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Nov
30

Apartment Hunting In Chiang Mai

The search for our rental apartment is finally over.  It has taken us one week to find something suitable and it was not an easy search!  Granted, a lot of our time has been taken up with enjoying all the festivities that happen in Chiang Mai at this time of year but we really thought the search would be easier!

We started off in Chiang Mai with booking a cheap guest house for our first three nights. We thought this would be enough time for us to get our bearings and find a place to live.  Not so!  So many of the places that were recommended to us were already fully booked until February.  November and December are the busiest times of year in Chiang Mai and if you don’t get here early the pickings get slim.  Because we only wanted to rent for one month our list of possibilities narrowed even more…most landlords want a six month or one year lease.

Most of the places that we saw that were not fully booked were soulless, huge apartment complexes.  We don’t need anything fancy but we don’t want depressing either.  None of the apartments we saw in the first few days had full kitchens either.  They would have a sink, fridge, and a microwave but no stove.  We like eating out a lot but we also wanted to be able to cook for ourselves too!

We saw one apartment that was absolutely gorgeous. The building was brand new, the staff was super friendly, it even had a pool.  If only the price tag hadn’t been just over one thousand dollars!  We splurged back in Nai Yang so with sad faces we decided we couldn’t splurge again.

And then we found our apartment.  The building is new, it is in a quiet soi (lane) off of a main street and we can walk to Nimmanhaemin Road, a trendy spot full of restaurants and cafes.  We are out of the old city which has its pluses and its minuses.  On the plus side we are out of the super touristed areas which means a more local and expat feel and cheaper prices.  On the minus side it means that  the attractions in old city are no longer reachable on foot.  We have decided we do not want to rent a motor bike here but luckily taking songteows (pick up trucks with covered bench seating in the back) is easy and cheap.

Our apartment has one bedroom, a living room with TV, fold out couch, and balcony, a small kitchen with a stove, and a nice bathroom with a proper bathtub.  The cost for one month is roughly $550 per month plus electricity!

Living room.

A little kitchen.

Bathroom with a tub!!!!!

Bedroom

The view!

Tonight is the first night in the new place. The kids are so happy because we told them they could spend the whole day playing in the apartment.  Between the searching for a place to live for our month in Chiang Mai, taking in all of the festivities, and meeting with new and old friends, the children are exhausted!

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10 comments

  1. Barbara says:

    What a great apartment!
    I love the Nimmanheim Road area. It’s a great place for pottering around … and not so far from the old town.
    I hope you guys have an amazing month!

  2. Mary says:

    The view looks a lot like Hillside…is it close?? We liked that area a lot. I’ll try and think of the names of our favorite restaurants:)

  3. Jenn Miller says:

    WOO HOO!!! Looks great!! So glad you found something that’s going to work AND has a bit of a kitchen!! We still miss you! We had our last dinner on the beach with the Kirks tonight… your name came up. 🙂

  4. bethaney says:

    Looks great!!! Will the kids sleep on the fold out couch?

    1. worldschooled says:

      Yup, they sleep on the couch!

  5. Jen Kirk says:

    Congrats! Looks perfect and the price is certainly right! 🙂

  6. Shannon O'Donnell says:

    Glad you found a great one! It does get trickier to find a place in Dec, so the one you got looks gorgeous, and Nimmanheim really does have it’s benefits. Also, you should be able to walk to one of my favorite restaurants, my niece called it hole-in-the-wall, and it was just next to the Burmese Best Friends Restaurant (not the library, which used to be there but moved, but the brown sign with white lettering if I am remembering right and should be Soi 12 maybe). Just next to the Burmese place is a khao soi stand (I hear it is good) and next to that is the one! It’s organic vegetables and they serve each dish with tasty brown rice and dishes are only 30-50 baht. Worth hunting down, we ate there regularly 🙂 (map here: http://www.chiangmaigrapevine.com/chiang-mai-restaurants-4411:burmese-restaurant-and-library)

    Hope you enjoy CM!!! 🙂

    1. worldschooled says:

      Thank you so much for the restaurant recommendation Shannon! We have found the cafes on Nimmanheiman quite expensive for Thailand. I guess you pay for the ambiance! We will definitely seek out your favourite restaurant!

  7. Andrew says:

    found your search post – further to my question in another post – did you simply ask around to find your apartment?

    1. worldschooled says:

      Hi Andrew, sorry it took me so long to get back to you! When we found this apartment we just showed up and started driving around looking for signs and checking out various apartments. We have also had some luck with airbnb although this approach is almost always more expensive than showing up and finding something.

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