Where to find long stay accommodation in Chiang Mai

Sunday market walking street in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Pic: 501room / Shutterstock.com

CHIANG MAI, Thailand tends to draw ex-pats for the long term, or at least a few months at a time. The warm weather, great food and beautiful surroundings are all major draws, as is the low cost of living.

The city is famously affordable when it comes to accommodation, from renting a house for a few hundred dollars a month to getting a swank apartment for a fraction of what it would cost in Western countries. Chiang Mai offers an excellent range of ‘serviced apartments’, that allow you to rent your own place by the month without having to commit to a long lease that might cramp your traveling style. Here are five great apartment complexes that offer rooms by the month.

Plern Plern Bed and Bike 

This sweet complex is conveniently located in the Santitham neighborhood. It’s only a short walk from the moat that rings the Old City, but that small distance means that a monthly rental here is cheaper than you’d find within the more popular and tourist-friendly neighborhoods. The rooms at Plern Plern are well-maintained, simply furnished and have private bathrooms, refrigerators and wifi. Each guest has access to a free bike for the duration of their stay, making it all the more convenient to explore the city and check out the selection of restaurants, bars and shops on nearby Nimmanhaiman Rd. Rooms can be rented on a nightly basis, but special rates are offered for long-term residents, so book ahead to negotiate a deal.
30 Santirak Road, Chang Puak, Muang, Chiang Mai

The Bliss 

This modern and luxurious hotel has been home to many an extended-stay guest in Chiang Mai, often to rave reviews. It’s location on Huay Kaew Road makes it ideal for staying out of the tourist areas but close enough to the Old City, trendy Nimmanhaiman Rd. and other attractions so you’ll never feel out of the loop. All rooms have free wifi and cable TV and some suites have bathtubs and kitchenettes, which are nice perks for a long-term stay. There are several room options to suit a variety of lifestyles, from a standard but spacious studio to an executive suite with separated bedroom and living room, to family rooms. Monthly rates are available upon request and are subject to change by season, so contact them in advance to secure the best rate for your time in Chiang Mai.
Huay Kaew Soi 2, Huay Kaew Road, Muang District, Chiang Mai 

The Bliss Chiang Mai

Pic: The Bliss Chiang Mai

Smith Residence 

Smith is highly popular among ex-pats in Chiang Mai and understandably so, with its rooftop pool, fitness center, cleaning services and great location a stone’s throw away from the Chiang Mai Gate market and the Old City. You’ll often find residents hanging out in the patio area at the front of the building, so it’s easy to meet people if you’re new to the city. Different size rooms, suites and apartments are available and rates vary between 7,500-18,000 Thai baht (US$244-588) depending on which accommodation type you want and your length of stay. Internet is an extra cost except in suites. Most utilities are not included in the rent.
37-39 Nuntharam Rd, T. Haiya, A. Muang

Smith Residence

Pic: Smith Residence

Fueng Fa Place 

The rooms at Fueng Fa Place are bright, cheerful, clean and well-maintained. All are fully furnished and have private bathrooms, air conditioning and television, although wifi is an additional cost of 300 baht a month. Rent runs between 7,500-12,000 baht per month. Water and electricity are not included in the rent. Fueng Fa is conveniently located near the heart of the city, making it easy to enjoy the best of Chiang Mai’s entertainment scene and have quick access to the fun spots on the outskirts of the city as well.
9/1 Arak Rd. Soi 3, Sriphoom district, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai

The Empire Residence 

For a fully furnished apartment in Chiang Mai’s trendiest area, look no further than The Empire. Conveniently located on Nimmanhaiman Road, The Empire is surrounded by a wide variety of restaurants, bars and coffee shapes, making it a great place for digital nomads to live and work. The Empire also has business and meeting spaces so you could conceivably never leave home when getting work done. But no doubt you’ll want to, as this vibrant neighborhood is a great place to meet local students and ex-pats. Monthly rates vary from 16,000 to 36,000 baht, depending on length of stay.
22/3 Nimmanhaemin Rd., Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai

The Empire Residence Chiang Mai

Pic: The Empire Residence Chiang Mai

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