It took all of a day to get myself set up here. Yep. That’s right, one day. And the best part… I found a bright, clean, spacious Chiang Mai apartment with an enormous pool, AND mountain views, for GBP £100 p/m. Say whaaaat?!
It’s unreal value. Fancy an exclusive peek inside? Course you do.
You can read about the details of all my expenditures, specifically in getting set up, and full breakdowns of my Chiang Mai apartment costs, right here. Each week I’ll be baring all financially (and otherwise!) and posting a budget for every.little.outgoing.
Quite the commitment, but I NEED to be held publicly accountable for every last noodle. I am not pulling ya leg when I say… I have £300 in my bank account.
That is, I’m overdrawn an untypeable amount…. and I have £300 remaining of this overdraft.
But you didn’t just read that, Mum and Dad. Fear not, I’m a smart girl, and I can do this. (Actually, I already am, having just landed my first two freelance writing jobs today! Both ongoing contracts. But that’s a separate post of aggressive stoked-ness).
On that note, you can soon read all about exactly WHY I have made the move out here, and just what the future holds for me…. besides losing myself in the all-consuming romance of playing the ‘destitute writer’ in the tropics. Sigh, isn’t it wonderful to be penniless and on a passionate adventure into the unknown. Right…?
Either way, it’s exciting chasing your dreams (and framing them heroically when you should be questioning your sanity)!
Stay tuned, this girl has big things planned.
Loving the site, thanks for the updates. It’s my ambition to move out there!
thats an awesome ambition to have! Hope to see you soon!
Hi Mel, super nice apartment. Where did you get it? I am thinking of spending some time in Chiang Mai soon as well!
Hey! I just turned up and got it in person, which this time of year is the easiest way (there are spaces all the time). But look on Chiang Mai buddy if you want to speculate before you arrive. Come and join us!
Hi Mel! I have a question – did you have to sign a big long contract for the flat? So, for example, if I just wanted to rent for one month do you reckon it would be possible? Just curious! No worries if you’ve no idea
Hi Rachel, my apologies for the delay in getting back to you… I found myself out enjoying all that Thailand has to offer this weekend and so have been slacking! The rent I have here is just one month, and that is typical among this community. There are longer leases available, but most condo / hotel-style apartments are just 30 days… so that would be perfect for you! Do bear in mind that quite a substantial deposit is required… for example in total here my rent is £100, but the deposit is £250ish. Still, I should get it all back
Hey Mel, that apartment looks Awesome! WOW! Looks like Chiang Mai has changed a lot over the years, doesn’t look anything from the city I remember… anyway, good luck with the writing and who knows, maybe I`ll have to come and visit you someday
Thanks Geert! Its for sure the right place for me right now, and I have lots of big plans! Stay Tuned 😉
Mel, this is AWESOME! So stoked for you girl, it looks like you’re living the dream!
Thanks Emma! Getting there hey…!