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The Complete Guide to Finding Chiang Mai Apartments

Chiang Mai Apartment Guide

One of the most popular requests I get from readers of JetSetCitizen is for apartment recommendations in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In most cities around the world, it’s difficult and expensive to find decent accommodations in trendy areas. Fortunately, Chiang Mai is not like most places. It’s, by far, one of the easiest and cheapest places to rent accommodations in the world. Even in the busy winter season, there are always apartments available. Although, you’ll have better choices if you can arrive before October. Here is my guide to renting a great apartment in Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai Apartments are Not What You Think

If you haven’t been to Thailand before, I’m sure your idea of what it’s going to be like to rent an apartment here is going to be highly skewed. Your experiences renting apartments in your home country and most other travel destinations are nothing like what you’ll experience in Thailand.

There are no income checks, no reference requirements, and few long-term lease requirements.  In many places, you can rent for as little as a day. Of course, the longer you rent, the better deal you will get.

One of the most difficult things to imagine …

Travel and Babies

Travelling with a Baby

Our baby boy, JJ is 14 months old now and we’ve taken him to one of our favourite cities, Chiang Mai, Thailand. As you can imagine, my wife and I have a drastically different lifestyle than before having a child. We were definitely apprehensive about long haul flights with a baby, but so far everything about this trip has been great. Thailand loves babies, so we’re very grateful JJ has a chance to get so much attention from so many different people. Here is an update on how having a baby has changed our life and some of my thoughts on raising an international child.

The Miracle of Childbirth

After witnessing the birth of my child, I’m extremely happy that we chose to deliver the child in my home country of Canada. We’ve had great experiences with medical care in other countries, including the first prenatal visits in Budapest, but the quality of care in Canada was absolutely amazing. From what I saw, child birth can be a very violent and even dangerous experience, so it was great to have first class medical care. Having a full trauma team in the delivery room on a moment’s notice was very comforting …

Calgary River Rafting: Exploring the Canadian Wilderness

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Living in Calgary and other large cities around the world, it can be easy to forget how much pristine wilderness the world still has to offer.  Canada, in particular, offers some of the most raw and unspoiled natural areas in the world. White water rafting tours from Calgary are one of the best ways to experience that wilderness.

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What better way to explore the best of what Canada has to offer than rafting down the beautifully clean and sparkling waters of a Canadian river?  It’s all within reach and closer to home that you think, so prepare to be transported back to a pure, pristine and natural world.

Kananaskis River Rafting

Highwood River Rafting:

Tucked away in the city, we overlook that just an hour south of Calgary in Kananaskis, Alberta, is the best white water river rafting Alberta offers. An exciting one day excursion on the Highwood River is perfect for those with limited time yet a need to escape and enjoy the majesty of the Canadian wilderness. You’ll want to have your camera ready as you bump from rapid to rapid amidst bull trout, mountain goats and bighorn sheep. Halfway through the day, you might stop for a riverside lunch as …

Dogs of Chiang Mai Photo Post

There are A LOT of dogs on the streets of Chiang Mai. Istanbul is a city of cats, but Chiang Mai definitely has the canine crowd covered. Many of the pictures here are of pets, often wearing clothes despite the heat. However, most dogs appear to be strays and are often in pretty rough shape. Many are left abandoned at temples or just stay in front of a business or house that provides food on a regular basis.

What these photographs don’t reveal is the heat of Thailand. Temperatures can get higher than 40 degrees Celsius and that means the dogs do a whole lot of nothing during the day. Most are just sprawled out in the shade to try and keep cool.

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Interview with Dutch Digital Nomad, André Gussekloo

I’ve mentioned many times before that the best part of living a digital nomad lifestyle, is all the great people you meet. In Chiang Mai, Motoko and I had the opportunity to meet up with André Gussekloo and his girl friend Marta many times over the last few months. André is a dutch SEO consultant but has recently got into Kindle publishing in a big way. He is now making $1000 per month in passive income from books that he outsources the writing for. Enjoy the interview.

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Please tell us about yourself?

I was born in the Netherlands in 1980 a spent a large part of my youth flipping through travel guides in my local library. I graduated from armchair travel when I went backpacking through Australia in 1999. The Working Holiday Visa program allowed me to see the country while working odd jobs.

I remember watching the Leonardo Di Caprio movie, The Beach in a cinema Down Under and thinking I should check out Thailand. After returning to the Netherlands I decided to study International Tourism Management & Consultancy. The highlight of the course was an six-month internship in the Solomon Islands.

I met my Spanish girlfriend –Marta– …

Interview with Travelling Poker Expert, Nathan Williams – BlackRain79

One of the best parts of travelling is all the people you meet. Long-term travellers, generally speaking, tend to be very interesting and unique people. It takes a special kind of person to abandon a traditional lifestyle for a life on the road. Unique people also tend to have some out of the ordinary ways of making money online and off. Today’s interview is with poker expert Nathan Williams, once a full-time online poker player, Nathan now earns a significant portion of his income from selling a single poker ebook focusing on low stakes poker. Nathan also surprised me with the fact that my favourite digital nomad city, Chiang Mai, is also a hub for online poker players. Before you rush to quit your job to play poker full-time, you should read this interview first.
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Please tell us about yourself?

I was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. As a kid all I cared about was sports. All of them really but hockey in particular being that I am Canadian and all. That sport requires a lot of money and dedication on the part of the parents though. I didn’t really have that so my sports dreams slowly faded …

Interview with Digital Nomad and Social Anxiety Coach Sebastiaan Van Der Schrier

Perhaps the best part of a digital nomad lifestyle is the opportunity to meet up with like-minded people all over the world. One of the better friends I’ve made in the last year is Sebastiaan Van Der Schrier. His business is helping people overcome social anxiety disorders through his products and Skype based coaching. Sebastiaan talks about his experiences living around the world and how he built the online business that funds his travel lifestyle.

This was an important interview for me because I also suffer from various social anxieties. Talking on video, meeting large groups of people and public speaking can be very stressful and difficult for me. Sebastiaan took me through a two-hour coaching session and I think it helped a lot. I’ll make some more comments on his coaching below.

Social Anxiety Coach Sebastiaan Van Der Schrier

Sebastiaan Tells Us

  • Where he has travelled over the last decade.
  • Why he didn’t like living in Bali.
  • How he initially funded his permanent travel lifestyle.
  • How he built a successful online business even though he made a lot of mistakes along the way.
  • How he learned the skills to become a social anxiety coach.
  • How much passive income he earns every month, even though he doesn’t

Hiking Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai

We’ve been hiking up to the top of Doi Suthep once a week for the last couple of months. It’s a great way to escape the traffic and pollution of Chiang Mai to get some exercise, fresh air and see the beautiful temple at the top of the mountain. The hike can be easily done in less than 90 minutes each way, and the view from the top is a great reward for making the effort.

How Not to Hike Up Doi Suthep

Apparently, Thais are not so interested in hiking. The very first time we tried the hike, I asked directions from several locals and all said that it was impossible to hike up. All recommended turning around, going to the other side of Chiang Mai University, and taking a taxi truck or song tao up to the top. None of them seemed to believe that we actually wanted to walk up. One guy even told us it was dangerous because it was a jungle full of snakes and wild animals.

After being turned around several times, I finally decided to ignore all the advice and go in the direction I felt the trail must be.  Here are directions …

Interview with the House Sitting Couple

Interested in getting free accommodations while you travel the world? House sitting may be the answer. However, it’s not always easy to find the first housesits before you have built up references and a track record. James and Jenna of TheHouseSittingCouple.com show how they started in this interview and provide a step-by-step plan to get you started in house sitting. There is some great advice here. I love how they created a dedicated website to market themselves as house sitters.

James and Jemma the House Sitting Couple

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Please tell us about yourselves?

We’re both Celts 🙂 James grew up in Cork in the south of Ireland and Jemma grew up in Edinburgh in Scotland. We met in Edinburgh where when we both worked for a small media agency in a ‘trendy’ part of the city called Leith. If you’ve seen Trainspotting or better yet read the book, you’ll recognise the name. Don’t worry, by the time we were working there it had evolved from a junkie paradise to a yuppie paradise, so it was quite a pleasant place to live and work for a while. We didn’t get together then but kept in contact and somewhere along the line James managed to woo …

Happy New Year from Digital Nomad Central – Chiang Mai Thailand

As most of you probably know, Motoko and I are in Chiang Mai again. Here are some pictures from the main square in the city called Tha Pae Gate. This will give you a glimpse of what it looks like in the most touristy area of the city. Many people email me to ask me if Chiang Mai is really as good and as cheap as everyone says. Well it is. This is such a fantastic city on so many levels. Take a look at the pictures and then scroll down to the bottom and I’ll tell you why.

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10pm on New year’s eve. Already tens of thousands are gathered at Tha Phae Gate.

 Orientation to Chiang Mai

The old city of Chiang Mai is a square area surrounded by a moat and brick walls that were built more than 700 years ago. Most of the walls have been torn down, but the corners and 4 main gates on each of the sides are still in tact. The Eastern gate, called Tha Pae Gate, is shown below. This is the heart of the most touristy area of the city. There are endless hotels, hostels, restaurants and bars only a …