living in the ‘Land of Smiles’

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand – One of the Best Places to Retire – 2013


Via: Live and Invest Overseas

Specifically, for this First Annual Retire Overseas Index, we look at the following 12 factors:

  • Climate
  • Cost of Living
  • English Spoken
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental Conditions
  • Existing Expat Community
  • Health Care
  • Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
  • Residency Options
  • Safety
  • Taxes


You can read about the other 20, HERE:


You can see more wonderful photos of Chiang Mai, HERE:


personal thought:

I’m just days away from beginning my NINTH YEAR living in Chiang Mai. So for me, it’s the BEST CITY to RETIRE. period


June 19, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. To Whom it may concern

    Recently I bought a ticket to Chiang Mai for next February 2014 for a short holidays. I have been in Bangkok 4 times and I do not like the air pollution of BKK (I get allergy reaction and bronquitis ) so I will check Chiang M but I have been chocked to read from others here that Chiang Mai is even worse polluted than Bangkok.
    Could you advise me what area in Chiang Mai is still safe to live??

    Comment by reedperezoso | August 25, 2013 | Reply

    • Chiang Mai, and for that matter all of the North, has a ‘Burning Season’ (agricultural and timber slash burning) which lasts from mid-February until the start of the rainy season (+/- mid-April).

      note: it’s a real bitch to ‘burn’ in the rain.

      I would strongly advise AGAINST visiting Chiang Mai, especially if you have emphysema, asthma, etc.; during this period.

      The rest of the year, the ‘Cool Season’ and the ‘Rainy Season’, I find the air quality to be quite good.

      Q: So how to people who live here handle the ‘Burning Season’?

      A: If they can, many leave Northern Thailand and go on a holiday, visit family, or hang out at a Thai beach.

      hope this is helpful,

      Comment by seattle99 | August 25, 2013 | Reply

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