Tips for Cafe Working in Chiang Mai

There are a lot of travellers working on the road these days. They are juggling the desire to see and experience everything with the need to make enough money to support the travels. Their needs are simple. A safe and secure place to stay where they feel comfortable leaving their electronics when they’re out and about with their camera and a descent internet connection, preferably wifi to easily connect mobile devices like tablets and smartphones.

If they’re lucky their hostel, hotel, guesthouse or B&B will provide this for them. If not, they have to search further afield. Even if it is possible to work from a bunk bed, a lot of working travellers prefer to head to coffee shops. It’s more comfortable and they can enjoy watching the world go by as they do it. It’s a very different local cultural experience to wielding a camera and visiting temples.

Chiang Mai is known for having workable coffee shops with decent wifi. The majority of them don’t seem to mind how long you sit over a cup of coffee or iced chocolate and some serve free drinking water. All of the ones we worked from have proper tables and chairs (sometimes sofas and low coffee tables as well). Most are located north of the Old Town, around Nimmenhaemin Road. Here’s our thoughts on just a few.

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The Costs – a Week Travelling From Chiang Mai to Laos

I thought it might be useful to give a breakdown on what we’re spending our money on so that you can plan and save for your own travels. We’re on a pretty tight budget and watching the pennies so you can easily spend more than this. We’re travelling as a couple so things like accommodation can be cheaper than travelling alone. We do, however, require our hotels to have halfway descent wifi and a working space. We’re also working on the road so we’re not necessarily having as many of the ‘tourist experiences’ as others might.

Although we’ve since moved on from Chiang Mai, it was only a few weeks ago so the figures are still relevant and useful.

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The Costs – Another Week in Chiang Mai

I thought it might be useful to give a breakdown on what we’re spending our money on so that you can plan and save for your own travels. We’re on a pretty tight budget and watching the pennies so you can easily spend more than this. We’re travelling as a couple so things like accommodation can be cheaper than travelling alone. We do, however, require our hotels to have halfway descent wifi and a working space. We’re also working on the road so we’re not necessarily having as many of the ‘tourist experiences’ as others might.

Although we’ve since moved on from Chiang Mai, it was only a few weeks ago so the figures are still relevant and useful.

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Barry having an impact in Bangkok

While I headed to Cambodia to teach (and learn!) the ins and outs of English grammar, Barry stayed behind in Vientiane to walk the dogs for the last couple of days of our housesitting assignment. Left to his own devices, he got more work done and ate most of the cake, while still getting up at sunrise to take the dogs to the swamp or the Mekong.

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When Michael and his family returned, Barry chose not to follow me to Siem Reap but to head to Bangkok and do some good in the world. Impact48, the enterprise Barry started in Edinburgh, gathers volunteers together for 48 hours to create something meaningful for charity. It’s now gone international – January’s Impact48 was for an amazing wee charity in Thailand, In Search of Sanuk.

In Search of Sanuk are a truly inspiring group that directly provides food, shelter, and educational support for survivors of torture and trauma, focusing special attention on at risk women and girls.

Impact48 wasn’t affected by the political protests of ‘Bangkok Shutdown’ and the team had a successful weekend. Check out the story at Impact48.com.

The Costs – a week in Chiang Mai

I thought it might be useful to give a breakdown on what we’re spending our money on so that you can plan and save for your own travels. We’re on a pretty tight budget and watching the pennies so you can easily spend more than this. We’re travelling as a couple so things like accommodation can be cheaper than travelling alone. We do, however, require our hotels to have halfway descent wifi and a working space. We’re also working on the road so we’re not necessarily having as many of the ‘tourist experiences’ as others might.

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