heck sometimes they aren't even girls!

Whether it be in the clubs, the bars or even on the internet and massage parlors there are seemingly young, attractive women everywhere falling all over you. It is very easy to go down the path of getting caught up in that at first.

You need to remember that not everything is always as it appears. Some of these girls are "working" to some degree and you are either a short term or a long term paycheck to them. A lot of them are straight up pros at what they do in fact and hustling is their game.

This is not to say that all Thai girls are like this. In fact the vast majority are not. But most Thai girls do not speak very much English and therefore have very little interaction with foreigners.

The girls that foreigners typically meet are the small percentage that speak decent English because they have worked in some form of tourism or "entertainment" in the past. Once again, not all of these girls are out for your wallet, but just be careful what you get yourself into.

Just use some common sense and you will be fine. If you want to have a little fun, by all means go ahead. You can find some of the best nightlife in the world in this country.

And if you want a serious relationship, you can even find that too. Again, most Thai girls are great. You will just have to work at it like you would in your home country.

Just don't be like these idiots out here who spend all of their time and money in the bars trying to make a prostitute their girlfriend or wife. It really is shocking how many guys from some western country come here and completely lose their mind in this regard!

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2) Travel Around the Country First!

After Two Years What I Have Learned From Moving to Thailand as a Poker Player
วัดพระธาตุดอยสุเทพ Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Chiang Mai, Thailand
So many people who come here often head straight to some place like Chiang Mai or Phuket and virtually never leave.

Which is crazy because this country has so much to offer and so much diversity. You need to see it all first!

Most people here live in one of three places: Bangkok, Chiang Mai or Phuket. These places are all extremely different and it is up to each individual person to decide which one is best for them.

Do you like the big city or a small one? Are you in love with the idea of living near the beach or can you make due without one? What sort of budget do you have? Do you want to live in a touristy area with inflated prices but more Western type conveniences or can you live among the locals?

You can't answer these questions without first going and having a look at all of these places yourself. And I truly mean that. You have to see it for yourself. No amount of watching Youtube videos or reading about it on the internet can replicate the real thing.

My advice is to set aside enough money to just be a complete tourist for your first month here. Honestly, this is one of the most amazing places on earth for the quality of experiences that you can have anyways.

You can go visit ridiculous temples on the top of a mountain, go to some of the best beaches in the world, party on one with 20k other people, ride elephants and zipline through jungles, explore a mega city like Bangkok, chill out with some tigers in the north, check out world class diving and rock climbing in the south. And on and on and on.

Be a tourist when you get here and just have fun! Head straight to Khao San Road in Bangkok (backpacker capital of the world) and meet up with some backpackers who are going your way. Go with them and have the time of your life. Or don't take my advice and head straight to your room in somebody's grindhouse and miss the boat on what this country has to offer completely.

3) Realize How Lucky You Have it Every Day

After Two Years What I Have Learned From Moving to Thailand as a Poker Player
Not my actual work station. But it could be!
I have woken up pretty much every day since I arrived here with a smile on my face. It is hard not to when it is sunny and 30+ degrees basically every day of the year.

I am looking at a beautiful beach as I type this from my condo that costs a laughable amount per month.

Also, I am very blessed to be able to do what I do and work anywhere in the world. This is something that most people dream about. Just wait until you start posting the pictures on Facebook and the comments that you will get!

Truthfully though most people can actually do this. They just don't want to take the steps to make it happen. You took the huge first step by just getting on the plane. Have a blast but don't take it for granted once you get here!

I still don't really even want to go back "home" after two years. I mean I eventually will for sure because I certainly miss my family and friends back in Canada. But I know that it won't be long before I am sick of the exorbitant prices and terrible weather again to name a few things.

I will soon be back on a plane to Thailand, or perhaps exploring another similar location in South America, because sometimes the grass really is greener on the other side.

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