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Chiang Mai, Thailand

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 11, 2022

Summary: With a population of approximately 125,000 (950k in the metro area), expats, digital nomads and retirees love living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. They enjoy a lower cost of living, a tropical climate and numerous activities for expats such as Little League, ballet classes and chess club. Heat warning: March through May sees daily temps in the mid to upper 90s.

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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," mentioned another expat 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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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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