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Program Recap: WiFi Artists Remote Work and Travel in Phuket, Thailand



Wifi Artists spent the month of October in Thailand, specifically in Phuket City. Phuket is a province in Thailand and is known for its exotic beaches, vibrant nightlife, night markets, seafood, white marble Big Buddha, and scuba diving. As October is the rainy season, we experienced a lot of rain, but nothing stopped us from having an amazing time!


Traveling Phuket as a digital nomad was easy to do. Thailand has a smart visa through the BOI that allows you to work there as a digital nomad and the wifi speed is great. There are tons of coworking places and also cafes that allow you to work if you’re purchasing coffee and snacks. Phuket is home to many digital nomads.


Additionally, Phuket is a very safe location for tourists. There is always a petty crime to watch out for, like pickpockets and scams, but overall the crime rate is very low. Keep an eye on your drink, walk in pairs if possible, and be smart about where you go.


During our trip, we had new travelers join us along with some travelers that have been with us for months, both creating unbreakable bonds and unforgettable moments. Any trip you take with Wifi Artists leaves you with memories for life, and friends for life.


For anyone that’s considering applying for a trip with Wifi Artists, this will give you an overview of the variety of activities that we do in a single month.



Welcome Dinner


Every trip that Wifi Artists takes starts with a welcome dinner. This dinner is important as this is where everyone meets and gets to know each other. There may be members that already know each other, but there are always new faces to welcome to the team.


While we’re at the dinner, everyone has a chance to introduce themselves and tell the others about themself. It’s never uncomfortable as everyone is always very welcoming, we make sure of that. We do a few icebreaker activities and then spend the dinner talking as a group about different things we can do on our month-long trip. After dinner, our team lead puts together an itinerary for the rest of the month!


Our welcome dinner in Phuket was at a local Thai restaurant. Thai food includes things like Massaman Curry, Pad Kra Prao, Kao Ka Moo, and Khao Soi. There are tons of different options and you can accommodate different types of diets as well.



Living Space


For accommodation in Thailand, we had a couple villas that were right next to each other with a few rooms in each one. Each villa had a pool and somewhere to sit and relax or mingle with other people. The wifi was fast and the seating was comfy, it was perfect for us.


The Food


Food and drinks were the main source of entertainment for us in Thailand. Not only did we try many different foods in restaurants, but we also enjoyed street markets and street food. It was so fun to wander the streets, bargain with the locals, and eat. A few of the foods we enjoyed were…


Pad Thai: A famous stir fried dish combining sweet and savory flavors of tamarind, peanuts, bean sprouts, fried egg, and lime in a wok.


Som Tam: Very popular in street food markets, this dish is made with shredded green papaya, carrots and tomatoes, then tossed in a flavor explosion of sugar, garlic, lime juice, peanuts and plenty of chillies.


Khao Pad: Served in a pineapple, this jasmine rice dish is tossed with vegetables and a mix of soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar and salt.


Massaman Curry: Curry is very popular in Thailand and this one is no exception. It’s made with coconut milk, potatoes, and protein like chicken, beef or tofu, all flavored with bay leaves, tamarind sauce, cinnamon, sugar and roasted peanuts.


Khao Soi: Chang Mai is where you’ll find this dish. It combines braised chicken in a coconut curry broth, with boiled egg noodles, shrimp paste, chillies and lime, all topped with crispy noodles and pickled shallots.


And that’s just the beginning. There is so much food to try and the perfect place for a foodie digital nomad.



Scuba Diving


We went scuba diving a couple of times when we were in Thailand, some of the travelers even got certified! There are many places to go scuba diving in Thailand, but some of the most popular places are in the southeast of Thailand. The most popular place is Koh Tao, a beautiful island with tons of fish and coral to see.


Phi Phi Islands


The Phi Phi Islands are an island group in Thailand between the large island of Phuket and the Straits of Malacca coast of Thailand. The islands are famous for their stunning colorful corals and marine life. Wifi Artists took a tour to the islands where we swam, snorkeled, toured a cave, and more.



Cooking Class


One of the most fun activities that we did as a group was a cooking class. The chef that guided us was a ton of fun, we got to choose dishes to cook, and there was more than enough food to feed us.


There were three dishes that stood out the most. These included pineapple fried rice (that was served in an actual pineapple), drunken noodles, and red curry. It was all so delicious, a little spicy, and a total blast to cook! If you are in Thailand, we definitely recommend taking a cooking class.


Ping Pong Show


A few of us attended a Ping Pong Show while we were in Thailand - it’s definitely not what you think. If you want to learn more about it, we suggest Googling it, that’s all we’ll say for now…



Beaches


There are many beautiful beaches in Thailand, and we visited quite a few of them. One of them was Pa Tong Beach, a sandy beach that is lined with cafes, restaurants, and bars. We spent some nights staying until sunset and seeing the beautiful colors of the sky.


Another great beach was Long Beach, Koh Lanta - which is known as the most popular beach in Thailand. It is amazing for walks and sunsets. We also visited Railay Beach, Krabi which had some very cool caves, Pak Weep Beach, Khao Lak with a local village feel, and Kata Beach, Phuket which had the softest sand.


Big Buddha


The Great Buddha of Phuket is a seated Buddha statue in Phuket. We spent three hours there, simply touring the Buddha and the surrounding temples. As it is an active temple, we had to make sure to dress modestly, covering shoulders, chest and knees, and act respectfully while there.


Chiang Mai


Our weekend trip when we were in Thailand was to Chiang Mai, the digital nomad capital of Thailand. It has beautiful coworking places to visit and tons of different types of digital nomads there to meet and mingle with. While we were there for 4 days, we toured the city, going to different markets and trying different foods.


Other Activities


While these are the most popular places we went to, we also did a few other things while we were there. We took a Muay Thai class where we learned so much about not only the moves themselves, but the history behind them. We also hiked up to Mount Inthanon, the highest spot in Thailand. Finally, we went to the Wachirathan Waterfalls.


Goodbye Dinner


At the end of every trip, we come together as a team and have a goodbye dinner. Again, we had more local Thai cuisine - we had to before we left!


This can be a sad part of the trip, we’re all saying goodbye to each other. Some people continue with us on to the next location, but some people head home or out on solo travel. Although it’s sad to see people leave, you’ve developed some amazing friendships that continue to develop, even after the trip.



This of course is not an all inclusive list of everything that was done. You are able to go sightseeing, take walking tours & food tours, spend time alone, and anything else you desire to do. The best part of group travel is that at the end of the day, we’re able to come together and connect as a team, you’re never alone on your trip.


After leaving Thailand we headed to Bali, keep your eyes open for a recap of that trip as well!


If you are ready to take a trip with us, we would love to have you. Some of our upcoming trips include Quito and Medellin and we even have a few ski trips coming up. Check out our full list of current program availability here and apply here when you’re ready. After applying, you will have a quick interview with one of our program leaders and you will be on your way to traveling in no time! Get ready to book those flights!


We can’t wait to meet you.

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