Chiang Mai, Thailand's Cool, Creative Haven
Chiang Mai Dot Net is being built into the primary information resource for expats and visitors to Chiang Mai (Thai: เชียงใหม่) and Northern Thailand. Unlike traditional "business listing" sites we will employ modern web and information technologies to mash up information sources in new and interesting ways.
Chiang Mai Overview
Chiang Mai is Thailand's second city, but in terms of quality of living, tourist attractions and development potential, it is second to none in Southeast-Asia and - arguably - the world.
The city is famous for her friendly people, beautiful women, refined handicrafts, cool climate and stunning mountain scenery.
More than three-hundred temples, among them some of the most beautiful and revered in the entire Buddhist world, give the city an atmosphere of calmness and timeless elegance.
Chiang Mai has a distinctly international atmosphere with many foreign businesses and organizations (NGOs) locating in the city over the past decade due to her excellent infrastructure with international direct flight connections to all countries in the region including Korea, Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Burma, Cambodia and Taiwan.
The quality of living is neigh unsurpassed. Accommodation and food are of the highest standard and available at a very low cost. Entertainment is plentiful with numerous festivals, outdoor activities and a great nightlife.
Genuine adventure is to be found in the immediate vicinity of Chiang Mai with jungle tours, rafting, elephant riding and hill tribe villages to visit.
Shopping is great, be it for handicrafts, clothes or luxury items. Everything can be found at great prices in stores ranging from small family-run shops to world-class luxury outlets and shopping malls.
In a 2002 survey by Asiaweek Magazine Chiang Mai was ranked as the 9th most livable city in Asia east of Kabul. Everyone visiting or living here would attest that it's in fact Number One.
We hope that this web site will help you plan your visit to this amazing city and to Northern Thailand! We are convinced that you will stay in Chiang Mai longer than you initially planned!
One of the 25 cities you should visit in your lifetimeIn the April 2014 ranking by web site distractify.com. Chiang Mai is at number 24, and by far the smallest city (meaning most laid back and easiest to navigate) of the lot. So much so that two of the three pictures posted for Chiang Mai are if fact not of Chiang Mai, but Chiang Rai and Ayutthaya, respectively.
New York Times, Valentine's Day 2014Not sure if coffee making is an art form outside of lifestyle magazines, but the New York Times have an article expounding the artsy and crafty scene in the sois (side alleys) of Nimmanhaemin Road. Chiang Mai is called a "Hub for Creative Types" (!). Right on, a self-fulfilling prophecy as artists will just attract more artists and other creative folk!
Huffington Post, July 24, 2013Chiang Mai has (again) been chosen as one of the world's best places to retire by Live and Invest Overseas. Strong points for Chiang Mai were the extremely low cost of living in general as well as the excellent and affordable health-care facilities.
The only other place in Thailand to make the list is Hua Hin based on its affordable beach-front living and low-pollution small-city environment that can be easier to navigate for older folk.
Perhaps the most high-profile accolade for Chiang Mai in recent years has been being rated as the second best city in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine, ranking right after the chart-topping Thai capital Bangkok. The Daily Yomiuri picks up on this in November 2010 and makes a hotel recommendation for the Veranda Chiang Mai - The High Resort.
Secret Retirement HavenA June 2010 issue of kiplinger.com has sees Chiang Mai as one of the 8 "secret" retirement destinations in the world:
Chiang Mai, Thailand
The Draw: Far from the civil unrest in Bangkok, this city in northern Thailand offers cooler temperatures and a calmer environment. Renowned as a medical-tourism destination, it is home to an ample supply of private hospitals, state-run clinics and full-service pharmacies that provide high-quality health care at bargain prices.
- Population: 1.6 million in the province; 250,000 in the city.
- Climate: Tropical; from March to May, temperatures reach 100 degrees; average high for the year is 89 degrees and the average low is 68 degrees; dry season typically runs from mid November to early May.
- Proximity to water: The Ping River runs through the city, but otherwise it's landlocked.
- Proximity to major airport: Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) is less than ten minutes from the city center.
Tip: As an outsider, you cannot own land in Thailand without a local partner -- but you can buy a condo or an apartment.
Top Retirement HavenAnd another article expounding the benefits of Chiang Mai for retirement, making an important point: Chiang Mai is safe but not boring, offering new experiences every day in a safe environment largely free of crime. Quote:
The World’s Top Retirement Havens For 2011
[...] Thailand: specifically Chiang Mai. This exotic and adventure-filled country can be, in parts, extraordinarily affordable and even peaceful.
Chiang Mai Creative CityRecently Chiang Mai has shifted its focus for a sustainable future to becoming a "Creative City". As local services, tourism, agriculture and traditional handicrafts may not be able to offer sufficient employment for a growing and increasingly university-educated population, using the natural creativity of an artisan culture may indeed be the way forward.
One of the Best Destinations
Chiang Mai is the only destination in Thailand to have made it onto TripAdvisor's list of the 25 Best Destinations in the World at rank, well, 24.