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Celebrating Songkran 2013 in Chiang Mai, Thailand

April 19, 2013

I came to Chiang Mai without even knowing about this festival called “Songkran.” Songkran is basically Thailand’s New Year’s Day celebration (except it’s 3 days long), and probably the biggest and most famous festival in the country.

It’s officially celebrated on April 13-15, but you can see people celebrating it a day early. You celebrate this festival by throwing water at each other while drinking and partying. From what I’ve heard, Chiang Mai is the …

Cost of Living in Chiang Mai, Thailand (Month 1)

April 4, 2013

I’ve been living in Chiang Mai for just over a month now. Below are my living expenses from March 4, 2013 – April 3, 2013 (31 days). I’m using an exchange rate of 1 USD = 29.50 THB, which I estimated to be the average exchange rate as the rate during this time fluctuated around 29.20 to 29.90.

My total expense for this period was around $887. I budgeted $1,000/month here in …

Searching for an apartment in Chiang Mai, Thailand

April 3, 2013

Chiang Mai is a popular city for digital nomads due to the low cost of living, relaxing atmosphere, and lots of coffee shops to work from. Many stay here for a few months to work on projects and renting a fully-furnished apartment monthly is usually the way to go.

It’s good to have some idea of which apartments to check out before arriving in Chiang Mai to speed up the process. I recommend you stay …

How to get free Wi-Fi in Thailand

March 18, 2013

One thing that I’ve noticed when I first arrived in Thailand is that I’m picking up Wi-Fi signals everywhere, but almost none of them are free. Even the Starbucks I’ve been to, and I must have gone to at least 8 of them so far, all told me they don’t have free Wi-Fi. There are other coffee shops that do, such as Wawee Coffee, but you usually only get 1 hour free for each drink …