Is Nimman The #1 Place in Chiang Mai to Live?


Why You Should Check Out Nimman

Is Nimman The #1 Place in Chiang Mai to Live?There’s no doubt about it, Nimman is the place to go for digital nomads. Or coffee lovers. Or hipsters. Or professionals. Or anyone that just wants to walk out of their front door and have it all within a short walk.

Why does everyone love Nimman so much? Particularly the sois (or roads) to the south off Nimman road, are crammed with tea rooms, cafes, restaurants, bars, and wine bars – there are a plethora of places to meet friends or network with business possibilities, and you don’t need to go to the same one twice. Of course, everyone has their favorite, but once in a while you can turn a corner and see a place you never noticed before – and they might have the best coffee you’ve ever had.

Nimmanhiemin road itself has some traffic congestion, yes, but it’s only a problem if you have a car or if you live right on Nimman road. Once you’re away from the street you’re in a relatively quiet oasis, surrounded by lunch options.

Nimman lies in a kind of sweet spot between the old city and Doi Suthep. It’s a well placed area to live as you’re able to get just about anywhere in Chiang Mai relatively quickly, but still live somewhere trendy and well priced.

Most foreigners who move to Chiang Mai choose originally to stay in Nimman, and it’s not hard to figure out why. Yes the prices are a bit higher than elsewhere in Chiang Mai, but it’s still Chiang Mai expensive not “rest-of-the-world” expensive – Nimman’s still cheaper than just about anywhere in Australia for example.

All The Cool Kids Are Doing It

All of the cool kids hang out in Nimman. There’s live music at many of the bars and restaurants at night, people are wearing designer clothes, so if that’s your thing, there’s that, and obviously, cafes. Cafes galore. There aren’t really many street food vendors on Nimman or its sois, but there are a few cheap restaurants if you know where to look.

Nimman’s just down the road from Chiang Mai University, so there are a lot of students in the area influencing the kinds of places that are popping up – wine bars, tea rooms, and tiny cocktail bars. A student haven, the affluent Thai population also lives nearby.

If you’re a digital nomad, you can hook into the wifi of just about any establishment in the suburb just by saying the word Wifi to the staff – although it’s a good idea to buy something, you don’t always have to.  There are a lot of people doing the same thing, so it’s a great way to network and collaborate on projects.

Accommodation around Nimman

Nimman’s apartment options are plentiful and affordable too – considering it’s the best place to live, it’s still a good price, meaning you have more to spend exploring cafes and bars in the area! Whether you’re looking for luxury or you’re on a budget, there are accommodation options to suit every type of traveller – rent is usually cheaper per month if you are staying for a year or more.

What Nimman won’t give you is an authentic, traditional Thai experience. With the old city just a ten-minute scooter ride away, though, nothing’s out of reach.

Do you live on Nimman? Do you think it is the top place to live in Chiang Mai or not?

Where do you live? Please let us know your thoughts on this area or anywhere else in Chiang Mai. We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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18 thoughts on “Is Nimman The #1 Place in Chiang Mai to Live?”

  • David

    Lived on Niman Soi 15 from 1994-2006. It was a quiet little neighborhood with a handful of restaurants & pubs. You can’t pay me to go near there now. Trashy Thai hi-so wannabes and trust fund farang hipsters.

  • Valarie

    If you want to know a bit about Chiang Mai I would say Nimman is the place to avoid at all times! But I think it’s a good thing this little Wanna-Be-HiSo-Ghetto is there to keep the filth in one area so the rest of beautifull Chiang Mai doesn’t get contaminated.

    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Hi Valarie,
      Thank you for your interesting comments. Nimman is not to everyones taste that is for sure. But like you say there are so many other locations all over Chiang Mai.

  • Zoe

    Would never like to live in nimmen again. Lived there for several years when I first arrived in 2006. It got progressively busier, noisier and full of more and more construction and people.

  • Jouni

    Nimman is the number one place to live in Chiang Mai if you want to be in the middle of the buzz and the cool kids. (And the Chinese tourists

    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Hi Jouni,
      Thank you for your comments and thoughts on Nimman area, there are certainly a lot of Chinese tourists but they are every where now!

  • Leo

    Have lived in the old city a few blocks from Tha Phae Gate for 12 years, which has everything Nimman brags about minus the snobbery

    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Hi Leo, thank you for your comments, I am starting to see a lot of changes in the old city area, lots of the old town houses are being bought up and completely renovated into some really trendy town homes.

  • Sally

    Depends what you like….Ive lived mostly around this area for 2o years… has certainly changed but there is a great mix of people,both cheap and up market eating and drinking places…for me,it is very close to my work and has markets and shops I need all round….love it. .

    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Hi Sally, thanks for your comments on Nimman. I agree there is a great mix of people around this area. Hence the reason it is so popular.

  • Kalle

    What place is going to be the next Nimman? Could it be some place near old town or the central festival area?

    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Hi Kalle,
      Great question, I have been thinking about this a lot recently myself.Around central seems to be the most promising. The Dcondo is fast becoming one of the more popular buildings in Chiang Mai. But Chiang Mai business park is not really working out yet. But we will see when the fasion mall finally opens after all this time.

  • Jacob

    Nimman is an awesome place to live, everything you need is within walking distance.

    Traffic is not a problem if you know the shortcuts. Great area for people watching, stumbling home drunk then waking up and actually walk to a coffee shop.

    Best area hands down, anyone who complains is simply a hater.

    • Perfect Homes (Chiang Mai Properties)

      Hi Jacob.
      Thank you for your thoughts on Nimman there is certainly everything within walking distance. Especially since Maya shopping mall has opened.

    • Joe

      Or has different interests/opinions to you maybe?

      • Jacob

        Niman’s awesome, dont be a hater.

  • Nat

    Nice place but too busy. You stuck in the traffic jam from morning to evening 😉

  • Marcus

    I like Nimman area.
    But I personally live on the mountain countryside with my family. Kids and farming.
    However; Nimman is suitable if young and put for fun, with out kids. Even with kids if need to be in town for work. The access to the countryside is easy south along canal road or doi suthep and the CMU just next door. Lots of facilities and things to do on the door step. If have a car can travel the rest day trips. It’s a good location.
    I would live there if we has to live Town.
    If a half way option; I would take the area between Wat Umong and Wat Rampeogn on the back roads someplace.


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