As-salāmu ʿalaykum, and a warm welcome to our expat community in Chiang Mai! As a social network created specifically for expatriates around the world, InterNations is here to guide you through the challenges and opportunities that come with moving to a foreign land. Many expats living in Chiang Mai have made use of our resources to ease the process of relocation, and to help them adapt to their new surroundings. Please feel free to add to our community by sharing your own experiences in Chiang Mai. By joining InterNations, you'll find the answers to a range of key questions about moving abroad, such as finding rental properties, accessing healthcare, and the best ways for getting around the city. With dozens of active members happy to help out, InterNations is the door to Chiang Mai's international community. Our goal is to support you not only in connecting with fellow global minds, but in developing a more complete understanding of the Chiang Mai way of life. A fascinating culture demonstrating a very different side of Thailand to areas such as Bangkok and Pattaya, Chiang Mai offers a diverse range of experiences for the open-minded expat, from the Dokmai Gardens to the dance clubs on Nimmanhemin.
Attend our monthly events and activities for Chiang Mai expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.
Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow members in our Chiang Mai expat forums.
A distinctive blend of youthful culture and historic charm, Chiang Mai offers a unique twist on Thai living. A relatively modest population of 300,000 and a thriving student community helps the city to feel intimate enough to make a mark on, but busy enough that there's always something new to see or experience. Many expats are drawn to the city either for study and teaching opportunities, or to work for one of the many NGOs that have a presence in Chiang Mai. While wider business opportunities aren't as plentiful as they are in Bangkok, there are a significant number of companies that have operations in the city — particularly those that cater to the sizeable student population. On the whole, this is a city with a relatively laid back pace but plenty of history, culture, nightlife, and entertainment just waiting to be discovered.
InterNations is a unique community of expatriates who have agreed to abide by our guiding principles of trust, responsibility, and politeness, plus a friendly "netiquette" that forms a central component of our platform. This means you can join InterNations in the knowledge that you're interacting with a safe and secure environment. Don't hesitate to ask any questions relevant to living in Chiang Mai. These questions may relate to local administration or legal concerns, such as work permits or renters' rights. You might also wish to indulge your hobbies and interests by joining one of our interest-based InterNations Groups in Chiang Mai in order to find fellow members with whom you can practice Thai, schedule playdates for small children, or go on sightseeing walks around the city. In case your interests aren't yet covered by an existing group, you are also more than welcome to create your own! Lastly, don't forget that you can also attend the larger official events organized by InterNations — putting you in touch with fellow members of the community in a relaxed and friendly environment with delicious food and drinks.