Future Expat’s Guide to Chiang Mai


Ideal for expats and slow travelers

  • Visit the Old City’s popular expat stomping grounds
  • Browse Western stores with familiar comforts for your new home
  • Discover Thai markets and walking streets
  • Enjoy a lakeside lunch popular with Thai locals
  • Explore iconic Buddhist temples and an inner-city park
  • Balanced visits between Thai and Western restaurants
  • Treat yourself to several amazing massages


Whether you have a full week to get to know the ins and outs of Chiang Mai or just a few days, use this guide to help you navigate your future hometown. The itinerary includes:

  • Four memorable activities per day balanced with leisure time
  • Expat friendly activities that let you see the non-touristy side of the city
  • Three unique restaurant recommendations per day including delicious must-try dishes
  • Trustworthy bicycle, motorbike, and car rental companies and tips to use public transportation
  • Five clean and comfortable hotel recommendations within or very close to the Old City
  • Contact information of all hotels and activities for easy self-booking
  • Color-coded Google map with exact locations of hotels, restaurants, and activities
  • Set of travel tips such as what to pack, how to tip, and where to buy a SIM card