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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 …

Digital Nomad Life Reinvention

Digital Nomad Reinvention

Have you ever wished you could reinvent yourself and start over? Maybe you’d start a new career, be more productive or act with more confidence. Wouldn’t it be great if you could get rid of all your old limitations and completely begin anew? Living as a digital nomad offers those opportunities on a regular basis. Relocating to a new city, particularly if it has a completely different culture, is an opportunity for a lifestyle makeover.

You Are Not In Control of Your Life

It’s can be very surprising to learn how much our cultures influence our lives. Our families, peers, societal norms and social status all have very strong control over what we do and strive for everyday. It’s difficult to understand if you’ve only lived in a single culture.

People don’t get tattoos and body piercings, wear the latest fashions, drive certain cars, purchase trendy products or join clubs and religious groups to stand out. We do those things to fit in.

This is very important. Most of us think we are unique and freely choosing everything we do and buy, but we are not. Even worse, those societal pressures that dictate our preferences all too often keep us …

Interview with HoboCEO Chris Kirkland of Artweb

We are in the midst of a digital nomad revolution. The opportunity to live in low-cost foreign locales, while building businesses that reach the world has never been easier. There are already thousands of location independent startups roaming the globe, but this is only the beginning. Massively reduced living and business costs combined with endless opportunities to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs are a strategic advantage that traditional startups can no longer afford to ignore. No one epitomizes the new jetset citizen lifestyle better than HoboCEO, Chris Kirkland of Artweb.com. I had the great fortune to meet up with Chris in Thailand and Japan recently. He shares his story in this interview.

Chris Kirkland HoboCEO of Artweb.com

 Please tell us about yourself?

Born in the UK, moved city three times before I was even 18, so perhaps a little bit of the hobo in me from an early age. I left home at 17 and have been pretty much financially independent ever since. I studied Mathematics at university, however study is perhaps the wrong verb since I spent most of the 3 years with my face cello-taped to a bong, in band rehearsals and whilst (relatively) sober organising the Uni Amnesty International group.

Skipping on the …

Interview with Digital Nomad Artist Yamile Yemoonyah

The number one problem with novice bloggers is that they don’t have a business. Blogging to bring organic search traffic to promote a specific product or service is a great idea. Blogging on generic topics with the hope of someday monetizing the traffic somehow, is a terrible idea. That’s why it’s so rare to discover someone like Yamile Yemoonyah who commits to a very narrow niche early on. Yamile develops WordPress websites and offers marketing consulting for artists. Her blog is a great source of client leads and sales because she publishes valuable information about online marketing for artists. She offers a great service and her content marketing efforts are focused on generating leads and building trust for her business. Every company should be following this exact strategy.

In this short, but content packed video, Yamile shares details in how she got started, how she gets clients and her life as a digital nomad. As a special bonus, the dogs of Chiang Mai have provided the soundtrack for this video. 🙂

Digital Nomad Yamile Yemoonyah

 

Here are the Questions Yamile Yemoonyah Answers in the Interview

  • 0:30 Please introduce yourself.
  • 0:55 Where are you from originally and where have you lived?
  • 1:29 Why

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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In the normal course of the breath there is lot of unsuspected circumstance which force a person to take medicaments. You can order online preparation to treat chronic treatment of the symptoms …

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.

Digital Nomad Andre Gussekloo

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.
Nathan Williams BlackRain79

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 …

A Week in Chiang Mai – Photo Diary

Here is a selection of photos to show a little about what our life is like in Thailand. We tend to get into a routine and do the same things on a regular basis. Our life is simple, but very enjoyable. There isn’t a day that goes by that we aren’t grateful for the opportunities we have. We live in amazing times.

Visa Run to Myanmar

Every digital nomad knows this story well. After two or three months you have to travel to another country to renew visas for another short stay. Fortunately, visa runs are well established in Thailand and there are tours specifically for getting a new stamp in your passport. A day trip to Myanmar from Chiang Mai costs less than $20 with lunch and some sight-seeing included. Now we are good for another two months in Thailand.

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Visa run to the Myanmar border.

Great Thai Food

One of our favourite restaurants in Chiang Mai is Imm Aim (formerly Pun Pun). We go there 4 or 5 times a week because the food and atmosphere are great. I love small family run restaurants and the open garden is so relaxing. Imm Aim is a must try for …