So over the Christmas period, I was lucky enough to spend two great months in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Alot of people asked me why I chose Chiang Mai as a destination and I guess there were lots of reasons in the end...
I'd been researching different places to stay using Nomad List. Nomad list is basically a website where travellers can leave reviews and scores on different locations, you can rate cities on all different things, such as: cost of living, weather, air purity, fun and more.
Think of it as a tripadvisor for travellers!
Chiang Mai was the best rated city in the world to travel. It seemed to cover everything we (my fiancée and I) were looking for; hot, interesting, cheap, good places to work and great food.
Over the two months we found some really cool free co-working space.
Generally, you buy a coffee and that will get you access to the internet for a few hours, or alternatively you can get a local sim card and use as much internet as you like. As you can imagiane, these co-working spaces were always busy.
The work spaces had some great resources and funky layouts. I was really impressed with how many people were working hard on their projects, businesses and university work!
It was a great environment, the little distraction meant my productivity went through the roof and some personal projects of mine really benefited from it.
The only downside I would say there was, was that it was really quiet. When I think of co-working spaces, I think of idea generation, buzz and exciting conversations. Perhaps it's just me!
In our spare time we enjoyed the weather, went out to eat and drink, visited local fairs and festivals and worked out. It was great to finally have time to just do what we wanted to do and after a hard stint in London, it was good to focus on my health and fitness again!
Overall the food was really good too and there were plenty of options if you got fed up of eating pad thai. We found that it was really easy to find american food (I'm guessing because most of their tourists come from America!) but we also found a couple of great Italian's and a cafe that seemed to serve all sorts of dishes from around the world!
My favourite part about Chiang Mai? The friendly people and the awesome weather!
My least favourite part about Chiang Mai? Air pollution! It can get very smoggy at rush hour (which is all the time!!)
Would I recommend it? If you're looking for a holiday, no! If you need somewhere to work on a project, yes!
Hi, I'm Chantelle Jones