Accommodation Options in Chiang Mai

Some of our prospective students have asked about accommodation options in Chiang Mai near Effective Thai. There are many, perhaps hundreds of guesthouses and hotels in Chiang Mai. The following are located within walking distance of Effective Thai/EFL Chiang Mai Learning Centre. All should be booked independently.

Long-term Accommodation in Chiang Mai

With 6 universities and thousands of students there is no shortage of cheap studio apartments available priced between 3,000 to 6,000 baht ($100 – $200 USD) per month. These apartments normally require a commitment of at least 3 months and a 1 month deposit. They normally contain a double bed or twin beds, a bathroom with hot-water shower, some basic furniture, a small balcony, 24-hour security and WiFi. Most studio apartment buildings do not advertise their rooms nor do they have websites. They can be found by touring the city by bicycle or motorbike.

Apartments priced over 6,000 baht per month often have a separate bedroom and higher-quality furniture and fittings, as well as air conditioning (which can add several thousand baht to the monthly rental costs, if run often).

Residential houses for rent can be found in the moo bahns that circle the city within a 15 km radius. The better quality moo bahns are private housing developments with 24-hour security, club houses, swimming pools, tennis courts and well-maintained roads. Expect to pay from 14,000 to 22,000 baht per month for a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom detached house with a small garden along a short and quiet road within the development.

Smaller terrace town houses can be found inside the city limits. These are much smaller than residential houses and don’t have gardens. They normally have 2 to 3 floors and 2 to 3 bedrooms. Townhouses are often cheaper than residential houses. It’s possible to find bargains priced as low as 7,000 baht per month.

In addition to rent, tenants must also pay for electricity and water. Electricity shouldn’t add more than a few hundred baht per month unless air-conditioning is used during the day and/or night. Water bills shouldn’t go higher than 100 baht.

Houses can be found by independently touring the city and moo bahns, reading the classified section of expatriate magazines or by contacting property agents.

Recommended Property Agent in Chiang Mai

There are many property agents in Chiang Mai. Some should be avoided. A recommended agent is Perfect Homes. Reputable agents such as Perfect Homes only receive commission from the property owner. The price advertised is the price you will pay. They will advise on location, facilities, schools and transport.