Mark Wiens – My Story (VIDEO)

By Mark Wiens 44 Comments

Hey guys!

One of the top questions I get asked is who I am and how I started traveling and eating, so I decided to cover that very question in a video.

Watch it here…

(If you can’t see the video, watch it on YouTube here)

Thank you for watching, and for your continued support on Migrationology.com!

If you have any other questions feel free to ask me on Facebook or leave a comment!

44 comments. I'd love to hear from you!

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  • Martin Kelleher

    2 years ago

    I love your energy Mark and I’m definitely a fan keep up the good work and best of everything to you and your awesome family/team and upward and onward.

  • ali

    3 years ago

    also, one thing if I wanna start eating like you so what am I suppose to do? what kind of work shall I do?

  • ali

    3 years ago

    not enough

  • Jason Ho

    6 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    Wanted to say you have THE best videos and blog for Thai food and other street food around the world. I live in Canberra, Australia running an Asian grocery shop, but have been using your blog for years to try out really yummy Thai street food during my annual trips to Bangkok. Love your guides also especially the eating thai food one – I think I’ve bought most of them so far. I’ll be going to Bangkok and Osaka this December via Bangkok and was very happy you have visited Taipei and Osaka as well. Will be using many of your recommendations to try the food there.
    Always wanted to know how you stay so slim despite all the incredibly delicious food you always seem to be eating!

    Keep up the amazing work – it’s inspiring to watch your videos. If you ever come to Australia, please feel free to contact me:)

    • Mark Wiens

      6 years ago

      Hey Jason, it’s great to hear from you, thank you for the message, and thank you for your support. Glad you’ll be visiting Bangkok and Osaka soon as well as Taipei. I’m in Osaka now, really loving the food, will be posting some videos from there shortly. Thank you very much, if I come to Canberra I’ll definitely let you know!

  • Sherrie

    7 years ago

    Hello Mark,

    I really enjoy your food videos! I am a major foodie and I was happy to see you do your video on the myanmar tea leaves salad. I tried it at a local Burmese restaurant and I fell in love with it! I definitely would like to make a suggestion for your videos… I would love to see you try bizarre foods like Andrew Zimmern 🙂 I really enjoy his show as well and I think it is quite entertaining. Keep up the great work you are doing!

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hey Sherrie, thank you very much, and glad you love Burmese tea leaf salad. Alright, I’ll try to cover more bizarre foods as well.

  • Susan de Guzman

    7 years ago

    Just love love love your site. Awesome detailed info such as yours. Do you provide personalize site seeing tour ? I would like to buy copies of your books in hardcover. Where can I order them ? You are too generous to give all your books for free through website but I would like to get it in hardcover because of the beautiful colored photos in print. More power and best wishes to you.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hi Susan, thank you very much for your kind words. I do tours occasionally, but due to my spontaneous traveling schedule, I haven’t been able to do them too frequently. The guides are not yet available in hard cover, but perhaps in the future. Thank you again, I’m really grateful for your support.

  • christian beetz

    7 years ago

    hi again,

    so, my name is chris, right from munich, Germany and there working as a brewmaster for hofbraeuhaus.
    maybe the question is, how did I find your site here on the internet ?

    it all began, when I was studying for my job..one of the guys there was from Thailand, getting his brewmaster degree in Germany..but…a 3 month course of german language didn’t give him a chance of understanding german language, plus…in munich , Bavaria all people are speaking quite a strong ( strange:-)) dialect..so I helped him in learning german language and he was living with my family for almost 2 years. we graduated …he was going back home in Thailand…and except of writing some postcards for over ten years nothing happened, itll about 2 years ago I heared that Bangkok got flooded and some peope had severe problems…I needed to give my friend a call..well..he was lucky, nothing happened to his wife and kids..and I decided..i have to see him this years November.
    since I always liked food and I am cooking as often as I can in my free time, I decided to make this trip a culinary one…and what is the easiest way of getting information…right..get online and check the internet and youtube..so I watched quite some of your videos here and felt really good prepared for the trip..which was one of the most interesting, tasty and fascinating trips of my life….thanks for your work marc

    • Mark Wiens

      7 years ago

      Hello Christian,

      Thank you very much for sharing that story, that is amazing, and very inspiring for me! I’m so glad you were able to re-connect with your friend and that you had a great time eating in Thailand!

      Thanks again for your support and for watching my videos.

      Hope you are well,
      Mark

      • christian beetz

        7 years ago

        thanks marc,

        this trip was so amazing and I was telling so many stories to my mother and friends…and when I saw in my mothers eyes, I decided spontaneously to give her a flight to Bangkok as a gift for her 70 th birthday…so now..she sees your videos and checks your 2 guides about Bangkok.
        since she always had a ..hmm..well..hard life …this trip is going to make me very happy.
        thanks for your videos and your 2 guides…I think it helped me a lot to convince my mother:-)

        chris

        • Mark Wiens

          7 years ago

          Hey Chris, great to hear from you and thank you so much for sharing your story! First of all thank you for getting my guides and for you and your mother watching my videos. That’s a such wonderful gift! Will you be going with your mom too? Thanks again, let me know if you or your mom have any questions about visiting Bangkok.

  • lalith

    7 years ago

    thank you very much your travel video..im sri Lankan and also im chef..i mworking
    as a chef..Qatar/Dubai ..so hopfully you enjoy sri Lankan food also. thank you very much..

  • katrina

    8 years ago

    Hey Marc, i want to congratulations from Romania, East Europe. I think you do an amazing job with this blog and I will spend one months in Thailand so what you said here about this country is very helpfull to me. I cant still imagine how lucky you are being skiny even if you eat so much and so good:)))) succes and keep on going!!!

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Katrina, thank you so much for watching and great to hear you’ll be coming to Thailand. Thank you for your support!

  • sully86

    8 years ago

    why never feature your wife in one of your video?

  • Wannee

    8 years ago

    Hi Mark!

    Just wanted to say thank you for all your posts and videos, they make me miss Thailand so much.
    I was born in the Isaan province and lived there until I was 6 years old before moving to live in England. I still remember running around the rice fields with my cousins and going fishing with my grandfather, riding on our buffalo around the village. Growing up and finishing my degree in the UK I was eager to go back to Thailand and reconnecting with my roots again so I went and taught English for 2 years starting out south of Thailand in Hatyai and then onto Bangkok. I loved every moment of it and wish I was still there, unfortunately I had to return to England. I am desperate to go back and hope to settle there in the future, even though most of my life has been spent growing up in the UK, Thailand is where I feel at home.
    Like you I love food, especially Thai food. I loved the Thai food my family cooked in the UK however when I went back to Thailand I was completely overwhelmed. I wanted to eat anything and everything, being back in the UK now I am having so many cravings and have made quite long distances to get the ingredients to replicate the dishes which were so widely and conveniently available all over Thailand………. but it’s just never the same.
    Anyway, thanks again for all the posts and videos, you bring back so many of happy memories of food and experiences I had in Thailand.
    Looking forward to your future posts!

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hello Wannee, thank you so much for leaving a comment and for reading my blog and videos, I really appreciate it. Great to hear that you’re originally Thai, and I hope that you can come back to live in Thailand for a longer period of time in the future. Thanks again for your support!

      • Wannee

        8 years ago

        Hi Mark,

        BTW Congratulations on your wedding, may you spend many happy years together!

        I was wondering if you could offer some advice – I would like to return to Thailand to work in a bakery / patisserie as this is what I would love to open of my own in the future. Unfortunately I don’t have qualifications in culinary arts and course prices at Le Cordon Bleu Dusit are far more than I ever afford. I’m self taught but do have great passion, in depth knowledge and skill in baking as since I was taught when I young and have always been obsessed with cooking and baking. I have watched nearly every single cooking programs on TV. I often visit cities around Europe to do research, take inspiration and taking cooking classes. Anyway, offer advise on how to get into the bakeries / patisserie industry in Bangkok or other provinces? Or could you recommend places which I could write to to enquire about finding a job?

        I’d be grateful for any information and advice, thank you in advance for your help 🙂

        • Mark Wiens

          8 years ago

          Hey Wannee, good to hear from you and great that you would like to come to Bangkok to pursue your passion. Have you researched any hotels in Bangkok that need a pastry chef? I honestly have no experience in this field, but I encourage you to do some research, and then just come to Bangkok to make your dream come true! All the best!

  • Bryan Cole

    8 years ago

    Hi Mark – I ‘ve been watching your videos and keeping up with your blog for a couple months now. I’m intrigued by Bangkok and will really be considering it as a place to retire in 4-5 years. I lived in Tokyo for about 10 yrs and get a real HIGH experiencing another culture and putting it down on photographs. Anyway, just wanted to thank you for the awesome job you’re doing it. I’m totally addicted

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Bryan, good to hear from you and thank you for watching my videos. I think Bangkok is a fantastic place to settle down or make a home base – it’s such a convenient city with so much to offer, for affordable prices. Thanks again!

  • Wolf Mitzner

    8 years ago

    hey mark, awesome vid, great pics as usual, keep on blogging buddy and congratulations to u and the wife!!

  • Yeison

    8 years ago

    Hi Mark !!

    I am from Costa Rica, my girl friend and I just start a travel blog and one of our dreams is go to thailand.

    I love food, since I have memory, I don’t know if you know about Costa Rican food but my girlfriend will write a post about some costa rica recipes I will make sure to send it to you, I love bloging and we are taking it very seriously. I invite you to see our blog and let us know what you think or any advice.

    I am really happy to find your blog.

    My english is not the best so sorry for the grammar error (you said you are an english teacher) my girlfriend is from the states so she does all the grammar correction work in the blog.

    Take care and hope to heard from you soon…
    Pura vida !!!

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hola Yeison, good to hear from you, and thanks for sharing your blog – it looks great! Glad you love food too, I look forward to seeing your post about Costa Rican food!

  • Joseph

    8 years ago

    Hello Mark,

    I watch your videos almost everyday. I am planning a trip to Thailand in November. As a matter a fact I already got my tickets. I will be traveling with my best friend. I just want to let you know your videos are very inspiring and exites me everytime. I also subsribe to your videos on Youtube.

    SO basically I have a few question to ask you…. I will be traveling to Thailand in November. I already bought my Airfare tickets but I didnt book any Hotels. Im planning on back packing through Thailand. I will be spending some time in Pattaya, Phuket, and Bangkok. My first two nights I will be staying in Bangkok, then spend a week in Pattaya, then 4 nights in PHuket. I didnt book any Hotels. Do you think there will be a big price difference since I did not book in advance? Also since I will be going in the High Season do you think I will have trouble finding vacant hotel rooms ?

    Sincerely,

    Joseph

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Joseph, thank you for watching my videos and looking at my articles. Great to hear you’ll be coming to Thailand soon! As for hotel rooms, there are so many choices in Thailand that you should have a problem booking. I think there’s no real big price difference between booking months ahead or a few weeks or days ahead. I think a good idea would be to book a couple weeks before coming. However, if there’s a specific place you really want to stay, you may book ahead to secure it. Hope you have an incredible visit!

  • Debbie

    8 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    I am really eenjoying your videos while anticipating my first trip to Thailand in 5 weeks. I am also an adventurous foodie, and and really looking forward to trying the street food there. My one
    big problem is that I can’t eat anything that has hot pepper or chilis…. besides the desserts, rice, and roti, will I be able to order dishes without hot spices? I like mild curry, herbs, basil, cilantro, etc. so it is not the spicy flavors that bother me, just the “heat”.
    thanks again for the vieos…they’re a great source of info.
    –Debbie

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Debbie, thank you for watching my videos. You’ll still be able to enjoy lots of Thai food without chillies. You can order things “mai sai prik” – that means without chillies. But try some normally mild dishes like green curry, massaman curry, and you can get all sorts of stir fries very mild. Hope you enjoy!

  • franz

    8 years ago

    Great job Mark!

    It’s great to see you’re living the dream and passion by simply following your gut.

    I must say I’ve been following you for a while now. Watching your videos and posts not to mention your e-book guides are very mouth watering!

    It’s amazing what a simple V-blog or cooking show does to you. I’ve had several opportunities to visit south-east asia including Vietnam, all thanks to Master Chef Luke Nguyen. I have had some of the best dishes in my life over there, I will be blogging some more about them later on.

    You definitely have something special going on here, keep it up!

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Franz, great to hear from you, thank you for watching this video. Do you travel along with Chef Luke Nguyen? His videos are amazing! Thanks again!

  • Helen

    8 years ago

    Love your site, Mark! I always look forward to your next post. One question though: do you ever eat something you DON’T like? I’ve yet to see a video in which your reaction to whatever you’re sampling is either neutral or unpleasant. Surely, you’ve tasted foods that you’d rather not try again?

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hello Helen, thank you very much for your kind words. You know what, I really do like almost all foods, with the exception of foods that are overly fatty or fat meat. When I try something I don’t like, I’ll be sure to let you know, and make a video too!

      • Helen

        8 years ago

        It could make a great post: “Top five foods I’d rather not put in my mouth again” 😉

        • Mark Wiens

          8 years ago

          Ha, thanks Helen, will try to do something like that in the future!

  • Koko

    8 years ago

    Mark,

    You’re wife has a great steady hand! Does she have any tips/tricks for the rest of us? Kudos to the two of you for following your passions!

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Hey Koko, for this particular video we actually used a tripod. But in other vids she just resters her elbows on the table or of the back of the chair. Thanks!

  • Catherine Khor

    8 years ago

    Love your blog, love all the interesting food that you have tried 🙂 You have loose lots of weight since I could remember. You need to put back some weight Mark. Take care and keep vbloging 🙂

    • Kevin

      8 years ago

      Yeah Mark it looks like you’ve lost a ton of weight, dude. You must work out or play football like a fiend. With all the food you eat, your metabolism must be a furnace.

      • Mark Wiens

        8 years ago

        Hey Kevin, yah, also I was eating a lot of vegetarian food in India and Nepal and doing a lot of walking, so I think I lost a bit, but I’m gaining back now!

    • Mark Wiens

      8 years ago

      Thanks Catherine, I’m gaining now!