Chiang Mai is located in the north of Thailand. The city was founded in 1296 and was known as the Lanna Kingdom until 1558. It currently holds a population of 131,500. The currency used in Chiang Mai is Thai Baht. Many people enjoy this area for its generous cost of living and warm weather all year round.
April is the hottest month in Chiang Mai with an average temperature of 30°C (86°F) and the coldest is December at 22°C (71°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 9 in December. The most rainy month is August with an average of 200mm of rain. Chiang Mai has three seasons: cool, hot and rainy. Cool season lasts from November to February, hot season is from March to June, and the year ends with the rainy season from July to October.
AIS offers the best service with a consistent 3G/4G network. They offer multiple and affordable data plans. In various places around Chiang Mai (and Thailand overall), you are also able to connect to Super Wifi hotspots.
There’s two easy ways to get set up with AIS, keep in mind that you'll need your passport and an unlocked phone:
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Similar to most countries in southeast Asia, finding vegan and vegetarian options are easy. Fruits and vegetables can be found at local markets and grocery stores for affordable prices. Restaurants around the city also provide a variety of options.
You will know these as the red trucks that drive all over Chiang Mai. However, they aren’t always red. There’s also yellow, white, green and blue songthaews. The color indicates different routes. Simply wave one down, tell the driver where you would like to go, and hop in the back. A ride in a songthaew will cost 30 THB per person, but there are some exceptions. For example, asking a songthaew to drive you to Doi Suthep may cost upwards of 300 THB if you are alone.Tuk Tuk
Another form of local transportation. These can be a bit more pricey, but don’t be afraid to bargain the price down. You can spot these as the motorbikes that have a small carriage connected to the back. You can also get their attention by simply waving one down.Grab
The most convenient way to get around Chiang Mai. Grab is southeast Asia’s version of Uber. All you have to do is download the app and input your pick-up and drop-off locations. Aside from using the app to hail a taxi, you can also order a songthaew to pick you up.
Making friends and finding community events is easy in Chiang Mai. As one of the largest hubs for digital nomads, meeting people is inevitable. There are plenty of bars if you want to simply grab a drink and chat with whoever comes by. And if that’s not your style then there are also lots of activities that you can easily join in. The locals are also extremely friendly.
Thailand offers visa-free travel to citizens of 57 countries and territories. Citizens of 21 countries can obtain a visa on arrival. You can view if your country belongs to one of these lists here. Otherwise, you will need to obtain a visa to enter Thailand.
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