Culture and Language
Kham Muang (also known as Northern Thai) is the official language. English is spoken in all major hotels and travel related businesses. Chaing Mai hosts many Thai cultural festivals and has many museums for those who wish to explore Thai culture. Back street massage parlors, horse racing, and street food is also popular.
Chiang Mai offers a very vibrant nightlife with many options available for drinking and dancing. Venues offering live music are everywhere throughout the city. Nimmanheimin Road is very popular area for partying since it has the highest concentration of bars and clubs.
Cost of Living
Chiang Mai is a very affordable city to live in as the cost of living is much less than some other PokerNomad destination. All homes and apartments come fully furnished at an unbelievably low price.
The main way to get around is by scooter. You can rent one for around 100 US dollars per month. No driver licence required, you can show your passport.
Car rental is also an option. Main source of public transportation is a tuk-tuk, a 3 wheeled motor vehicle, which costs a few dollars. Last option is a Songtaew, A pickup truck that acts as a shuttle that can fit up to 8 people in the back. Outside of the airport, taxis are not common.
The winter months are optimal to visit, it’s dry and there is no rain for several months. Daytime can reach 90 degrees fahrenheit. The hottest months of the year April and May which has high humidity and occasionally rain.
Chiang Mai is a very popular destination for online poker players. There are generally between 50-100 depending on the time of year.
Internet connection for online poker is very good here. There are several reliable internet providers such as 3BB.