Coffee in Myanmar

One of the things I miss most about Melbourne is the coffee. The city is famous for its cafe scene; latte drinking is practically a Saturday morning sport. So when my fiancé and I made the decision to move to Chiang Mai, Thailand, earlier this year, we knew we’d have to lower our expectations when it came to all things caffeinated. Thankfully, Chiang Mai’s eclectic mix of coffee shops means we haven’t...

Condo Living in Chiang Mai: Rent $835 a Month

The Chiang Mai suburb of Nimman is fashionable and fun, without being too pretentious. And while there’s certainly a Western influence, it still retains an authentic feel. And I must admit, as a resident of Nimman, I find the easy access to coffee shops, convenience stores and pharmacies a blessing. Everything you need is right on your doorstep—whether it’s laundry detergent or an extra strong latte...

Things to Do in Bagan: Three Magical Days in Myanmar’s Ancient City

I’ve been dreaming of visiting the ancient city of Bagan ever since I saw a photo of hot air balloons floating over the thousands of temples dotted around the Bagan Archaeological Zone. Bagan was once the capital of the Pagan Kingdom, the first kingdom that unified the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the kingdom’s height between the 11th and 13th centuries...

Retire on New Zealand’s South Island: Top 5 Spots

New Zealand is a country of incredible, unparalleled beauty. The South Island in particular is renowned for its mountains, lakes and glaciers, including New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook, which is almost 4,000 metres high. The South Island is the larger of the country’s two major islands—the other being the smaller but more populous North Island...

5 Things That May Surprise You About Chiang Mai, Thailand

My fiancé, Jason, and I have been living in Chiang Mai just shy of two months, and continue to be enthralled by the city’s bustling vibe and seemingly never-ending beauty. When we made the decision to move here, many of our friends and family raised concerns. Was it safe? Was it clean? Would we be able to enjoy all the creature comforts we’d grown accustomed to back home...

How Living in Chiang Mai Saves Me $23,994 a Year

Before moving here, I knew Chiang Mai offered low-cost living and that the savings I’d make would mean I’d be in for a nice lifestyle upgrade. But I didn’t realise just how good the value was. Now I’m settled in, I’ve a good handle on my budget and the savings I’m making run right across the board, from the essentials to the little luxuries...

How We Secured a Luxury Chiang Mai Home for $827 a Month

When my fiance Jason and I woke up yesterday morning, we weren’t sure where we would be living beyond our two-week stay at a serviced apartment in Chiang Mai’s Old City. By midday, that had changed. We’d signed a lease on a luxury one-bedroom condo in Nimman—a trendy area full of restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and boutique hotels—for the very attractive price of 20,000 baht ($827 a month).

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