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Situated in the mountainous Chiang Mai Province, Chiang Mai is the pivot city of Northern Thailand. This city is the perfect combination of historical and cultural heritage with modern ages, which is why UNESCO recognized Chiang Mai as a ‘Creative City’ last December 2017. In addition, Chiang Mai was listed as one of Thailand’s major tourist destinations according to the 2014 25 Best Destinations in the World by TripAdvisor.
Finding an apartment in Chiang Mai that will befit your preferences can be quite challenging, considering that more than 170,000 people are residing in the city, making Chiang Mai land the 4th spot in Thailand’s most-populous cities. So here’s a quick guide on how to find the perfect apartment for your stay in Chiang Mai before you start organizing your next adventure.
Know your preferences.
Equip your mind with your ideal plans and taste for your soon-to-be apartment. It is a must to have specific preferences as to the important factors you consider when looking for an apartment. Do you want a place that is spacious or a small space will do? Do you like it to be modern or you opt for traditional types? What about the amenities like kitchen, bathroom, and so on? Basically, it’s about knowing your own style. Being at ease while away from the comfort of your own home is a big influence o your decision for choosing an apartment.
Determine how long you will stay.
Time and duration of stay are also one of the deciding aspects you should regard as. Ask yourself when and how long do you plan to stay in Chiang Mai? There are more than 3,000 hotels and apartments for you to choose from, but it is better to be safe than sorry during tourist peak seasons in Chiang Mai where most of the hotels and apartments are full.
Calculate your budget.
if you are planning for a short or long-term stay in Chiang Mai, it is not a problem when it comes to your budget for the accommodation because Thailand is one of the cheapest countries to travel to. There is a wide variety of selection of hotels, condos, and apartments that will be flexible to your budget and can offer great customer service satisfaction.
Do some research about Chiang Mai.
If it is your first time to visit Chiang Mai, do some online exploration first before booking a place. You can use the internet to find the most possible candidates and narrow it down for your apartment selection. In that way, you have an outline of what you will be looking for when you arrive in Chiang Mai.
Get to know the geography of the place. Look into which portion of Chiang Mai you want to live. Should you want to live in the old city where many temples and traces of the history of the city are located? How about around the old city or moat in which prices are inexpensive compared to the other parts of the city? If you’re into modern style and feel, the Nimmanhemin area is your best option but price ranges are higher.
Book a hotel first and do on-site apartment hunting.
Upon arriving in the city, book a hotel accommodation first for a few days to explore more of the city. Familiarize the place you have researched. Some of the places you have seen online may not please you when you see it in person. That is why it is important to have more options because Plan A may not work.
Also, do some night apartment visits so that you will have an idea as to what is the situation within the proximity of the place during night time. Make sure that the place will give you peace when you sleep at night.
Before signing up the lease contract, make sure you have found the best apartment for your stay in Chiang Mai. Once you have decided, pay and confirm your deposit (most apartments require deposits) before you move in and start your new undertaking in the city.