Travel Thursday: Chiang Mai, the Friendliest City in the World!

Jan 2021


Lifestyle, Property Related

Travel Thursday: Chiang Mai, the Friendliest City in the World!

As Thailand is approaching another surge of COVID-19 and our prospect of travelling, even domestically, is being dashed at this moment. List Sotheby’s International Realty Thailand would like to take you on a virtual tour around Thailand and the world. We hope you will be able to find out more about the places we love as well as the magnificent homes in these beautiful places.

Chiang Mai, the Friendliest City in the World!

Chiang Mai, Thailand was recognized among the Condé Nast Traveler readers to be the friendliest city in the world in 2020.

Have you ever been to Chiang Mai? Some of you might have the chance to visit many times prior, while some of you might have heard about Chiang Mai but might not have a chance to visit yet. We would like to start off by telling you more about this fascinating city.

Get to know Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is the biggest city and the economic centre of northern Thailand with beautiful natural landscapes and ancient temples. It is always one of the most all-time-favourite destinations for both Thais and foreigners. With friendly local people, the unique and charming culture, amazing food, the perfect weather and the variety of attractions make Chiang Mai on the top list on traveler’s must-visit bucket list.

Generic Information of Chiang Mai

  • Chiang Mai is the biggest city in the north of Thailand with an area 40.22 sq. km.
  • Chiang Mai is the top 2nd best cities in the world in 2020 by Condé Nast Traveler Readers
  • Chiang Mai has a long rich history and fascinating culture with ancient temples and various tribal
  • Variety of attractions such as mountain, waterfall, forest, rivers, lakes, farms, hot springs, temples, zoo, or even elephant camps!
  • Variety of outdoor activities such as white water rafting, trekking, and zipline
  • Ideal weather with average 14-35 degrees Celsius whole year
  • Convenience life with shopping malls, night markets, hospitals, gyms, schools, and co-working spaces
  • Public Transportation by Rod Daeng (red taxis) Grab taxi and the future mass transit (redline)
  • Unique local food, street food, restaurants
  • Café Hoppers’ city
  • City of art and unique lifestyle with many photogenic spots, handmade and art pieces and beautiful architecture
  • Nice and friendly local people 😊

Why Chiang Mai is recognized as the Friendliest City in the World?

During 2020 which was the year of limited traveling, Chiang Mai was able to impressed and emerged on the top when it was voted as the friendliest city in the world among the readers of the Condé Nast Traveler!

During the pandemic there is less traveling but more people choose Chiang Mai as a longer travel destination, they choose to stay at Chiang Mai for longer period at times, and the main reasons to support these decisions are listed below:

  • Feel welcomed
  • Outgoing locals helpful with directions
  • Easy to communicate and navigate
  • Get good vibes from local people around you

‘Chiang Mai, the kind of place where, if you stick around for a couple of days, locals will start recognizing you and saying hello. (Prepare to become friends with the guy selling bubble tea on the corner outside your Airbnb by day two.) Whether you explore the old town or enjoy street food at a communal table, you will encounter friendly, welcoming people. Little surprise, given that Thailand's entire marketing slogan is the "land of smiles."

Condé Nast Traveler 2020 Readers' Choice Awards

Chiang Mai is not only the top place attracts travelers but also a dream city to live even for Thai people.

Here are things you should know before considering to move to Chiang Mai.

Things you should know before moving to Chiang Mai

Food in Chiang Mai

1. Food

Chiang Mai is famous for food lovers! You can find a fresh organic delicious food from every corner as this city is a home of famous farms in Thailand.

If you visit Chiang Mai, you should not miss to try local dishes such as a famous Thai Northern curry noodle (Khao-Soi), Thai Northern style sausage (Sai-Aua), organic vegetable with Thai northern spicy dip (Nam-Prik).

2. Cost of Living

The cost of living here is cheap, you can have a very full lunch while paying less than 2$. The land price here is also not too high while there are local and foreign tourists visit Chiang Mai around the year.

3. Lifestyle and Local People

Local people here are very nice and friendly. Many of them have an artistic sense and lifestyle make this city is not crowded and busy but lively.

4. Weather

This city has an ideal climate, average about 14-35 degrees Celsius whole year.

5. Education

There are many quality international schools and universities here, no worry if you want to find a great school for your child.

6. Health and Hospitals

Thailand is a famous medical tourism country, same as the other cities in Thailand, Chiang Mai also has quality international hospitals around the city.

7. Transportation

There are Rod Daeng (red taxis) on every corner of Chiang Mai city centre. The Grab taxi is also available here. In the future, there will be a mass transit (red line light rail) expect to be completed in 2027.

8. Security

Even Chiang Mai is the top tourist attraction city in the world but the crime rates are low than others. This city is very peaceful and safe to live.

9. Expat Community

Chiang Mai is popular among the expats for a long time, that’s why there are many warm expat communities in Chiang Mai to exchange their life or some tips during living here. Let’s find them on Facebook groups!

10. Immigration

If you expect to stay longer in Chiang Mai, you may have to contact the Immigration Office sometimes to do a 90-day reporting, re-entry permit or extend the visa. You can find Immigration Offices in Chiang Mai at Promenada Resort Mall on 2nd floor or the office on Sanaam Bin Road near the airport.

If you have a plan to own a property in Chiang Mai, List Sotheby's International Realty Thailand, an expert property agency and the award-winner of Thailand's Best Real Estate Agency 2020 by Dot Property Thailand Awards are more than welcome to assist you.

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