A Peek Into Our Chiang Mai Apartment – Video

As you know, Chiang Mai Thailand is our home base for the next few months and that means we don’t need to live in a hotel or guesthouse!  We have a kitchen, and space to stretch out.  We each have a backpack and a carry on, so we were unpacked in about 20 minutes!  We will do a post in the future the process of our hunt, but we keep receiving requests for more info on our apartment.  So, let me tell you a bit more about what we selected.

A Peek Into Our Chiang Mai Apartment

We are in a condo off of a Nimmanhemin Road (Nimman for short), on the northwest side of Chiang Mai.  This is a trendy part of town, full of coffee shops, cafés, restaurants and boutique shops.  This is quite a treat for us, after living in small town Spain for the last 2 years.  I wouldn’t say we were shooting for the traditional Thai experience for this move, but we do have it all around.

We will share more details about our neighborhood, as we discover more and take photos.  Most things we need are within walking distance including a big mall, MAYA Lifestyle Shopping Center.  Not that we need to buy much at the mall, but it is nice to visit and get some AC after a long walk.  Not to mention the basement floor has a wonderful grocery store named Rimping.

Rimping Supermarket is a high-end market full of organic products and imported goodies.  It’s a great find, but it is tough to pass up some of the expensive Western goodies.  These are things we miss from the USA and didn’t always find in Spain either.  So after 2 years away from the USA, they are a treat.  These imports are a bit more expensive in Thailand.  ($7 small jar of Tostitos Salsa, $10 jar of Nutella, $3 for six slices of American Cheese, $5 for hard taco shells, $5 small jar of JIF peanut butter).  Not everything is expensive at Rimping, actually they have pretty good prices on Australian beef and chicken as well as other products.

Whooops, forgot about the apartment!  That is what I am supposed to be sharing with you.

Our Chiang Mai Apartment

We have a 3 bedroom, 2 bath apartment on the 3rd floor of a high-rise condo.  I think there are 11 floors in total.  This isn’t quite a serviced apartment, but the building offers a gym and laundry service for a fee (about $.60 a pound to wash and dry).  There is also a coffee shop in the lobby.

Chiang Mai Apartment Family Room

Our living area is spacious and open to the kitchen and dining area.  Our kitchen isn’t ideal for me, but it will work for a few months.  At least we have a partial western kitchen, with a stove.  We also discovered a toaster oven in the cupboard too!  Now we can bake / broil small things.  Ovens are very uncommon in Thailand, so this is a treat.

Chiang Mai Apartment Kitchen Dining

Traditional Thai Kitchen – From what we have seen the kitchen is pretty sparse.  It is pretty normal and fairly cheap to just eat out, so the kitchen isn’t as important.  It usually consists of a counter with a sink.  There is typically a portable stove with 2 gas burners, shaped to hold a wok.  It also appears that cupboards aren’t too common.  Dishes have often just been stacked on the counter and there is a small fridge.

Western Kitchen – The works!  Cupboards, Sink, 4 burner built-in stove, oven, microwave and potentially more appliances. I don’t need to tell you, as it is likely your kitchen!

The bedrooms are pretty standard and spacious. This place is a bit dated and it is taking a while to get used to the interesting combo of wallpaper used throughout the apartment. The main thing is that it’s functional, has rooms for the kids to have space as well as the awesome location.

Chiang Mai Apartment Anyas Room

Anya’s Room

Chiang Mai Apartment Master Bed

Master Suite with dressing area and bathroom.

Oh ya, we also western toilets and showers in the bathrooms! Woohoo no squatting.

We are paying 23,000 baht ($719) a month plus utilities ($? depends on our AC usage) and internet ($30).  The rent is very expensive for Thailand and Chiang Mai, but for a short-term rental with 3 bedrooms, that is a fair price.  We looked at several others from 10,000 – 26,000 baht ($313 – $813) and this one worked for us.  A big reason it worked for us is the three bedrooms.  It’s difficult to find a place that’s not far from the city that has three bedrooms.  The kids are getting too old to share a bedroom and/or a bed. Okay on to a brief video to show you the place.

Video Tour of our Chiang Mai Apartment

Alright, time to give us your feedback in the comments below.

What do you think of the apartment?  Come on, honest opinion.

Are you surprised by anything?  What were you expecting?

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28 thoughts on “A Peek Into Our Chiang Mai Apartment – Video

  1. Found your blog while searching for short term rentals in Chiang Mai. I’m just starting to read, but really enjoying your travels.

    We spent a couple weeks in Thailand and Cambodia in 2016, and are looking forward to our next trip (Thailand, Myanmar and maybe a bit of China) coming up in December 2017. This time will be less touristy things and more time on the motorcycles.

    Our ‘home base’ in Chiang Mai was an AirBnB condo outside the North Gate near the Ford dealership. It was far enough off Maneenopparat Rd that we didn’t get the noise, but close enough to walk to the grocery store, and pretty much everywhere else.

    I loved the convenience of almost everything there, but getting out (or back into) town on the motorcycles was a chore, though. Thinking about the Nimman area for this trip. It’ll be about 6-7 weeks this time. Hoping to find something as nice as you did, but not as big as there is only the two of us! 🙂

    Looking forward to reading the rest of your blog, even though I’m about three years behind the times. lol


    • Hi Dee, oh you will love it in the Nimman area, full of action and convenience yet still walkable to center. If you don’t mind a studio, check out Bahn Thai on Nimman road, I think it was soi 6, with pool etc. no kitcehn, but you can get hot plates etc. I think it was only 1500 a month for a studio, with pool and good digital nomad community. it was just the next soi over from our place. We would love to have Chiang Mai as a homebase again, but we are in Spain to ensure we can keep our resident visa with access to Europe too. One thing at time. 🙂 best of luck to you and feel free to keep us posted with what you find. It would be great to have some up to date info available for our readers. Thanks!

  2. Great blog for a family short term. You did well and Niman is a great area full of cafe’s and shops as well as being close to Maya, the cinema and of course Rimping super market though I tend to go to the bigger better one near Airport Plaza (just once a month as it is as you have descovered quite costly!) Great if you miss Marmite and other western tastes! The big Farmers (Meung Mai) market near Worowat is excellent if you are feeding a family and want to buy vegetables cheaply and in bulk. It’s an experince just to visit it! We found our house under the mountain near the Zoo three years ago for 10.000 a month. Three beds and a walled garden was perfect as I have two dogs. I had to build a kitchen and re tile the bathrooms but no squat loos and it was well worth the effort and expense which was negliable considering the price and what we have now! Enjoy Chiang Mai!

    • Oh thanks for stopping by Susie. Yes it’s a great area for sure. We walked over by the zoo many times and went to the waterfalls too. We also like Catmosphere (Cat cafe) on the way down the road as well. Sounds like you have a wonderful home.

  3. hope you will come see us.180 degrees from your city life. you can experience some hill tribe culture and see a farm that has permaculture as its theme.a chance to live like a thai not a tourist

  4. The apartment looks fab. What a nice way to spend a couple months in Chiang Mai. That kitchen for SE Asia is pretty deluxe. Hope you are enjoying your time in Chiang Mai.

    • Hey Kerri! I hope you guys are doing well. Did you decide to settle in Australia or New Zealand? I bet it feels like a lifetime ago that you were in SE Asia and it has probably only been a couple of months. We will enjoy our time here, with the kitchen just as it is. It isn’t well stocked, but we are making it work.

      Ooooh I see you have your budget post out! Woo hoo. My favorite. I need to go check it out.

  5. Hi Heidi,

    Love it.

    We’ve lived in Chiang Mai for some 8 months over the past 3 years. We have friends at the Chiang Mai Riverside Condos, on the Southwest fringe of the city, so we rent through them.

    Awesome spot, and maybe our fave in the world. Chiang Mai offers so much and the cost of living is so, so low, compared to the quality of life.

    We eat 2 USD a day lunches at a small, local Thai veggie haunt, where we polish u p our limited Thai, and rent for a really bargain basement price….and the places are nice.

    The last spot we rented would have easily cost 4 times the Thai price. It’s the best apartment out of the hundreds available and CM Riverside, a luxury type spot, and the price was just out of this world affordable.

    Thanks guys for bringing me back through memory lane. Can’t wait to get back to Chiang Mai.

    Tweeting through Triberr.


    • We looked at 3 apartments in Riverside Condos and just about took one of them. It was a small 2 bedroom for $500 a month, with pool, terrace and river view. In the end, we preferred the location in Nimman and the kids can each have their own bedroom.

  6. i love the windows! WOW!!! now is that tiny silver thing a FRIDGE? oh my gosh. tiny kitchen! but everything else is nice and spacious!

    • Ha! Thanks Jessie. Yes, the kitchen is the only pain point at this time. I have accepted everything else. Hey, aren’t you supposed to be recouping?

  7. Looks good to me! I would be happy with that! Or even less since we don’t need three bedrooms. Thailand looks like such a fabulous bargain for people who are staying awhile

    • Aw, thanks Sharon. 😉 Yep, when the kids get older, they require more privacy. Go figure. We were planning on just a 2 bedroom, but this just popped up. I think it is a good deal for a few months.

  8. I see you are blending right in. We were anxious to see the apartment. Very nice and modern. And here I thought you’d be in hammocks with a dirt floor…;) Seems all travelers end up in Chiang Mai at some point along their journeys. Some don’t leave for a long time too! I’ll have to go through all your Thailand posts and adventures so far. We’ve been so busy this summer! Will catch up soon…

    • Hey guys, so glad you are still keeping up with us. For now we don’t have dirt floors and hammocks, but that is not to say it won’t be in our future at some point. 🙂

  9. Wow, I’m impressed. Love the wallpaper LOL! Seriously, I’m not sure exactly what I expected…but this seems pretty spacious and seems like you’re in a great location. I agree, the kitchen would be kind of hard to deal with but sounds like you got “lucky” even with that kitchen. Does seem like it’s more expensive than I think I would have expected there. Thanks for sharing.

    • Too funny Mary. Every wall has a different wallpaper, not sure why. At least it isn’t basic white walls. Yes, if we were renting for 6 months or a year, the price would have been lower. We did find plenty of 2 bedrooms for about $500, but that 3rd bedroom and the neighborhood were worth the extra for us.

    • Christine, it is a win for our needs for sure! I am sure we could have found cheaper, but we have been out of the USA for 2 years, so it is nice to be in more of a buzzing neighborhood with expat comforts.

  10. This is a lot better than our Florida rental which was decorated with fur everywhere. Zebra in one room with Chinese pagoda wallpaper and leopard everything in the other. (Even the hair dryer ). Nice that anya and Lars have their own space. Looks like a comfortable space for three months. Enjoy…
    Love carol and Stan

    • Oh no! That is too funny. I am laughing at our glittery fans and flowers on the walls, but it is better than Zebra for sure! That is exactly why we opted for this place, as it was the only 3 bedroom in the city we found. We have all been in the same room or in a 1-2 bed for the past couple of months, so this is a treat to just have our own space.

      It is actually helping quite a bit with homeschool time too. Lars plowed through 3 math courses today and a few other subjects. Anya spent about 90 minutes on her online math courses today. She also spent over an hour in her room today researching Asian Elephants and creating her Powerpoint slide deck. The kids need to produce their first draft to us on Wednesday and the final copy the following week.

  11. I was expecting “dated” by Spanish standards. That’s positively modern! I’d say you definitely made the right choice; lots of space, bigger kitchen than I was expecting, and nowhere near as dated as I had imagined. I actually kinda like the funky wallpaper, too, at least for a short-term rental. 🙂

    • I know what you mean Maria, actually it is very modern. I only wish I took photos of the other properties we viewed. Some of them looked just like USA inside, very modern. Others we looked at were almost and empty shell with rattan furniture and an empty kitchen. That was the 4 bedroom in the boonies for $300 a month. We will share more about those later.

      In Spain we were going for the “local” feel. Here we just wanted to be comfortable.

  12. Nice place! You guys always find the best deals!

    Other than the kitchen, it looks pretty westernized. It wouldn’t be out of place in Raleigh, I don’t think.

    By the way, I was watching the video with some friends, and when you said “… and this is our bedroom,” one of them said in a sleazy voice: “… where the magic happens… chaka-pow, chaka-pow, chaka-bow-wow” LOL! (thought you would want to know :-p )

  13. Other than the wallpaper, I’m impressed! Very clean and spacious and like you’re so close to stores and all such activities. I’d live there in a snap

    • It is much better now that the cleaned it. When we viewed for the first time it was dark and dirty. They did a nice job and a new bed arrives for the master bedroom tomorrow! 🙂

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