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Photos: British Banker Jon Watkinson Quits High Paying Job To Become A Farmer In Laos Asia

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July 19, 2015 – Pictures: British Banker Jon Watkinson Quits High Paying Job To Become A Farmer On Mekong River, Laos Asia

A London-based banker has moved to a remote island in Laos, Southeastern Asia to start a productive career.

31-year-old Jon Watkinson quit his high paying banking job and sold his property at age 27 because he felt he is not being productive by typing emails and doing day to day banking duties.

He was once a banker earning  £75,000 per year now, he has become a farmer on the remote island of Don Det in the middle of Mekong River in Southern Laos.

Hear what Jon told Daily Mail sources:

‘My family are very supportive. I miss them but they supported me in this. It’s a sacrifice for my way of life,’ ‘The epiphany moment came when I looked around at work at everyone typing into their computers. I didn’t see what we were producing. We were just producing emails and nothing of any value. I thought I have never built or made anything or had tangible results in my hands, I thought that’s what I want to do.’

‘I found this place where I thought I could put roots down and do something different. I love it here, I am indebted to this country as it has given me back my trust in humanity which I lost in the UK’ .

Jon Watkinson

The people of Laos are popular for their forgiving and caring nature.
Laotians are open, friendly and deeply respectful.



  1. Chris Edet

    July 19, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    strange decision

  2. jemila

    July 19, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Wrong decision

  3. Jojo

    July 20, 2015 at 12:32 AM

    That’s a white man for you. They don’t think or behave like us. I like them.

  4. Micky Mouse

    July 20, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    i understands how he feels, its a good idea

  5. jane b from mongu zambia

    July 20, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    whites they think differently he will make it he knows what is up to.


    July 21, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Am disappointed reading people saying his decision is wrong or strange, life isn’t all about making money, I believe that’s one of the majour wrong mindest of Africans which make them money to slave, almost on all levels, they can do just about ‘ANYTHING’ to make money, which in the real sense they don’t get to make, Life is giving, it obvious he is happier, his giving part of his life to humanity. AFRICANS WE NEED CHANGE, WE NEED TO CHANGE, WE HAVE TO CHANGE!!!!

  7. david

    December 4, 2018 at 12:31 PM

    Africans are just downright Lazy to make any Money at all! Scams is what they like!

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