Every winter i come at least for 10 days to Chiang mai, i love this vibrant city in the north of Thailand for several reason. ..
Chiang Mai has still the old charm of traditional Thailand , it's pretty relaxed and beautiful to wander around .
my tip : stay in a guesthouse in the old town , rent a chinese bicycle with a basket to put your bag and just discover all of cm beauty.
Wake up early and ride around the old city , stop and watch the temples , sit and meditate a while .
refresh yourself with yummy matcha ice tea and than when you are tired have a massage .
I love ti book 30 min foot massage , following by 1 hour Thai yoga . It’s the best and you can get if for under 8 Euro . I treat myself every day for a massage or spa visit .
please check my tips for best places in cm .
EAT GOOD & HEALTHY:
no problem here up in north Thailand . CM is the paradise for amazing fresh food and drinks , it has many vegetarian and vegan restaurants with beautiful gardens to chill or drink your fresh Mango juice , i love thai food .
So i start my day with a tasty veggie noodle soup , a lemon grass tea .
Later of course there is yummy pad Thai noodles or fried rice . If you are a seafood lover you will be happy too.
I love the local markets here and i buy a lot of fresh fruit every day .
pineapple , mango , melon ,papaya you name it for pennies !
Smoothies and healthy juices every where.
CM has probably the cuttest coffee shops in the world . They produce fresh coffee here near by in the mountains and it’s super good .
Find cute little and big coffee shops on every corner and enjoy it listing to cool jazz music and just chill or work on your lap top .
I am a vegetarian since more than 20 years and therefore cm is amazing for me because there are so many veggie and vegan places here .
One of my favourite is Birdsnest ,it’s in super nice and quite small road in the old town where I sometimes stay . It charming wooden decI , chill out corner , good books and best food and drinks . Try the lunch set which has soup , fresh salad and a yummy sandwich . Old favourite of many Chiang Mai lovers .
this time I stayed in an amazing big flat next to Wat Suang dok , it was my pleasure to go early morning to the temple to meditate a bit , enjoy the surroundings and than go to the lovely slow food vegetarian restaurant pun pun and have my breakfast mostly noodle soup and ginger tea there . It’s so peaceful there , cheap and great fresh and healthy food .
Sometimes I need a good salad , that’s why when I discoverd Salad concept I was super happy . They have a big menu with totally awesome salads and other healthy options . It’s big , clean and great to work .Also salad garden is really good try the salmon and quinoa salad , both places are near to Niaman area where most digital nomads like to stay longterm , they are many options for renting an Appartment and hang out in this trendy area which has 100 of cute coffe shops , little boutiques , massage parlours . It’s like a little dreamy Walt Disney world there .
DIGITAL NOMAD LIFESTYLE
CM is one of the most popular digital nomad destination in the world . I understand it because it’s really a great city to live for a while. You can rent a modern apparment with ac , kitchen and in many cases swimming pool and gym for less than 400€ a month .
Food is super cheap and excellent choice .Its a pleasant city with lots of trees , ancient wood houses , temples , coffee shops and trendy co working places to choose of .
Thats the reason many nomads love it here , I am one of them and I am actually thinking of buying an appartment to come here regularly.
For Transport you can use the local taxis , Uber or grap is easily available. Rent a bicycle or a little scooter and you can discover the city by yourself . Traffic is still smooth , no comparison to crazy Bangkok where I would not dare to drive alone in the city .
Chiang Mai still has this boho ethnic sweetness. That’s why I love it so much ..
Chiang Mai is pretty easy to go around
as they old town is in square surrounded by the old city walls , it’s lovely to walk around and discover it .
I personally love to ride a bicycle there . You get one of the very comfortable chinese Bicycle with a basket in front very cheap at ever corner .
if you live a little outside the old town is very nice to rent a little scooter and discover the city like a local .
so much fun , but only drive if you are used to ride a scooter please .