- Paperback: 182 pages
- Publisher: lulu.com (November 9, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1300685662
- ISBN-13: 978-1300685661
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 106 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,781,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1. It's an inspirational story about how Johnny wanted a different lifestyle than his other American friends, and he actually goes and does something about it. If you're stuck in an office cubicle somewhere and need some inspiration, read this book.
2. Johnny is writing from a man's perspective, obviously, and he is super transparent about chasing women, drinking, partying, etc. It's refreshing to read about some of his more personal experiences because it's hard to find.
3. The book goes into detail about where to stay and where to train if you're looking to stay in Thailand for longer than just a couple of weeks. It's a guidebook without all the politically correct reviews that traditional guide books write about. If he didn't enjoy a place, he let you know straight up.
You'll get a lot out of this book if you're headed to Thailand, especially if you're looking to party, scuba dive, or train Muay Thai. But even if you're not, it's just an entertaining read anyway. And it'll definitely make you think outside the box of your traditional lifestyle.
The book lays out some great basic level information for heading over to Thailand and how to survive once you hit the ground. It also shows you how easily you can do it, which most of us forget as we get wrapped up in the day to day grind of just surviving instead of thriving. There is a huge added bonus to the material if you're into diving or martial arts.
I spent a summer in SE Asia in 2004. I've been wanting to get back ever since and finally after a decade, I'm on my way, thanks in part to Johnny and his book. I found Johnny via a YouTube video showing one of his many apartments in Thailand. This lead to finding his blog, ordering his book, and now being a regular listener of his Travel Like a Boss podcast.
Like many others have stated, I feel like I have seen Johnny's growth over the last year through his videos, blog, and even a new book. It has been one of the most motivating things in my life this year, and has lead to a lot of personal success. I'm currently packing up my apartment, putting everything into storage and starting an eight week trip to Asia as a test run for running my company remotely.
Johnny, if you're in town when I make it to Chiang Mai, I would like to say thanks and treat you to a Paleo meal!
There is information regarding prices, dating, and leaving your current life for an adventure in a foreign land that should be exciting to anybody that has yet to travel for more that a short two week stint.
Personally, I find the book to be a three star, but reading this would helpful to a good mass of the people that have yet to really venture out. A bump in my star rating for that.
I'm sure anybody can pull well over $10 worth of info from the book to justify the cost.
Overall, I think the book is too focused on the authors personal hobbies and interests to title the book just "12 Weeks In Thailand".
Still, you will find some bit of info in the book that will more than justify the cost of the price paid.
This is a personal account and Johnny shares almost everything. The level of transparency he displays is amazing. You really feel like you are with him for the entire journey.
There are alot of details that he shares and he breaks down everything giving exact figures to things such as living expenses, rent and tickets. But more importantly is the why for doing all these things. I wish I had found this earlier like 5 years ago.
One of the major learnings you can take away after reading this book is that whatever your age is, right now make the most of it and don’t waste another year hopping, dreaming or putting off what you really want to do. He even gives examples of what happens to those who wait. It’s because of this that I have made my own plans to go to Chiang Mai and spend time there at the end of this year.
The chapter on attending a silent meditation retreat was one that really resonated with me and I suggest for anyone in a corporate job or being too long in the rat race to read it.
To conclude: GET THIS BOOK. TAKE ACTION.
12 Weeks in Thailand: The Guide Book to Travel Cheap, Learn Muay Thai all while Living the 4-Hour Workweek
If you plan on traveling through Thailand for awhile, I'd definitely recommend this book. If you want to know how to spend your money frugally and wisely, learning from an asian is the way to go!