Ask the Expat: Bangkok, Thailand Johnny Ward @ OneStep4ward

Ask the Expat: Bangkok, Thailand Johnny Ward @ OneStep4ward

Ask the Expat: Bangkok, Thailand Johnny Ward @ OneStep4ward

Ask the Expat: Bangkok, Thailand Johnny Ward @ OneStep4ward

Ask the Expat: Bangkok, Thailand Johnny Ward @ OneStep4ward

Johnny Ward grew up in the small town of Kilkeel at the foot of the famous Mourne Mountains in Co Down.  In 2006 he left home to study abroad, and that began his life-time of adventures. Johnny has now taught English in Thailand and South Korea, built an empire from the ground up while traveling to almost every country in the world. He is certainly an inspiration to every young Irish person longing to live an alternative lifestyle on one big adventure.

Hitchhikinginheels met up with Johnny in Bangkok to ask him a few questions about why he chose Thailand as his home away from home. Here’s what he had to say…


Ask the Expat: Bangkok, Thailand Johnny Ward @ OneStep4ward

Hi, I’m Johnny, a blogger and digital nomad from Ireland. I travel 10 months each year and I use Bangkok as my base, for 2 months each year, to recover from the madness! I’ve been doing this since 2010.


1. What do you love most about Bangkok,Thailand?

What I love most about Thailand is the lifestyle, the awesome weather, amazing food and how super safe it is. There are so many things to see and do in Bangkok, it’s really great value and you can still have a ‘western’ lifestyle should you need it. Perfect!


Ask the Expat: Bangkok, Thailand Johnny Ward @ OneStep4ward

2. Where’s your favourite hangout spot and why?

I try to do new stuff as often as possible so I’m all over the place. For food, I love night markets so much, especially the markets around ‘On Nut’. For partying, Thong Lor, Ekkamai and RCA are generally where I like to hang out.


Ask the Expat: Bangkok, Thailand Johnny Ward @ OneStep4ward
3. What’s your biggest everyday challenge?

Wow. Good question! Motivating myself to wake up early and get my stuff down. I’m my own boss, so staying diligent is tough in such a fun city!


 

Ask the Expat: Bangkok, Thailand Johnny Ward @ OneStep4ward

4. Recommend a local dish.

Sooooo many. My favourite dish is either Phak Prik Geng (fried chilli curry), or Gai Yang, Kao Naew and Nam Jim Jao (grilled chicken, sticky rice and spicy sauce) Amazing!


5. Recommend a few phrases we should learn to live like a local?

Haha, wow that’s a tough one. I’m constantly struggling with my Thai lessons, but let’s say ‘Mai Ao Krup/Ka’ which means I don’t want it/no thanks then you add Krup at the end if you’re a guy, ‘ka’ is you’re a girl.

That should keep the hawkers away!


Ask the Expat: Bangkok, Thailand Johnny Ward @ OneStep4ward

6. Name a place of interest (in or around the city) that we wouldn’t find in a guide book.

I can do better than that, the Airplane Graveyard is pretty cool. You won’t find it in many guide books as it’s off the beaten track a little.  But it’s a cool place to hang out for a few hours. Read all about it in my blog post!
Airplane Graveyard: Bangkok


7. How long would you recommend spending in Bangkok & why?

Honestly, I’d use Bangkok as a base for at least a week, then 1 and 2 day trips to all the amazing things around Bangkok. You could honestly come to Thailand, use Bangkok as your base and go back home, having seen a huge amount of highlights in Thailand.


8. Recommend a day trip outside of the city.

Ayutthaya, the former capital city has some pretty spectacular temples.  I would say spend a day there!  It’s about 80km north of Bangkok, considered a UNESCO World Heritage site and a great day trip from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok.


9. Where or what’s the best way to meet people?

As a traveller, Khao San is JAMMED full of travellers. As an expat, couchsurfing, meetup.com and Bangkok Expat facebook group are all great ways to meet other expats.


10. Leave us with your words of wisdom about Bangkok.

I’ve been to pretty much every country in the world, (over 1000 places) and Bangkok is still my favourite big city. That’s saying something!
I would say don’t judge it from a couple of days in skanky Khao San Road, and don’t assume it’s all sex tourists and pingpong shows. That represents 0.1% of life in Bangkok. It really is an amazing place to travel to and to live!


Ask the Expat: Bangkok, Thailand Johnny Ward @ OneStep4ward

Well Johnny’s not the only one who loves Bangkok, we love it too! It’s an amazing city with so much to keep you entertained for weeks. Best food in the world (in our opinion), fantastic lifestyle, and tons of activities on your door step – Bangkok, Thailand really does offer it all and more.

Ask the Expat: Bangkok, Thailand Johnny Ward @ OneStep4ward

See more from Johnny at OneStepForward.com and follow his journey as he travels to every country in the world.  Check out his Facebook page @ OneStepForward to see pics and posts on all his latest adventures.

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