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An American expat who moved from Hong Kong to Chiang Mai talks about how she underestimated the how much culture shock she would experience in Chiang Mai. She loves the welcoming Thai people, low cost of living, affordable medical care, respect for elders, Thai food and more. However, she explains that Thai culture is very complex and it's easy to make social mistakes.

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Can you move to Thailand without a job? Is it easy to work remotely? An expat in Ao Nang answer these questions and has a lot more advice about living in Thailand.

Can you move to Thailand without a job? Is it easy to work remotely? An expat in Ao Nang answer these questions and has a lot more advice about living in Thailand. ...

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Expats share what it's like living in Chiang Mai and why they move there. With its large expat community of missionaries, retirees, expat families and teachers, Chiang Mai is attractive for many reasons: its size, friendly people, low cost of living and good healthcare.

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If you're moving to Chiang Mai with kids, here's are some of the best international schools according to expats.

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Expats in Thailand discuss adjusting to life in Thailand - customs, cultural blunders, struggling to learn Thai and more.
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