scott mallon

Farang is a name Thai’s call foreigners.

Many Americans are seriously considering becoming expats because the cost of living in other countries is so much cheaper.  but, before you take the plunge—do your research.   a good start would be Scott Mallon’s book:  They Call Me Farang: Short Stories By An American In Bangkok

Single men and couples are researching and considering moving out of the United States;

Many think the cost of living is cheaper in countries like Thailand, Cambodia and the like;

Some are retiring to Mexico and Guatemala hoping to stretch their American dollar;

Is the grass really greener on the other side of the world?

Or is moving to a foreign country and becoming an expat trading one hardship for another?

A few years ago, I met a twenty-four year old guy at Starbuck’s in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Originally, he is from San Diego, but he travels the world as what he calls a digital nomad.  Basically, a digital nomad is someone who learns a trade, contracts with various companies on assignments, and travels the world; moving every few months for enjoyment.

Although Blake was currently living in Raleigh, he was actually working on a project with a company in Singapore as a graphic designer.  But, what really fascinated me was that he was getting ready to move to the UK for a few months just for the hell of it.

Wow.  If I were his age again—I’d probably be doing the same thing, I thought.

I have another friend, a female, who moved to Guatemala last year.  She started her own company, teaching English as a second language, and she is doing well.  We spoke about it a few months ago and she tells me the cost of living is about a third of what she would have to pay here in the United States.

And, then there is Scott Mallon: An American in Bangkok.  He moved to Thailand back in 1995.  He’s a writer and photojournalist.  He travels around Asia taking what I consider some of the most artistic pictures of people and landscapes I’ve ever seen.  Scott’s pictures make me what to visit some of the places he photographs—especially when he chronicles the exotic foods.

It’s not just Americans thinking about relocating to foreign countries—many Brits, Australians and Canadians are considering it for one reason or another.  Mostly, the reasons boil down to the economy, when it’s all said and done.

But, let’s face it: we’ve all heard stories of guys wanting to move to places like Thailand for the women and cheap beer—especially the women.   Unfortunately, research points out that most of those guys end up broke and, if they’re not careful homeless and destitute trying to find a way back home.

Sadly, after following Scott on Facebook and his YouTube Channel for a few years—and hearing of horror story after horror story of guys who have emailed him looking to go to Thailand, thinking they have a better chance of finding “love” in the Land of Smiles, I doubt even his well-crafted book will stop some guys from thinking with the wrong head.

But, for the rest of us—researching and actually considering retirement as an expat—Scott Mallon’s book is worth its weight in gold.  He gives logical and well sought-after advice that could only come from someone with twenty plus years of experience living the life of an expat.

Even though his book is currently ranked #2 in Asian countries>Thailand on Amazon—his advice and commentary can be used for any country, and not just those looking at Asia.

And, it’s humorous with a dry wit that could only be Scott.

The blurb for his books reads:

Weary from running his printing business in Southern California, Scott Mallon hops on a jet bound for Thailand with three bags and $10,000 to his name. Originally planned as a one year sabbatical, his journey ends up as a twenty year stay.

In They Call Me Farang, Mallon delivers a timeless collection of insightful, compelling short stories in the only way he knows, with dry humor and a straightforward, no holds barred voice.

Learn what life is really like as an expatriate in Thailand; there is action, advice, comedy, love and of course, plenty of commentary on Thailand’s beautiful women. Get all the gritty details in this semi-autobiographical account of his two decades in the country.

Even if you’re not looking to relocate, the 168 page book is worth the price as it is a good read and full of good writing and advice.

You can also find Scott Mallon at




About George Fisher

George is a freelance writer, an author and a Democratic political consultant. He has worked as Deputy Communications Director for a Senatorial campaign and Campaign Manager for several NC House races and one congressional race. He previously worked as a news producer for a local television station.
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