My New Home in Chiang Mai



It’s official! I’ve found a place to stay in Chiang Mai. It’s in a great location, it’s cheap, and for now it’s mine.

After getting my PADI in Cambodia I was running low on funds. I had a great time in Bangkok, and then made my way up to Chiang Mai. To be honest I was prepared to be unimpressed. So many people had raved about this place that I figured it would be impossible for it to live up to my expectations.

I was wrong.

I seriously love this place. Chiang Mai is the cultural heart of Thailand, but it’s not all temples and museums- it also has a great nightlife and tons to do. Owen Wilson was spotted in a bar we were going to go to the other night, as he’s filming his next movie here (of course I missed seeing him…sigh).

Sure it’s touristy. Here you’ll find McDonalds, Starbucks, Burger King and KFC. But you can also pull up a stool by the Chiang Mai Gate and eat some delicious street food. The other night I went down to the gate with some couchsurfers and had yummy Pad Thai and the best fruit shake I’ve ever had. The meal cost me less than two dollars.

I’m surrounded by mountains and waterfalls, and there’s enough adventure activities around here for me to satisfy my inner adrenalin junkie.

The markets here are the best I’ve seen so far in Southeast Asia, and I’m continually blown away by the great coffee. Of course I’ve already found an amazing sweet shop that does the most incredible chocolate mousse, so I’m a happy girl.

Oooh ooh, and look at my new home in Chiang Mai:

My Apartment Chiang Mai

I have a double bed! After spending two months in bunks it’s pure luxury.

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This is what I refer to as “my office”.

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My shower has hot water! It’s the small things in life…

Clothes hanging up

Look at my clothes people. They’re hanging! I have clothes hangers!

My apartment Chiang Mai

I also have a tiny (but charming) balcony.

View from Balcony Chiang MaiThe view from my balcony. Lots of trees and stuff.

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More importantly, who likes my light? I bought it last night and it was a bitch to put together.

Life is simply easy here. I’m paying a ridiculous price for this place ($130 a month!) and food and transport is really cheap. Basically I can afford to have a decent lifestyle even though I’m not currently earning much money.

Chiang Mai has been described as the “expat darling” since there’s so many of us here. I don’t mind at all. Last week I met some lovely people in a cafe who gave me some excellent advice on some projects I’m working on, and there’s a real sense of community here.

My apartment is brand new, and while it’s in an awesome location it’s a few streets back off the main road, so I’m surrounded by little local businesses. My landlords barely speak a word of English, so I feel like I have the best of both worlds-all the comforts of home, and I’m still getting to know the locals and learning about Thai culture.

Will I be traveling anytime soon? You bet your ass.

When entering Thailand by land I’m given a 15 day visa waiver, and if I fly in it’s 30 days. That means I’ll not only need to do visa runs anyway, but I’ll be arranging them around my visa restrictions. On the list for the immediate future is Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Malaysia. I also want to return to Cambodia.

But for now I’m happy. I’m freelancing for a bunch of different people and focusing on building a career that allows me to be completely location independent. I’m living in a perfect spot for exploring Southeast Asia, and at the moment I’m enjoying the hell out of Chiang Mai.

9 comments on “My New Home in Chiang Mai

  1. Bethaney - Flashpacker Family November 8, 2013 @ 2:50 am

    What a sweet apartment! Can’t believe it’s so cheap!!!
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    • Stacey November 10, 2013 @ 9:35 pm

      I know right! I definitely landed on my feet in Chiang Mai!

  2. Tharyn November 9, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    Wow this apartment looks incredible. What’s it called? And for 4000 baht? Nice job finding it haha.
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    • Stacey November 10, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

      Yup I’m pretty lucky! I can’t pronounce (or even remember) the name most the time but I think its Baan something something haha!

      • Tom November 20, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

        Stacey, I’m looking for a place as well, can you provide more details? A friend took me to see a place called Baan something something. :) but I can’t remember where it was as every street looks the same. :) Maybe a google map?

  3. TammyOnTheMove November 30, 2013 @ 10:44 pm

    Your flat looks gorgeous. What a find! And you have hot water? Amazing! :-) When are you off to Cambodia by the way? Will we see you Spicy? :-)
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    • Stacey December 15, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

      It’s sad that we missed each other by a few days Tammy! I hope you guys have an amazing time in South America and hope to see you soon!

  4. amanda September 28, 2016 @ 10:52 am

    That’s such a great DEAL on the room ! I love it ! I may be coming back in Nov., so I’m just in that digitally talking mode again ! So excited !

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