Is the magic still in Chiang Mai Thailand?

Is the magic still in Chiang Mai Thailand leading into 2018?

Does Chiang Mai still have the charm and magic for digital nomads and location independents as we approach 2018? Was it overhyped? For many people Chiang Mai was the starting point or ground zero to bootstrap and get your business off the ground. I started my journey in Taiwan for 2 years on a working holiday before I came to Thailand. After spending more than 6 months in Chiang I got bored and the little cultural frustrations started to mount. I and other nomads started exploring many other destinations around the world from Bali, Budapest to Medillion. After living long term in other destinations it’s easier to see where a city excels or is lacking. Is Chiang mai still a top choice? After exploring Bangkok, Penang, Bali, and Vancouver I was wondering the same thing.

 

After enjoying the cheap craft beers and plentiful high quality marijuana in Vancouver, the great ocean vibes and food of Penang, and world class co-work spaces of Bangkok where does Chiang Mai stack up?

Cheap Accommodation

Basic needs come first and Chiang Mai is the top destination to find comfortable and affordable accommodation.  After the frustration I went through to find a good place in Vancouver Chiang mai is a nice relief.  Not only is the cost affordable, but the rent process and structure is so straightforward. Rent a week, month, 3 months or long no problem.

Low Costs

Chiang Mai is not the cheapest for everything. Co-work space memberships, western food, and craft beer are often pricier than other destinations. When you factor in your overall monthly costs Chiang Mai is probably one of the cheapest destinations I’ve lived in without compromising quality of life and safety. My estimated monthly budget for value comfort living is under $1000 US. You can go a lot lower than this if needed.

Safety

Aside for watching out for car traffic or if you choose to ride a motorbike I feel safer in Chiang Mai than in Vancouver or Capetown South Africa. The local thai people are in general not as aggressive as Canadians and when you leave your laptop at a cafe or your phone in your bike there is a good chance it will still be there. When I work from a cafe or library in Vancouver I constantly worry about theft. When I was living in Gastown Vancouver there are a lot of sketchy characters and areas around with a chip on their shoulder. Vancouver suburbs are a lot safer in general, but Vancouver downtown depending on your location and time of day there are times I do not feel safe. Yes I know Vancouver is ranked one of the most livable cities in the world.

Community

Nowhere I’ve been compares to Chiang Mai for meeting great digital nomads, expats, or just down to earth friendly foreign or local thai people.  The Chiang Mai sophmore’s or veterans can get meeting new people fatigue, but I found it interesting that these old faces migration patterns have been in synch with many familiar faces returning to Chiang Mai at the same time. The time with the best weather perhaps? Sure Canadians are known to be friendly. In my experience this means they are polite to you when you’re small talking. There are social walls when it comes to breaking the lines between working and hanging out. People in Chiang mai are open to meeting and if you’re a digital nomad there will be plenty of opportunities to meet them.

Weather

I arrived in December (winter), which is about high 20’s to low 20’s at night.  Compare that to 3 to 6 degrees celcius and rain from Vancouver, and people that appreciate the sun will appreciate Chiang Mai. December to February is a great time to be here. The burning season (Feb-March) is probably not the best time to be sure for air quality and extreme heart.

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Proximity to airport

The ride from the airport to Nimman is about 15 minutes. This is probably the shortest ride from the airport to your hotel or apartment of any destination. A great benefit after a long journey or experience for trips away.

Where does it fall short?

Just like I’ve found in most destinations it’s hard to find utopia. Chiang Mai is a bit rough around the edges, but that is part of the charm. Whether it’s receiving the wrong dish because of a server’s english, no ocean, a desk that is uneven, a rat running across your path at night, booze midnight curfew, no crosswalks, no public transit system, or lack of pavements I accept it for what is is. As Michael Jordan said we can choose to focus on the positive or negative of most things and for the most part I choose positive.

Who is Chiang Mai for?

Chiang mai’s slow place and affordable pricing are great for new digital nomads, returning digital nomads, people that want a holiday or time away from home in the west. Chiang mai internet speeds continue to increase, there is still a strong organic community, people are friendly, and plenty of places to work. Everything you need to ramp up your business to create more options. I encourage people to set up a base here, but not become a prisoner of Chiang Mai’s cheap prices. I found after staying here long term that I developed a bit of fear of expensive prices because almost everything becomes expensive once you leave Chiang Mai. There are many great places to live and explore.

 

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Why Penang Malaysia for Digital Nomads & Expats

Taiwan was the first gem I found, Chiang Mai the second, and Penang seemed to have the best of both worlds. The only things that is missing is the organic sustainable community of Chiang Mai Thailand. Still the Pros outweigh the cons and Chiang Mai digital nomads are getting a brief taste during their Thai Visa runs. My plan was to stay a month with a roommate from Chiang Mai and we did. It was a great stay and I’m sure I will be back. Listen to what I have to say about “Why Penang.”

Bangkok Living Guide

Bangkok Living Guide

Bangkok is a vibrant and exciting city to live that has a lot to offer for Expats, Digital Nomads, and English Teachers. Bangkok is known as a popular tourist areas destination, but once you make the decision to live like a local and have insider information you can live a great lifestyle at an affordable cost.

Bangkok has excellent resources and infrastructure to get around, high quality and affordable medical care, a gear variety of food, plentiful and world class co-workspaces, and plenty of entertainment. Bangkok is also a great travel hub, offers world class shopping, and is more affordable than Western Cities.




 

Vil on Youtube Sponsorship and life in Seoul Korea in Bali

I met Vil in Bali through the Dojo Bali Facebook group for members. I was looking for help with some video footage. It turn out he has entertaining, funny, and high quality Youtube channels that started out in Seoul Korea. In our podcast we talk about Youtube sponsorships and life in Seoul Korea ad Bali  as a digital nomad and foreigner.

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Youtube & Fbook Ads & the importance of building face to face relationships with Colin Shipp

podcast with Colin Shipp

I went from Chiang Mai to Canggu Bali in search of an interesting social personality to interview. Enter Colin Shipp who I met at a beers after work event at the Dojo Bali Co-work space. He focuses on providing youtube ad consultation for online teaching agencies. We picked the quiet and rustic Red Salt Cafe in Canggu Bali for this interview. Colin figured out at an early age that he didn’t like and what he was good at and focused just on that. After listening to this podcast he had me thinking. Do I want to be that artist behind the screen spending hours of my time video editing or do I want to run the business? At this stage of my business I’m steering more towards the business side of things. Check out Colin’ story of how he started from a suburb community in Detroit to end up in beautiful Canggu Bali living that location independent lifestyle. It’s also refreshing to know the younger generation still values the important of building face to face relationships. In this podcast we are going back to basics to cover some practical tips to start and exit a conversation with strangers as well as how to actually continue a conversation. Golden stuff!

Friday beers after work with the @dojobali crew #networking

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How a Canadian Food blogger sells her own tripod and outsources video editing

Canadian food blogger Kiran has a unique business of selling a custom tripod and outsourcing video editing for food bloggers. She has an original business and original story that is inspirational and information packed.I met Kiran and her partner while living in Bangkok with my parents. We ended up working at the same co-working space and later both relocated to Chiang mai. I think she is a good role model for following the lean method of starting a business to reduce risk.

Links

Rob Cubbon on Advanced tips for Online Teaching in 2017 – Episode 30

In this episode Rob and I got together again in Chiang mai  for a candid discussion of online teaching in 2017. We are going to sit down and discuss more advanced topics for online teachers on Udemy and other platforms like list building and marketing tactic for our online courses. We are going to dive into the weeds of what works and doesn’t when it comes to email marketing. We also dive into how we’re using the self hosted platform teachable and even what happened to Amazon Video direct.

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Alternatives to Chiang Mai for Online Entrepreneurs (Digital Nomads)

Chiang Mai, Thailand and Thailand in general is a great destination to start your journey as an online entrepreneur or digital nomad. However, it’s also good to have some alternatives or other options to base yourself for burning seasons, get tired of visa runs, or if you want a change. March is typically the bad time of year to be in Chiang Mai because of the burning season.Before moving to Chiang Mai I lived in countries like Singapore and Taiwan for an extended period. Since then I’ve scouted other locations on visa runs. In this episode I give my reasons for leaving and share some alternative destinations for your to try during the burning seasons or for a change. Check out the podcast episode to find out more