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As I get settled back into my life here in Chiang Mai, there’s so much I want to share. Since Chiang Mai is such a popular destination with tourists, expats and the digital nomad-types, there’s already a lot of information out there about what to do, see and experience while in town. I’ve actually met several people who have dismissed Chiang Mai all together basically saying it’s old news…to which I call BS.
Yes, it’s a popular place and, yes, there are hundreds of posts and ‘guides’ about it but, considering after nearly four years of being based here, I’m still discovering new things to love about Chiang Mai everyday, there’s no way that someone who has spent just a week, or even several months here, could really say they’ve seen and done it all. Just like any tourist destination, the city has a number of layers that most visitors don’t realize – myself included – but it only takes a little digging, or a turn down a random soi, to get you off the traveler trail.
With that in mind, as I work on creating some fresh content for you, I wanted to share these insightful resources for living and traveling in Chiang Mai. Some are individual posts or articles, some are Chiang Mai blogs, and some are local news and lifestyle sites that certainly offer more unique and in-depth information than your Lonely Planet…
As the local expat mag in town, Chiang Mai City Life runs a monthly print publication you can often pick up for free at coffee shops and hotels, as well as online content and an events calendar.
The website looks a little dated, but it has a ton of thorough information on just about everything Chiang Mai including working in Thai schools, day trips not usually on the tourist track, the best ways to get around, and details on understanding Thai etiquette and culture.
For Southeast Asia travel information, Travelfish is the best there is. The site’s content is regularly updated by writers living in the areas they’re writing about and is both accurate and honest – if a place is crap, they’ll tell you about it!
Obviously, I hope you think this site is a helpful blog about Chiang Mai. You can find a roundup of some of my most popular Chiang Mai posts, from how to find an apartment to 50 free things to do in town, here.
Angela and Chris are two young expats who share a ton of practical, nuts and bolts tips about traveling and living in Chiang Mai and Thailand on their site. If you’re looking for information on visas, managing a Thai fresh market, or even bringing your cat across the world, look no further.
You’ll be get sucked into these mesmerizing videos of Northern Thailand…the site also has a number of posts with helpful travel and expat tips, including information about traveling with pets.
This couple is currently based in Chiang Mai and will make you jealous with their gorgeous posts and photos about the finer things the region has to offer, like its countless 5-star resorts and spas. (While I usually travel on a limited budget, I do believe Chiang Mai, and Thailand in general, is one of the world’s best places to splurge and get the most bang for your buck!)
I read this post from BK Magazine (in Bangkok) several months ago and was itching to try the new places that have popped up since I left Chiang Mai last July.
This post by Never Ending Voyage is a great primer for those wanting to stay in Chiang Mai longterm. It breaks down the basics for everything from visas and SIM cards, to where to go for coworking spaces vegetarian food.
While this isn’t a comprehensive guide, I trust Mark Wiens’ food and restaurant recommendations 100% and often check his two sites, Migrationology and Eating Thai Food, for new suggestions to try. I also love that the eateries he chooses to highlight are usually small, local places.
Have any other posts, guides or resources to add to the list? Let me know in the comments below!
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