Chiang Mai has THE WORST AIR QUALITY of any city in the world for >= ~2 months every year (Google "burning season"). So impossible to ever live here permanently, even if you like the place. Also, Thailand is now cracking down on people using back-to-back visas or visa free entries to stay as well (just Google for it on the forums). It was getting harder and harder to stay (before I left) and the vibe wasn't as good as it used to be. Most people have moved onto Vietnam, which is much easier to stay in, much more up-and-coming, and where the authorities are much friendlier towards digital nomads.
🎒 Nomad Score4.48/5 220 reviews💵 Cost good📡 Internet great😀 Fun good👮 Safety goodTap to Open☀️Feels 41°106°32°90°🥵AQI53😷2$1,127 / mo23Mbps×
Don't believe the prices on here for an apartment. 686 usd/month refers to an apartment in a high class condo, right in the city centre and seconds away from the BTS(train station).
Just remember this, people working at supermarkets make 2 usd/per hour. If you want to live like a local, then you can save a lot of money.
If you don't mind a 5-10 minute walk from the BTS, then you can easily get a one bedroom apartment for 300 USD per month, in a high class condo, plus with free golf cart service to the BTS station.
I have literally gone to a restaurant to pay 8 USD for a meal, when the exact dish was available on the street for only 1 USD and tastes much better. I ate out everyday and went partying a couple of times a week, and my total monthly expenses was still under 1000 usd.
-Gyms are fucking expensive in Thailand. Expect to pay at least 60 USD/month for the gym, which is crazy when you consider the average wage in Thailand is 15 usd/per day.
-Vitamins and supplements cost double the price than what you would get at home. Thais do not take supplements. Maybe only foreigners and really rich Thais.
People spending 1500 USD per month must be eating steak daily and hanging out at places meant for foreigners.
🎒 Nomad Score4.47/5 227 reviews💵 Cost good📡 Internet great😀 Fun good👮 Safety goodTap to Open🌤Feels 46°115°35°96°🥵AQI90😷3$1,524 / mo24Mbps×
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Been living in Berlin for a couple of months. Not worth it anymore. Cold, gray, sad, more expensive than Cologne, terrible internet access (especially mobile), impossible to find decent mid-term apartments, everything getting 25% more expensive per quarter.
🎒 Nomad Score4.29/5 222 reviews💵 Cost very bad📡 Internet great😀 Fun great👮 Safety goodTap to Open🌦Feels 11°52°12°53°AQI126$2,881 / mo29Mbps×
Super slimy vibe and good luck trying to meet anyone on a dating app who isn't a bar girl / working for $$$ / trying to scam you out of something. If you like Las Vegas you might like it here, but there are better places imho.
🎒 Nomad Score4.1/5 202 reviews💵 Cost okay📡 Internet great😀 Fun okay👮 Safety goodTap to Open🌧Feels 45°113°33°92°🥵AQI347$1,735 / mo21Mbps×
Spent 3 years living in Porto, must say it's maybe the best city I've lived in so far. Its super hospitable people, delicious food, good English speaking and well educated population, entrepreneurship opportunities and cheap (comparing to Lisbon) cost of living make a combination that is quite hard to beat in Europe.
🎒 Nomad Score3.94/5 201 reviews💵 Cost okay📡 Internet great😀 Fun okay👮 Safety goodTap to Open☀️Feels 14°57°14°58°10$1,901 / mo32Mbps×
Lived there for 5 month on a contract project in one IT company, With my monthly income of $3,400 it was disgustingly hard to have a normal lifestyle. The city is also very dirty, specifically the Mission. Would not recommend moving there as an expat.
🎒 Nomad Score3.82/5 209 reviews💵 Cost very bad📡 Internet great😀 Fun okay👮 Safety okayTap to Open☀️Feels 21°70°20°68°AQI59😷11$5,050 / mo48Mbps×
I have been living in London for over 2 years as a student. It's ridiculously expensive. However, there are options. What I like about the city is you can find many events anytime you want. It's active all year 24/7. There are so many foreigners and tourists which make the living more vibrant and less racist. London has sub-communities which I think is a good thing. Those communities bring their cultures, ethics and foods. Public transportation and restaurants are great. I used to spend 3-4 hours in Costa or Nero cafe without interruptions. Though if it's raining or summer season it could be hard to stay long. On the negative side, the UK suffers from slow and old bureaucracies making life difficult sometimes. It's not easy to open a bank account or to rent. The government systems are slow. Also, you will feel depressed in winter when the sunset is before 4pm and the temperature is 0c. All in all, everything is great about the city except the affordability and the winter.
🎒 Nomad Score3.8/5 216 reviews💵 Cost very bad📡 Internet good😀 Fun great👮 Safety goodTap to Open🌥Feels 7°45°8°47°AQI56😷13$4,093 / mo17Mbps×
Parisians are not as rude as some people say, most of them speak English when your approach is respectful, and you try to speak French, and begin by saying Bonjour, or Bon soir. It is very expensive, but like any other big city, there are always alternatives to different type of food or lodging. Public transportation is very efficient and not that expensive.
🎒 Nomad Score3.64/5 217 reviews💵 Cost very bad📡 Internet great😀 Fun good👮 Safety okayTap to Open🌧Feels 7°45°8°47°AQI3615$4,091 / mo25Mbps×
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Beautiful island. Lots of mellow nightlife spots and cafe's. Too bad there's a serial killer murdering young women a few times a year. Seriously though, look into the Koh Tao murders over the last few years. Women raped and murdered. They blame it on Burmese workers but nobody believes this. More likely it's local mafia children running the island. It's only a matter of time before the next crime. Sucks because I loved the place. Cheapest spot in the world to get your diving certification.
🎒 Nomad Score3.62/5 213 reviews💵 Cost okay📡 Internet good😀 Fun okay👮 Safety goodTap to Open🌤Feels 37°99°30°86°🥵AQI2116$1,559 / mo17Mbps×