One of the great things about being a freelancer is that I am able to travel and live wherever I want. For the past year and a half, I’ve called Chiang Mai, Thailand home. Before moving here, I had no idea what Thailand was like. I’d never been, and had only consulted a few blog posts about the country before deciding to buy a plane ticket and restart my life on the other side of the globe.
At first, I was terrified. But after over a year of residence in Chiang Mai, it’s become an amazing place to call home. From the cheap eats to the scenic day trips, there is so much that’s made me fall in love with this city during my time here. Here are just a few of the reasons I’m happy I decided to take the plunge and move across the world.
1. The weather is always hot
For some people, this might be a major downside. But for someone like me who starts layering winter jackets when it gets below 20 degrees Celsius, Thailand is perfect. The “cold” season usually lasts from November to February, when temperatures might dip down to 10 or 15 degrees, but bounce up to the 20s during the day. After a year and a half of living here, even that feels cold to me!
In the hot season, temperatures during the day can soar to 40 degrees. And while I’m not about to go for a run in the middle of the day, I still love that the nights and mornings greet me with warmth whenever I step outside.
2. There are always fruit shakes to cool you down
Chiang Mai’s food scene is incredible. From local hole-in-the-wall Thai food spots to gourmet Western style restaurants, it has everything you could crave. But what I especially love are the fruit shake/smoothie stands that litter the city. Papaya lime, coconut cinnamon, passionfruit, mango…pick any fruit you can think of and you’ll be able to find a shake stand ready to blend it into a refreshing slushy drink. And the best part? It’ll only set you back $1-$2!
3. The mountain scenery is consistently breathtaking
What makes Chiang Mai so unique is that you can have all the luxuries of city life while still being surrounded by nature. The Doi Suthep Pui mountain range lies at the outskirts of the city and offers up tons of options for hiking and exploring. Dozens of gorgeous waterfalls dot the surrounding landscapes too, with even more natural sights waiting just a short drive from the city. City living and nature wonders in the same place? What’s not to love!
Chiang Mai offers affordability, beauty, convenience, and more, which is why it has become such a popular destination for travelers and remote workers alike. For me, it’s the little things, like an ice cold smoothie on a perfectly warm day
Have you ever been to Chiang Mai? What do you love about it?