A quick overview of what it’s like to work & live in Chiang Mai
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In this video I talk a little bit about what it’s like to be a digital nomad in Chiang Mai. For those of you out there who don’t know what the term digital nomad is, it refers to a person who works off their computer and travels around the world.
Living in Chiang Mai as a digital nomad certainly has its perks and that is why it’s one of the most popular places on earth to work remotely. Why? There are a number of reasons for this and I discuss them further in the video but let’s start with some quick answers.
Digital nomads in Chiang Mai benefit from a low cost of living. How much does it cost to live in Chiang Mai? It all depends on your lifestyle and budget. Are you into eating Western food and buying imported goods or are you eating street food and buying local produce.
You can get a meal for as low as a $1 from the street food carts and hole-in-the-wall local restaurants. There are also Western style restaurants that serve up speciality food for double the price (expect to pay anywhere between $2-5 per meal).
How is renting an apartment as a digital nomad in Chiang Mai? Renting an apartment can be done either on Airbnb.com (the more expensive option) or in person when you arrive. Looking for an apartment in-person ensures that you get exactly what you’re looking for and pay a lower price. I suggest booking a hotel or hostel for 2 nights, researching available rentals on Renthub.in.th, and visiting a list of places you liked on the first day you arrive.
It’s best to rent a motorbike so you can get around the town easier (we used Nat Moto and have had a pleasant experience every time). Rent can be anywhere between $180 -300 (on the lower end) up to $600 (for the very fancy stuff).
Where do digital nomads in Chiang Mai work? There are a plethora of co-working spaces available in Chiang Mai along with a ton of coffee shops (offering high speed internet). CAMP is a free space located at the Maya Shopping mall. All you have to do is order a drink and you are able to use their internet.
Punspace is the co-working spot I go to and they have two locations. At Punspace, you have to buy a membership which varies in price depending on how long you want to use their space (1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months). The longer you stay the cheaper the membership is.
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