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Living in Chiang Mai, Thailand:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Chiang Mai, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked six people living in Chiang Mai what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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6 comments on “Chiang Mai”

My city is an amazing city. It is one of the oldest city in Thailand, full of cultural structure, diversity and explorable. In the near future, if anyone would move my living city “Chiang Mai” he or she would be enjoy spending times with family and become the most special guest of us.

Chiang Mai is the largest city in northern Thailand. It is full of beautiful nature and culture. People are friendly. It is pretty safe. The cost of living is not too expensive.

William, says: 2020

Chiang Mai, Thailand, is a great place, but the decision to move should be thoroughly considered. If you are not a Thai speaker, Chiang Mai can provide an introduction to learning the language. Since many tourists pass through this city, a lot of the locals can speak some English. There are also many language schools to choose from. Beyond language learning, Chiang Mai is a great place to experience Thai culture and traditions.

Chiang Mai is a beautiful city in Northern Thailand, but unfortunately, I cannot recommend living here during the hot season. From late February until late May, agricultural burning and forest fires in the mountains create horrendous smog which is very detrimental to one’s health. Fortunately, the monsoon rains come in June which clean the air.

Before you decide to move to Chiang Mai, I would like to kindly inform you that unlike major cities such as Bangkok, New Delhi, Tokyo, and more, Chiang Mai is less of a bustling town and more of a quiet, peaceful, and green town. At the same time, you will still have access to all the necessary places that are often found everywhere in major cities. This includes, supermarkets, shopping malls, public parks, restaurants, and cafes, and more. You will also have access to places that are not available in cities such as nature trails, lots of fresh air and space!

Mobility is the key problem when a foreigner moves to the city. It’s alright if you are inside the walls, so to say because everything is within your reach. Everything is walking distance. But when you live in the outskirts, you will need to have some mode of transportation, either a car or a motorcycle.

Thidaluk, says: 2020

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