Living in Chiang Mai

Whether you are thinking about starting a new life in Chiang Mai, have recently moved to the area, or you are an established resident with a burning question that you just can’t seem to find answers to, this section has lots of useful information aimed at make living in Chiang Mai easier.

Practical information covers an array of topics, such as how much your utility bills might cost, finding a plumber, healthcare, contacting the police, hiring a vehicle, local transportation, international schools, and finding work. There are also great posts dedicated to the social and leisure aspects of living in Chiang Mai, including how to meet people, groups for expats, where to take the kids, and Thai language courses, through to more specialist interest articles including cookery classes, massage courses, and being a vegetarian.

There are also some personal accounts where you can read about real situations experienced by people living in Chiang Mai. Some might make you laugh and some might make you cringe, but all will give you a good understanding of life in the northern Thai city.

Make sure you also scroll to the comments section of any post you read; very often there is some very handy supplementary information and opinions submitted by other users – regular citizens of Chiang Mai, just like you!

The articles in this section are a terrific resource for anyone interested in moving to, or already living in, Chiang Mai.

Living in Chiang Mai

A Guide to Laundry in Chiang Mai – a load off your mind

Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin Linkedin   If cleanliness is next to Godliness then the Thai are surely divine. ...
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Chiang Mai Map Of Condominiums

This Chiang Mai map is part of Perfect Homes Chiang Mai‘s plan to make finding your perfect condo in Chiang Mai even easier.!  Zoom in on ...
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Learning Thai in Chiang Mai

Lots of expats living in Chiang Mai enjoy a wide range of hobbies and activities ranging from various forms of exercising to socialising in various ...
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Modifying Your Buddha Shelf Position for Luck

Due to Thai people’s belief in Buddhism, it is very essential to have sacred things to pay respect in the houses and condos. That is ...
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How Many of Incense sticks are needed for Paying Respect to A Spirit House?

Nowadays, when it comes to worshiping something, it is not just about a purified mind to do. If we have problems or need some solutions, ...
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The Luckiest Days in 2024 for House-Warming Ceremony

Talking about the belief of most Asians, we tend to believe in a good day and a bad day. Thai people have been believing in ...
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Three Simple Steps for Paying Respect to Guardian Spirits

From our previous article, we have talked about the importance of the spirit houses. Read it here: Role of Spirit Houses in Thai Society. Now, ...
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Role of Spirit Houses in Thai Society

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Chiang Mai – Thailand’s second largest city busting the myth! (Still true in 2024?)

Keep hearing that Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand? Read our article to find out the facts! It may have begun life ...
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Drinking Water in Chiang Mai – A Survival Guide

Drinking Water in Chiang Mai – A Survival Guide It’s a familiar scene to those living in the developed world: parched, you reach for the ...
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The Thailand Elite Visa – A Privileged Way to Extend One’s Stay

The Thailand Elite Visa One of the lasting immigration policies of the Thaksin Shinawatra administration is the “Privilege Entry Visa”, also called the “Elite Visa”. ...
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Just a Little Real Estate Humor!

Sometimes real-estate can be really stressful, but then you often need to smile and move on! 1. Not The Best Neighbors 2. Listing The Closet ...
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Thailand’s Ten-Year Retirement Visa – Will it Affect the Property Market?

Recently, the Thai government announced that that the Immigration Department will begin offering a ten-year retirement visa to foreigners over the age of 50 who ...
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How to pay bills in Chiang Mai – A quick guide!

Not that it’s anyone’s favourite topic but if you’re in Chiang Mai for the long run, there’s no escaping monthly bills! Paying the RENT in ...
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THAILAND SUPERMARKET SWAPS PLASTIC PACKAGING WITH BANANA LEAVES

The worldwide war on plastic has been given a massive boost after a supermarket in Thailand started wrapping its fresh fruit and vegetables in banana ...
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Exciting new plastic saving initiative in Chiang Mai local supermarket goes VIRAL!

No different to many other cities in developing countries, Chiang Mai suffers the growing pains of pesky plastic waste. In recent years, though, a small but ...
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Yellow Tabien Baan the house registration book for foreigners living in Thailand

So what exactly is a yellow house book? Quite simply, it’s a type of government-issued document called a Tabien Baan (literally ‘House Registration’ in Thai) ...
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Wing 41 Pass in Chiang Mai permission to shortcut through a restricted area

So what exactly is a Wing 41 Pass? Quite simply, it’s a special permit that allows everyday folk to drive their car or motorcycle on ...
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Dangerous Creatures of Chiang Mai – mind how you go…it’s a jungle out there!

Living in Chiang Mai, chances are you’ve never given a second thought to the fact that you’re actually smack dab in the Tropics. But, believe ...
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Is Nimman The #1 Place in Chiang Mai to Live?

Why You Should Check Out Nimman There’s no doubt about it, Nimman is the place to go for digital nomads. Or coffee lovers. Or hipsters. ...
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9 Ways to be safer on Chiang Mai’s roads when driving a tank is just not an option!

Most people arrive in Thailand promising themselves they will never drive a motor bike, the roads are just too hectic and unsafe. There are plenty ...
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Starting a New Life in Chiang Mai

Whether someone wants to escape the rat-race and daily grind of city life, soak up some glorious Thai sun, explore nature or experience a whole ...
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Teaching English in Chiang Mai / Thailand

Have you ever wanted to Teach English in Chiang Mai? Well you can!
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