When I told people I was selling everything I owned, leaving behind my teaching career and moving to Thailand I heard, ‘No you’re not!’, ‘You can’t’ and even desperate pleas of ‘Don’t do it, you’re making a mistake!’ Actually, I couldn’t believe it myself, although I knew by then that I was committed to the idea...
In 2006 I arrived in Chiang Mai ready to embark on a six-month volunteer placement for an NGO. Little did I know then, that ten years on, I would still be here, living a very nice life. Over the years, I have seen the expat community grow and they all seem to be drawn to Chiang Mai for the same reasons that I chose to live here. Here are five of them…
Living in the tropics is a dream for many and Chiang Mai, Thailand, is still a popular destination for those seeking a year-round hot climate, along with a low cost of living. Although far from any white sandy beaches, Chiang Mai still has plenty of activities to keep you busy, both in the city and the surrounding countryside. Here are a few of the popular activities that you can enjoy while living in this tropical paradise.
From the balcony of my 14th-floor home I can gaze upon a fertile landscape. The northern Thai city of Chiang Mai sits surrounded by views of lush, forested hills. The icing on the cake is the golden Buddhist temple on Doi Suthep mountain. During the day, it sparkles in the sunshine and at night local monks illuminate it, making it shine gold in a pitch black sky. The effect is stunning—the temple looks as if it’s floating in the darkness by magic.
“When I moved to Chiang Mai, I unearthed the rich and colourful life I thought was lost,” says Pam Manning of her new life in Thailand. Chiang Mai is famous for being a town of artisans and Lanna (Northern Thai) culture. It’s a place of flowers, temples, fruit, joyful festivals and colour is everywhere...velvety maroons, popping pinks…