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robodelfy

Advice on where to live in Chiang Mai?

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Hi

 

I'm a 34 year old guy originally from the UK. I've been living in Thailand for about 3 years overall, but in 6 month stints, all near Chiang Rai where I spent a lot of time at a community. I developed a serious voice/throat disorder 3 years ago and life has been a real nightmare since. I've decided that I would like to spend as much time in Thailand as possible while I recover, for many reasons, food, massage, weather etc. All good for my throat, where as Brexit is not good for my recovery!! 🙂

 

I love Bangkok but dont think I'd want to live there. Chiang Rai is just too quiet and small, but I would like to be close enough to visit, which leaves Chiang Mai as the obvious choice. I just never really fell in love with Chiang Mai like many do. I always found it to be too full of traffic and tourists! That said, it has a lot going on that I'm interested in and the surrounding nature is beautiful. I like do do meditation retreats which there are plenty of.

 

Could anyone recommend some areas to live? Not including the old city in the middle. My main criteria would be

 

- reasonably priced, I am used to living basic and in non-farang areas

- nature or some quite? Is there anywhere near the centre that still feels peaceful?

- Close enough to buzz of the town but not too close. I would be happy riding my motorbike 15 mins or so to get to the centre

 

I always thought the northern side of the old city seemed more convenient to get to the malls for the cinema, and go out to doing step etc. But to be honest I dont know Chiang Mai at all well, so thats why I'm here

 

Any advice greatly appreciated

Thanks

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Mae Rim area is good.

Lots of nature and quiet off the main road 107.

But, it is about 30 minutes to the city.

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San Kamphaeng has rooms priced in the 3000 - 4000 baht/month range. Further out, some quiet roads. Mae Rim - Samoeng is another option.

Honestly, if you have a serious throat disorder you do NOT want to be here in February/March.

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I live in Doi Saket area. Time it right - 20 minutes to Central Festival by car.

Mountains right outside my front door, quiet, inexpensive.

 

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Thanks for the advice for my throat, yes I cant be here when it gets really smoky. Currently its fine up here in Chiang Rai, but in previous years its been unbearable for me. So I would be planning to stay on an METV and avoid March/April/May smokey times.

 

And thanks for the ideas, I'm looking into them all.  I went to the Hot Springs at Doi Saket, it was very nice around there. I still think its a bit far

 

Sorry maybe I should have been clearer, as much as I love nature I understand you cant really have it and be really close. So what about some quieter suburbs or neighbourhoods on the outskirts of the old city, so I could get into the city with a 10/15 minute drive. I know the difference between 15 and 30 minutes doesn't seem a lot, but it is when you want to nip in and out a lot.

 

I currently live 30 mins from Chiang Rai and I rarely go in on a whim! But thanks, its good for me to build up a good idea, and Im visiting Chiang Mai tomorrow so I can check out any suggestions.

 

 

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53 minutes ago, robodelfy said:

 So what about some quieter suburbs or neighbourhoods on the outskirts of the old city, so I could get into the city with a 10/15 minute drive. I know the difference between 15 and 30 minutes doesn't seem a lot, but it is when you want to nip in and out a lot.

 

 

Doi Saket is the outskirts of the Chiang Mai Metro area. Note, though you mention Doi Saket hot springs - you might want to look at a map, Doi Saket ranges from the Chiang Rai border to the Outer Ring Road.

 

If you can compromise on nature, take a look at the southern parts of Chang Klan and Haiya - close to town but off the major roads they're quiet and mostly Thai (the northern parts are highly touristy). 

 

Some people love Santitham - again, there are quiet parts and yet you're very close everything. 

 

A little further out Fa Ham might be worth a look as well - close to Central Festival but outside the Superhighway it's fairly quiet. 

 

 

 

 

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14 minutes ago, lordblackader said:

Doi Saket is the outskirts of the Chiang Mai Metro area. Note, though you mention Doi Saket hot springs - you might want to look at a map, Doi Saket ranges from the Chiang Rai border to the Outer Ring Road.

 

If you can compromise on nature, take a look at the southern parts of Chang Klan and Haiya - close to town but off the major roads they're quiet and mostly Thai (the northern parts are highly touristy). 

 

Some people love Santitham - again, there are quiet parts and yet you're very close everything. 

 

A little further out Fa Ham might be worth a look as well - close to Central Festival but outside the Superhighway it's fairly quiet. 

 

 

 

 

Thanks very much. I think I'll visit all the places you have suggested on this visit and see what they are like. I'll make a day of it. I can definitely compromise on nature, and I'm quite happy in just quiet areas of cities, which I'm sure there are as you mention. I just want to get to the know the city a bit better, but not just the old city 🙂

 

Thanks again

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9 minutes ago, NCC1701A said:

 

Coincidence?

The three years I lived in Thailand have actually been over the last 6, on and off. I've always had throat issues since I was young, and after years of manageable issues everything went wrong!  It doesn't seem to make any difference what country I'm in, apart from I'm happier in Thailand which of course helps 🙂 

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3 minutes ago, robodelfy said:

The three years I lived in Thailand have actually been over the last 6, on and off. I've always had throat issues since I was young, and after years of manageable issues everything went wrong!  It doesn't seem to make any difference what country I'm in, apart from I'm happier in Thailand which of course helps 🙂 

I live in San Sai area, which is closer to the city than Doi Saket, but still rural... lots of rice fields and trees, cows and chickens walking about etc.

 

It takes 15 minutes on my scooter to get to Central Festival shopping Mall.  Quite a few Farangs around here, but not too many, so you still will feel like you are in Thailand and not an expat village.

 

I moved here when I was 30 and lived here full time since.  What are you going to do for work... teaching?  There are many schools here in Chiang Mai, but most of the international schools are on the Airport side.. Hangdong.  Many people like it there, but for myself I find it has a lot of traffic and nearer to the city its more built up... but definitely more expat community if you like that.

 

 

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An aggressive and totally unnecessary flame post has been removed, as well as replies.

 

Please keep the discussion civil and courteous.

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Check out this area and this place is a jewel of a place...

 

Tucked away in a green area at the base of Doi Suthep and 5 minutes to Niman... just walk all into the office on the 1st floor and ask to see availability studios & 1 Br units...

 

Srisuwan Mansion, 203/18 ถ, แม่ขัวมุง ซอย ๓ Tambon Chang Phueak, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300

 

https://g.co/kgs/YdzgQH

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I would say Doi Saket seems to be suitable with what you are looking for. It is around 20 minutes to the city and it is calm and private.

in Doi Saket city area you have almost everything you need e.g. banks, good restaurants, market, hospital (not as good as in the city but there are healthcare clinics).

   

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Out of curiosity, why do you need to be so close to the city? My experience is that the closer you are, the worse the traffic, noise pollution etc. In the suburbs such as SAN Sai Mae Rim, Maejo etc, you have all the amenities that you would need for day to day living


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