Chang Mai alternatives for living/writing?
Replies: 35 - Last Post: Jan 16, 2013 7:32 PM Last Post By: PleistoceneMega...
Dec 12, 2012 3:03 PM
Chang Mai alternatives for living/writing?Hi all,
I'm planning on spending 3-4 months early next year living and working remotely in some foreign town. I'm currently leaning towards Chang Mai because I've been there, and know that it offers several things I'm looking for: no winter, cheap monthly rentals, beautiful surroundings, good food, cheap travel jaunts in the region (Vietnam, etc.). But some surfing more nearby would be a nice bonus.
The only real issue I have is the fact that I've been there before. I've also done northern Laos, Malaysia, & Bali/Sulawesi. It seems a little ridiculous to retrace my footsteps in this diverse world.
So if you had to choose a cheap, beautiful, laid-back place to live for a few months, where would you choose? I've already been through most of Central America, but I am still considering it. So no need to suggest it. There must be so many places I've never even heard of. So please, share some secrets!
Dec 12, 2012 3:58 PM
Dec 12, 2012 4:21 PM
2Thailand has poor surf but the Phang Nga area between Phuket and Krabi is very nice. Krabi Town has good food and cheap digs or you could look at islands like Chang, Samui and Koh Pha Ngan. Prices are a bit higher on the islands though. Another option would be Nong Khai up the north-east which gives you quick access to Laos.
Dec 12, 2012 5:44 PM
Dec 12, 2012 5:45 PM
4If you really want surfing, obviously somewhere in Indo or Central America would be the best on your budget. There are sometimes very good promotions to Bali from KL and even Bangkok, so might be able to get you out once in a while for a cheap surfing trip if you choose Thailand.
IMO, I'd just say go back to Chiang Mai if you like it. I've been all around the world and something about Chiang Mai and the surrounding area has kept me living here for the better part of the last 7 or 8 years.
Dec 12, 2012 6:30 PM
5Thanks for the input, everyone. I'm generally familiar with the different options in Thailand, but was hoping to get random suggestions about random countries. Like, "oh there's this village in... southern India, or this place in Brazil"
Not to say that your advice isn't good enough :) Dreamsignals, I won't be surprised if I do end up in Chang Mai. I just have to mentally grope around a bit before I can settle on it.
PhiMeow, a regular tourist visa will be fine for me. I won't be employed by any Thai company.
Dec 12, 2012 8:44 PM
6Ever thought about Lombok or Sumbawa? Both islands have excellent surf, C of L is cheap, you can get a 60 day visa which can be re-newed 2 X 30 days I believe. Travel to nearby islands would be cheap too. As you probably know the further east you go from Bali the less tourists you see. Sumbawa is very remote from that point of view. If you really want to do a slab of writing you won't get too many distractions there, apart from the surf!
If you want to check out some info and photos go to: http://journals.worldnomads.com/merantau
Hope you find what you're looking for wherever you end up going.
Dec 12, 2012 9:00 PM
Dec 12, 2012 10:19 PM
8You can easily live on $800 a month in Sumbawa. Hotels would be open to giving you substantial discounts for long-term stays. Renting a room in a 'kos' or boarding house would be dirt-cheap but may be pretty spartan. But like hotels kos vary in quality and amenities. There is a pretty basic kos right on the beach at Maluk in Sumbawa. You can get a double for around $15 a night in hotels all over Sumbawa. The surfing at Hu'u beach, via Dompu, is excellent as is surfing at Maluk, Sekongkan and Jelenga in the south-west corner. As for internet, I know it is available in Sumbawa Besar and Maluk - not sure about Hu'u. In Sumbawa Besar, Kencana Beach Hotel is right on the beach but it's about 10 km from the city centre. In has a pool and a good restaurant but it would be expensive to stay AND eat there unless you organised a food and lodging deal. You would have a lot more options in Lombok as re accomodation and places - Senggigi, Kuta, the Gillis, Gilli Nanggu .
Dec 12, 2012 10:49 PM
See this official link about Non Immigrant Vis a'B' visas. Read section 2 and 3.3
Dec 12, 2012 11:29 PM
10^^ more on the above post by me...some references for you....
Definition from Thailand's Alien Working Act 2008
"Working" means a working by physical strength or knowledge whether or not intended for wages or any other benefits
An alien eligible for a (work) permit......must be authorized to enter the Kingdom...,not being an alien authorized to come in as a tourist or transit traveler....
Dec 13, 2012 2:08 AM
11It's about the most unlikely thing in the world that you'll get caught working remotely (I imagine something on the internet?) in Thailand. Hell, I know multiple travel bloggers who come here for months at a time and work on their site which makes money.
Dec 13, 2012 3:10 AM
Dec 13, 2012 3:23 AM
13Just in Thailand there are loads of places with economical living and good food to choose from.
For being near a beach then Phuket,Kao Lak,and Trang are excellent.Phuket is big has everything including quiet beaches.Trang has a charm of its own quiet clean and self sufficient..
Changmai is a nice city but for beauty and quiet take a look at Mae Hong Son.
For awesome dead quiet beach check out Khanom hundreds of new built bungalows on the beach always empty aside from weekends but the place is quiet dead.
I always prefer mainland instead of an island though Ko Phangan is a good alternative but crapy food and more expensive.
Laos has some nice places like Luang Prabong and my favourite Pakse but miles away from any surf:)
Dec 13, 2012 4:41 PM
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