Chiang Mai, Thailand
Last updated on Mar 10, 2023
Summary: People describe Chiang Mai, Thailand as a vibrant city with a unique culture, stunning natural beauty, and a laid-back atmosphere. Expats love the low cost of living, the friendly locals, the delicious food, and the abundance of outdoor activities. The weather in Chiang Mai is generally warm and humid, with temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,000 to $1,500 per month, depending on lifestyle. A one bedroom apartment typically costs around $400 to $600 per month, while a two bedroom apartment can range from $500 to $800 per month. The approximate population of Chiang Mai is 1.7 million people.
What do I need to know about living in Chiang Mai?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Chiang Mai, they said:
"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," wrote a member in Chiang Mai.
"Rent for one year before buying or renting long term. The city is very diverse and there are hundreds of housing communities to choose from. Make sure to visit all of the 7 international schools because each is very unique. If you have a family, also pick up the Sanook Book (www.sanookbook.com)," commented one expat who made the move to Chiang Mai.
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