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Coming to Chiang Mai in February, what can we do now to make it awesome?


in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @jamieo | 5yr  | 8 comments

Hi guys, my wife and I are planning on spending 2-3 months in Chiang Mai in February and wanted to know from experienced people if there is anything we can learn or do beforehand to make it a productive and exciting trip?

Weโ€™ve traveled together before so thatโ€™s all good, we know what to pack and have been spending time reading these forums and related blogs for ideas on living costs etc.

Also, Chiang Mai seems like the place to go if you want cheap living but weโ€™re totally open to other suggestions in the area, for example looking at Saigon or other places.

Any suggestions or pointers would be most appreciated!

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@kmander | 4yr

Air quality is bad most of the year, especially so during the burning season. Not only does it look and feel bad, but the data on the actual types of pollutants is quite scary.

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@trippydad | 5yr

My wife and I spent a week in Chiang Mai a dozen years ago in the Fall and loved it. The only thing Iโ€™d add to whatโ€™s been posted is to consider spending a few days in Mae Hong Son. Itโ€™s a remote village on the border of Myanmar and is a short flight away (or you can get there by bus). We stayed in Sang Tong Huts - really cool huts built into the trees with a common area for dining and meeting other travelers. The owner, Babs is German and had a Burmese housekeeper named Muk that cooked local, authentic meals for everyone. Iโ€™ve heard Muk has since left but assume the experience will be just as awesome. Babs also drove several of us up into the hills for a hike and swim in a mountain stream. It was incredible - highly recommend. Weโ€™ll be returning there in the Spring with our 3 children.

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@nomadtax | 5yr

I do recommend avoiding Chiang Mai during the burning season, it really is pretty damn bad. I visited two years ago and the air quality was worse on some days than in bad parts of China. Phuket doesnโ€™t have this problem. Heck, even Bangkok has better air quality (year round).

If you go after the burning season itโ€™s tolerable although I wish those damn songthaew were scrapped (they make walking around on the major roads unpleasant).

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@jamieo | 5yr

Thanks for your input nomadtax :slight_smile: Iโ€™m hearing various opinions about the burning season, some saying itโ€™s not so bad and others like yourself recommending avoiding it completely.

The problem Iโ€™m having is that everyone raves about how good Chiang Mai is for quality of life and also for meeting other entrepreneurs. I guess there are lots of good places for that in South East Asia though - time for more research!

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@nomadtax | 5yr

Chiang Mai is indeed great for meeting other entrepreneurs, good food and itโ€™s chill vibe. It just doesnโ€™t have clean air, especially during the burning season. For this reason, I recommend going before or after if possible.

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@voskovek | 5yr

Well if you can stay during April youโ€™ll have an awesome time for sure, since Songkran (new year) starts on April 13th and, in case you havenโ€™t read about it already, itโ€™s loads of fun to go out on the streets and experience the water fights for 3 straight days (maybe 4, since they usually start the day before here in CM).
What do you like to do? Thereโ€™s so much to do here in CM; delicious food, beautiful temples, outdoor activities (hiking, rock climbing), day trips with many spots for sightseeing (specially if you have a motorbike).
One comment though, burning season starts somewhere around late February, so itโ€™s gonna be smoggy during that period. Some people donโ€™t mind, but if your sensible to air quality it can be a drag.

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@jamieo | 5yr

Thanks for the tips! We might try and avoid the burning season then, would you recommend spending a few weeks down near Phuket or on one of the islands until the burning ends? You mention the new year in April so Iโ€™m trying to figure out a good time to head into Chiang Mai before that? Iโ€™m guessing everything will be booked up around the new year?

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@voskovek | 5yr

Never been to Phuket so I donโ€™t know how it is like down there doing that time. Iโ€™ve been to Krabi though, it was also super hot there but much more tolerable thanks to the sea breeze.
Burning season will probably still be winding down during Songkran, I was here last April and the smog was still there, but it wasnโ€™t all that bad.
Regarding accommodation, it wonโ€™t be hard to find a nice place, it wonโ€™t be as crowded as it is now.

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Did you learn any Thai before staying in Chiang Mai?


in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @digitaldiva | 3mo 3 months ago | 0 comments

Iโ€™m curious to know how many people learned some Thai before going there. Learning languages is a hobby of mine but Iโ€™m very put off by how complex the writing system is, and if I decide not to learn it Iโ€™ll probably cross Chiang Mai off my bucket list. I prefer to be at least conversational in a language before I do an extended stay in a country. Iโ€™m curious how people who learned no Thai did getting by. And Iโ€™m curious, from people who did learn some, if itโ€™s any easier than it seems? Thanks!

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Where to go and what to do for Christmas and NYE in Chiang Mai?


in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @shasha | 11mo 10 months ago | 0 comments

Hi everyone,

Iโ€™m currently in Chiang Mai and will be here for Christmas. Maybe for NYE too. Planning to go out and meet people and enjoy the holiday season. Any events or places to recommend?

Iโ€™d love to meet new friends too. Leave me a message if you are interested in hanging out.

Cheers! :cocktail:

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How do you receive physical mail as a digital nomad?

 

by @danielgenser | 2yr 2 years ago | 81 comments

Does anyone have recommendations to handle physical mail? In the USA, Iโ€™ve noticed various services over the years where you get a physical address that you can change your address to, they receive your mail, scan stuff and send you PDFโ€™s.

Has anyone used these types of services? Impressions?

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Ho Chi Minh City, Chiang Mai or Bali for Jun-Jul-Aug for work?


in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @chelocoach | 3yr 2 years ago | 8 comments

Hi experienced nomads!

Iโ€™ve been nomading around SE Asia, HK and China for the last 4 to 5 months. Iโ€™ve been moving a lot and now I need to settle down for 3 months to finish some work. So the idea is to be in a stimulating city where I can find nomads, start-ups, self growth, self improvement, spirituality environments.
I already been for one month in Chiang mai, and liked it a lot in this respect, but wanted to try somewhere new, so was thinking to go to Ho Chi Minh or Bali. As I will be working mainly most of the time, the idea is not to spend much this three months, so my idea is to spend around 1200usd per month.

Would appreciate any opinions on this.

Best place to sit down and work for three months on a 1200usd budget a month?

Thnx :slight_smile:

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What is the minimum delay before the flight to Chiang mai from France?


in France by @stephenzambaux | 3yr 2 years ago | 0 comments

Hi, I live in France and I planned to travel to Chiang Mai in the 01/24.
We are in December, do you think there is enough time to vaccination, visa?

Can I take a touristic visa from 01/24 to 04/22? Do I need to bight round trip flight ticket to get it?

Thank you

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Mail forwarding service based in Wyoming?


by @hollymona | 3yr 2 years ago | 4 comments

Hello, Iโ€™m a nomad based in Asia, but recently incorporated in Wyoming. Does anyone use a mail forwarding service with a Wyoming street address that you would recommend?

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Best Muay Thai Gym in Chiang Mai?


in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @holeinthehand | 3yr 3 years ago | 2 comments

Hello,

I am moving to Chiang Man for two months and am looking for a good Muy Thai gym. I have some previous training experience but am at the novice/intermediate level.

Can anyone who has trained Muy Thai in Chiang Mai recommend a school?

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How do you manage receiving mail without a permanent address in the Philippines?


in Philippines by @kaizenpreneur | 3yr 3 years ago | 3 comments

Hello all,

I have a mail management service in the UK which all my mail gets sent to. This works fine 90% of the time and most can be dealt with digitally.

The other 10%, I need the mail sent on to me, which they do offer as a service. However, where I struggle is giving them an address to send it to in the Philippines, namely Manila.

Iโ€™ve used DHL for really important stuff, like bank cards, but it would be nice to have an address where I can forward certain mail. Anyone been able to set something up like this in the Philippines? Would a virtual office allow me to receive mail?

Thanks in advance

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How long does a non-resident Canadian Citizen need to stay out of Canada to maintain non-resident status, per year?


in Canada by @balindsieber | 3yr 3 years ago | 1 comment

Hey fellow nomads. I have an interesting situation.

Iโ€™m a Canadian Citizen whoโ€™s been a resident of the United States for the last 12 years (work VISA). I incorporated my LLC in Hong Kong and have been a nomad for about 6 months.

I just spoke to my Accountant and he says that I will only have to pay taxes to HK, because Iโ€™m not a resident of either US or CAN. Thatโ€™s amazing news as both places suck for taxes.

Iโ€™m currently in Colombia but I spent the first 2 months of this year in Canadaโ€”I want to make sure I stay out of Canada long enough to remain a non-resident.

Does anyone know what that amount of time is?

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Has anyone done the Non O Ed Visa in Hand to Hand Combat in Chiang Mai?


in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @artofbryce | 3yr 3 years ago | 4 comments

Weโ€™re headed to Chiang Mai in July looking at our options for visas and came across this: http://www.cmlocals.com/1-year-ed-visa-hand-to-hand-combat/

Has anyone done it?

It looks amazing and beneficial for many reasons, but Iโ€™m a little skeptical without being able to read external reviews or hear of experiences from people whoโ€™ve successfully done it.

Thoughts and other options are appreciated!

p.s. right now we have a one-way ticket and are wanting to keep our options open to stay longer if we love it (which weโ€™re anticipating)

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Bali vs. Chiang Mai for digital nomads?


in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @snu6ew | 3yr 3 years ago | 16 comments

My girlfriend and I started our DN life this March and went straight to Chiang Mai because of itโ€™s ease of living. We love it. CM is great โ€“ we got a scooter for 2700 THB, a nice apartment for 8000 THB all in, we get our laundry done for 50 THB, eat out at nice places every day for less than 100 THB etc. Arriving here needed nearly no preparation โ€“ it just worked out all by itself.

We are still on tight budget and donโ€™t want to give up much of CMโ€™s quality of life but we want to see other places and we are now thinking about what could be our next destination. We are not really willing and able to spend more than what we spend now. Bali seems to be a good place according to what you all wrote.

How does it compare to Chiang Mai or Thailand in general?
CM can get very hot and we often acknowledge that we should have chosen an apartment with a pool here. Can I rent something in Bali for a few months with a pool for less than 250 USD?

Are there any Nomad-houses or similar projects at the moment that make it easy to connect to other people?

We donโ€™t really hang out in co-working spaces, more in cafรฉs. We source products in China and sell them to customers in Europe through e-commerce.

Any tips or experiences are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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What is the best dentist in Chiang Mai?


in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @siquick | 3yr 3 years ago | 5 comments

Any recommendations? Looking for temporary crown.

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Where can I buy an office chair for my apartment in Chiang Mai?


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The apartment manager suggested kaidee.com, but nothing there. Any suggestions anyone?

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How is Chiang Mai's air quality?


in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @albyantoniazzi | 4yr 3 years ago | 9 comments

Hello everyone!
Iโ€™m currently touring South East Asia and Iโ€™m now in Koh Lanta (Thailand). I was planning to visit Chiang Mai on friday, but Iโ€™ve read the air quality in this period is so bad due to fires that are using as a method of cultivating crops there in the north. Is it something to take in consideration or just nothing to care about?
Thanks in advance!
And by the way, if anybody is in Chiang Mai and would like to grab a coffee would also be cool!

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What is the first thing I should do when I land in Chiang Mai?


in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @joshuaballard | 4yr 3 years ago | 11 comments

I have been tempted by the digital nomad lifestyle for quite some time now.

I purposefully built a business that allowed me to work anywhere that has my PC and an internet connection, but then ended up renting an office and just going about life business as usual in the town I grew up in.

I finally booked tickets for a few months in Asia, and will be landing in Chiang Mai on the 17th of March

(which someone pointed out to me is actually the smokey season, which iโ€™m reading about now)

For a first time digital nomad, what would you recommend as the first point of call when landing in a new city?

thanks for any shared wisdom all

Joshua

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How to find short term accommodation in Chiang Mai?


in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @kathrynoh | 4yr 3 years ago | 12 comments

Iโ€™m planning on 6 weeks in Chiang Mai soon and most of the stuff Iโ€™ve read about finding a place there says the best thing to do is to look in person. Considering the short time Iโ€™m there, I would prefer to prebook to say a couple of days of apartment hunting.

I was wondering about the options for short(ish) term accommodation and if pre-booking is worthwhile or if Iโ€™ll just get fobbed off with the worst room/apartment available.

Iโ€™m just looking for something basic - so long as it has air conditioning. Having a work space would be a definite advantage as would closeness to coffee. Other than that, things like a pool, gym, kitchen arenโ€™t that important to me.

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Help: Canada Taxman (CRA) Coming After Digital Nomad Who Has Not Lived in Canada since 2011. Advice or Recommendations?


in Canada by @bestscifireads | 4yr 3 years ago | 7 comments

Hey guys.

Iโ€™m in the unfortunate situation (and true Digital Nomadโ€™s worst nightmare) where the Canadian tax man (i.e. the CRA) has decided to come calling. And calling hard.

Any recommendations for Canadian Tax Accounts / Tax Lawyers specializing digital nomads / expats / non residents?

Hereโ€™s the deal:

Iโ€™m a digital nomad living in Thailand who has NOT lived in canada since the middle of 2011, and in that time, only been back to canada three times for a brief visit (with a total period between all those years of less than 90 days out of the 5 years).

I make an online income (affiliates, adsense, and such) of which all if it does not derive from Canada. And as stated, I donโ€™t live there anymore and havenโ€™t in many years. I donโ€™t own houses, cars, or anything (I do have a personal bank account though and a DL โ€“ you need those to function mostly). Iโ€™ve only used Canada as my bank account, from which I would send money abroad to live while outside of Canada, which was the entire period of time.

Anyways, the taxman back in Canada doesnโ€™t know this (that Iโ€™m a non resident) and of course has now come to collect. I had income tax demands sent to an address (parentsโ€™) stating I owe a very high five figure balance in income tax and owe it right away.

The whole digital nomad thing has just come to life the past years and when I left Canada in 2011/2010, no one new much about making money online, how to pay taxes when you donโ€™t live in your home country, etc. I was doing this earlier than most (from this forum, I gather itโ€™s common now).

I assume Iโ€™ll probably need a Canadian tax accountant and mayhaps a tax lawyer versed inโ€ฆwellโ€ฆdigital nomads. Iโ€™m going to call the CRA (Canadian Revenue Agency) and try to explain that I donโ€™t live there and havenโ€™t (and I can prove it), but yea. It may take more than that.

At this point, Iโ€™ve been looking how to properly structure my affairs (creating an Estonian Corp, creating an Thailand corporation) to properly handle how I should structure things in the future, but in the meantimeโ€ฆ

Advice or a recommendation for a specific tax specialist (iโ€™m from BC, Canada if that helps) would be awesome.

Ben

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Data sims for Jamaica and Bahamas?


in Jamaica by @joncottonuk | 4yr 3 years ago | 8 comments

Hi all

Looking to spend a couple of weeks in Jamaica and the Bahamas - Can anyone recommend the best value data sims for either or both countries. Not bothered about calls as will be using Skype.

Thanks - Jon

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Any experiencie airmailing your stuff to yourself when moving from one place to another?


by @chelocoach | 4yr 4 years ago | 5 comments

Hi there!

Iโ€™m going Nomad in about 3 months. Mainly Iโ€™ll stay in some places for at least 1 month, but Iโ€™m planning some backpacking trips in between movings. So Iโ€™m planning to travel carry-on only on this trips. But I also would like to carry with me some non-indispensable stuff that helps me to keep up with my lifestyle and work on the places where Iโ€™ll stay for a longer period. For example a blender, coffee and an Aeropress to prepare my bulleproof coffee. Also my guitar, some camera gear, a good quality screen to work, etcโ€ฆ

Except for the guitar, everything fits into a medium size luggage.

I know I can check in this stuff when moving. But if Iโ€™m going to backpack I donโ€™t want to carry this stuff around.

  • Is airmailing this stuff to myself a good option?
  • Any experience on this?

Iโ€™m a newby on this lifestyle so any advice is welcome :slight_smile: . Many thanks!

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Other places like Ubud, Chiang Mai, Vienna, Prague...?


in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @rich | 4yr 4 years ago | 10 comments

Hi,
weโ€™re having trouble deciding where to go in the fall (September, October, November) or over the winter for that matter. We loved Chiang Mai, Ubud, Vienna, Prague, Lisbon and weโ€™re looking for a similar place to stay for 1-2 months. Weโ€™ll be in Germany and have a car. We wanted to go to Italy, but weโ€™re not getting excited about any place in particular - or we just donโ€™t know where to go. Any ideas?

What do we like? Pleasant weather, open minded people (whose eyes donโ€™t fall out when they see a black girl), healthy food (in restaurants and supermarkets) with vegetarian options, a chill vibe. Nice rentals (we use Airbnb a lot). A nice compromise between nature and not feeling like youโ€™re in the middle of nowhere. Oh, and no bugs or mosquitos please (they love us, but our bodies hate them. We get huge welts that stay for weeks).

Thanks!
Rich & Chinny

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