After months on the road it came time to take a break and live like a local. When searching for a place to settle down and to catch up on work I could not think of a better place then to live in Chiang Mai. Here’s why:
Cost and Convenience
Main reason I chose to live in Chiang Mai was the cost. Sure there’re cheaper places in Thailand to live but Chiang Mai has all the conveniences as well. Within the four block radius around my $500 per month apartment (that was a splurge) I had my favorite coffee shop, street eats, juice bar, market, and self-service laundry facilities. My routine of gym, coffee, lunch, juice, dinner with writing in between cost me about $7 a day.
Northern Thai Food
I love me some Thai food, Northern Thai food to be exact. So much so that it was a big factor in why decided to live in Chiang Mai. From the cooking class I took to street food favorites like Khao Soi and Sai Oua, to live in Chiang Mai is to eat Chiang Mai. So many regional dishes and so very affordable as I found eating on the street is cheaper than cooking at home.
As I found out in my first visit to Chiang Mai, the street markets are not to be missed. Tying in the convenience factor we lived around the corner from the Saturday night market, which proved to be a nice break from work.
Lasting why I decided to live in Chiang Mai, Life is good there. People are friendly, the weather is warm, and the price is right. This laid-back style was just what I needed after 30 days, 3 continents, and 10 countries traveled. Between my gym, coffee, eating, and writing regiment there was happy hour drinks at our almost private pool, talks with other ex-pats over chilled Changs, and foot massages steps from our apartment.
Yes life is good when you live in Chiang Mai.