Chiang Mai

What is the Cost of Living WELL in Chiang Mai

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A defocused photo of Chiang Mai's colorful streets at dusk.

It’s hard for me to believe I’m fast approaching my third year in Chiang Mai. What’s crazy is I just can’t get enough of it. With every passing day, I’m loving it more and more. I was just telling my best friend yesterday how I can’t see myself moving away. There’s something for everyone in… Read More >>

What’s Expat Life in Chiang Mai Like?

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Bustling expat life in Chiang Mai's walking street. It is packed with tourists and expats alike shopping for goods.

“You’re still in Thailand?” is a question I get asked all the time when I go back home to visit friends and family. Most don’t realize how long I’ve been an expat abroad–and the next questions invariably center around expat life in Chiang Mai and what living in the North of Thailand is like. Pointblank: I… Read More >>

A Little Update On Life in Chiang Mai

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I used to have so much time to blog back during my first year in Chiang Mai, but lately time seems to have become so scarce. The last couple of months, especially, have been hectic. There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in my days. What’s been keeping me so busy? Well, I’ve been working on my… Read More >>

7 Things I Love About Chiang Mai

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Thaphae Gate walking street at dusk, one of the things I love about Chiang Mai.

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly two years since I’ve moved to Chiang Mai. Most people told me the magic of that first moment when I stepped off the plane would eventually fade, but it never has. There are so many things I love about Chiang Mai, I could write an endless list, but… Read More >>

Burning Season In Chiang Mai: Sickness & Pollution

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The burning season in Chiang Mai affecting this city skyline. The haze is very heavy and you cannot see past several hundred feet.

My blogging has really slowed down as of late because of the burning season in Chiang Mai. I recently returned from Lebanon and felt perfectly fine, but as soon as I arrived in Chiang Mai, the intense pollution caused by farmers burning their crops got to me. Since Chiang Mai is surrounded by several large… Read More >>

You Owe It To You.

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Silhouette of a backpacker taking the picture of a sunset over the ocean.

So, I’m sitting at the airport coffee shop and I’m browsing travel blogs. Most of them have a common vein. Something about someone quitting a job, which they hated, and now they’re traveling the world. Judging by their bios, you’d think the rest of the world were slaving away in shackles somewhere in a hard labor camp in… Read More >>

10 Best Cafes in Chiang Mai

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A panoramic shot of Chiang Mai's landscape taken from Phufinn Cafe. A full meal and beverages lies on a bench in the foreground.

As I was sitting in Bangkok browsing the internet for the best cafes around, it totally escaped me that I’d written about so much in Chiang Mai, except for one of the main reasons I moved to Chiang Mai–the café scene! The city has probably one of the most centralized café scenes I’ve come across and… Read More >>

Career-Break And Traveling In His 40s: An Interview With Andy

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How does one take a career break in their 40s and choose to travel the world and work online? Is it foolish to be taking such a risk during an advanced stage in your career? That’s where Andy comes in. He quit a very lucrative job to pursue the freedoms that seem to be ever-disappearing as… Read More >>

Dating in Chiang Mai: Tips & Advice

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The profile photo of a beautiful thai college student I met while dating in Chiang Mai.

The beauty and manners of the Northern Lanna women to me, when compared to other Thai women, is as different as night is to day. I’ve found dating in Chiang Mai to be a unique experience. As a single man who arrived here almost two years ago, I didn’t understand the cultural differences between the North and South… Read More >>