While pampering, starving, shitting, and massaging myself into wellness on the idyllic island of Koh Phangan in Thailand, I embraced the first noble truth of Buddhism with great irony: All Life is Suffering. This gripping story has three parts: The Irony, The Agony, and The Ecstacy (scratch that: The Massage).
2008: I spent a crazy month in Thailand. My arrival to Bangkok was an embarrassing exercise in culture shock. I later got my wits about me in Chiang Mai, and took an incredible 3-day cooking class in the countryside north of the city.
Things took a dramatic turn when I returned to Chiang Mai and ended up accidentally setting up an international NGO on the fly(!), and then spent a week in hospital nursing my partner at the time who almost died from dengue fever.
2017: 10 years later, some full-circle poetry led me back to Chiang Mai Thailand. This time in Chiang Mai, I was on a very special mission to find a very important person.
Despite many similarities, there were also many (many) differences, including Nimman - the Digital Nomad Centre of the Universe, and a new installation since my last visit.
Chiang Mai is well set up for digital nomads to spend a few months at a time enjoying its cheap comforts and luxuries. Here are step-by-step instructions for how to find an apartment in Chiang Mai quickly and easily.
Chiang Mai is the Digital Nomad Centre of the Universe, and the neighbourhood of Nimman is the capital thereof. In two months of living in Nimman, I explored what makes Nimman the thriving bubble that it is today, for better or worse.
10 years later, some full-circle poetry led me back to Chiang Mai Thailand – where I started an international NGO and nursed my boyfriend through dengue fever. This time in Chiang Mai, I was on a very special mission to find a very important person.
2017 was a year of new experiences and surprises. I visited 10 countries (seven of which were in Asia and almost all new to me). I started off in Ecuador “doing shaman things”, and ended up house-sitting in Japan, chilling in Bali, going crazy in India, and 10 countries later, finishing up in Thailand.
Here’s a lovely week-in-the-life of Ivana and Gianni of Nomad is Beautiful, eating good food, leading photo walks, and living the good life in Chiang Mai.