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It’s seriously hard to imagine just 10 days ago I was in the expensive and cold and wet environment of Vancouver. I was there for almost 2.5 months and managed to cover my living expenses while working on my video business. If you’ve read and watched my Vancouver vlog you’ll see I was living quite comfortably and had a good amount of time, location, an creative freedom. To be able to do this in Vancouver was a personal accomplishment. Next time I would like to visit in the summer months.
It was a long 20 something hours of 3 plane rides, layovers, and taxis to finally make it to my hotel room in Phuket. I spent my last day with my family and had a lunch with a new friend. I made weight with my luggage and managed to get all my gear safely to my new home for the month without insurance. I’ve since purchased insurance for the next 6 months with World nomads. It’s always a little stressful traveling with my video gear. Next time I will break up the trip with some time in Taipei or Bangkok.
The Beach lifestyle in for a Digital nomad Videographer in Thailand
Creative production has increased
Phuket like Chiang Mai is a scooter city. To get around the scooter is the most practical way to get around. I’m paying $85US for a new Honda 125 cc scooter for the month. To fill up the scooter it cost about $ 3.13 US and that will last me for about 2 weeks. It is a bit dangerous, but If you practice defensive driving and drive slowly on the left lane you’ll be fine. I’ve got at least 7 months of scooter experience under my self and an international drivers license.
The weather in March has been almost perfect. No sign of rain and hot and dry. The great weather naturally helps me wake up before my alarm clock and I’ve woken up for at least 6 sunrises to do aerial filming. My creative production has gone to another level. I’ve been inspired and there are so many beautiful locations for me to film around Phuket. I’m flying almost every other day in the mornings or before sunset.
I’ve also spent plenty of time at the beaches on the west coast. I ride a scooter to the beaches of Kata noi, Kata, or Karon quite regularly after my work day is done. I’ll ride my scooter to the beach and either go for a run and watch the sunset or a beer. Now that I’m living here I haven’t felt the need to lie at the beach all day. Besides I’ve learned that the best beach times are early in the morning before 10am or before sunset at about 5pm. Not all beaches are equal , but I’m happy I know where the good beaches are. It’s surreal to chill on almost perfect flour white sand, turquoise blue water, and perfect sunsets. I’ve been to many beaches and these are among the top in the world.
Working and Food in Phuket
In terms of workspace I’ve been working at home most of the time. I’ve made a few trips out to a couple of café’s that have solid wifi speeds, good food, and comfortable environments. Internet speeds are okay for downloading, but it's rare to find a place with upload speeds over 10mb/s.
For food I’ve been eating out mostly for lunch and dinner. There are plenty of options for western foods form Australian owned café’s to Italian restaurants. Prices on average are more expensive than Chiang Mai by up to 3 times. For example you can get a good pad thai in Chiang Mai for $1.13 Us (40-70 baht) but in Phuket it ranges from 50 – 120 baht ($3.42 US). Still these prices are cheaper than Canada or the US. There are plenty of malls and plaza’s that cater to local’s and foreigners to stock up on groceries for breakfast or home needs.
Relaxation and Exercise
As for relaxation and exercise I’ve been doing free exercise by walking or running by the Chalong pier in the morning. I’ll also try to go for a run in the afternoon at the beach. I get regular oil massages in the area for about $8 US, but the going rate in Kata is $11.39 US. A thai massage is about $3 US less. Access to a gym is a bit expensive at roughly $5.70 US per visit. I plan to try out the famous gym AKA to try some beginner mixed martial arts. They have a top notch facility to workout or do mma.
I’m enjoying my time on island in March as I wait out the burning season in Chiang Mai. Phuket offers a great beach lifestyle in a safe environment at a cost less than north America. I can definitely see myself spending part of my year in Phuket on a regular basis. It can’t compete with Chiang Mai in term of the low cost of living , wifi friendliness, and digital nomad community.
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