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What is the real cost of living in Chiang Mai?


in Chiang Mai, Thailand by @mikepark | 5yr  | 9 comments

On the front page of nomadlist.com, the first photo of Chiangmai says โ€œ$722/mโ€ and when I click it, it says โ€œchiang mai costs $511 per month to live and work remotelyโ€. what is the real cost? I donโ€™t understand. I want to live there in an apartment and work remotely, use wifi, and eat out everyday. Iโ€™m thinking of relocating there. thank you

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@jeff_bronson | 5yr

Iโ€™m paying $199(+ $100 more for water and electric) for a place off Nimman (in James building), and itโ€™s centrally located to street food, stores, entertainment. Co-working is about $100/mo. Daily food spend (combo of street food and restaurants) is about $15/day. Then add in transportation a few beers here and there, etc.

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@inthaiguy | 5yr

A huge savings comes in how you eat. You can eat out 3 meals Thai style ( Pat Thai, Kao man Gai) @ 200 Baht max * 30 = 6000 Baht / $178 Or you can have burgers and pizza at nicer places and move that up to 600 Baht a day * 30 = 18,000 Baht / $533 There is $355 in wiggle room depending how you eat.

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@jamesschipper | 5yr

Just chiming in to repeat what others have said. Iโ€™ve seen apartments as low as $50/month here, and depending on your needs, you can get by on virtually nothing. Lots of free wifi, itโ€™s walkable or otherwise has plenty of cheap transportation.

I pay about $250/month for my newly-renovated studio condo in a nice older building right in a popular area with 4 co-working spots on my block.

A guy in the building behind me pays nearly $1,800USD for his swanky serviced apartment.

It all depends on the balance youโ€™re looking for.

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@fulltimenomad | 5yr

Hey @MikePark we lived in Chiang Mai from Dec 2014 to Feb 2015 and Iโ€™d say we spent about $800-900 per person. We rented an apartment with a kitchen which costs more in Chiang Mai then renting a studio so your costs would come down there. Food is also very cheap if you want to eat out all the time. As @levelsio has pointed out - the longer you stay, the cheaper it is. Shorter term rentals generally cost more BUT itโ€™s still very affordable.

If youโ€™re not insistent on a kitchen like we were, I recommend arriving in Chiang Mai, hiring a scooter for a day, and driving around some areas in old town and around the Nimman area. There are a lot of buildings with studio apartments available for rent. We saw some starting at $250-300 a month.

We worked from Punspace (coworking space) 3x days a week and from home or from cafes on other days. You can see Punspace pricing here: http://www.punspace.com/pricing/

This is a couple of years old but I think itโ€™s still very useful - http://www.neverendingvoyage.com/the-cost-of-living-luxuriously-in-chiang-mai/

All in all, it really IS possible to live cheaply in Chiang Mai. How much you spend depends on your choice of lifestyle.

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@johnnyfd | 5yr

Iโ€™ve lived in Chiang Mai now for 2 years.

Bootstrap Budget: I was living for less than $600 a month.

Baller Budget: I spend less than $1,000 usually and donโ€™t desire anything else.

Here is a detailed post I wrote a while back.

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@grum | 5yr

It is difficult to give a real cost for anything. Iโ€™ve done Chiang Mai on less than $500 a month but other people would freak out if they tried to live the same way. The Nomadlist is a rough guide built on stats and magical unicorns so Iโ€™d always take it with a giant grain of salt.

Even if you broke down the real numbers, you still wouldnโ€™t get an accurate representation of how it applies in your own life.
My suggestion is to look at your own home city or a city you have lived on the nomadlist in and compare your own cost of living. If your lifestyle is 30% more expensive than the list, assume all the numbers on the list are 30% off.

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@mikepark | 5yr

Thank you for responding.

I wish those living costs numbers were elaborated and broken down like you just did in this thread on the actual Chiang Mai listing on nomadlist website.

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@levelsio | 5yr

@johnnyfd might be helpful here as he lives there right now, heโ€™ll probably confirm that it really depends on how you live

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@levelsio | 5yr

Oops! Sorry about that. Just about to roll out the new version, so youโ€™ve seen the transition a bit here. See http://nomadlist.com for better data.

For Chiang Mai:

$270/m
Cost of living for a local living cheap, renting outside the center of the city, buying groceries and cooking at home

$528/m
Cost of living for long-term living (e.g. years), renting in the center of the city, like a middle/upper-class local or foreign expat

$747/m
NomadCostโ„ข is based on staying short-term (up to 3 months) in a place, sleeping in (cheap) hotels in the center of the city and eating outside 3 times a day

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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/

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