Living and working in Chiang Mai

Living & working in Chiang Mai as a digital nomad, sounds like a dream!  Remote working in Thailand is becoming more and more popular. On we share experiences of other digital nomads in Chiang Mai and give you the best Tips & Tricks to start your own living and working in Chiang Mai journey!

Overall Score

4.08/5 (Rang #16)

Family Score



25 mbps

Temperature (now)

Air quality (now)


Very good

Lack of racism


Income level


English speaking



Very Good

Freedom of speech




A/C or heating


Traffic safety


LGBTQ+ friendly


Quality of life score




Humidity (now)


1019 $ / mo

Lack of crime

Education level


Startup Score


People density

Peace (no pol. conflict)


Very Good



Places to work from

Friendly to foreigners


Female friendly


Digital Nomad Guide



Average trip time

28 days

Internet speed (avg)

25 mbps

Weather (now)

Warm year-round


European Type C plug/American Type A plug

Best neighborhood to stay





Yes can go almost anywhere

Best coworking space

Digital Nomad Guide

Tap water

not drinkable

Visitor return rate




GDP per capita

5911 $

Population density

Religious government

Not religious

Apartment listings

Best national air carrier

Air Asia

Closest int'l air airport

Cost of living in Chiang Mai

Cost of living for nomad

1019 $ / month

Cost of living for family

1696 $ / month

1br studio rent in center

311 $ / month

Hotel (avg price month)

428 $ / month

Airbnb (avg price month)

1098 $ / month


1,87 $

Beer (0.5L)

1,87 $

Cost of Living

Cost of living for expat

728 $ / month

Cost of living for local

485 $ / month

Coworking costs

109 $ / month

Hotel (avg price night)

20 $ / night

Airbnb (avg price night)

36 $ / night

Coca-Cola (0.3L)

0,54 $


2,3 $


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After first spending 2 weeks on a working vacation in Chiang Mai I decided to go there for a longer period. So now I've been living in Chiang Mai for almost a 8 moths and I certainly don't regret it. We have a nice digital nomad community here and there are enough like-minded people to do fun things with in my spare time. So far living and working in Chiang Mai has been a very enjoyable experience.
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I lived and worked as a digital nomad in Chiang Mai for about a month. It was a really great experience to be living and working temporarily in this city. During the week I was able to work in a nice co-working and in the weekends I enjoyed all the beautiful sights Chiang Mai and surroundings had to offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Making money as a digital nomad can be done many numbers of ways. As long as the job doesn’t require you to be physically present with your clients or co-workers, you can work as a digital nomad.

Examples of job titles of americans living and working in Chiang Mai as Digital Nomad are writers, translator, project programmer, developer  designer, marketeer, or consultant. 

Living and working in a new location sometimes comes with learning a new language. In Thailand they speak Thai. 

Before moving to a new location, it is important to know what the cost of living in that new location is. Cost of living in Chiang Mai is average on Unknown.

This is more complicated question to answer. Where you pay taxes as a digital nomad will be based on your nationality, which country you earn your money from or where exactly you are a resident.

Try to figure out what applies to your situation by doing it yourself or contacting an accountant in your home or, if you reside a fair amount of time in one country, that new place.

Working and living in Chiang Mai

You are or want to become a Digital Nomad and are considering living and working in Chiang Mai? We from will tell you what Chiang Mai has to offer you as a digital nomad!

A good first step is to see if you can do your work remotely in Chiang Mai for a US company. 

Our TIP is to prepare well! Read about Chiang Mai and look at the living in Chiang Mai pros and cons. What are the cost of living and working in Chiang Mai for example? Is there a community of other expats working in Chiang Mai? Can i combine doing a good amount of working hours with pleasure and exploring Thailand? And in the long term check if you need a special Chiang Mai digital nomad visa!

But also important, how is the weather and (gastronomic) culture in Chiang Mai? Take all the above factors into account and weigh the pros and cons to make living and working in Chiang Mai an enjoyable experience!



Hi there. My name is Jennifer and for the past 10 years i have been traveling around the world as a Digital Nomad, working as a travel blogger and content creator. I have lived in different countries in Europe, Africa and South America. For I will be gathering useful information about my favorite places to help you on your 'Digital Nomad - way'.

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