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An Expat Talks about Living in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Dec 22, 2015


Expats in Chiang Mai find a complicated city that has many unexpected aspects to navigate. Here is a brief overview of this beautiful city in Thailand.

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Chiang Mai

How long have you lived there?

5 months

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Ex-Pat Club of Chiang Mai

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

This is a diverse and accepting area. I was not aware of the extent and presence of Christian groups, facilities and missionary work.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Relief workers, academia, medicine and tourism/hospitality are four key areas.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

This is a very laid back place overall. People who are working still work hard but enjoy the social aspects available.

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Make a trip or two to visit for several days at a minimum before even considering a move. There are aspects of living here that even those who have prepared may not anticipate without firsthand experience.

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