WHERE'S MY BAG: CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

The Stafford Pro at a cafe on the Ping River

The Stafford Pro at a cafe on the Ping River

The “Where’s My Bag?” series highlights Clark & Mayfield bags in interesting locations around the world. This is a guest post by Michelle C. of IntentionalTravelers.com. Michelle and her husband are "digital nomads," running their business online as they travel. Michelle shares about some of the destinations she's visited with her Clark & Mayfield bag in tow.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Located in Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a popular destination for both foreign and Thai tourists. Its walled Old City, surrounded by a moat, and dotted with ancient temples, contrasts with modern cafes and super malls. Not far outside the city are green rice fields, country villages, and National Parks filled with waterfalls. There's something for just about everyone, including a wide range of restaurants - from tasty night market meals that cost less than $1 US to high-class French bistros, pizza joints, and sushi bars.

The silver wat in Chiang Mai

The silver wat in Chiang Mai

The digital nomad community tends to gravitate toward cities with good wifi, lots of amenities, and a low cost of living. This is why Chiang Mai has become one of - if not the - city with the most digital nomads in the world. Co-working spaces have popped up everywhere and the weekly nomad meet up draws crowds of over 100 itinerant, online workers in peak season. 

Doing some work at one of the many trendy coffee shops in town

Doing some work at one of the many trendy coffee shops in town

Why We Went

Chiang Mai had been recommended to us over and over again by our fellow travelers and digital nomads. So many people raved about it, we made it a priority to stay for a month this past Fall. 

I found an Airbnb condo rental that came with a giant outdoor pool, gym, and strong wifi for just $380 a month. Being on the outskirts of town, we also rented a moped for the month ($80), which gave us the freedom to explore far and wide in our free time. Other than taking scenic drives in the hills, our favorite activity was probably visiting the different night markets for dinner. 

Miss Pa's smoothie stand at the Chiang Mai Gate night market is famous for blended tropical fruits, sold for the equivalent of about 60 US cents

Miss Pa's smoothie stand at the Chiang Mai Gate night market is famous for blended tropical fruits, sold for the equivalent of about 60 US cents

Another highlight was experiencing Chiang Mai's annual lantern festivals, which take place in November around the full moon. The Loy Krathong festival involves sending small candle-lit floats down the river, and the Yi Peng festival sees the release of thousands of floating lanterns into the night sky. It is a magical thing to experience, though it gets very crowded as well!

Riding through heavy traffic while lanterns are being released to the sky all around us

Riding through heavy traffic while lanterns are being released to the sky all around us

If you'd like to learn more about our time in Thailand, including our overnight tour at an elephant sanctuary and hill tribe homestay, visit our travel blog: Intentional Travelers.