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FAQ about Chiang Mai

Find answers to your questions about Chiang Mai and Thailand

Your FAQ resource for Chiang Mai

Is your family planning a visit to Chiang Mai? Maybe your family is planning on moving to Chiang Mai – what kinds of things should you be aware of? Or possibly you already live here and have curiosities that need answering.

Find everything you need to know about visiting or living in Chiang Mai!

Let us know if we missed something in the FAQ and we’ll do our best to add it.



Covid 19 lockdown

What’s open and closed in Chiang Mai?


General FAQ

Is Chiang Mai a good place to live?

What are the costs of living in Chiang Mai?

Where are the best places to live in Chiang Mai with kids or without kids?

When are public holidays in Thailand?

What’s the weather like in Chiang Mai?

When is the best time to travel to Chiang Mai?

What kinds of items should you bring from home that you can’t get in Chiang Mai?


All about toilets in Thailand

How to use toilets in Thailand?

What are toilet hoses or bum guns used for?


Local Thai culture

What is Thai time?

What is dual pricing in Thailand?

What is face?

Do Thai’s speak English?

Should I learn Thai?


Drinking water in Chiang Mai

Is tap water safe to drink?


Health and medical FAQ

What and when is smokey season in Chiang Mai?

Which vaccinations should we get before coming to Thailand?

Where can I get vaccinations in Chiang Mai?

Should we get travel insurance? 

Are the hospitals in Chiang Mai good?

Emergency?! Who do I call? What do I do?

Where can I buy medicine?

Do I need a prescription to buy drugs in Thailand?


Visas and immigration

Will we require a visa to visit Thailand?


Road safety 

Are the roads safe?

Do I need to bring a car seat?

Can I drive in Thailand?

How do I get a local Thai driver’s licence?