Working in Chiang Mai, Thailand

This is a sequel of post Living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Read it to get more practical tips relocating and living over there.

We’ve spent few winters in Chiang Mai working remotely and living ‘normal life’. As I got another DM this morning on Instagram again about hints n’ tips about CNX, I thought I’d write these things in to a blog post. These are my experiences and opinions about places I’ve been to, in no way this is definite guide to whole city of Chiang Mai.

For years now, Chiang Mai has been safe haven to digital nomads, people escaping corporate rat race and working on their own terms. Almost any cafe you go in to, you see people hunched over their laptops while sipping ice lattes under a palm tree.

 

Working remotely in general

This whole remote working this has grown a lot during last few years. Theres a lot of confusion about where one should pay taxes, does they need work permits and what not, when it comes to living abroad. I read news some time ago that local police had raided a coworking place in Chiang Mai. The article told that police and other officials thought all foreigners in that place was working for the company, even tho they were its customers to be specific.

 

Places to work from in Chiang Mai

Back to the topic. As mentioned earlier, theres tens of coffee shops around CNX to work from. Most of them have at least decent wifi, some of them are really fast. If you have local sim card (AIS for example), its very likely you can use your operators public wifis, which tend to be faster than shops’ own connections.

Apart from coffee shops, theres at least few coworking spaces available. In my opinion, Punspace is the biggest and probably the most popular one. Last time I was in CNX, they had 2 locations, but if I remember correctly they just opened third one. There’s also a place called The Brick.

CAMP (coworking and meeting place) is probably the biggest one out there, very popular by local students. It is located on top floor of Maya Mall. As said, it can get crowded and a bit noisy with students, but so far theres always been some tables available when I’ve been there.

Out of all these places, I’ve enjoyed Punspace the most. With membership, you can use any of their locations when ever you want. Monthly members can access spaces 24/7. They also have rather good community and people tend to do lots of stuff together outside work as well.

 

Community

As said, theres plenty of people working remotely in Chiang Mai. Best part of having like minded people around you is the inspiration you get from meeting others and hearing their stories. Theres always something to learn from that dropshipper next to you. Get out there, talk to people, have fun, enjoy life but remember to work as promised. It is too easy to get carried away with palm trees and pina coladas, when you’re away from your peers.

 

This is a sequel of post Living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Read it to get more practical tips relocating and living over there.