Bangkok has its fair share of shoe box apartments, but it has more than enough rooms that are 70sq+ with modern fittings to pick from.
I’m sure someone is going to tell be that Chaing Mai has bigger apartments and I’m sure they have, but they are so few and far between compared to Bangkok, and many have older fittings and features which aren’t for me.
I work from home and I need a space that looks nice and motivates me, old condos feel very stagnant and dark to me, especially the ones in Thailand.
Rental options appear to be quite limited, which is understandably because it’s such a small city.
Call me a spoilt snob but I want to be next a Villa Market (a western supermarket which is not in Chiang Mai), I want to be close to my gym, the local park, a bunch of great restaurants.
I can’t do that in Chiang Mai because half these places don’t exist, or are so far from each other.
Nimmanhemin Road was a let down
Nimmanhemin Road (Nimman Road) is the
new and upcoming area of Chiang Mai.
I was excited to see it, I was expecting to see good restaurants, nice bars, and a good selection of western and Thai cuisine.
The Thai food there is great, but Thai food anywhere in Thailand is tasty AF.
All the international options on Nimman Road looked terrible, and by terrible I actually mean extremely mediocre.
In Bangkok you have a range of price points for food, for example if you want GOOD sushi you’re going to spend at least 3,000b or ($95), if you want something mediocre you can get full for 1,000b ($31).
You can say paying $95 for sushi is silly and I won’t disagree with you, but for that money you’re getting something much better than the $31 option.
It’s good to have more than mediocre to choose from.
Maybe I was naive but I was expecting Nimman Road to have a similar range of quality for restaurants, massages shops, bars and desert shops as Bangkok, sadly that was not the case.
Everything was cheap and it felt like most restaurants are trying to be cheaper than the next to get people through the door.
That’s good if you just want to save money, but if you want to eat GOOD western food, you’re shit outta luck.
My girlfriend wanted some Japanese food as we had enough of Thai food that day so we visited a place I won’t name on Nimman Road. She ordered Soba noodles which cost 95b and they worse than mediocre.
The place I tried had good reviews on Google too, I think that’s because people are basing it on the price ($3), my guess is half the nomads who left a review have never been to Japan and or know Japanese food is meant to taste like.
Overall I was disappointed at the lack of quality options, cheap options are everywhere, but quality is hard to find.
Nimman Road is just above the airport, perhaps I just ran bad but each time I ate there I was hearing planes every 20-30 minutes it was very annoying, not sure how people stay there.
Then there’s Maya Mall, I’ve seen cinema complexes in Bangkok bigger than that place.
I believe Nimman Road is a reflection of the current state of the Chiang Mai digital nomad scene.
Most place are cheap and mediocre, catering to a certain demographic (low income spenders).
There’s certainly some nomads in Chiang Mai doing well and crushing like JohnnyFD who has a cool blog, but 90%+ are trying to find their feet, which can be seen at whats on offer at Nimman Road.