The Single Dude's Guide to Patong Beach, Thailand: Sleazy Tourist Trap

Patong Beach

Recently, team Single Dude found themselves on a short trip to Patong Beach in Phuket, Thailand. A lot has changed since I’d been there last about 5 years ago. Patong Beach is now second only to Pataya in terms of its filth and debauchery. I don’t mind the filth, although that’s not my end goal in a vacation destination, so much as I mind all the tourist trap-ism. Phuket has turned into a town for the locals to extract as much as money in as short a period of time as possible from the hordes of Western, Russian, Chinese, and other tourists.

Where to begin? Ever been to a Thai go-go bar? … [Read more]

Weekend Getaway- Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi Beach

The best thing about working in Southeast Asia is the ease of traveling to exotic and beautiful locations in the region. Flights are cheap on Air Asia, Tiger Air, and other discount airlines and in a couple of hours you can escape the bustle and crowding of big cities like Singapore, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok and transport yourself to a picturesque tropical beach where hotels are cheap, drinks have umbrellas in them, and the point of life seems, for me at least, to be quite obvious.

An excellent place for a quick weekend getaway is Langkawi, Malaysia. A quick hour from KL and other regional cities, Langkawi has … [Read more]

Single Dude Radio Episode 4: Boracay, Philippines

Single Dude Radio

In today’s we discuss the Philippines including many of of its benefits and drawbacks.

Links:
The Single Dude’s Guide to Manila, Philippines – The Cons
The Single Dude’s Guide to Manila, Philippines – The Pros (coming soon)
The Single Dude’s Guide to Boracay, Philippines
How to spot a ladyboy
The Single Dude’s Guide to Thailand
A plea to stag parties

Crackpot theories about the end of the world as we know it

Nuclear Fireball

A while back while I was sitting on the beach with Charlie in the supposed paradise of Boracay Island, Philippines, I came up with a theory about when the next major US market meltdown (or meltup?) will occur. Usually we would have been picking up chicks but unfortunately that former island paradise is now overrun with ladyboys, prostitutes and fat Western tourists. So instead Charlie and I sat on the beach drinking $1 San Miguel Lights and discussing just what this crazy world is coming to.

In a nutshell, the theory that I came up with is that the time period between major US bear markets is decreasing at an exponential rate (give … [Read more]

Your Health is Your Most Important Asset

nurses triage

We at Single Dude Travel believe as one of our most core beliefs is that the key to success in all of life comes in self-improvement.  There are tricks to getting the most out of life but we believe that it is most important to make yourself the smartest, strongest, coolest and most successful dude you can be.  If you make the most of yourself business success and girls will come as a natural part of the process.

Boris has already discussed how to free yourself from the corporate prison, so hopefully you’re working on improving your professional health already.  Today we are going to take a look at your physical health.  So ask yourself the … [Read more]

Escape the Corporate Prison

Beach Sunset

So if you’re anything like me once you got a taste of what life really has to offer (or at least what life outside the Western world really has to offer) you can’t get enough of it. You have one little problem though: two weeks of vacation (or four to six if you live in Western Europe) just isn’t enough. If you’re like most young professionals out there as I was, you probably spend 40% or more of your waking hours working as a corporate slave chained to a desk in a cube. To add insult to injury you probably spend another 10% or more of your waking hours driving to and from that corporate prison.

Sure you travel … [Read more]

Playa del Carmen - Cancun, but Good!

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen rocks. I wrote earlier about what a disaster the cesspool of Cancun is and how you should never go there.  Luckily, nearby is one of my favorite places in Mexico: Playa del Carmen, or just “Playa” for short. It’s only an hour (or less) from the Cancun airport by bus, yet it feels like a thousand miles away culturally. In place of drunk fat sunburned American tourists you have chic Italians, cool Mexicans, Russian models, and great nightlife at much less tourist trap prices. Playa del Carmen is definitely a single dude recommended destination.

Now that you’ve landed at the Cancun airport, it’s time to first wait for customs. Quick? See any cute … [Read more]