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).
In late January, with shaking fingers, I hit the ‘confirm’ button on the computer screen. My fiance Jason and I had just bought our tickets to Chiang Mai, Thailand—one-way—and I was suddenly filled with a mixture of excitement and uncertainty.