The Ultimate Guide to Affiliate World Asia 2016 – Bangkok

November 1 2016
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We’ve received a bunch of tips and helpful feedback since posting this guide – special thanks to Nicky Cakes, Julie Larson, Mr. Romance, and the team at Affiliate World Conferences for their input!

 

Affiliate World Asia is back in Bangkok for another installment in December, and this edition is set to be bigger than ever. While the event will be packed with cutting-edge insight and endless networking opportunities, there’s plenty to do and see in the city as well. Make the most of your visit to the legendary Thai capital with our Affiliate World Asia 2016 guide!

 

Whether you’re here for a quick tip or a complete rundown, there’s a lot to unpack:

INDEX

1. PREPARING FOR THE TRIP
Getting a visa
The Weather
From the moment you arrive...
Currency exchange
Getting around Bangkok
Conference location
Hotels & accommodation
Food
Emergency numbers/ Tourist Police
The King
2. EVENT OVERVIEW
Affiliate World Asia: How it all began
Why should I attend?
Who will be there?
Event schedule
3. THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN BANGKOK
Temples and Buddhas
Muay Thai
Street markets
Floating markets
Traditional Thai massages
Nightlife
Romance - Apples & Bananas
Meet Advidi there

1. PREPARING FOR THE TRIP

From dressing properly to finding your hotel, these quick tips will help you get all the essentials prepared.

Getting a visa

Thailand is a very popular tourist destination, so short-stay Visas are typically easy to obtain. However, your specific Visa situation depends on your country of origin. Most visitors will be granted a 30-day Visa with little to no hassle (be sure to read about the various Thai Visa options before visiting).

 

If you require an invitation letter (usually for those who intend on conducting business), you may request one from Affiliate World Conferences here.

The Weather

Although AW Asia occurs during the middle of winter in Bangkok, you’ll find yourself shedding layers left and right if you don’t dress properly. Two things to consider:

 

  • It’s warm. Average temperatures in December range from 20-31°C (68-88°F);
  • Rain is rare. Average rainfall is 9mm (compared to 320mm in September).

 

We recommend light clothes and comfortable shoes.

Thailand - City of Temples, Warriors and Debauchery. 

From the moment you arrive...

These tips were sent in by Mr. Romance and should make your arrival easier!

 

  1. Before leaving, ask your hotel for the “Fast Track Service” – with this service, you will be greeted by someone when you get off the plane with a sign and your name on it. You will also be able to use the Diplomat line for customs, which is much shorter; sometimes the regular line can be very long. There is a small charge for this that the hotel will add to your bill, but it is less than $50 USD.
  2. Once you exit passport control but before you get your bags, you will see a Currency Exchange place and ATMs. You can withdraw or exchange cash there.
  3. After you take your bags and leave the final customs check point, you can buy a local SIM card (if you have an unlocked phone). Just ask anyone where the cell phone carriers are – they’re near the exit doors.
  4. Hop in the limo and head into town! Mr. Romance suggests contacting your hotel and asking them to provide a limo service. It is no more than $50 each way and they should have a BMW or Benz. You can usually plan this before your arrival.

Currency exchange

The local currency is Thai Baht (abbreviated THB, with the symbol ฿ – and no, that’s not Bitcoin). One Thai Baht is comprised of 100 satang.

 

Like most places, exchange rates are a bit higher at the airport than at branches downtown (even from the same bank). The best one at the airport is downstairs, called Kasikorn Bank. It’s open from 7am-11pm. We suggest grabbing enough to make it into town (which may be nothing if you’ve already arranged transportation), then finding a bank branch to withdraw against a debit card (see the ATMs/cards section below).

 

ATMs/Cards

Your card will likely work at most ATMs in Thailand, but you’ll pay about ฿180 to the bank for the privilege, along with any fees your own bank imposes. To avoid this, Thaizer suggests withdrawing from your debit card over the counter at a Thai bank branch or exchange bureau. Go when it’s slow, and don’t forget your passport – it’s required to withdraw with debit.

 

Useful Conversions

Exchange rates:

  • $1 USD = ฿35
  • €1 EUR = ฿38
  • £1 GBP = ฿42.8
  • ¥1 JPY  = ฿0.34
  • ¥1 CNY = ฿5

 

Quick reference:

  • ฿1,000 = ~$28.5 USD
  • ฿2,500 = ~$71.35 USD
  • ฿5,000 = whatever it is, you’re probably paying too much (unless you’re at L’Atelier)

 

Average expenses

Thailand is cheap, though the locals will hide that fact from tourists whenever they can. Aside from traveling with a local or hiring a guide, there’s not much you can do about it. Don’t worry – prices will still be quite affordable, even in the tourist areas. On an average day, you can expect to pay around ฿300-500 on food and ฿150-250 on transportation.

 

Find a detailed breakdown of average expenses in Bangkok here.

Getting around Bangkok

 

We’ve created an interactive map that includes all the locations in this guide:

 

Direct link: https://www.google.com/maps/d/editusp=sharing&mid=1ArxOQY7bqX6dl6DTeKbE33oYq_4

 

Note: In our research for this guide, we discovered a lot of inconsistencies in addresses and place names. Sometimes locations are spelled as separate words, while in other contexts they’re linked together (sometimes with new or missing letters). This is apparently quite normal in Thailand. The locations on the map are accurate, but be sure to double check if you’re going somewhere else; Google Maps doesn’t always have updated information.

 

Local travel & public transport

There are a few ways to get around Bangkok, each with their own benefits and drawbacks:

 

  • Tuk-tuks and taxis are everywhere. The city is congested and drivers often lead double lives as scammers, so it’s better to use public transport when you can. Taxis and tuk-tuks are viable in a pinch; they’re always happy to pick up a “farang” (local slang for “foreigner”) because they think they can charge you more. Negotiate the price before leaving. Note that a typical fare from the airport to the center is around ฿450, so don’t pay more than that; a typical (relatively short) trip should be around ฿30-100 for a taxi, ฿70-200 for a tuk-tuk. Yes, tuk-tuks are usually more expensive and more prone to scammers. Read more about scams and how to avoid them here.

  • BTS Skytrain is the city’s metro system. It’s fast, cheap and clean. The only drawbacks: routes are limited and it stops running around midnight. The nearest metro stations to the conference are Siam and Chit Lom. You can find a full map and plan your trips on the official BTS website.

 

  • Bangkok MRT is the subway system. It’s a relatively small network, but luckily it’s centered around the location of the convention, so it could be useful. Find the schedule here.

 

  • Walking around Bangkok is very possible, and seeing as the conference is in December, the usual obstacle (insane heat and humidity) won’t be a problem. That said, the city is chaotic. Bring/download a map to make sure you don’t get (too) lost. Stay oriented by learning how the Sois (side streets) are numbered.

 

  • Uber is a smart option as well, having picked up traction in Bangkok recently. An UberX trip from Suvarnabhumi Airport to the conference location costs ฿325 (about $12). Get a fare estimate or download the app.

Conference location

The 2016 Affiliate World Asia conference will take place on 5 and 6 December 2016 at the Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre, on the 22nd floor:

 

CENTARA GRAND AT CENTRALWORLD

999/99 RAMA 1 ROAD,

PATHUMWAN, BANGKOK 10330,

THAILAND

 

All speeches and panels will be on either the Main or Breakout Stage, with the Exhibition Market on the main floor between the two stages.

 

Getting there

You can find driving and public transport directions from the airport on the Affiliate World Asia website or via our interactive map.

Hotels & accommodation

The event takes place at the Centara Grand, so it makes sense that it’s also the official hotel for the conference. Spots are disappearing rapidly, so jump on your chance to get 30% off through this link (sponsored by the conference).

 

There are other options as well. AW Asia has curated a list of nearby hotels, with various discounts and promotions for each. Find the whole list here: https://affiliateworldconferences.com/asia/hotels

 

AirBnb

Airbnb is active in Bangkok, with prices for a night ranging from ฿700-2500 ($20-70 USD). Check out their listings here.

Food

It was a bad idea to write this section before lunch.

In Bangkok, street food is king and you can’t go wrong. It’s known to many foodies as a paradise for delicious dishes in unassuming places – that dark back alley from the market may be hiding something seriously special.

 

While you’ll do just fine wandering around eating everything you see, those seeking the best of the best should check out these guides:

 

 

Update! Mr. Romance has suggested some places to eat close to the show hotel. He recommends using Uber – you can actually order one from a hotel using the Tripadvisor app or similarly easy pickup location. Note that a service charge is included on your bill at bars and restaurants in Thailand. You can tip extra if you wish.

 

Bamboo Pub & Restaurant

Casual – Lebanese, Thai and International

Open 24 hours.

 

Hooters Nana

Casual – American

Surely you’ve heard of this classic American chain.

 

New York Steakhouse at the JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok

Fine Dining – Steaks

Best steaks in town!

 

Zuma Japanese at the St. Regis

Fine Dining – Sushi

Probably the best Sushi in all of Thailand.

 

Somboon Seafood – Branch Central Embassy Mall

Casual Gourmet – Thai Seafood

Wide selection of creative fresh seafood dishes.

 

Din Tai Fung, Central Embassy Mall

Casual Gourmet – Taiwanese Dumplings

Michelin-rated restaurant. Best dumplings in the world according to Mr. Romance!

 

Sky Bar at Lebua Hotel

Bar / Nightclub

If you have time, the best sky bar in the city is at the Lebua Hotel. It is not close to the show hotel, but try to make it! It was used in a scene in The Hangover 2.

Emergency numbers/ Tourist Police

The best way to get help is by calling the Tourist Police. Yes, it’s a real thing and they are actually very helpful. The Tourist Police offer assistance in English and can be reached by calling 1155. They will direct you to the appropriate resource.

 

If you’re a local who speaks Thai, you can call emergency services directly at… wait a minute, why are you reading this guide?

 

Find more emergency information for visitors here.

The King

The King is a very important figure in Thailand. He’s revered by locals and treated almost like a deity. You’re not allowed to step on currency because his image is on it, and penalties for disgracing him can carry serious fines (as in jail or death).

That said, he just died. It’s a very big deal. Even though he was 88 and died from natural causes, nobody really knows exactly what it means for the future of Thailand. They have begun a year of mourning, but that shouldn’t affect your ability to enjoy your visit – just avoid flashy clothing and be respectful. You should be fine.

Read more about the recent death of the King and what it might mean for your trip, or learn about how important it is to respect the Crown Prince.

 

A big thanks to Julie Larson for her contribution to this section (along with some other excellent input) after the guide was posted!

 

Read more about the recent death of the King and what it might mean for your trip here.

2. EVENT OVERVIEW

This year will be larger than any before, which means there’s plenty to break down. We’ll cover a few main points, then leave you to decide how you’ll shape your own experience.

Affiliate World Asia: How it all began

Affiliate World Asia began as a way to bring STM forum discussions to life in the real world. It started in a meetup format, but has quickly outgrown itself into a full subdivision, Affiliate World Conferences. The meetup format evolved into a full conference just last year, and it’s already growing into one of the largest affiliate conferences in the world – along with its summertime European counterpart, which has been held in Berlin the past two years.

 

This year’s edition once again takes place in Bangkok on 5-6 December 2016.

Why should I attend?

The conference is both an educational resource and a networking opportunity. Numerous guest speakers and attending companies dispense insight into the trends that will shape the future of our industry, while major players in every category (from super affiliates to new networks) share experiences and best practices.

 

In the end, it’s an exciting excuse to meet new people, chat about affiliate marketing and make a connection or learn a lesson that ends up paying for the ticket twice over. The potential value is unquestionable, but each attendee’s takeaway will be unique.

Who will be there?

Speakers

A full list of the speakers is available on the Affiliate World Asia 2016 website. Highlights include:

 

  • Neil Patel: You’ve probably heard of this crazy-prolific entrepreneur. If not, you’ve likely heard of his products/properties: Crazy Egg, Quick Sprout, KISSmetrics, Hello Bar… or maybe you’ve read his writing in the New York Times and HubSpot. Neil Patel was the keynote at Affiliate World Europe earlier this year and is not to be missed. Connect with Neil Patel: @neilpatel

 

  • Christian Rudder: OkCupid is one of the largest dating sites in the world, and Christian Rudder has been the driving force behind his success. He is also the author of Dataclysm and founding member of indie band Bishop Allen, bringing a cultural sensibility that is rivaled by few in the industry. Connect with Christian Rudder: @christianrudder

 

  • Matthew Woodward: An award winning blogger based in the UK, Matthew Woodward has been blogging about video games since he was a wee lad. He’s a frequent entry on “top blogger” lists thanks to his in-depth tutorials and case studies that help beginners and experts alike. Connect with Matthew Woodward: @MattWoodwardUK

 

  • Alexander Willemsen: Fellow Dutchman and affiliate expert Alexander Willemsen has been a thought leader in the affiliate space for a long time, starting with his first website business at age 13. He’s always been hands-on and has strong knowledge of coding, business development, media buying and management as they interact with the affiliate industry. Connect with Alexander Willemsen: @scitomedia

 

  • Charles Ngo: A respected thought leader in the industry for many years, Charles Ngo is deeply rooted in the affiliate marketing scene. He became a self-made millionaire before the age of 30, and he gladly shares the secrets and motivation behind his success with both new and experienced affiliates alike. For more from Charles, check out his review of last year’s AWA. Connect with Charles Ngo: @Dr_Ngo

 

Attendees

This is you – but it’s more than that. This conference is for the top of the crop. You’ll find worthy counterparts for intense discussions about concepts or problems that have been troubling you. You’ll meet other full-time affiliates who have established businesses across numerous verticals with unique strategies to help them grow. The conference is slick and well-designed. Affiliate World Asia delivers a valuable experience with a level of polish that few other conferences in the affiliate world can rival.

Event schedule

The full event schedule has been released! Here are some key points:

 

  • Registration is open the day before (4 December) from 12:00-18:00 on Level 22 of the Centara Grand. Get there early and don’t forget your ticket or photo ID!
  • The meet market is open each day from 10:00-18:00 (we’ll be at Booth B57 ourselves!)
  • Speakers begin at 13:00 on the Main Stage and panels begin shortly after 10:00 on the Breakout Stage.

 

Full AWAsia event schedule

3. THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN BANGKOK

Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles, and with so much to do and see, you shouldn’t have any problem finding a reason to grin (or sin, but don’t get in trouble as you do – unless you know how to bribe). We’ve compiled a few main attractions (and how to get the most out of them) below.

 

All of the attractions listed in each section below can be found on our interactive map for AW Asia 2016.

Temples and Buddhas

Thailand is famous for its elaborate temples and intricate Buddhas. There’s plenty of literature on the web about each one, but we’re keeping the Affiliate World Asia 2016 conference in mind with this list: they’re all relatively close to the main event. A few are even clustered together, making for a nonstop temple trip.

 

  • Wat Pho: This is one of the largest and well-known temples. It’s got a reclining buddha with outstanding architecture and plenty to see. It’s also famous for its massage therapists; many Thai massage parlors claim that their masseuses were trained at Wat Pho.

 

  • Wat Arun: Colorful, tall and ornate, identified by its intricate spires, Wat Arun is one of the most visually stunning temples. It’s on the other side of the river from Wat Pho, so a bit of a journey, but worth it.

 

  • Wat Saket: Featuring an unmistakable golden tower that you might even be able to see from your hotel (if it’s close to the convention center), Wat Saket overlooks Bangkok beneath what seems to be a golden crown wrapped in white linen, surrounded by lush greenery. Nearby and worth it.

 

  • Wat Suthat and the Giant Swing: One of the most iconic temples in town. Be warned: the “giant swing” sounds way cooler than it is. It’s just a couple wooden poles where a swing used to be; they took it down ~80 years ago. It used to be part of a big festival where monks would swing for coins. Famous, but maybe not the most impressive on this list.

 

  • Wat Ratchanatdaram & Loha Prasat: The temple is Wat Ratchanatdaram, and Loha Prasat is the highlight: it’s a massive, multi-tiered structure that symbolizes the 37 virtues toward enlightenment. It’s modeled after similar Loha Parasada in Sri Lanka and India, giving it a cross-cultural vibe that takes you a bit outside the traditional Thai you’ll find at the other temples.

 

  • Wat Mahathat – Ruins that have been partially restored. Wat Mahathat is one of the oldest temples, and its mystical history is reinforced by fortune tellers and a Sunday amulet market (complete with religious charms, talismans, amulets and traditional medicine spread on the ground). Choose wisely and enjoy good luck for the rest of your life. Choose poorly, and the ground will split while you evaporate into bones and disappear from existence. Maybe. We’re not really sure how it works.

Muay Thai

Aww, yeah. The badass part. Muay Thai isn’t the only form of Thai martial arts (there’s also Krabi Krabong, which is pretty brutal/awesome in its own right), but it’s the form everyone knows best. Not only is it a highly effective addition to an MMA arsenal, it’s been used to resolve large-scale conflicts between kingdoms and is an integral, highly respected part of Thai culture.

 

We really like Muay Thai, so keep following our social media channels for more interesting info about this ancient tradition. If you want to see a live fight, you have a few options:

 

  • Rajadamnern – This is one of the two largest venues for fights. Gambling is legal and encouraged on the 2nd level. Tickets range from ฿1000-2000. Bouts are on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 18:30. Tickets and more info: www.rajadamnern.com/

 

  • Lumpinee – The other largest venue. Very busy and loud, it’s perhaps the best way to get the local experience. Tickets range from ฿200-2000. Bouts are Tuesdays and Fridays from 18:30; Saturday between 17:00 and 20:00; and Saturday nights from 20:30. Tickets and more info: http://www.muaythailumpinee.net/en/

 

  • Channel 7 Stadium – This one is free (or you can get a VIP ticket for ฿300) and operated by the Royal Thai Army. The fights are broadcast live and they want an audience. Bouts occur every Sunday and third Wednesday of the month (Sundays at 13:45, Wednesdays at noon). More info: http://muaythai-world.com/channel-7-stadium-bangkok/

 

Along with these arenas, there are lots of fights at temples, on the streets (organized, don’t worry), at random event halls… it’s everywhere as long as you’re looking for it. Ask the reception at your hotel to see if there are any local matches or events happening nearby.

Street markets

Street markets are the juxtaposition of the calm floating markets Thailand is famous for: they’re often hectic, busy and full of people who have something they need to do right now, and you’re in their damn way! Don’t be discouraged, though. There’s hardly a more authentic experience than picking up some street food while perusing flowers and trinkets amongst the locals.

 

A big thanks to Nerd Nomads for helping with this list; their full guide can be found here.

  • Chatuchak Weekend Market: This is the mother of all Bangkok street markets. It’s not just big… it’s one of biggest street markets in the world, divided into 27 sections that span more than a square kilometer. 200,000+ people visit every day, from wandering tourists to restaurant owners and street vendors stocking up on wares for the day. Get there early to beat the crowd.

 

  • Pak Klong Talat Flower Market: Open 24 hours, this bright flower and vegetable market is busiest in the evening when boats and trucks arrive bringing fresh supplies for the evening and following day.

 

  • Klongsan Market: Not very touristy, this market specializes in clothes and jewelry (some authentic, some… err, let’s just say “not so authentic”). There are food stands as well. Expect cheap prices and usually quality to match.

 

  • Klong Toey Fresh Market: Aptly named, this market focuses on freshness; fresh seafood, meat prepared on the spot, vegetables and exotic fruit delivered regularly… they even kill the fish right before your eyes. Which might actually not be a selling point for some of you. (Toughen up! You know fresh death makes it taste better!)

 

  • Bangkok Farmers Market: One of the coolest new markets in town. It’s quite different from the rest on this list: the traveling event (new location every week) was started by a collective of farmers who are focused on healthy living. They offer yoga instruction, education about farming, charity programs and all sorts of healthy new age stuff. (Ever tried worm tea? Don’t. But you can get it there.) This one gets our recommendation, but good luck finding it: the market pops up at various places around town. Visit their Facebook page for up-to-date info.

 

  • Pratunam Market: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure trash that he is trying to sell at this market. It’s a bunch of junk and random crap in a popular tourist area. Which, of course, makes it one of the most interesting and must-see markets in town.

Floating markets

Floating markets are a unique way to explore local culture while enjoying serene quiet (as opposed to the loud, crowded markets on the streets of Bangkok). Many of these are located further away from the city, so they may require a day trip. If it’s something you’re into and you have the time, we highly recommend going.

 

You may have to zoom out on our map to find some of these:

 

  • Amphawa: The Amphawa floating market stands out for its authenticity. Visitors report it as a fun environment with happy shopkeepers offering souvenirs, sweets and snacks to enjoy from your boat. It starts a bit later in the day, so you have a bit more time in the morning to make the 90km trek from Bangkok’s city center.

 

  • Damnoen Saduak Floating Market: This one is far away (100km from the city center) and is known for being overrun with tourists during peak hours. That said, it’s one of the most famous floating markets for a reason: you won’t walk away disappointed by the market itself (but the crowds could pose a threat to your experience).

 

  • Taling Chan: Very calm and quiet (plus near Bangkok: it’s only 12km from the city center), this is a neighborhood floating market that is more commonly frequented by locals than tourists. Near Khlong Lat Mayom.

 

  • Khlong Lat Mayom: This “fruit-forward” floating market is small and very local, with hardly any tourists. The focus is on sweets and fruits, and it’s near Taling Chan. If you prefer the idea of small neighborhood markets to the hustle-and-bustle of bigger ones, then we suggest a trip to both (easily combined in a day due to their proximity).

 

  • Bang Nam Pheung: With only six boats, it’s barely a floating market – there are no cruises, either. It’s only 20km away, but taxis might not know how to get there. If you can’t decide between the larger, more popular markets and the Taling Chan/Khlong Lat Mayom combo, this is a good middle ground. Check out Lat Pho Park on your way (just ask your taxi driver to go to “สวนสุขภาพ ลัดโพธิ์”). Very interesting food, in a really nice location (“The Lung of Bangkok”) with lots of nature.

Traditional Thai massages

Thai massages are famous for being rejuvenating – in the most intense, painful way you can imagine. These women can break your spine with the flick of a fingernail. Just make sure you pay and they (probably) won’t.

 

Note: for most massages, you don’t get naked. Wear loose-fitting clothing for best results. (Some places may have clothes you can borrow.)

 

  • Wat Pho: You’ll find plenty of opportunities for a massage in the area surrounding the famous Wat Pho temple. This is probably the most authentic place to get a massage, but beware of scammers (okay, they’re not really scamming, they’re just giving shitty massages) and be ready to wait. You can try calling ahead, but we got these numbers from the internet and have no idea who might answer: 02-221-2974 or 02-225-4771
    • Traditional Thai massage
      • ฿420 for 1 hour
      • ฿260 for 30 minutes
    • Foot Massage
      • ฿420 for 1 hour
      • ฿280 for 30 minutes

 

  • Health Land: This is probably the safest bet. It’s a chain with many locations throughout Bangkok. Prices are nice and the massage therapists are quite good. They’re like Chipotle, but for massages.
    • Traditional Thai Massage
      • ฿550 for 2 hours
    • Aromatherapy Body Massage
      • ฿950 for 1.5 hours
    • Sauna
      • ฿300 for 1 hour

 

Let’s be honest, though: they’re called Thai massages, and you’ll be in Thailand. It won’t be hard to find one. Aside from the above options, you’ll find plenty of experts throughout the city, and the scam risk is pretty low – your biggest risk is that it won’t be a great massage, and you should be keeping an eye on your valuables anyway. Most massage pavilions in Bangkok can be trusted to deliver the terribly painful (and totally replenishing) experience you’re looking for.

Nightlife

Nightlife in Bangkok is world famous, and part of the fun is in wandering around and getting lost in the chaos. When you only have a few days, though, it’s smart to plan a bit ahead. Nicky Cakes and the fine folks at STM have put together a solid list of clubs around the area (which we’ve also added to our map).

Don’t let Bangkok take you. Or do. Maybe that’s more fun.

 

If you’re looking for more than just a table at a club, the options below are great starting points to begin a full night out on the town:

 

  • Asiatique The Riverfront: This isn’t a club or street, it’s a “lifestyle complex” complete with shopping, restaurants, attractions, clubs and yes, probably some thieves and scammers. It’ll be busy, but you won’t run out of things to do.

 

  • Khao San Road Night Market: Known as “the ultimate backpacker party hub” by travelers looking to reminisce with fellow globetrotters about their wild experiences (while having a few new ones). Fans of the area recommend The Club (great name, right?), Lava Club and Brick Bar.

 

  • Soi Thong Lo 10 (Thonglor): This is a great area to see how locals like to party. Check out Funky Villa/Demo (2 clubs in 1), Escobar (clever name, usually free entry), Do Not Disturb (for EDM), or Safe House (where the party usually goes late into the night).

 

  • Soi Sukhumvit 11: Used to be a seedy area, but it’s up and coming now. Explore the rooftop bars or get a cheap beer at the aptly named Cheap Charlie’s. Visit Oscar or Marshmallow for a more accurate, sophisticated depiction of the area’s new direction.

 

  • Silom Road: Boring and plain by day, party place by night. Check out Cloud 47 (rooftop bar) for scenery, or wander along Sois 2 and 4 to catch up on the thriving gay scene (don’t miss DJ Station for that). Or kick it with go-go dancers just around the corner at Patpong on Soi 6. There’s something for everyone here.

Romance - Apples & Bananas

We’ve received some tips regarding romance from Mr. Romance, a local expat:

 

To begin, Thailand is often referred to as the Land of Smiles for countless reasons, but when it comes to romance, foreigners are exotic to say the least. They have a local term for white guys called “Farang” and it does help to break the ice if the girl is single and interested.

Thai people are kind, helpful and respectful, so if you see that someone special, don’t be afraid to introduce yourself :)

 

Going out on Soi 11

This is a very good Soi with a lot of good places to hang out and tons of tourist and local girls

To start you can goto:

 

Oskar Bistro

Bar/Bistro

Arrive around 9-11pm to start drinking.

 

Havana Social

Cocktail Bar

Arrive around 9-11pm to start drinking and later visit the cigar room upstairs. You can stay longer and it is around the corner from Oskar.

 

Levels Club & Lounge

Club

Dance music goes from 11pm. Closing time is 1-2am.

 

Sugar Club

Club

Hip Hop. Open from 11pm until 1-2am.

 

Mixx Discotheque

Late-night Club

In the Intercontinental Hotel – this is not on Soi 11 but is a short cab ride away. Peak times are 1am – 5am.

 

Yours Truly,

Mr. Romance

 

 

And finally, one special tip from Matt Martorano: Remember, if they got an apple, they got a banana.

 

Meet Advidi there

We have a premium booth at the Meet Market and will be there both days with our elite traveling team: The Adverthaising Warriors. Stop by and say hi – we’ll be at at Booth B57, near the center of the exhibition. You can even win a free flight! We’re excited to meet affiliates from around the world, whether you work with us already or not.

A bit about us

Advidi is a Dutch affiliate network based in Amsterdam. We believe in putting people before profits, which means we value every relationship we have with affiliates and advertisers alike. Our primary verticals are Dating, iGaming, Health & Beauty and Mainstream, while our focus is on helping affiliates find exclusive offers, optimize campaigns and deliver the best possible traffic to our trusted advertisers. Learn more about who we are.

 

 

See you in Bangkok

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