The Affiliate World Asia conference from 2015 was the first affiliate conference I attended. Just like this year, it took place in Bangkok, Thailand’s vibrant capital. The conference tips I gave in summer, before Affiliate World Europe, still apply for Bangkok.
That said, I know more about the city of Bangkok than Berlin, and Bangkok is certainly very different compared to any European city. I’d like to give you some tips about the city from the perspective of a European who has visited it twice before.
1. Get a local SIM card with plenty of mobile data. You will find stalls from carriers right at the airport and they are very quick at changing your SIM. The most recommended carrier for a prepaid card with a focus on Internet is True Move.
2. Taxis try to charge you slightly more and they want to avoid the meter. Using Uber helps you avoid issues, generally. Not that taxis are bad, just that they want to squeeze out a bit of extra money out of tourists and have less of an incentive to provide value. Uber cars are cheap and provide superior service.
3. Traffic can be insane. Planning to reach an appointment in the city in rush hour is impossible. You cannot schedule if you use a car for transportation. Use public transport instead, when you need to be somewhere at a certain time.
4. Get accommodation on Sukhumvit Road between Ekkamai and National Stadium (on Phloen Chit Road, not Sukhumvit anymore but close enough). Don’t stay in some far away place with no access to public transport. This is already quite a large area, if you stay outside, you will have a tough time reaching the conference and other meetup venues.
5. Don’t ask for spicy food if you haven’t tried Asian spicy before. Seriously! Mildly spicy is the equivalent of extremely spicy in European food.
6. Don’t drink tap water. Always buy bottled water from the store.
7. Don’t be disrespectful towards the Royal Family, or you will get into a lot of trouble.
8. Don’t be disrespectful towards Buddha and any statues of him, or you will get into a lot of trouble.
9. Avoid bike taxis. In the crazy traffic of Bangkok, they are the craziest and you don’t get a helmet. It drastically increases your chances of getting injured on your trip. Seriously, they don’t follow any traffic rules!
Did I forget something? Let me know if you have other tips about Bangkok, maybe something I don’t know about yet. Enjoy this special city 😉
Emanuel Cinca, aka Manu
My story starts in Lipova, Romania, a town of about 10,000 inhabitants, where I was born in a working class family. Growing up in a family that had a shaky financial base and relied solely on month to month wages, and sometimes on short term loans from friends, I knew that I a) didn’t want to get a regular job EVER, and b) I want to have true financial independence.
Fast forward to my high school days, I got admitted into the number one high school of Arad county, “Moise Nicoara” National College. Don’t ask me why they call it a college, that’s just the translation from Romanian. I had a passion for technology and computers, so it seemed natural that I wanted to get into the so called informatics class.
The 4 years here taught me that:
1. Where you come from has little to no impact on your ability to learn, your skills and their value
2. Being number one high school is overrated
3. In the standard educational system, you are not allowed to excel at something, until you have proven to be above average at everything else.
4. Grades are an extremely flawed measurement of someone’s skills
5. I know myself better than anyone else, so I should make my decisions, not anyone else, and I should be OK with the consequences.
These learnings will be reflected in some of my posts here.
After high school, I quit University after 2 months in… TWICE! One time I quit Computers and Information Technology, and the second time I quit Business Administration.
During these years I also developed a passion for poker. I was a content producer at the world’s biggest online poker school for 2 years, and I wrote a book with a Maths professor from Nottingham and TT, who also blogs here. The book is called The Education of a Modern Poker Player.
I moved to Vienna in 2013, at TT’s initiative, and had several failed ventures together, all leading up to what is now Adefy.
I have a keen interest in psychology and in data, which makes performance marketing such a great industry for me. I blog about these topics, sometimes adding education, personal development, and management to the mix.
Interested in: Psychology. Marketing. Management. Investing. Startups. Entrepreneurship.
Hobbies: Reading. Fitness. Football. Travelling.
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