living in the ‘Land of Smiles’

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai – Selected as one of the most affordable places to retire (that’s right, AGAIN!)

Via: CBS Money Watch


Chiang Mai is a historic city located along the Ping River, nestled within some of Thailand’s tallest mountains, which are dotted with Buddhist temples. The city hosts several festivals, including Loi Krathong/Yi Peng (SEE gif), where residents launch decorative lanterns whose heat sends them skyward, and the Flower Festival, which takes place when the city’s tropical flowers are in full bloom.

Q: But really, how affordable is it?

A: Without trying, I’m under-running my Social Security by $500 to $600 every month. Try that in the States!

Q: What about affordable medical care?

A: I have full ‘private’ medical insurance. And when I say full, I mean FULL (physician, hospital, AND meds).

AND, I pay less than my co-payment in 2000!


Q: Do you think Chiang Mai is a good option for EVERYONE to retire to?


But, I tell ya what; most expats I’ve met here in the past eight LOVE the place, and can’t conceive of living ANYWHERE else!



September 6, 2013 - Posted by | cost of living | , , , , , , ,


  1. I was in Chiang Mai in February and absolutely loved it! Wonderful, friendly people, great food, fantastic weather. Lots to like about Thailand!

    Comment by Shelley | September 10, 2013 | Reply

    • Thank you Shelley for your comment.

      It truly is a wonderful city; but there’s one thing I’d like to point out to potential visitors.

      The weather in the FIRST half of February is very nice. But the SECOND is the beginning of the
      SMOKEY season (agricultural / slash burning).

      The smoke lasts until the beginning of the rainy season, +/- mid-April.

      I would caution visiting Northern Thailland mid-February through mid-April, especially if you suffer from asthma or emphysema.

      again thank you for your comment,

      Comment by seattle99 | September 10, 2013 | Reply

  2. Glorious festival for Thailand! I have enjoyed it.

    The Shine Condo

    Comment by Shariful | April 8, 2014 | Reply

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