Chiang Mai

The first impression about Chiang Mai was negative. Traffic, pollution, no parks in walking distance, non pedestrian zones, especially bad pavements for baby strollers.

And after one week, my opinion has changed drastically. It has all the cities amenities as well you feel as in village, where you know your neighbours and meet same people in town . Recommended videos for Chiang Mai:


Recommended things to do:

Chiang Mai Zoo. Tip: do NOT go to seaquarium it is waste of time and money;

Video blog from Chiang Mai zoo from my neighbour

Test different cafe every morning

3D art museum

Nothing special:

Saturday walking street. Sunday walking street.

Nong Buak Hard Public Park. Tiny park in the left bottom corner of old town. Nothing special, unless you see this:

What we have left for another visit: Chiang Mai Canyon


Coworking places:

there are few of them, but one that is not advertised a lot and i liked it is at Maya shopping centre 4th floor.

Do NOT go to Chiang Mai on March 10th – April 10th approximately, as the burning of fields begin, and smog covers the city.


Twin Peaks Condo we lived in Chiang Mai

The best centrally located condo in Chiang Mai (2015)

Recommendation: do not rent 2d floor, as some of the apartments have limited view windows. The Swimming pool and the gym is on the third floor.

Owner wanted to rent for 3-6 months at 37k THB, and 6-12 months for 35k THB, we convinced us to rent this for 1 month at 40k THB + electricity and water.

Rented from Chiang Mai Properties




Travelling with a child

Owner of Despreneur

Australian family with same age kids


Recommended length of stay: 1 day.
Things to do:
River/canal boat tour. There are 2 to 4 hour options, but 2 hours is more than enough, if you are not willing to visit every temple and feed the fish for half an hour.
Khaosan Road (backpackers street) good thai food, cheap massage, lots of people. Cheap hotels around 30usd.
Lebua hotel – is famous for its restaurants. (be careful many of them do not allow with children until 14years old) Dinner cost ±100 usd per person. If you are on a budget – i recommend you visiting a sky-bar and have a drink (15usd) then go eat somewhere else. Great breakfast. (there are only 2 places that i remember about breakfast: Lebua and Rye Juan Carlos in Barcelona)
Baiyoke hotel – do not recommend. Tallest building in Thailand, but the hotel is less than average 3*
Aetas Lumpini – 5 star hotel for a 3 star hotel price. Stayed few times there.
Conrad Hotel – one of very few hotels in central Bangkok with a tennis court. Has good restaurants and breakfast.
do not ride TukTuk, unless for an attraction, because they are rather expensive at the end..
taxi is cheap in Bangkok and you should always pay what is written on the meter. Never negotiate with taxi driver (only tourists negotiate) just sit in and drive, at the end you pay what the meter says.

Hua Hin longstay / Thailand

Best place to long stay in Thailand is HUA Hin. (Probably best play to long stay in Asia)
First days visit Thai Cooking course – enyoyed it. You understand basic Thai kitchen and understand what you eat.
CICADA Market – The market is opened Friday to Sunday, but i recommend visiting it on Sunday, because other two days it is too crowdy. You can have a dinner here also. (Next to Hyatt hotel. BTW, Hyatt hotel food is average)
The views for first timers in Asia can be shocking. Buy majority of seafood is delivered to Bangkok from here
Watch Muay Thai competition
Boxing Garden Arena (20/23 Poonsuk Road, few hundred meters from Hilton hotel) every tuesday and saturday from 21.00. Cost around 350 THB
in same center also you can hire a personal Muay Thai trainer – highly recommend. Best cardio training
Kitesurfing. There is good wind all year round. If you check the windguru and see no wind, it does not mean there is none 🙂 it is because it is ‘thermal’ wind and it pickups 10-11am.
National park – 20km south of Hua Hin.
It is more confortable to go with sneakers and not flip-flops as you have to do a little climbing. Also recommend going with motorbike and not taking a guided tour.
Green Papaya salad – ask to make it not spicy (in Phuket, Pataya they make it not spicy). (Mai Phet) 30THB in the street and 200-300 THB in restaurant. Also i believe they bring it from the street to the restaurant with a 1000% margin 🙂
as kiekviena diena valgau sita patiekala.
Chicken Cashwenut (Kau pat, mi mimong)
Mango StickyRice
Pad Thai (Thai noodles with chicken, shrimps or vegetables)
Ocean Club (Putahracsa hotel) (North Hua Hin) best restaurant Hua Hin
Restaurant Lets See – Khao Takiab, good place to have a drink and eat non-fish dishes.
Le Bistro – french restaurant – do NOT recommend. (even though it has high rankings on tripadvisor)
Next to this french restaurant there is DEYA DELI recommend (located in Villa Market shopping center, which is quite expensive, but you can find a lot of european food there. One thing that i regret buying from them was Wagyu beef stake 1000THB a piece)
Rent of motorbike 3000-4000 THB a month.
Transfer from BKK airport to Hua Hin 2000-3000 THB
There is direct flight with local airline to Chiang Mai
Bangkok hospital – highly recommend. Best hospital i have ever seen compared to Germany and USA private hospitals.
General checkup costs ±100 usd.
Has all the latest equipment.
Cha-Am – not recommend. Phuket, Pataya – don’t go 🙂
Real Estate Agencies in Hua Hin

Renting property for 1-2 months is quite expensive on AirBnB, which is suited for daily rentals or HomeAway which is more for weekly rentals, therefor it is much better to find local Real Estate agency. To do that i usually go to for instance and make a search either in english / either in local language (use google translate). If you do search on you usually don’t find necessary local things.

Recommended agencies in Hua Hin:

Rentals For the Holidays

Room by Room

Executive Homes

Start Property Hua Hin

Siam Property

Plus+ property

regular price 16THB, discounted 8 THB
regular price 16THB, discounted 8 THB. Favourite drink.
Work and Travel
Digital Nomad style
on main Hua Hin road
delicious food on main Hua Hin road
in the main street for 30 THB
Green Papaya salad in the main street for 30 THB

Bangkok hospital

Mango sticky rice made in Thai Cooking course
Lobster salad with green Papaya Salad
Lobster salad with green Papaya Salad at Ocean Club 300THB

Ocean Club

Ocean Club
I have stayed in these places in Hua Hin:
Khao Tao lake house

We rented a property 12km from city center of Hua Hin next to the lake Khao Tao from Room by Room real estate agency.

I would recommend this house if you are coming for 2 week vacation, where you just want sunbathe, swim, sleep, eat. If you want more activities like yoga, muay thai or fine dining you won’t find that in Khao Tao. We used to drive 1-2 times each day to city center with motobike, which takes 15-20minutes.

The price was around 2000 usd for the house, so we end up paying 1000$ for a room.

Here are some my made pictures from the house:

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Sailom beach. 200 meters from the house
Sailom beach. 200 meters from the house

Baan Sanpluen penthouse
The best apartment I have stayed in Hua Hin.

Price 120.000 – 135.000 THB (3000-3500 euros a month)

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Bann Chomview

Located in quite street of Hua Hin close to Cicada Market. Most of the units are owned by people from Bangkok, therefor only on weekends there are 5-8 apartments with people. The time i lived all the week there was one neighbour from Germany living with his Thai girlfriend. Has a decent free tennis court. For 2 bedroom apartment we have paid 1300 USD / month including cleaning once a week + electricity and water.

Negative thing: few kitchen appliances. No dishwasher – in Thailand only apartments that are owned by europeans usually do not have this. Also the pool is rather cold. (i guess because the building is tall and it doesn’t have evening sun on it)

Rented from Hua Hin thai property. Mr Gon

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Baan Sandao condo

Centrally located condo in Hua Hin. Just in front of big shopping center Villa Market. We have stayed in this condo for 2 months. 1 month in a 2 bedroom and 1 month in 3 bedroom. Both rented from same company. (other recommended real estate agencies in Hua Hin)

The building consist of 5 sectors: ABCDE

A building is 1 apartment per floor with 3-4 bedrooms. (but i never saw this for rent)

BCD buildings are 5 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartments per floor.

E building has 1-3 bedrooms apartments.


Do not stay in first floor. As going from street or building E you go through the middle of first floor.

Try renting North facing apartments as they have direct sunlight in the morning only.

December 1st to January 15th there is a loud concert in Village Market shopping centre and this you hear even in Building B (north side) which is closest to the sea. Building E additionally hears the noise from the street and traffic

My general recommendation is that Baan Sanpluen which is very similiar to Baan Sandao is a better choice because of the noise. (Baan sandao has 2 empty plots in both sides of building and baan sanpluen has other 2 condos which reduces the noise)

Address for mailing of the condo is: (google give different address)

Baan Sandao Condo
119/10 Petchakasem Road, Hua Hin, Prachuab Kirikhan