Living Abroad: Digital Nomads in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Summary: 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.
And that makes complete sense. Expats in Chiang Mai are drawn to the great weather and the access to a robust network of other digital nomads in Chiang Mai.
But let's not pretend it's perfect (where is?). Here are some thoughts about Chiang Mai from other expats in Thailand.
Living in Chiang Mai
In a culture shock report about Chiang Mai, an expat reported: "I skipped the honeymoon phase and experienced the others. I have lived here five years, and I'm still in the cultural adjustment phase. Thai people are kind, friendly, and gentle. But the culture is complex. It is very easy to make social mistakes, especially if you don't know the language. Fortunately, Thais are very tolerant."
Another noted: "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."
So with that balanced assessment, there still is a big draw for digital nomads. What is it about this Northern Thailand city that sets it apart?
In an article on Forbes.com Why Digital Nomads & Entrepreneurs Keep Choosing Chiang Mai, it's noted that:
"Chiang Mai offers a mix of affordability, infrastructure, and quality of life that’s difficult to find elsewhere. Monthly accommodations in Chiang Mai range from $100 to several thousand dollars a month, depending on budget and preferences. Dining options range from $1 street food dishes to gourmet cuisines. Travel + Leisure recently named Chiang Mai the best city in Asia and second best in the world, thanks to its relaxed atmosphere, good food, and historical significance."
Below you will find more information about the specifics of living as a digital nomad in Chiang Mai.
CoWork Space in Chiang Mai, Thailand
One of the more popular options is Punspace. With locations in Nimman, Tha Phae Gate and Wiang Kaew. It's website invites you to "Come visit us and become part of a growing collaborative community in Chiang Mai."
Check out Coworker.com Chiang Mai for more options to consider.
If you're looking for some advice on the best cafes to work in Chiang Mai, the Bucket List Bombshells have offered a great list of coffee shops for digital nomads in Chiang Mai.
Here's another article on Foursquare about thebest free places for wife in Chiang Mai.
Living Space for Digital Nomads in Chiang Mai
Start with Airbnb Chiang Mai when you look for a place to live, but realize that you probably will not find the best prices online.
Some people aren't going to be comfortable going to another country without having housing lined up for the duration of your stay. For others, especially those that are more comfortable being abroad, booking for a short stay and then hunting for better offers when you hit the ground makes the most sense... especially if you're not sure how long you'll end up being in Chiang Mai. This is where seasoned digital nomads really learn how to stretch their dollars, but making this leap when you're not as experienced comes with risks. Make your decisions accordingly!
If you're interested in really exploring the ins-and-outs, do read this great article on the Professional Hobo about finding an apartment in Chiang Mai.
Food and Restaurants in Chiang Mai
Food may not necessarily draw people to Chiang Mai, but it sure is a huge part of the lifestyle there, and it might keep you there longer than you expected. The food is fresh and you can get some great food at every price range.
Also remember to read ExpatExchange's general article about Global Nomads. We will keep that updated with articles as they roll out to help you better understand the digital and global nomad trends as they continue to develop and emerge.
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About the Author
Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.
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