Easy Northern Thailand: Rent From $148; Good Food Just $1.50

Many people think of Chiang Rai in northern Thailand as Chiang Mai’s little brother but most of those who live there take that as a compliment. True, there isn’t the nightlife that you find in its big brother a three-hour drive south but that’s more than made up for by the easy pace of life, deliciously spicy Lana food and some weirdly wonderful local attractions.

A Life of Leisure in Thailand for Just $706 a Month

I’m almost embarrassed to admit that since I arrived in Chiang Mai in January last year I’ve barely left the city. It’s simply because I find it so engaging. I’m not a barfly (I drink very little alcohol so that barely registers in my budget) and having spent a number of years as a restaurant reviewer I’m no longer attracted to fancy restaurants at fancy prices. I prefer to cycle or walk for the simple pleasure of discovering the more idiosyncratic side of Thai life. I live a comfortable and enjoyable life and don’t feel as if I miss anything that other expats on larger incomes might be experiencing.

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