Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Chiang Mai

Coworking spaces in Chiang Mai: The fabulous 9

Isn’t finding a coworking space you like a terrible drag? You know the drill — you Google it, find some reviews, think it’s all good and well, and then you get there, find your spot… And the toilet smell reaches you. Not only does it smell, but it hits that not-so-sweet spot of smelling just enough to irritate you, but not enough for you to pack up your bag and remove yourself from that place forever. You know that you should leave a warning on Google for all other poor, unfortunate souls who might commit the same dreadful mistake as you, but by that point, you’ve already resigned to your fate. You’ll go on working, deeply aware that your ability to focus has suffered a blow from which it won’t recover until you find a new place to work.

To avoid such scenarios, you need to do your research before you start your trip. That way, you can make sure that the chances for nasty surprises are minimal. You can find accommodation and coworking spaces that are close to each other, which makes everything much more convenient. It takes some time and effort, though, so we’ve gone through the trouble of sorting out the info.

Where can you cowork in peace in Chiang Mai? Basically everywhere. Chiang Mai is incredibly nomad-friendly, and there are many places to work. Most of them are pretty good, but here are our favorites.

M-A-N-A is our favorite coworking space in Chiang Mai

Source: MANA co-working space

M-A-N-A is our fav coworking space in Chiang Mai. At the price of 120 THB a day without, and 150 THB a day with coffee, it’s easily one of the most affordable options. There are no monthly passes, but if you don’t intend to work full-time, you can pay by the hour instead of by day. Don’t assume that the fairly low price is indicative of low-quality service, though — it isn’t.

Wi-Fi is fast and reliable. You get one coffee if you pay 150 THB, but you can always get more, and it’s delicious. Snacks are also available for purchase, in case you get peckish. Should you get too immersed in your work and forget to grab a bite, it’s okay — there are plenty of restaurants, bars, and other food options conveniently close to the location. Tea and water are free, though, and the staff tops you up every half an hour or so throughout the day.

When it comes to the space itself, it’s on the smaller side. It tends to fill out in the afternoon, so make sure you arrive early enough to grab a spot. They provide comfortable chairs, and there are Skype and meeting rooms for an additional fee.

Maybe because of the small size and a limited number of people, M-A-N-A is possibly the quietest place we’ve visited. The owners are helpful and friendly, and, if you’re lucky, you may even meet this bad boy. He stops by from time to time to greet the cat people among the nomads.

Source: MANA coworking space

M-A-N-A is open from 9.30 am to 9 pm, Mondays through Fridays. Check it out next time you’re in Chiang Mai!

Basics
Pricing
  • 120 THB per day
  • 150 THB per day with coffee
High-Speed Internet Yes, two points
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9.30 am – 9 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices No
Phone booths Yes (Skype room)
Coliving No

Other places we loved

If you don’t like M-A-N-A, it’s not convenient for you, or you just don’t feel like getting up earlier to secure a spot there, there are other options.

Here are eight other great coworking spaces in Chiang Mai.

  1. Hub 53
  2. Punspace Nimman
  3. Punspace Tha Phae Gate
  4. Punspace Wiang Kaew
  5. StarWork
  6. Planter’s Coworking Space
  7. WakeUp Coffee
  8. WakeUp

Hub 53

Source: Hub 53

If you’d like to meet new people and make friends, look no further than Hub53. It is a co-living and coworking space, which makes it twice as convenient. It is located at 53 Chonprathan Road, within walking distance from CMU Main Stadium.

They offer comfortable chairs, standing desks, and free coffee, tea, and cookies. There is a kitchen area on the second floor and a salad and smoothie bar on the premises. You can order your salads to your desk, which makes everything much easier and more time-effective.

There are a few Skype rooms, meeting rooms with whiteboards, private lockers, and even a nap room with a comfy couch and a massage chair!

They organize weekly events for people who are co-living there, so that might be fun.

There are some downsides to Hub53, though. The internet tends to get quite slow when the place is relatively full. Depending on your work, this could make your life more complicated than it needs to be.

They will ask you to take off your shoes, too. If you don’t have the habit, it might be a bit weird for you. Still, it’s their way, and when in Rome…

Open hours
  • Every day from 8 am to 8 pm
Price Per hour 25 THB
Per day 189 THB
Per month 2,799 THB

Punspace

Punspace can be found in three locations:

  1. Nimman
  2. Tha Phae Gate
  3. Wiang Kaew.

These three locations share several characteristics, among which are the open hours and the price. All three boast reasonably fast internet and they all have AC. There is free coffee, tea, water, and cookies. They offer standing desks and ergonomic chairs, so these coworking spaces are remarkably comfortable.

Now, onto the specific characteristics of each.

Nimman

Source: Punspace

Aside from the general benefits of all Punspace locations, Nimman also provides printing equipment, as well as access to the kitchen and a Skype room. Monthly passes for Punspace are a great deal, but if you take a monthly pass for Nimman, you can use it for Tha Phae Gate. You’d be getting two spaces at the price of one, which is always great.

The space itself is quite cozy and, well, pretty. It’s full of light and really boosts your motivation.

There’s one possible downside, though — it attracts a lot of bromads. That means that the atmosphere is much more chill and much less conducive to hard work. This can be great if you can afford to relax while you work, but it can also be detrimental to your productivity.

Tha Phae Gate

Source: Punspace

If you like plenty of natural light and high ceilings, this is where you want to be. There are three Skype rooms, and the internet is more stable than in Nimman. The atmosphere is more serious, so fewer people play video games.

Like with Nimman, if you buy a monthly pass for Tha Phae Gate, you can use it to access both locations.

Wiang Kaew

Source: Punspace

This location differs from the other two in several aspects:

  • You can’t get a day pass. You need to buy a weekly or monthly one.
  • A monthly pass cannot be used to access the other two locations.
  • They host TEDx events.
  • You can purchase alcohol here, as there is an onsite café.

Aside from these differences, there is a big fat plus point which makes this Punspace our favorite Punspace — the garden. Wiang Kaew boasts easily the most delightful garden of any coworking space we’ve seen so far. If you enjoy working outside, this is absolutely the place for you. They even have a hammock!

Open hours
  • Every day from 9 am to 6 pm
Price Per day 289 THB
Per week 1,699 THB
Per month 3,899 THB

 

Where to Stay in Chiang Mai

Where to Stay in Chiang Mai – Top spots for ex-pats

Map

When we say Thailand, the first association that comes to mind to many tourists is certainly its capital and most famous city of Bangkok. But, this city is not the only town in Thailand attractive to tourists from all around the world. In Northern Thailand, there is the largest city of Chiang Mai Province, a small town under the same name, Chiang Mai.

Situated on the Ping River, surrounded by the highest mountains of the country, and close to the major trading routes of the country, this so-called ‘new city’ was historically significant for centuries as it was once the capital of the great Lan Na kingdom. Today, this town managed to effectively merge the traditional with the modern resulting in the perfect alternative for the overcrowded and urban capital.

While Bangkok is notorious for its congested traffic, Chiang Mai can be easily explored by foot only, while adventurous tourists can hop on a scooter or a bike and ride to the countryside to see its many breath-taking waterfalls. Meanwhile, hedonists will, without any doubt, enjoy what the nightlife and local cuisine of Chiang Mai has to offer. 

Safety alert!

Unlike Bangkok, Chiang Mai is considered to be a relatively safe travel destination. However, there are a couple of things you need to be aware of if you plan to visit this city. Firstly, due to something called the ”Southeast Asian haze”, it is best to avoid visiting Chiang Mai, and Thailand in general, during the dry season. Namely, the farmers from the nearby villages cut down and burn the plants in order to create fertile soil.

Secondly, locals simply love to scam tourists. Credit cards, gems, guesthouses are the most common scams so take care of your documents and valuables, and don’t get tricked easily.

Thirdly, if you are going to Chiang Mai during the rainy season, avoid being bitten by mosquitoes as the outbreaks of the Dengue fever usually occur during this period.

Lastly, traffic in this city is ludicrous. The greatest problem of Chiang Mai is the lack of sidewalks by the roads so you have to share the road with the drivers who mostly don’t pay any attention to walkers. So be extra careful, watch where you’re going, look both ways when crossing the street and nothing bad will happen to you.

Five best neighborhoods to stay in Chiang Mai 

The city of Chiang Mai offers plenty of favorable options when it comes to accommodation. Finding a place to stay will depend on whether you are interested in the nightlife, handicrafts, museums, temples, shrines, and cuisine. 

The most popular places to stay in Chiang Mai among tourists are the following ones:

  1. Chiang Mai
  2. Night Bazaar
  3. Riverside
  4. Nimmanhemin
  5. The area around The Pae Gate

Combined with what they have to offer to tourists, it looks like this:

Neighborhood

Ideal for:  Why?

Chiang Mai

First visit to Chiang Mai

Temples and shrines

Night Bazaar

Nightlife

Markets and nightlife

Riverside

Long-term stay

Music venues and luxurious hotels

Nimmanhemin

On a budget

Cheap hotels, shops, and restaurants

The area around The Pae Gate Bohemians

The Pae Gate and festivals

Where to stay in Chiang Mai for the first time – Old City

Map of Old Town

If this is your first visit to Chiang Mai and this part of Thailand, then staying in the Old Town is the right choice. It encompasses the inner area around the city square, and all important places to visit are at a short walking distance.

This traditional part of the town has more than 300 ancient temples and shrines, as well as some museums and galleries. It is incredibly compact but abundant in historical buildings and old shophouses. 

Temple Image source: Pixabay

Things to see and do in the Old City  

As this part of the town is something like a living museum, you should visit the three most famous temples: 

  • Wat Chedi Luang
  • Wat Phra Singh and 
  • Wat Phan Tao as well as many others. 

Whichever temple you choose, you will not regret it as they are truly remarkable. 

Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Chedi Luang Image source: conqueringtravel

Wat Phra Singh 

Wat Phra Singh Image source: Pixabay

Wat Phan Tao 

Wat Phan Tao Image source: jgrantjenkins

Where to stay in the Old City

Old Town is full of cheap guesthouses, hotels, and cool Airbnbs so it is the ideal part of the city to seek accommodation. The average nightly price in Airbnbs is $49. 

The top 3 places to stay are the following ones:

Affordable optionThis cozy private room

Room

Moderate optionThis private house 

Room

Luxury option – Traditional Wooden House & Rice Barn

Room

Find more Airbnbs in Old City here

Where to stay in Chiang Mai for nightlife – Night Bazaar

Map of Night Bazaar

As the sun goes down, the area around Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai comes alive. This part of the town has numerous shops, markets, restaurants, and open bars, but above all else, there are numerous night clubs which are packed with tourists and locals who like to dance and have fun. 

Bar Image source: Pinterest

Things to see and do in Night Bazaar

As you walk along the street, you will come across different types of clubs or bars to suit everyone’s taste in music, which makes this part of the town well-known for nightlife. Here are the best ones: 

  1. Boy Blues Bar
  2. Blue Bat Rooftop Bar
  3. Fabrique Nightclub

Boy Blues Bar 

In Boy Blues Bar, you can enjoy some live performances every day of the week except on Sundays when the bar is closed.

Boy Blues Bar Image source: ryy_car

Blue Bat Rooftop Bar 

Blue Bat Rooftop Bar is a great place for a nightcap along with the view of the surrounding areas. 

Blue Bat Rooftop Bar Image source: hampatipak

Fabrique Nightclub

Fabrique Nightclub is for the parties and those wanting to dance the night away with live music. 

Fabrique Nightclub Image source: pongkorrapat

Where to stay in Night Bazaar

Apart from being famous for its wild nightlife, Night Bazaar is also popular when it comes to accommodation since many hotels, guesthouses, and Airbnbs for every budget are located in this area. The average price in Airbnbs is $44 per night. 

Check out our top picks:

Affordable optionThai lanna Moonpie house

Apartment

Moderate optionSunset studio apartment 

Apartment

Luxury option – Perfect apartment with the view

Room

For more Airbnbs in Night Bazaar check here

Where to stay in Chiang Mai on a budget

Map

Nimmanhemin is a very loud and crowded area around Nimman Road. Along with a vivid and cheerful atmosphere, Nimmanhemin has many fashionable shops, restaurants and bars, all affordable. Younger people, students, and nomads pick this neighborhood since it represents a modern and trendy side of Chiang Mai.  This part of the city is not known for its cultural attractions since there are not many.

Nimmanhemin Image source: steve.mcb

Things to see and do in Nimmanhemin

Young travelers usually visit Nimmanhemin in search of special and unique designs available at low-prices at the Maya Lifestyle Shopping Mall, or more sophisticated nightlife than the one found in Night Bazaar. As for cultural attractions, there are only a few such as the Zoo or the Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders.

Maya Lifestyle Shopping Mall

Shopping Mall Image source: wwqian

The Zoo

Zoo Image source: mymine.gallery

Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders

Insects Image source: bianca_inokashira

Where to stay in Nimmanhemin

Hotels, guesthouses, and Airbnbs in this neighborhood are contemporary, clean, affordable and great value for the money. The average nightly price in Airbnbs is $48.

Check out our recommendations:

Affordable optionThis stylish apartment

Apartment

Moderate price – Modern Beautiful Luxury Boutique Condo

Apartment

Luxury optionThis brand new apartment 

Room

For more Airbnbs in Nimmanhemin check here