30 min

15: Koh Lanta vs Koh Phangan for Digital Nomads & a Reality Check for Newbies with Guido and Marjet The Chris the Freelancer Podcast | Interviews with Digital Nomads about Location Independence, Travel and Online Business

    • Places & Travel

Recorded on the island of Koh Phangan in Thailand’s south, today’s episode is a discussion on what it’s like to be a ‘tropical digital nomad’, living and working quite literally on the beach.

Guido and Marjet are really good friends of ours that we met during our time in Koh Lanta. An experienced developer and a translator, Guido and Marjet offer two very different perspectives on the location independent lifestyle and an important reality check for newbies.

Discussion Points

[1:31] Guido and Marjet attempt to ‘paint the picture’ of what it’s like to live and work on a tropical island

[5:58] How Guido convinced his employer (a large bank in the Netherlands) to allow him to work from Thailand (hint: it wasn’t hard) and why being a developer is probably the best career for working remotely.

[8:43] How Guido & Marjet easily became a part of the community of nomads on Koh Phangan and a comparison on Koh Phangan to other Thai DN hotspots, Koh Lanta and Chiang Mai.

[14:54] The beginnings of Guido & Marjet’s digital nomad journey and how Marjet transitioned from bartending to becoming a location independent translator.

[22:10] Guido and Marjet’s top tips for newbie digital nomads and the realities of living the digital nomad lifestyle

Links Mentioned



* Beachub

* KoHub

* Nomadlist.com

* The article on Pieter Levels that inspired my own DN journey

* My bali recommendations – Dojo and Hubud

* UpWork.com

* Fiverr.com

Recorded on the island of Koh Phangan in Thailand’s south, today’s episode is a discussion on what it’s like to be a ‘tropical digital nomad’, living and working quite literally on the beach.

Guido and Marjet are really good friends of ours that we met during our time in Koh Lanta. An experienced developer and a translator, Guido and Marjet offer two very different perspectives on the location independent lifestyle and an important reality check for newbies.

Discussion Points

[1:31] Guido and Marjet attempt to ‘paint the picture’ of what it’s like to live and work on a tropical island

[5:58] How Guido convinced his employer (a large bank in the Netherlands) to allow him to work from Thailand (hint: it wasn’t hard) and why being a developer is probably the best career for working remotely.

[8:43] How Guido & Marjet easily became a part of the community of nomads on Koh Phangan and a comparison on Koh Phangan to other Thai DN hotspots, Koh Lanta and Chiang Mai.

[14:54] The beginnings of Guido & Marjet’s digital nomad journey and how Marjet transitioned from bartending to becoming a location independent translator.

[22:10] Guido and Marjet’s top tips for newbie digital nomads and the realities of living the digital nomad lifestyle

Links Mentioned



* Beachub

* KoHub

* Nomadlist.com

* The article on Pieter Levels that inspired my own DN journey

* My bali recommendations – Dojo and Hubud

* UpWork.com

* Fiverr.com

30 min

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