A New Zealander’s view of Thailand

Published:  8 Apr at 9 AM
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Chiang Mai, Thailand is one of the greatest places to be an expat according to Iona Proebst, the Executive Director of The Branch Foundation, a charity focusing on providing renewable energy, education and income generation for marginalised communities in South-East Asia.

With the city’s colourful and vibrant life, there are always surprises to be had. Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second biggest city, boasts great food and drinking venues at very low prices with meals starting at only NZD$1 and a beer at around NZD$2.

Not only does this beautiful city in the north of the country tend to those wanting to taste authentic Thai food, but it also has many other activities for expats such as yoga and climbing.

There is also a variety of shopping venues, from luxury malls to the renowned Sunday walking street with its roadside stalls selling local handicraft made by neighbouring hill tribe communities.

Due to varied methods of transport in the city it is very easy to get around. For those seeking more adventurous trips, there is an abundance of motorbike rental shops allowing for trips along the mountainous roads which surround the old city.

The majority of expats living in Chiang Mai are either English teachers, digital nomads and those working in the non profit sector. It’s also home to many retirees who’ve realised that the pension which they receive from their home country can go a lot further in this part of the world.
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