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. Or professionals. Or anyone that just wants to walk out of there 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, restuarants, 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 favourite, 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 live 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. Pun Space also have a branch in Nimman where you can pay a daily fee or join the membership and pay monthly. There are a lot of people doing the same thing, so it’s a great way to network and collaborate on projects.
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?
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