Finally we made it to the place I’d been hearing about for months now whilst listening to podcasts in the pouring rain on the way to work in London.
In my mind Chiang Mai was this place full of young entrepreneurs setting up different types of online businesses in a laid back surrounding with great food and a more relaxed pace of life than Bangkok, so was this the case?
Well, in a nutshell, yes.
There are definitely hundreds of entrepreneurs, Digital Nomads or Digital Gonads as a lot of people refer to them, and there are plenty of opportunities to network with people.
Chiang Mai has a bunch of active Facebook groups with all kinds of activities from the weekly Digital Nomad Coffee Club meet up where speakers talk about a different topic each week to something called Shedance (which Ania went to)!
There’s also a bounty of Co-working spaces that you can head to where you can either plugin to a comfortable work station or start to network with other Nomads.
In addition to this it seems pretty easy to get high quality low cost accommodation for monthly rentals. We were extremely lucky and found an awesome condo for a month, with the best swimming pool in town, a gym and a really awesome location at the D’Vieng Santitham. All of this for just 15,000 baht a month, which comes in at about £350. For this you get a fully furnished 1 bed apartment with lounge, kitchen and wifi!
This time of year, the climate seems just perfect to me… about 25 – 30 C in the day, but cool enough at night not to cause any sleeping problems.
The overall vibe in Chiang Mai is relaxing, but there’s also heaps to do as well, and strangely my day just flies by.
We’ve found a couple of great Yoga places to go to, and by the time I’ve done a bit of work, gone to the gym or had a swim, it’s time for food and then the day is over!!!
The only downside for me at the moment, is I wish I had a bit longer here, so we could properly explore, build up a few more contacts and really focus on building the different businesses up.
My original plan was to focus on building out my affiliate site and start outreach campaigns whilst I was here. Well, I went to an excellent link building talk and then the Chiang Mai SEO Conference just happened to be on at the same time we are here, so that should really have focused my efforts.
However, instead of this I decided to focus most of my attention on the Low Hanging System and creating Print on Demand mugs via a Gearbubble and Amazon integration!!! This probably was a bad move as there is a massive rush on to hit the Christmas season and this has stressed me out incredibly and consumed most of my time.
However, there could be worse places to do this, and for once in my life I’m actually enjoying working and cracking through my own stuff each day….. Doesn’t sound like me right???