Do you want to live in Chiang Mai, Thailand?
How to retire in Chiang Mai, Thailand?
Find Expats living in Chiang Mai, Thailand?
How much does it cost to live in Chiang Mai?
Find Expat Friendly Services in Chiang Mai?
Chiang Mai has become very popular with travellers and is a great destination for people wanting to retire or live overseas. If you are thinking of spending time in Chiang Mai or Thailand, then Living in Chiang Mai is your best guide to making the most of your trip.
Chiang Mai is Thailand's second largest city, with a population of roughly 500,000 people and an estimated expat population of more than 40,000 foreigners. Chiang Mai is the cultural centre of Thailand and also has a thriving commercial centre, as well as been a favourite tourist destination.
There is a good reason why expats living in Chiang Mai are on the increase. Chiang Mai has been rated among the top ten most liveable cities in Asia and in US. News an American publication, rated Chiang Mai as one of the best places to retire. Chiang Mai also has affordable housing options and good medical services.
Just about anything can be found in Chiang Mai. It’s a great place to stay for the young travellers on their gap year, the American digital nomad & travel bloggers, teachers, Eat, Pray, Loves on spiritual journeys and yoga courses or those wishing to retire and live a lifestyle they could never afford back home.
The basic cost of living in Chiang Mai is generally cheaper than most places in the world. How cheap of course mainly depends on your lifestyle. As a general guide to the cost of living in Chiang Mai, you could live simply and comfortably on about 15,000 baht to 25,000 baht per month (US$480-US$800). This all depends on your budget, most expat couples prefer a few more comforts from home and seem to spend around US$1500 a month for two people. Food is usually very cheap in Chiang Mai and eating out is affordable with great deals available.
Entertainment is also pretty affordable in Chiang Mai. Going out to the cinema can cost as little as a 100 Baht per ticket (US$3.20).
There are plenty of short and long-stay options available in Chiang Mai. For the long-stay expat, rent is one of the real bargains in Chiang Mai. The main reason for this is that there seems to be an oversupply of condos, apartments and houses. There also does not seem to be an end to new developments coming up. Houses can be as little as 5,000 Baht per month in a Thai neighbourhood to a nice suburban house, fully-furnished costing around 25,000 Baht per month.
For the short-term traveller to Chiang Mai, there are many guest houses, backpackers, apartments, happy to extend the stay of their guests at a discounted rate. Which can be rented on a month per month basis, popular with digital nomads living in Chiang Mai.
There are a few ways you can help support us. If you are a business helping expats then please sponsor a page in the "Free Chiang Mai Flyer". If you are moving to Chiang Mai or Thailand, then please subscribe to "Living in Thailand Survival Guide". Or if you prefer you can also Donate. We are non profit community based and any support is most welcome. Thank You!
'' Moving to a new city or country is a big decision to make. Especially when the culture and language is different from home. Having the support and information from the expat community and meeting others who've been through it before was vital in making our choice to move and live in Chiang Mai a success. ''
''Many expats are involved in volunteering in Chiang Mai. We try to support the local wildlife, birds, elephants, tigers, parks, even the street dogs and other conservation projects in the area. Expats are involved in helping preserving the things that make Chiang Mai a great place to live in. It can be difficult at times in a ever-changing and modernizing world, but we do what we can.''
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Over the years we have seen many expats move to Chiang Mai from all over the world. What still amazes us is how little thought or preparation is taken before coming here to live long-term. Remember that living in Thailand and visiting Thailand as a tourist are two very different things. Chiang Mai is a great place to live but there are still some obstacles and unrealistic expectation that need to be overcome if you wish to live a successful life in Chiang Mai. Remember that even dating Thai girls in Chiang Mai can get expensive, you need a plan to stay long-term. Before you take a leap into the unknown, serious about making a change and living in Chiang Mai or Thailand. Then we suggest you subscribe to our Living in Chiang Mai Magazine. Bi-monthly you will receive a newsletter breaking down the basics you need to thrive in Chiang Mai. Also we can get you set up and started with a website, social media marketing and online business listings. Help with the basics on "How To Start An Online Business In Chiang Mai". Your subscription will help us support many of the community and conservation projects we love in Chiang Mai.
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