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25 April 2016
Overall impression

A large and developed city, nice and affordable accommodation options (best offers start at 6-month-long terms), many co-working spaces, a big community of programmers and designers from around the world. Professional meetings, TEDx, local start-ups.
Seaside: AirAsia will gladly take you to any place in Thailand or neighboring countries for 2000 baht. Chiang Mai is situated up in the mountains, so only condominiums with swimming pools and hot springs outside of the city are available here.

Attitude to foreigners

A very farang-friendly city, foreigners are always welcome. Living here, you feel that foreigners make up a sizeable part of local population.

Impression of local population

Northern Thais differ from their southern counterparts in their calmness and a higher level of education and behavior.


Colder than in most of Thailand, but nice for Russians.


Chiang Mai University is the largest in Thailand. Its campus takes up 20% of the city’s square area.

Quality of medicine (quality and cost)

Decent, just get an insurance.

Language (learning of the local language and communication with the local people)

Many language schools, the locals understand English well.

Transport (road access, quality of roads, level of driving, gasoline cost, public transportation)

Petrol costs around 32 baht. Scooter is the best means of transport around the city, renting one costs from 3000 baht per month, buying a used one in good condition – from 20K baht. Motorcycle lovers can rent a large motorcycle (up to 1 liter BMWs) and enjoy the picturesque roads of northern Thailand. Nice car and bike routes for any distance are present in abundance.
Traffic inside the city is intense, driving a car here isn’t a good idea.
Going abroad: AirAsia will gladly take you anywhere in Thailand or a neighboring country for 2000 baht.

Prices (cost of living, food, entertainment)

Everything is reasonably cheap unless your salary comes in rubles. Breakfast/lunch 50-200 baht, dinner 100-300, cuisines from all around the world, nice steak for around 400 baht. An incredible cinema with movies in English for 110 baht per person.

Job (search complexity, level of salary)

There are some local startups but level of local salaries remains unknown. Long-distance working it is.

Housing (cost, availability, rent, purchase)

Depends on your needs, from 6000 baht per month to 50000. A decent 2-bedroom in a new condominium costs around 20K-25K baht per month. Abundant supply, so you can choose.


Haven’t seen any. Don’t light your away with a 6+ IPhone at 3 a.m. somewhere on the outskirts of the city, be sensible.

Women \ men (for dating)

It’s Thailand, baby ;) On the other hand, many locals and foreigners are well educated and one can have a normal relationship not involving money.

Internet access (availability, price)

15/5 mbps – 600 baht. 30/10 mbps – 1100 baht. Co-working spaces can have faster connection.

The region's economy (crisis, inflation)

Baht is stable, the situation in Thailand still heavily militarized, but that barely influences the life of a regular foreigner. There is the possibility, that at night police might stop you and check your license as well as inquire as to your destination, but that’s it.

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