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 Score4.41/5 220 reviews💵 Cost good📡 Internet great😀 Fun good👮 Safety goodTap to Open☀️Feels 41°106°32°90°🥵AQI79😷1$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 Score4.38/5 227 reviews💵 Cost good📡 Internet great😀 Fun good👮 Safety goodTap to Open🌤Feels 46°115°35°96°🥵AQI103😷2$1,523 / mo24Mbps×
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 Score4.28/5 222 reviews💵 Cost very bad📡 Internet great😀 Fun great👮 Safety goodTap to Open🌧Feels 9°48°10°49°AQI214$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 Score4.08/5 202 reviews💵 Cost okay📡 Internet great😀 Fun okay👮 Safety goodTap to Open🌧Feels 43°109°32°90°🥵AQI455$1,735 / mo21Mbps×
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 Score3.65/5 213 reviews💵 Cost okay📡 Internet good😀 Fun okay👮 Safety goodTap to Open🌥Feels 36°97°30°86°🥵AQI216$1,559 / mo18Mbps×
Spent three months living in Playa in spring 2019. Weather is beautiful, though on the hotter side. One huge piece of the city, 5th Avenue, runs from the bus stop for a mile or two and is pretty much nothing but tourist junk. Bad restaurants, bars, and people trying to hawk you on garbage. Once the touristy stuff dies out, there is a small but growing area that's much nicer for living - quieter, greener, few-to-no sales vendors fighting for your attention, and some really nice little restaurants and apartments. The beach is nice (although EXTREMELY thin, sometimes 1-2 feet wide at high tide), but sargasso (seaweed washing up) is a continuous issue and makes the beach pretty much unusable in parts. English is pretty good, but a little Spanish can go a long way. The scuba diving is excellent.
Recommendations: Get a bike to ride around. Eat at Primo (restaurant). Try to find an apartment with a pool or rooftop so the sargasso problems don't mess up your ability to enjoy the outdoors. Rent a car and take a trip to Chichen Itza and Ik-kil. Avoid Cozumel.
All in all, mostly pleasant, decent cost of living, but wouldn't be in a rush to come back.
🎒 Nomad Score3.38/5 202 reviews💵 Cost good📡 Internet bad😀 Fun great👮 Safety badTap to Open🌥Feels 31°88°27°80°🥵AQI811$1,436 / mo9Mbps×
Samui is Thailand's second most popular island for tourists, after Phuket. The main areas are Chaweng and Lamai. Chaweng used to be more backpacker and trashy (like Bali's Kuta) but is now rapidly developing into a real clean town. Since 2014, it now has a giant air-conditioned Central World mall, an increasing number of coffee places, good restaurants and more upscale hotels and resorts.
Lamai Beach used to be the more clean and laidback area but is now deteriorating. The beaches are still okay but the streets are now filled with sex bars and bad restaurants. Worse, prices in Lamai are often higher than in Chaweng due to less competition.
The preferrable spot to stay in Ko Samui now is the more mellow South Chaweng.
🎒 Nomad Score3.38/5 215 reviews💵 Cost okay📡 Internet good😀 Fun good👮 Safety goodTap to Open🌧Feels 39°102°30°87°🥵AQI3612$1,770 / mo17Mbps×
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Spent one month living and discovering Guad and area. Walked, bussed and Uber when necessary. NEVER felt unsafe. My Spanish is very basic and yet was able to communicate. Friendly and helpful people! Amazing for such a large city!🌺❤️
🎒 Nomad Score3.36/5 207 reviews💵 Cost good📡 Internet good😀 Fun okay👮 Safety badTap to Open🌥Feels 27°81°25°78°🥵AQI54😷13$1,166 / mo19Mbps×
I've lived in Pattaya for 10 of my 19 years in Thailand. I am an old guy not paying sex workers for sex. If you don't want to see the nasty bits, don't go to those places. If you want to chillout, eat fresh seafood and enjoy blistering internet speeds, then welcome. Every morning when I wake up Pattaya is better than it was when I went to sleep. If you want to have some real city life, BKK is just 2 hours away. Some of you youngsters sure are prudes.
🎒 Nomad Score3.34/5 205 reviews💵 Cost good📡 Internet great😀 Fun good👮 Safety okayTap to Open🌤Feels 46°115°32°89°🥵AQI54😷15$1,475 / mo40Mbps×
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