Overview: If you’re looking for a “second tier” city (I’d consider it more like a 1.5) to meet some Thai girls, Chiang Mai is a great bet. Modern, a nomad hub, and overall much cleaner than Bangkok. The Chiang Mai girls are receptive (like all Thai girls), there’s interesting things to do, and it’s a pleasant place overall.
Population: ~150,000k in the city center, and roughly a million if you count the entire metro area.
Weather: One word: misery. Absolute misery. In the summer you can expect it to be 100 degrees (F), with 100% humidity. You’ve been warned.
Safety: Very safe. Far less sketchy than Bangkok, but as always be cautious with the Thai bar girls.
General Living in Chiang Mai
Apartment Prices: This is the steal of the century in Chiang Mai, though I can’t promise it’ll be like this for long. Generally speaking, you can get a pretty solid one bedroom apartment in the city center for 10,000 baht—that’s barely $300 USD.
You can do it even cheaper if you don’t mind living a bus ride away from the city. Reasonable bus ride, too, ten minutes or so. Of course, at the higher end you could spend $500 USD and probably get a pretty nice luxury condo with a couple of bedrooms.
All of these prices are assuming month to month leases. Chiang Mai is built to house a lot of people, and it shows.
Hostels: Cheap as a Thai street meal (more on that below). Well, not quite…but seriously, it’s so cheap. It makes it harder to get laid with the Chiang Mai girls, who are otherwise quite easy. Just pony up the $15 a night for an apartment or a hotel.
Food: You can get a Thai street meal (in regards to the quality I make no promises, ha!) for a dollar. A nice meal out with Chiang Mai girls will run you $10 for two of you. It’s completely reasonable to eat for $250 or so a month in Chiang Mai. Even as I write this guide, I’m reminded fondly of my times there and just how cheap and affordable it was, especially for the way I lived.
Gaming Chiang Mai Girls
Nightlife in Chiang Mai: Surprisingly fantastic. I won’t tell you it’s a Bangkok, Jakarta or a Bali, but it’s pretty solid overall. Here are a few of my spots I enjoyed:
- Monkey Club
- Warm Up
Of course, nightlife is always changing. Your best bet is to hit up some of the local Chiang Mai girls and ask what’s going on these days. You can do so on sites like Thai Cupid.
Cost of a Beer: Don’t pay more than $2.50 USD (80 or so baht). At some places you’ll find it for $1.
Bottle Poppin’: To me, CM just didn’t have the Las Vegas esque vibe that you’d find in Bangkok. It’s more university, which means cheap pubs and not as many high-end ballers. Still, if you want the bottle service you can do it for less than $50, easily.
Are Chiang Mai Girls Hot?: Yes. For us international playboys and digital nomads, Bangkok is one of the creams of the crop. Chiang Mai is a sleeper. While it’s so much smaller, it’s easy to classify it as a Tier 2 city, but like I said in the opening paragraph, it’s much more like Tier 1.5.
Online Dating & Chiang Mai Girls: Chiang Mai can seem small at times, so you’ll definitely want to be utilizing online dating when you’re there. Make sure you’re on both Thai Cupid and Tinder, and you’ll have more dates than you have time for.
Overall Chance of Hooking Up with Chiang Mai Girls: 9/10
If you utilize online dating, make some day and night approaches, there’s no way you won’t get your Chiang Mai notch.
Most experienced travelers and playboys should be able to pull it off within a night or two.
Other City Information
Language: Chiang Mai is a huge hub of universities. There is no reason whatsoever a language barrier should slow you down. Most of the girls are young and have spoken English their entire lives.
Transit: Very cheap, very efficient. You can use public transit, buy a bicycle or motorcycle, or take taxis (be careful about getting ripped off).
Work: English teaching in Thailand might be the most-taken digital nomad job out there in the world. It’s available in Chiang Mai, salaries relevant on experience.
Conclusion: Chiang Mai is incredibly underrated in terms of girls, nightlife, and overall quality of life. You get incredible value. However, this probably will not last forever. Best to get there sooner rather than later.
As always, if you’ve got questions about Thai girls, Chiang Mai, or anything else—leave them in the comments below.
PS: Browse the local Chiang Mai female talent here.