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🌇 Who's in Chiang Mai now?

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💬 What's happening in Chiang Mai now?

refuseillusion  
7h
I think the limit is just 180 for Thailand oddly
mogosselin  
6h
If you think you'll stay there for 5 years straight, I would say it's a good investment.
verekia  
6h
Personally I would stay less than 6 months per year to a_avoid_ being a tax resident, because screw paperwork complexity, but even still, for 6 months per year it's a good investment
verekia  
6h
The biggest risk is that if any big life change happens in the next 5 years, like meeting someone who can't travel, or not being able to travel in general, that screws up the whole deal
refuseillusion  
6h
Tax residency in Thailand is pretty good
refuseillusion  
6h
Check out the exemption of foreign-sourced income after the calendar-year holding period
verekia  
6h
I'm sure it is, but I've gone through the paperwork nightmare before between France and the US, and I'd rather keep things simple and stress-free now
verekia  
5h
stress is _taxing_ on me :smile:
cyruzdraxs  
5h
Anyone have experience with working in Thailand through Velocity Global? Elastic will only let me work through them, as they have an existing contract, rather than Iglu. They don't say much about their Thailand entity though. https://velocityglobal.com/services/countries-velocity-global-serves/thailand-peo-employment-services/
coffeejunk  
4h
would be very interesting to hear what their cost is

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  • Bangkok Bangkok Vignette
    🎒 Nomad Score
    4.91/5
    216 reviews
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    good
    📡 Internet
    okay
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    You get somewhat acclimated to the weather after a while (and yes, the right wool fabric is the most breathable one so ignore that previous reviewer). I\'ve stayed here on and off for about 4 years now. The expat crowd is great and there really is a lot of opportunity for collaboration. Many networking events every month and a vibrant startup community. The variety of food is some of the best in the world (although you will have to pay to get quality Western). Shopping is great. Nightlife could be better but should satisfy most people. The real downside is the traffic which has become basically as bad as Jakarta, although Bangkok has much better transporation (both skytrain and subway). Living expenses have risen lately so don\'t count on this being a budget trip unless you want to resort to street food. Internet speed generally has becoming really great. Fast 4G in all operators. If you stay in a new condo or hotel you will average at least 30Mbit – my current co work place runs at 600.

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    $1,384 / mo
  • Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Vignette
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    3.61/5
    186 reviews
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    Whanted to write a review, wrote about 200 words than pressed the arrow key and left the page and the review was gone. Fix this shit. You obviously don\'t give a rats ass about UX

    🌧  34°C 93°F AQI35
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    $1,207 / mo
  • Ko Lanta Ko Lanta Vignette
    🎒 Nomad Score
    2.96/5
    185 reviews
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    🌧  39°C 102°F AQI20
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    $1,499 / mo
  • Pai Pai Vignette
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    2.5/5
    175 reviews
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    It’s easy to see why digital nomads head north from Bangkok and Chiang Mai to take advantage of the ast internet and cheap cost of living in idyllic Pai. Well-connected to Chiang Mai via bus and plane, Pai makes a great break from city life with its waterfalls, hot springs, spas, elephant treks and Pai Canyon.

    🌥  29°C 84°F AQI22
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    $1,587 / mo
  • Ho Chi Minh City Ho Chi Minh City Vignette
    🎒 Nomad Score
    4.01/5
    189 reviews
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    good
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    Ho Chi Minh City is a big hot spot for digital nomads. Currently experiencing huge growth in the number of co-working spaces available. It has a slower pace of life compared to other cities. Ho Chi Minh City is well known for its coffee culture (many local cafés), traditional architecture, and friendly locals. Prices for food and accommodation are low in comparison to other South East Asian locations. Added bonus: weekend getaways at the beach are just a bus ride away.

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    $1,055 / mo
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong Vignette
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    205 reviews
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    The price rating bar is definitely wrong. Hong Kong is way more expensive than any other city I have been to, including London.

    🌥  31°C 88°F AQI 👎55
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    $3,113 / mo
  • Ubud Ubud Vignette
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    4.04/5
    182 reviews
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    This used to be the hotspot for digital nomads in Bali until 2016 when Canggu took over. It’s more deserted now and mostly filled with Chinese tourbuses, older Euro families and some yoga girls and yogi’s. Not as hip as it once was. Who knows when it will make a revival. I hope.

    🌥  43°C 109°F AQI50
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    $1,173 / mo
  • Phuket Phuket Vignette
    🎒 Nomad Score
    3.33/5
    189 reviews
    💵 Cost
    good
    📡 Internet
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    Some of the costs are accurate and some seem a little high to me as an expat. I live on the interior of the island, Kathu. We are 5 miles from beaches on either side of the island. Weather is amazing all year - between 75-85 degrees. So far monsoon season is not as bad as I expected. Traffic is really bad. I have not had an accident but the hazards are there. That may be the biggest downside. Your money speaks loudly here. I have a nice route I do on my bicycle for exercise which is shady and hilly with wide shoulders. There is a nice reservoir where people socialize and exercise.

    🌥  38°C 100°F AQI19
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    $1,276 / mo
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