foxontherun 4 Posted February 6, 2011 Share Posted February 6, 2011 I'm an American female, seriously considering relocating to Chiang Mai within the next six months or so. I would stay for at least a year, and probably longer if I can get the visa situation sorted. I'm hoping that you might offer me some recommendations as to where I might want to look for a place to rent. Any advice as to areas or specific buildings would be greatly appreciated. I'm just beginning my research on this, so assume that I know nothing, and you will be pretty close to correct. I would like a 1-2 bedroom furnished apartment/condo. My first priority is location. I want to be able to walk to things, food shopping (both fresh local items and supermarket stuff) and eateries in particular. I want to be in or near the center of things, not in an outlying area. If I can't reach things on foot, I would at least like to have other forms of transportation conveniently available outside my door. I won't have a car, and am not sure I dare to do the motorbike/scooter thing. As a female living alone, I also want to feel safe. I am looking for a bit of luxury. The place should be modern, nicely furnished, and offer all of the modern amenities. A decently sized kitchen with Western-style appliances is hugely important to me, as I do a great deal of cooking. I need full-sized appliances, and would like an oven. A half-sized refrigerator or tiny hotplate probably won't cut it for me. I know that dishwashers are very rare, but that would be a huge bonus, as would laundry in the unit. Air conditioning is a must, as is decent Internet access and TV service. A balcony with a nice view would be a plus, as would a nice bathroom with a good hot water supply and a large shower and soaking tub. I don't need a ton of space; I'd say that 55 sq. meters or so is probably the minimum that would work for me. I also don't particularly care about having access to a pool, or maid service. I'll spend up to 20,000 baht per month, possibly a bit more if I have to in order to get what I want. Am I being realistic? What can you suggest? Thanks in advance. I hope to meet some of you if this all comes together. Also, I hope I haven't come across as a total yuppie American who wants to move to another country and have it be exactly like home. I actually can't wait to immerse myself in the culture there, but it's gong to be a whole lot of culture shock all at once, so I'd like to at least start out with a living space that doesn't require too drastic an adjustment on my part right off the bat. Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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