International and domestic Movers in Chiang Mai

International move to Chiang Mai with Siam Relocation

To find all this expatriates’ information on the life and the work in Chiang Mai sets a lot of time.

Our guide of expatriate in Chiang Mai is there to facilitate your moving in Chiang Mai. By beginning with embassies and consulates to obtain information on the local infrastructure, the guide covers all the aspects of the life of the expatriates in Chiang Mai.

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Expatriation to Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a city of the North of the Thailand.

With an idyllic location among mountains, a wealth of the culture and the history thanks to its temples and festivals and a recent boom in the industry, the moving in Chiang Mai is a popular choice. It is also brilliant for families because there are many of the excellent schools.

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About Chiang Mai

The city and its province have a rather important population, with 1,65 million people registered on the census of 2007. Except the urban area, certain people keep a rural lifestyle, tribes mountain dwellers living in approximately 1 000 villages representing 13 % of the total population

The province is in approximately 696 kilometers in the North of Bangkok (at approximately one hour of flight by air. And is situated in approximately 300 meters over the sea level.

The total surface of the province, with its 22 counties, is 20 107 square kilometers.

The city of Chiang Mai enjoys an importing status because it is the second most big city after Bangkok, and produced a number of beautiful products in its cottage industry such as umbrellas, silverware, wooden furniture sculptured in the hand and pottery.

The climate in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai benefits from a tropical climate all year long, with hot and wet conditions. The rainy season extends from June till October, the fresh season from November till February and the hot season from March till May. The temperature averages around 28 ° C for the year. It can be a little fresher on the highest hills, whereas winter nights can be rather fresh. The hottest month is in April with temperatures achieving until 40 ° C. 

Find an accommodation in Chiang Mai

There is a variety of available options of accommodation for the expatriates, going of condos to apartments and houses. Several English-speaking search engines are available to facilitate the relocation, in particular:

The prices tend to be very reasonable, with competitive price lists of insurance, and you could pay a fraction of what you would pay in Bangkok for a similar property. Condos is the best option if you want to buy, because the non-nationals are not authorized to possess lands in Thailand. The new condos in suburb reach approximately 25 000 THB per square meter in suburb, until approximately 60 000 THB and more in the city center. These new properties are often directed to the tastes of the foreigners. 

The rent is also an excellent choice if you stay less for a long time, or maybe by looking for a place to buy. A new one condo is rented for approximately 12 000 THB a month, while for the same price, you can opt for a comfortable house in suburb with a pleasant outside space. The city center is of a compact size, thus most of the districts are good to live, with local equipment, bars and restaurants to be discovered, but the zone around Nimmanhaemin Road is particularly popular with the international.

Other good places are around the airport Plaza Mall and around the zone Payap University.

Living in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is an excellent option to move in Thailand, because she is not as fervent as Bangkok and keeps a charm of former days with its numerous temples, while offering a myriad of possibilities of employment and study.

Education in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is an ideal place for the expatriates because of the abundance of his universities, including the University of Chiang Mai, the University of technology Rajamangala Lanna, the Chiangmai Rajabhat university, the Payap university, the Maejo university and the Far Eastern university.

If you want to learn the Thai or to teach English as foreign language, there are several middle schools  specialized in this domain. For the young expatriates, there is also a big selection of schools, including several international schools in the outskirts of the city. Some of them were based by missionaries with a Christian point of view, such as Chiang Mai International School and Grace  School. There are also bilingual schools with a laic approach (Nakorn Payap, Lanna school) and a Buddhist school (Panyaden school), you should thus find there a which corresponds to the needs for your child.

Transport in Chiang Mai

Although the traffic in the center of Chiang Mai became a little more blocked these last years, he is far from being also chaotic as that of Bangkok. Most of people want to walk tuk-tuk when they visit the Thailand, the picturesque three-wheeled vehicles which can sneak in the traffic. You will have to set at first a price with the driver, but it can be an economic and effective way(means) to obtain places. There are also songtaews, a kind of crossing between a bus and a taxi, small vans which have two rows of seats. To a lesser extent, there are also buses and taxis.

If you want to travel with your own rhythm, rickshaws, motorcycles and bikes are all available on the rent in a reasonable cost. The conduct is on the left-hand side. Be warned that certain drivers have a rather devilish attitude towards the regulations(payments) of the road, then remain calm at any time.

Culture and leisure activities in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai has a rich history and a wealth of cultural attractions.

That you visit for a short duration or a long lasting, the life in Chiang Mai will never be boring because the colored city has many hidden pleasures: Wat Prathat Doi Suithep is a very important temple, situated in the country and overhanging the city since his nest of mountain. You can also see beautiful waterfalls.

The expatriates living in Chiang Mai can also expect to visit Wat Chiang Man, the oldest temple of the city with Buddha’s statue which would be almost 2000 years old. There is also Wat Chedi Luang, with a pagoda which was formerly 91 feet but which was reduced in the middle of this size in an earthquake of the 16th century; however, it is always the highest point of the city. At the foot of Doi Suithep is the vast zoo and the night-safari of Chiang Mai, and there is also an Aquarium, the biggest in South-East Asia, although it is at a certain distance.

The local economy

Chiang Mai is considered as its cottage industries, producing unique products which are very popular with the foreigners.

An expatriate settling down in the city could make a career in his food and agricultural production, or in one of the emergent industries which are born in what will become a creative city in 2010: computing, digital contents, working design and software. It becomes easier to become a professor of foreign language in one of the international schools, with an available training in universities and middle schools, or you can write for one of the English-speaking newspapers. Chiang Mai is very important as the biggest and the most important city culturally in the North of the Thailand.

Work permit for Chiang Mai

You need a licence to work in Chiang Mai, as well as of a visa B non-immigrant. Work permits are freed by the Department of the employment of the Ministry of Employment and the social welfare. It exists various durations available on various costs, but all must be renewed every year. For a maximum of 3 months, 750 THB, until 6 months, 1 500 THB, and a licence of one year will cost 3 000 THB.

To postulate, you will need your title of residence, passport with non-immigrant visa, local medical certificate, certificate of employment, three photos, a letter of transfer if you move within a company, basic school-leaving qualifications and all which could be relevant.

Your work will be written on your licence and you have to be held there.

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The income tax in Chiang Mai 

If you are a fiscal resident in Chiang Mai, you have to pay the tax on income as well as on percentage of any income resulting from the outside from the Thailand. You are a resident if you lived in the city during at least 180 days a year. You have to pay your taxes before the last day of March, although the fiscal authorities prefer that you pay early.

Different tax rates apply to various levels of income. The expatriates who gain less than 150 000 THB a year are exempted. For the superior income brackets, various percentages apply:

  • 150 000-300 000 THB: 5%
  • 300 000-500 000 THB: 10%
  • 500 000-750 000 THB: 15%
  • 750 000-1 000 000 THB: 20%
  • 1 000 000-2 000 000 THB: 25%
  • 2 000 000-4 000 000: 30%
  • Plus de 4 000 000 THB par an: 35%

There are other local taxes to be taken into account, such as the airport tax and the tax on vehicles and motorcycles. The body responsible for the income tax is the ministry of the Income of the Thailand.


Chiang Mai (also known as “Chiengmai”) is the sixth largest city in Thailand (the third one, considering the city of Bangkok as a single city), culturally More significant in northern Thailand and the capital of Chiang Mai province. In recent years, Chiang Mai has become an increasingly modern city. The city offers many attractions for the thousands of foreign visitors who come to Chiang Mai every year.

For a move, Cihang Mai is an ideal destination. Thai people are a very welcoming people, who will always seek to help you. Forget stress and anger, it almost never happens that a local rises its voice! Always prefer the quiet and the smile.

It is relatively simple to find a suitable accommodation. You can start your search before your move on the Internet, or wait to be on site. The real estate properties are offered at very advantageous rates. There are many agents on the territory. Do not hesitate to contact us, we will tell you the best of the web to find accommodation!
However, we advise you to check in advance on the zones at risk (especially in relation to the floods).

As in western countries, renting or buying your house in a real estate agency will cost you more than with a private individual, who will not charge a fee. The ideal for you would be to come to Chiang Mai for the first time, and follow a guide that will take you to area most likely to interest you. Most expatriate accommodation is found this way in Thailand.

To prepare your move in the best way, do not hesitate to contact us to explain our project. We will be happy to answer you and give you some tips to satisfy your expectations. We will explain the different services we can offer you, to make your removal in Chiang Mai as unique as possible.

To know more about this city, visit the official website: Chiang mai – Thailand

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