When it comes to location, there aren’t many places in the world that are quite so eye-wateringly beautiful as Thailand. For tourism, it’s fantastic, however for those wishing to live cheaply, whilst carrying out their work, the larger cities, especially Bangkok, can be a test on the budget.
I came to find out that Chiang Mai, in the north of the country, is a hugely popular spot for digital nomads to head. You might ask yourself why, other than the scenery of course, but it runs a little deeper than that.
So, why is Chiang Mai so popular amongst digital nomads?
It’s cheap. The bottom line for anyone who is working around the world remotely is that they want to live life on the fly, for as little money as possible. This is more than possible in Chiang Mai, which is infinitely more affordable than Bangkok, and just as well placed. Reports have shown that you can find a decent apartment with bills included in Chiang Mai for around US$200-600, which let’s face it, is a real steal.
2) Standard of living
Small, clean, beautiful, not at all crowded – perfect for a working/travel balance. It’s not a hardship waking up to beautiful beaches, the sun, and cloudless skies, is it?
3) Super-fast internet
Wifi is what it’s all about, and connecting to clients and agents around the world is easy in Chiang Mai, with plentiful and reliable wifi connections.
You’ll probably know that Thailand in general is an ex-pat destination, and in that comes many an entrepreneur, so it makes sense that you’ll stumble upon them during your time. This all makes networking easy, and leads to more work. Bangkok is also easily accessible by air for further business opportunities.
5) Life’s little extras
We might not want to think about it, I certainly don’t, but there are times in life where we need medical attention, and this is one of the problems for the digital nomad, as good quality and affordable medical care is a rarity the world over. Thailand is an exception to that rule, with high quality care at affordable prices, and of course with good insurance on top, affording it shouldn’t be a problem.
So I guess that answers my question of why Chiang Mai is so popular amongst a growing army of digital nomads, and it’s easy to see why.