If you’ve never been to Chiang Mai you might be wondering why this city in northern Thailand has become such a hotspot for digital nomads and expats alike. What is it about this place that gets so many people to […]
If you’ve never been to Chiang Mai you might be wondering why this city in northern Thailand has become such a hotspot for digital nomads and expats alike. What is it about this place that gets so many people to consider relocating to Thailand? What makes Chiang Mai such a great place to live? Is it the tropical climate? The local Buddhist culture? Or maybe the low cost of living in Thailand?
Eating like a local most of the time will help you save a lot of money, but food is not the only factor that brings down the Thailand cost of living for Chiang Mai in particular. Comfortable studio apartments can be rented for under US$300 per month, and in fact it’s also possible to rent a small house in the same price range. For personal transportation, you can rent a small motorbike for around US$100 per month or purchase a new one starting at about US$1250.
Yes, I would say that Chiang Mai is one of the cheapest cities on Earth. You can pay as little as €33 a month for a basic room and as little as €0.6 for a reasonably sized bowl of noodle soup.
With Thailand’s low cost of living for many goods and services comes an increased quality of life. For example, a relaxing Thai massage will cost about US$7-10 per hour. At that price you can afford to enjoy a massage on a regular basis to reduce stress and stop back pain before it has a chance to build up. It’s no secret that lower back pain is one of the most common health problems afflicting those who spend most of their working hours hunched over in front of a computer.
In the height of winter, Toronto sees snow storms and temperatures dip to -20°C (-4°F). Contrast that with a comfortable 20-25°C (68-77°F) during the cool, dry season (November to February) and it’s a no-brainer. Hello, sunshine!
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