Oh sweet Chiang Mai, the digital nomad mecca tucked at the foot of the imposing Doi Suthep mountain. The glimmering gold temples and robed Buddhist monks starkly contrast the young Thai hipsters of Nimmanheimin Road, where the entrepreneurs of today have taken up residence. Since nomads began arriving in 2010, seemingly in conjunction with Chiang Mai's "Creative City" initiative, the quaint streets of this district have been blooming with galleries, boutiques, cool bars, vegetarian and health food shops, and funky cafes serving up all kinds of delicious Thai and international food.
With super low living costs and incredible creative culture, it's no wonder Chiang Mai has become the boostrapping entrepreneur's paradise. Among the passionate and talented people who convene in the city's top notch coworking spaces are web developers, SEO consultants, content writers, travel bloggers, podcasters, dropshippers, ecommerce-ers, and former or current internet marketing disciples of Tim Ferriss. Even if you're just getting started on your entrepreneurial journey, you'll find a ton of likeminded people committed to living and working on their own location-independent terms. Where else can you live in total comfort, eat out for every meal, and enjoy daily massages on $600 month?
Another significant perk is that Chiang Mai is a true nature lover's paradise. The city is in close proximity to some spectacular natural getaways, including quiet countrysides, national parks, an elephant nature preserve, and trekking opportunities with hill tribes. Because of its moderate elevation, it's also a lot more temperate than Bangkok's gateway-to-hell feel. The prevalence of a free-thinking, somewhat bohemian culture has also encouraged many meditation, yoga, and other spirituality practices in both within the city and in neighboring cities like Chiang Rai and Pai. Even - especially - us entrepreneur types need to decompress and attend to our entire wellbeing when we can, and there's no better place to do it than this wonderful junction where local Buddhist values meet inspired business grind.
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