Thaistyle Rawai Phuket Update: Another Move

An advantage to travelling rather light is that I can pretty much move at the drop of a hat. This includes various reasons like growing tired of a place, price increases due to tourist opportunities (it’s generally a buyer’s market, though, because of Covid), a better location, or a better deal.

I previously wrote about 2 of my previous moves, with photos of both places: Islander Update and My New Digs In Phuket. Briefly, after four months in my original Phuket place, I moved to a little mini-villa with its own private little pool. I went from a measure of socialization fatigue to isolation. After three months I decided to move back and just manage my encounters better….To not be so available for frequent interruption.

But then the government happened and began allowing people to enter Thailand again, provided they’re fully “vaccinated,” plus jumped through a ton of hoops, plus stay in a so-called “SHA+” hotel for their initial 2 weeks. What’s the difference between a hotel and an SHA+ hotel? It’s an opportunity for what’s called “rent seeking,” where businesses have various advantages over their competition granted by government. It’s typically done with licenses, permits, designations, etc. So, an artificial market is created to boost prices above what the market will otherwise bear.

I don’t blame my friend the owner for taking advantage of it—he’s suffered for 18 months through government “helping” in the exact opposite way. But, for me, paying more than double from one month to the next wasn’t going to happen. I found a new place, but should have spent more time and effort on that. I quickly knew it was not for me. Markedly, I’m a guy who’s pretty cheary when I get up in the morning—before I’ve had a chance to fuck up the day…

For the first time ever, I was a bit depressed every morning and couldn’t shake it. But I hate to shop. I asked the girl if she could find me a new place and in about 2 days, Bingo! Thai owner of a 2-story, 2-bedroom, 2 bath townhome in a gated development. It’s on the market for sale for about $150K, but so are a lot of other places all over. In the interim, she’s renting it to me for 12,000 baht per month ($350). I’ll have 30-day notice to move if she sells it.

Accordingly, I moved yesterday from my mistake—10 KM back here to Rawai where I love it—even with 6 days of paid rent still on the books.

Wanna see?

So, how do I tolerate moving so easily and quickly? I keep it light.

Packed For Chiang Mai, Thailand; January 14, 2020

Here I am, about 2 years later, and that’s increased by about 2 medium-sized boxes—small enough that I can even check as airline baggage for a fee, which I did when I moved here from Pattaya January 2021.

And for these local moves I don’t even bother with formal packing tight and efficient. I save bags and just keep a lot of stuff loose.

Then I app-up a Grab pickup, which is the Thai equivalent of Uber, put it in the car, and then meet up at the new place, me on the motorbike.

…I do have a few extras since I’ve been in the same area for a while, but those I left in free storage at the place prior to my “mistake move,” since I might be moving back after high season and the price is right again.

Disassembled Pull-Ups and Dips Rack, Cooking Stuff, and BBQ

Since I have plenty of space now, I’ll be arranging to bring those things the 3 KM over in a friend’s truck.

And that’s it. I don’t see how I could ever go back to the endless accumulation of stuff that ends up owning me and keeping me in a geographic jail of sorts—short of enduring a month-long nightmare of packing, loading, moving, unloading, and unpacking.

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  1. Mike Feeney on December 4, 2021 at 10:54

    Congratulations on the move. You’re spot on about stuff. ‘Every possession is a burden’ is true. I just finished a move and loathed every box.

    How’d you decide on the pullup/dip rack? I’m in the market for one.

    • Richard Nikoley on December 4, 2021 at 11:07

      Hey Mike. Saw your comment pop in as I’m writing the next Testosterone post.

      Here’s what I got:

      It’s $300 retail in US, on sale now for $230. It’s heavy, so shipping, my guess, $50 and up. I got it via Lazada Thailand for about $90, plus $10 shipping, for a grand total of $100 delivered to my door.

      I spent decent time looking at a lot of models. My concern was that for a platform pull up and dip thing supporting your 190#, it has to be really fuckling beefy or it’s a mess of shake, rattle, and roll.

      I am thoroughly happy to report that it’s a fucking heavy and beefy rock.

  2. Mike Feeney on December 4, 2021 at 20:48

    I’m 6’1″, and in the 190 range too. So this I just what I was looking for, thank you. I knew you would have investigated thoroughly!

    • Richard Nikoley on December 4, 2021 at 20:53

      I already had to help 2 friends here in Thailand with proper assembly because the instructions were a chinese translation. You even have to start from the back of the book, as I guess they read right to left, LOL.

      All worked out, though.

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