[save the date] SteemFest⁴ Bangkok, Thailand - 6/7/8/9/10 November 2019 - ⛅ ฟ้าหลังฝน - Let's go!

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This year, SteemFest heads to the "Venice of Asia", Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, city of the angels, or as known to most of you, Bangkok - Thailand!


This megapolis is home to about 9 million people build around the swirling Chao Phraya river. A true city jungle with daily challenges to experience: heat (albeit agreable in early November), gridlock of traffic, harmonious chaos and generic sensory overload!

Come for SteemFest, stay for the Thai experience

SteemFest is the annual gathering for Steem users and its ecosystem. It is a reunion meets conference meets citytrip - aiming to meet new people, foster relationships and learn from each other.

Next to the two conference days held in several parts of Bangkok, SteemFest will be larded once again with various social events and tourist trips. Going to and from the event venues are little adventures in itself, as I found when taking on Bangkok during last March' soaring temperatures.

Bangkok Chao Praya river - by massimo_riserbo on Flickr

Explore beautiful sights, temples, (floating) markets, Thai massages, sky bars, enjoy epic streetfood, kindest people and new worlds every other Soi (sidestreet) you walk in to. And after 5 days in Bangkok? The Thai islands lure. Don't head back to the airport just yet. Shall we turn Koh Chang into Steem Island?

After 3 years in Europe, SteemFest heads to Asia

People from over 60 different countries attended past 3 SteemFest events and every year saw about 15% of the attendees coming from various countries in Asia. It is therefore time to make the leap and settle for this edition in Bangkok in the heart of Asia, with a great Steem community. Great weather, in early November not yet too hot, at the start of the tourist season.

Floating Market Bangkok - by BB Wijdieks on Flickr

Overall a beautiful and foreigner welcoming country, wonderful people (Land of the Smiles), easy going attitude: some of Thailand's features. This year's destination was also chosen because:

  • Tourist friendly visa policy: as a country living of tourism it has a very easy visa policy. Do your own research for your origin prior to booking tho!
  • Very well connected international airport. With over 160 direct flight connections, including 10 cities in Europe or so.
  • Favourable economy (albeit Bangkok being somewhat more expensive). You can slash the SteemFest hotel price from last year by 50%-75% and once the full budget is completed I hope the ticketprice can also once again be lower compared to last year. This also depends on to be defined sponsorships though.

SteemFest⁴ "theme": ⛅ ฟ้าหลังฝน

Above is a thai saying, literally translated into "SKY AFTER RAIN". Which is so true and reflecting:

Rain in Bangkok - by Torbus on Flickr

After past year(s) cryptowinter, hope glories on the horizon. Recent spikes see renewed interest from old and new parties in the blockchain ecosystem offering opportunities for Steem. After (imho) some depressing months last year, the Steem chain has seen countless community efforts launching, not only keeping the soul alive but also firing up the spirit. Let's reach out for the sky in Bangkok!

SteemFest⁴ current status:

Prior to my Bangkok visits in February & March I've done a lot of desk research and during the 30 day Thailand trip had a lot of meetings with suppliers, hotels and potential event venues. As Asia is a change of continent I did not want to wait any longer with announcing. With about 6 months to go, for anyone around the world there is plenty of time to plan, save up and work towards another epic edition. Seeing that the [Save the date] 2018 post last year was only out in July, this year you have another 2 months extra to plan!

The Grand Palace - by cokedragon on Flickr

Be smart, plan early!

Some great websites to checkout: Skyscanner.net and Flyhacks.com. Of course if you come long haul, you will need to cough up, but by being a smartpants you can turn the odds in your favour: I found a "flyhacks" price for example for 504 USD (446 EUR) from NYC / BKK return flight for the SteemFest⁴ dates. Some other prices: Los Angeles (446 USD), London (406 USD / 360 EUR), Moscow (375 USD), Jakarta (130 USD), Seoul (188 USD), Tokyo (268 USD), New Delhi (261 USD), Also recommendable is HackTheFlight.net which lists all found bargain prices from around the net. - How about a 245 EUR flight from Frankfurt to BKK?

Bangkok: On the Railway - by Torbus on Flickr

Of course this year will see another iteration of the SteemFest Travel Reimbursement Fund, as always donations are open to the @t-r-f account, which will be distributed based on miles travelled and attendees can register for a piece of the pie during SteemFest in Bangkok. By the way, should you need any tips & tricks in finding great flights or deals, please ping me. I am a part time travel planner and I find it a challenge to find good prices.

The SteemFest⁴ Hotel

Book your place asap (optionally with free cancellation)
You need a place to stay & sleep (some). Bangkok is big. Let's get a hotel together. For this year SteemFest teamed up with Prince Palace Hotel Bangkok.

Prince Palace Hotel - Bangkok

This is the place for festival checkin, opening drinks and for some unplanned steem pool parties! This hotel was chosen for economic viability, but also conveniently located on the Khlong San Saep canal which has fast typical thai 0.25 EUR/ride ferries to Silom (5 minutes) where the BTS Skytrain gives access to travel Bangkok by superfast public transport vs. the gridlocked roads. This enables you to see a lot of the city and also have events scattered around, but not leave you sitting in cabs all day long. Because of Bangkok's traffic challenge, the past editions "frequent" SteemFest rented shuttle rides will not be an option so much this year.

Khlong Saen Saep Express Boats, Bangkok, Thailand - by dgmckelvey on Flickr

Prince Palace Hotel Bangkok is a 3-star hotel with 4/5 star-rating and affordable prices. Room rates start at €45 for a single room, double occupancy, but can go as low as €17/person if you hack the hotel and book a 3 bedroom family room, occupying with 6. Featuring: Two outdoor pools, poolbar, spa/fitness, 6 bars & restaurants, 800+ rooms in various layouts.

Although the hotel has 800 rooms, seeing that November is the start of tourist season in Thailand, I recommend you to book early via Agoda. (The hotel itself recommended me Agoda, as it has more affordable pricing compared to their own booking system or what they can offer). Agoda also has room offers with free cancellation up to 1 week prior to the event. Needless to say, I've already booked my rooms. (Staying with the whole family this year).

The SteemFest Ticketshop...

... opens latest in July once the budget is more or less set in stone. That said, SteemFest is very open to sponsorships! Engage your product & brand among the most fresh, cutting edge epic early adopters in cryptoland and help them make SteemFest4 unforgettable and affordable! Contact [email protected] for sponsorship opportunities.

That's it for now! Start planning! Join the SteemFest Telegram and subscribe to the newsletter if you have not yet done so.

Sawadee krap!


6/7/8/9/10 November 2019 - Bangkok, Thailand [Click here for .ics file to add SF4 to your calendar]

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Wonderful news!

love BKK!

You coming? :)

Who wants to hand out Steem/Steemit/Dtube flyers in crowded spots like Khao San Rd, Chatuchak Market, MBK and so on?

Great news @roelandp! Look forward to hearing more about SF4!

Why is he once again ignoring the USA and preventing American Steemians from ever having one single steemfest when we make up the lion share of users and investment? Also we are in no position to plan steem fests when steem is on the brink of becoming as irrelevant as Golos, we need marketing not steemfests....

and you @elipowell why do you even work at steem? Youve made under 10 posst since you joined 4 months ago, I make more than that in one day.... you cant even post on steem and you wanted to be our communications directior or whatever you are called? Seriously youre an offense to steem, all of these hard working peopel and @ned just pays you why again? What doi you actually do?

You havent done anything for steem and yet YOU get a paycheck? WOw..... no wonder @ned has single handedly lost over 1.5 BILLIOn dollars in marketcap value over the last year'

You are not here to help steem, you are just here to pickup a ppaycheck and to have something look good on your resume

You have no excuse for your lack of posting.... come on https://steemspeak.com discord and explain yourself https://discord.gg/FEK2ynq

While I think Thailand is a great choice for Steemfest your comment did make me laugh and yeah a lot of who have been around for awhile aren't impressed with Steemit Inc. I have often asked if employees like @elipowell are sort of collecting a paycheck and not really doing much of anything. Wouldn't we all like a blockchain job on paper. Doses of reality aren't welcome.

In my time on STEEM it has dropped from 3 on CoinMarketCap to 62. The market has spoken.

Unless you are one of the 50 or 60 people really collecting anything on this chain it simply isn't a good place for investment. Better off with Dogecoin. It isnt slipping down CoinMarketCap like STEEM. Sometimes the truth hurts. Slow clap for the few that really came out ahead here and a moment of silence for those who chased the carrot and had high hopes.

I would venture to say that STEEM is the most developed complete ecosystem in the blockchain space. It is really sad that it isn't a good investment though. It is frustrating. Unless you have $250,000 to invest here you aren't going to make a legit move here at this point. Your investment will likely erode faster than you can earn from the power and you will spend a lot of time attempting to make the power pay off. It will end up being a financial drain and a time trap. It would have been easier to just invest in Litecoin and set it and forget it.

Against my better judgment I'm leaving 2000 SP encase someone comes up with something unreal on this chain that drives insane demand. Most blockchain projects don't slip that hard and then retake a premier position after sliding but maybe it could still happen.

We have simply put the majority of our money in other projects that have a better chance for success. We will see what MEOS brings but it will be an experiment just like this ecosystem as well. It won't be perfect either but we will see if I have enough EOS to make some noise there.

Thailand !?!? Fuck yeah!


100% Agree glad OGs like you are telling the truth and not being yesmen like some sort of Iceposeidon butler, and 100% Agree With leaving 2000 Sp , Im gonna leave 3 or 4000 SP incase something happens here , but I think I will invest a LOT of that into Steem-engine tokens actually,

and the eos money thats been actually performing that io got from SBD when sbd was like $10 and EOS at 50 cents to $1 , yeah im gonna put some of THAt into stuff like PEOS, and yeah MEOS, is gonna have all the smart people from steem using it.

I ll be happy if steemit inc ever releases SMTs but its too late they cant just work on it now , MEOS is happening AND steem-engine already happened, so if steem-engine is this underutilized for how great of a platform it is (Due to steem having not enough users) then imagine how vacant and un used SMTs will be... steemit inc will have to get serious partners to launch SMTs with like xbox launching with Halo, and n64 launching with Zelda ocarina of time... SMts need toi launch with some big company that wont mind having some decentralzied reddit forum posting about them... IF Steem's SMTs even come with communities as inertia pointed out there isnt much activity on the communities github, and i believe aggroed is closer to giving us that with his scotbot than steemit inc

hey anyway it means a lot that you responded like this with honesty, send me your EOS account name on steemspeak.com discord https://discord.gg/vMt9T7P ill send you some eos token tips from variuosu coins im collecting liek PEOS, theyre givin out lots of tokens on https://eos.discussions.app

and again i agree with leaving a few thousand SP in here, and even THAT is more than enouygh for both of us! MOST peopel would have been taking 90% of all the money they even made here including powering down SP as they got it, and just held BTC, or cashed out, so peopel like us who actually held on to THOUSANDS of Steempower for YEARS, we deserve a fucking MEDAL next to our name on the steemit front end....

Man, this did make me laugh. Who's ignoring what exactly?

South America.... Ignored!
Australia.... Ignored!
Russia.... Ignored!
China.... Ignored!
Canada... Ignored!

I'd love to see steemfest in Canada one year... definitely b4 America. Good coffee, lower crime, friendly people.... very polite. Go... Canada 🙂🇨🇦 let me get some maple syrup on my pancakes please!

Bring steemfest to the UK please!!!! that will satisfy my massive sense of Western entitlement.

Wait a minute.... nah fck that, Thailand is absolutely fine. Cheap, friendly, genuine and not full of loud arrogant fucktards. Great choice Roelandp 🙂

So I gather you're coming to the Colorado-based 'Block Party' conference @ackza?

Glad it's finally out :P
Excited as the last 3 times. Can't wait to be there!
Looking forward to another rocking event!

I am now officially anxious! I can't wait!

So great man!!! I guess that hard work is starting again for you and your crew... Luckily so close to your home :) - See you in months!

See you once again @firepower. :))

wait wait..will I be meeting the legendary @hungyhustle AND mister @firepower (again) there...sweeeet

I'll be making the trip from Adelaide for sure!

Wohooo see you there!!! I need to put in leave now!!!

I will be there representing our @contestkings community!

Thatd be cool

Lock it in!

Is this where they are finally going to get smt's out?

We already have SMTs out https://steem-engine.com WITH smart contracts

Not gonna miss this one! Bringing the @coingecko brand with me!

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Sure wish I could afford it, never been to one but would love to..... Have a great one all..... Hopefully I could make it to one, one day......

If things change, it'd be great to meet you in person, mate.

If things change and I could, yes it would be awesome to meet you and the others too.... Would be crazy fun....

@steemfest @roelandp happy to meet you, I am around that time anyways in SE Asia. perfect timing. May the Bullrun with us around that time !

Exciting! This will be my 4th time and since I lived in SE Asia for so many years it’s amazing to go back there again. 🙌🌺🦋

Hey Mammasitta! Can't believe it's in Bangkok. I mentioned the next one should be in Bangkok in the survey and at steemfest 3. So....since I got my wish, now I have to go! Looking forward to it and seeing you there!

yes it was all in the works then already. It was fun reading your survey responses about it :)

I really hope I can organize myself for this trip because it will be quite expansive to travel there via Europe but hopefully the crypto winter will be over soonest 😉

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I know what you mean. Steem 95% off it's highs has messed things up for so many including myself....just a bit. After 16 years of traveling and living internationally. I'm starting to slow my roll and just stay in Thailand every winter, one of my favorite countries. So Bangkok works out perfectly for me. If you make there, it will be great to see you!

We sure should meet eventually. We haven't had any chance meeting up yet since you're :D :X

Next time I'm in Bangkok, which will be Steem fest or sooner! That is for sure, and looking forward to it!

I guess you can be in charge of making an excellent tour time in there before or after SF!

Well... I've never been to Asia and Steemfest will probably be my second time because I'll go to Japan in July ; )

Yeah! That sounds cool! I hope I can make it

Bali is not far from there :)

Medan is too.

Hope I can join this event very excited

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I am sure there will be many Indonesians join as long as Steem goes up by then. Let’s hope!

Indeed, the increase of steem prices will of course increase the enthusiasm.

Hope the best for Steem :)

Just missing the moment from last year with many meetup here. 😊

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Ha ha, this seems like the thread to say hi to everyone who are Bangkok regulars just incase I can make it early before SF4 kicks off in case anyone else is in the city and fancied showing a newbie around 😉

I've visited Bangkok once b4, but I only stayed for a few days before I went North to sukhothai.

Looking forward to SF4.

Mammasitta... You've been to every steemfest! That's some commitment 🙂

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Yes! I did them all and one was better than the other but Amsterdam is still my all time favourite

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That's cool.

I only made my first SF3 last year in Krakow... But that gave me the taste 🤣
The final night in the salt mines was really something else!

Maybe this year SF4 steemians can take over an island after, and party on the beaches until the tropical sun rises 🙂

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Can’t wait what @roeland plans this time for us! BKK is Magic and so interesting
I am for sure off to Bali right after 🙀

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