Chiang Mai

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

9
25/263
Details
Large apartment$564.34
Medium apartment$413.94
Rent index [score]0.94
Small apartment$263.53

Cost of Living

9
41/261
Details
5km taxi ride$3.80
A Cappuccino$1.80
A beer$1.50
A kilogram of Apples$2.00
Bread$0.43
Inflation [score]0.85
Lunch$2.20
Monthly fitness club membership$36.00
Monthly public transport$32.00
Movie ticket$4.70
Price of a meal at a restaurant$19.92

Startups

2
245/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups-1
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.10
Coworking spaces [score]0.48
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co18
Meetups [score]0.12
Meetups groups10
Meetups members1024
Number of investors1
Number of startup events in the last 12 months7
Number of upcoming meetup events2
Startup climate scene [score]0.25
Startup events1
Startup events2
Startup events [score]0.10
Startups [score]0.30
Total number of startups9

Venture Capital

N/A
Details

Travel Connectivity

2
196/260
Details
Airport hub26
Airport hub [score]0.18
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.15

Commute

5
140/260
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.69

Business Freedom

6
207/259
Details
Business freedom76.30
Business freedom [score]0.69
Freedom from corruption38.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.28
Lack of labor restrictions62.50
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.50
Time to open a business25.50
Time to open a business [score]0.72

Safety

8
72/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.72
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year2
Guns per 100 residents16
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.96
Lack of guns [score]0.93
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.94

Healthcare

8
97/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.93
Healthcare quality [score]0.84
Life expectancy (years)74.88
Life expectancy [score]0.49

Education

4
189/230
Details
Best university in rankingChiang Mai University
Best university ranking700
Country mean scores in PISA math test418.52
Country mean scores in PISA reading test441.22
Country mean scores in PISA science test444.00
PISA math ranking (high school)46
PISA ranking45
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.63
PISA reading (high school)44
PISA science (high school)45
Percent of happy students0.93
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.50
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.33
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.34
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.03
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.01
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.01
University quality [score]0.10

Environmental Quality

4
219/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.17
Cleanliness [score]0.56
Drinking water quality [score]0.43
Urban greenery [score]0.34

Economy

2
244/258
Details
Currency for urban areaTHB
GDP growth rate0.01
GDP growth rate [score]0.23
GDP per capita$14354.30
GDP per capita [score]0.24

Taxation

7
37/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.75
Income tax level [score]0.59
Profit tax (% of profit)0.33
Time overhead to file company taxes266
VAT (Sales Tax)0.10

Internet Access

3
225/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)12.09
Internet access (download) [score]0.30
Internet access (upload) [score]0.26
Upload speed (Mbps)5.46

Leisure & Culture

7
84/263
Details
Art galleries103
Art galleries [score]0.66
Cinemas75
Cinemas [score]0.63
Comedy clubs63
Comedy clubs [score]0.72
Concert venues106
Concerts [score]0.58
Historical sites82
Historical sites [score]0.83
Museums77
Museums [score]0.53
Performing art venues68
Performing arts [score]0.44
Sport venues43
Sports [score]0.58
Zoos15
Zoos [score]0.90

Tolerance

5
223/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index54.95
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.55
LGBT adoption rightsMarried couples only
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✖ Not banned
LGBT discrimination legalityIllegal in some contexts
LGBT employment discrimination legalitySexual orientation only
LGBT gender changing rights✖ Illegal
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legalitySexual orientation only
LGBT marriage rights✖ Unrecognized
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.40

Outdoors

3
205/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.59
Median peak in meters1676.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)315.00
Water access [score]0.10
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Chiang Mai are in the least expensive 20 percent of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly lower compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Chiang Mai will very likely decrease your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$193$334
$264
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$36
Movie ticket$5
Broadband internet connection$19
Monthly public transport$32
Lunch$2
-59%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$32,094
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

15.60
Guns per 100 people
1.55
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Chiang Mai in position 85 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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LGBT rights in Chiang Mai

Discrimination

Illegal In Some Contexts

Marriage

Unrecognized

Adoption

Married Couples Only

Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.5

Climate type

Tropical Savanna

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai (เชียงใหม่) is the hub of northern Thailand. With a population of over 170,000 in the city proper (but more than one million in the metropolitan area), it is Thailand's fourth-largest city. On a plain at an elevation of 316 m, surrounded by mountains and lush countryside, it is much greener and quieter than the capital and has a cosmopolitan air and a significant expatriate population, all factors which have led many from Bangkok to settle permanently in this "rose of the north".

Founded in 1296 CE, Chiang Mai is a culturally and historically interesting city, at one time the capital of the ancient Lanna kingdom. In the rolling foothills of the Himalayas 700 km north of Bangkok, until the 1920s it could only be reached by an arduous river journey or an elephant trek. This isolation helped preserve Chiang Mai's distinctive charm, which remains intact.

Chiang Mai's historical centre is the walled city ("city" is chiang in the northern Thai dialect while mai is "new", hence Chiang Mai translates as "new city"). Sections of the wall dating to their restoration a few decades ago remain at the gates and corners, but of the rest only the moat remains.

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