16th April, 2019

Why Chiang Mai is the Mecca of Digital Nomads

One of the first questions an aspiring digital nomad will ask themselves is literally where on earth should I go? There is no simple answer as different places may appeal to different people depending on their tastes and needs.

However a digital nomad destination can be more suited if it ticks a few boxes under a certain criteria. Again, this criteria used to judge potential places against is very generic and will not be geared to everybody’s needs or requirements.

The best places to go are where the living costs are low, internet access good and where the culture is welcoming. A few bonus points are obviously allocated for good food and drink, good local community of digital nomads, a motivational working environment and a culture you can fully immerse yourself in.

So which place currently best suit this criteria? Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Sitting of the beaten tourist trail, Chiang Mai is located north of the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. It has become the unofficial global capital of Digital Nomads, mainly because of the low cost of living.

It also has fantastic food choices and a hectic night-life for those social animals on a ‘cough’ work break ‘cough‘. But I think the main appeal of Chiang Mai is that it is the tried and tested place to set up as a digital nomad, and therefore a very safe place to start.

When people are first putting their plan together about where to try their luck first as a digital nomad, Chiang Mai is always high on the list. In fact, it is recommended that you use it as a starting point for your experience as the community there is so strong you can learn a lot about the daily obstacles of working as a location independent contractor.

If you are wondering just where to start on your digital nomad experience, you can’t go passed Chiang Mai. It ticks all the boxes and will set up a great platform for the rest of your travels.


Prepared by Work Play Nomad


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