Home Thailand Forum Thailand Guide Moving to Thailand Real Estate Healthcare in Thailand
Thailand
Resources
City Guides
JoinSign In
Cigna International Health Insurance

Moving to Thailand > Chiang Mai >

An Expat Talks about Moving to Chiang Mai, Thailand

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

Chiang Mai

Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.

More pictures of my family including my wedding album, shoes & wine. Shoes for my husband (size 12) are very difficult to find here and wine costs a fortune. I didn't bring anything that I wish I hadn't.

What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?

Chiang Mai is a beautiful place but we have seen many people get caught up in the dream without really thinking things through. Come here for awhile, get to know the people and not just the people hanging out in the bars and get to know the culture. It is easy to find a house here but it may never be a home.

What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?

We have a private house, traditional Thai. We are the only expats we know who have a house here. Most live in guesthouses, condos..etc.

How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?

Our friends are here and it is the perfect little soi. Not to quiet, not to noisy. The house was just perfect for us. It is in the city of Chiang Mai and close to everything. But, the pollution is getting bad. We may have to move up on the mountain.

Expats living in Thailand interested in expat health insurance should take a minute to get a quote from our trusted expat health insurance partner, CIGNA. Get a Quote

Expats living in Thailand interested in expat health insurance should take a minute to get a quote from our trusted expat health insurance partner, CIGNA.

Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?

Lower. We don't have a/c, which we may soon regret. But average living costs for us are about 30,000B. But we like to go out alot.

Cigna Expat Health InsuranceExpatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance in Thailand from our partner, Cigna Global Health.
Get a Quote

6-Things-to-Know-Before-Moving-to-ThailandMoving to Thailand: 6 Things to Know Before Moving to Thailand

Moving to Thailand requires a lot of research. There are many important considerations, and expats already living in Thailand are the best source of information. Here are some tips to help you explore whether or not moving to Thailand is right for you.

Moving to Thailand requires a lot of research. There are many important considerations, and expats already living in Thailand are the best source of information. Here are some tips to help you explo...

Moving-To-ThailandExpats Talk about What it's Like Moving to Thailand

Already living abroad? Write a report about moving overseas to help people preparing to move abroad.

Read Next

Retirement-In-Chiang-MaiAn Expat Shares What it's Like Retiring in Chiang Mai, Thailand

An expat who retired in Chiang Mai Thailand offers some detailed insight into what it means to live abroad there. Health care in Chiang Mai, crime, cost of living and more are covered.

Moving-To-PhuketAn Expat Talks about Moving to Phuket, Thailand

An expat in Phuket tells others moving to Thailand to rent short term at first to give yourself time to check things out. She told newcomers to make friends and be brave - that Thai people are generally very helpful.

Digital-Nomads-in-Bangkok,-ThailandLiving Abroad: Digital Nomads in Bangkok, Thailand

Digital nomads flock to Thailand for a variety of reasons, and Bangkok is one of the most popular options. Plentiful co-working spaces, good wifi, and amazing food are at the top of the list.

Digital-Nomads-in-Chiang-Mai,-ThailandLiving Abroad: Digital Nomads in Chiang Mai, Thailand

The number of people interested in becoming a digital nomad continues to grow, and Chiang Mai is considered by many to be one of the top destinations in the World. Find out why this city in Northern Thailand is so alluring to digital nomads throughout the world.

Cigna International Health Insurance

Write a Comment about this Expat Report

Sign In to post a comment.
addacomment

Comments about this Report

davidwenman
Sep 18, 2016 13:09

We lived in Chiang Mai for 12 years and I would agree with this report. Chiang Mai was a very economical place to live with lots of very cheap, very good eating places. I would also agree that the pollution is bad. Whilst we were there it went from hardly noticeable to outright dangerous. In 2013 after living in Thailand for 12 years we decided to sell a property there and move to Europe (Sicily, Italy). We contacted Kun Jaroonroat Krasaesuk (better known as Tom -The lawyer when he worked for Alan Hall the crooked chairman of the Chiang Mai Ex Pats Club)) and he sold the property. When the money arrived in his account (XS and JK solutions Co Ltd.) he asked if we will lend him 1,000,000 baht so that he could renovate a hotel in Chiang Mai. We agreed and we all signed a Loan Agreement. It is now over 3 years later and we haven’t received one Baht. Despite about 50 emails with cajoling and threats he hasn’t made one monthly repayment. His partner Xavior Segura has sent several very unprofessional emails where he swears at us and threatens to take us to court for slander! The situation now is that we are considering hiring a lawyer to recover the money. In the meantime I would like to advise all ex-pats in Chiang Mai to avoid XS and JK solutions. The hotel we helped finance the renovation of is the Wua Lai Boutique Guest house. David Wenman Now living in Italy

Cigna Expat Health InsuranceExpatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance in Thailand from our partner, Cigna Global Health.
Get a Quote

6-Things-to-Know-Before-Moving-to-ThailandMoving to Thailand: 6 Things to Know Before Moving to Thailand

Moving to Thailand requires a lot of research. There are many important considerations, and expats already living in Thailand are the best source of information. Here are some tips to help you explore whether or not moving to Thailand is right for you.

Moving to Thailand requires a lot of research. There are many important considerations, and expats already living in Thailand are the best source of information. Here are some tips to help you explo...

Moving-To-ThailandExpats Talk about What it's Like Moving to Thailand

Already living abroad? Write a report about moving overseas to help people preparing to move abroad.

Copyright 1997-2020 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal