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Exodus to Chiang Mai? 5 top reasons foreigners are relocating to the city

Exodus to Chiang Mai? 5 top reasons foreigners are relocating to the city

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Exodus to Chiang Mai? 5 top reasons foreigners are relocating to the city

Over the last 12-15 months we have seen a trickle of foreigners relocating from other parts of Thailand, and elsewhere, to Chiang Mai turn into a veritable flood—well, not quite, but you know what I mean….

Hardly a week goes by without us having a new business person or retiree asking for help with leasing or purchasing accommodation or looking for a new business opportunity in the city—whether it be a restaurant, bar, guest house or so on . From within Thailand the top 3 places foreigners are relocating from are Bangkok, Hua Hin and Phuket (but also Samui and Pattaya); from outside of Thailand, the top 3 places are China, Vietnam and Singapore.

Why? Well, 5 top reasons:

  •      the traffic in Bangkok or near Patong (Phuket) finally gets to you. Hours in traffic jams don’t auger well for business or raises stress levels when you are supposed to be taking it easy. Almost everywhere in Chiang Mai is so accessible
  •      mass tourism especially in Phuket and to a lesser extent Hua Hin is putting pressure on the existing facilities and on residents’ day to day lives. Yes, we have had a huge increase in tourism here in Chiang Mai but if you don’t go into the main city areas, you’d hardly notice
  •   the weather is much better in Chiang Mai—we have a real change of season; in fact it can even get cold… well, around 11-13C some nights. Autumn days are, usually, crisp and clear
  •      house and condo prices are still affordable; most foreigners seem to rent between Baht 15,000-35,000 per month or buy in the Baht 2.5-8M range and, with judicious selection, you can get a lot of property for these sort of figures
  •      if you are eligible to buy land and wish to build your own dream house, it’s still possible—with a variety of lovely plots with mountain, rice field or water views available from between Baht 1.5-6M per rai

So, what are you waiting for, check Chiang Mia out—better still give us a call for an informal chat about your property needs.

After all, who needs a beach?

Perfect Homes is a leading Chiang Mai real estate agency with extensive experience in the city, regionally, nationally and internationally.

(12) Comments

  1. John kemp

    on   said 

    Great website and article. Please look at my website as I am selling my house and would like to know if you could market it for me?

    Reply
    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      on   said 

      Hi John, Thanks for the comments and the link to your house, We will review your property and get back to you very shortly. If the property fits our listing policy we will be more than happy to list your property.
      Yours Sincerely
      Perfect Homes

      Reply
  2. James

    on   said 

    Thank you for another qualiy article. But you are talking about people relocating from all over Thailand But you have not mentioned the Chinese coming from China. It apears that they are exodusing China!

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    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      on   said 

      Hi James, You are right there is a mass exodus from China many Chinese are looking at Chiang Mai as a second home. But this particular article is more about those moving from other towns around Thailand. I think I will ask Keith to write he thoughts and opinion about the Chinese soon.
      Thanks

      Reply
    • Kevin

      on   said 

      Chinese not ” foreigners”? Ho hum hah!! Like saying an Aboriginal is not Australian.
      Here is a fact, Chinese into Oz an exodus.

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      • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

        on   said 

        Sorry, Perhaps you could explain a little more your logic behind your comment? So meaning a French person is not a foreigner to England?
        I must say your comment has left me a little perplexed.

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  3. Scot Beve

    on   said 

    Hi all (again),

    Happy New Year. Property (rural) is as low as 390K baht per rai. I’ve got 10 out of our 11 properties on sale that are up “north” (Mae Ai). From 2 rai to 22.5 rai sized farms – all close by each other. Yes, rural areas and will be advertising them soon.

    Reply
    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      on   said 

      Hi Scot, Your land in Mai Ai sounds interesting, Please do keep us in informed as Keith is our land and commercial property specialist.
      Have a great New Year here in Chiang Mai!

      Reply
  4. Angelo Lenci

    on   said 

    Mmhhhh.. Till in Chiang mai police and soldier closed at midnight and disco i think in 1 year CM will become a town for old people in retirement. Economy in this way is destroyed in CM the young people who can spend a lot go away from CM

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  5. Sergey

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    Very funny article, but i really don’t understand who will buy all this houses and condos while government push farangs away from the country. Maybe you just don’t know but there is no more easy and relaxing long stay in Thailand only short term visas available. And rules sometimes changes so fast, so become unpredictable. The message is clear to us – you are no longer welcome in Thailand for long period, pack your back and get out. But article itself is good.. As a fairytale.

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    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      on   said 

      Hi Sergey,
      Thank you for your point of view, It is very interesting. Yes, the goverment has cracked down on visa overstays, but that should of been done a long time ago.
      To be honest I know many people that have been here 10 or 20 years plus and they have seen the rules change many times over but they have always stayed and just adapted to the new rules.
      So yes, some people will find it harder to stay long term but most will adapt and accept the new rules.

      Reply
  6. Donald

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    The last thing Chiang Mai needs is more people. In the last 8 years I have been here the quality of life, traffic, etc has fallen due to an influx of masses. Turn it into another Bangkok … wonderful, wonderful…

    Reply

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