A dream lifestyle in Thailand

Does Chiang Mai offer the perfect place to live and work? Well, live anyway

I'll put my hands up and admit I've been somewhat unkind to Chiang Mai in past blogs. On past visits, I've usually had the job of playing tour guide to my ageing parents and a couple of their friends. It's never easy to move a group of elderly folk around a sizeable Asian city without having every tout and unofficial tour operator descending on you from miles around


Biking blunders

Man and machine in not so perfect harmony

When a group of experienced motor-cycling friends suggest hiring powerful bikes to explore the beautiful Chiang Mai region and you know full well that you've never ridden a motorbike in your life, that crazy sense of adventure takes over.


A teacher in Chiang Mai

Is it paradise or pants?

Few teachers know Chiang Mai better than Andy B. Although he started working there for less than 10,000 baht a month, he soon found out that displaying a degree of professionalism reaped dividends.


You lucky so and so

Postbox letter from

Here in Chiang Mai things are a bit different: we have to manage on B25, 000. Sounds like a lot, but it soon gets swallowed up, especially when you have a family.


The Rose of the North

A short break in Thailand's second city

Chiang Mai is officially one of Asia's most comfortable cities to live in with its relatively clean air, an abundance of good restaurants and helpful friendly locals, but the way you are pestered by vehicle owners from the moment you land at the airport is not one of its more attractive features. Even a gentle stroll down one of Chiang Mai's main roads becomes an endurance test as you find yourself saying 'no thanks' to the tenth taxi driver in as many minutes.


Planning a trip

Scouring the internet and guide-books for the ultimate travel experience.

All I need is a decent hotel for a few days and a plan on how to while away the dalight hours. Is that too much to ask?


Teaching in Chiang Mai

A bit of info on Thailand's Rose of the North

All the information on this page is courtesy of our friends at One Stop Chiang Mai. If you see something inaccurate - complain to them.


Bangkok vs Chiang Mai

How do the two biggest cities in Thailand measure up?

Read a terrific account from a teacher who gave up the Chiang Mai lifestyle to go and work in the capital Bangkok. It's very much a tale of two cities - and how one dedicated teacher fared in both.


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