Hit the Ground Running in Chiang Mai: A Digital Nomad City Guide

Jennifer Sutherland-Miller

Get Downtown

Chiang Mai airport is not far from the city center.

Taxi 

The best way to get downton is by taxi

Cost: 160-200 baht for the cab ride

Taxis are best suited to specific or out of the way places, like a house or Airbnb over a central hotel

Taxis are the best choice if you have more than a carry on bag

Songthaew & Tuk-tuks 

These are  less expensive but will take longer and are suited to light luggage

Songthaew are shared transportation on benches in the back of a pick up truck that drop off at central location

Tuktuks will drop off at your destination of choice

Private Shuttle

Many hotels offer a free airport transfer

Check with your hotel before you arrive

Uber & Grab Taxi

Uber works in Chiang Mai, as does Grab Taxi

Cost: About the same as a cab, set fare & cashless

There is no signage at the airport for pick up, but request one and it will come

Get Online

Cell Phone

 T-Mobile’s international plan will work in Thailand. AIS (12Call) or  DTAC (Happy) are your best options for local cell service

Do not go with TrueMove; outside of Bangkok, rural coverage is terrible

Wifi

Chiang Mai airport has free wifi if you need to regroup before you head into the city

Most cafes, coffee shops, and almost all hotels will have wi-fi in Chiang Mai

Data

Happy is the most versatile in terms of coverage and speed

SIM cards from all companies can be purchased at online, at the airport, or at any 7-11 in any town

Get Going

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