CHIANG MAI : My First Impression

Chiang Mai

Another quick update, everyone!

So, after about 5 months living in Jambi, I’m finally back on the road again. This time, we decided to stay in Chiang Mai, Thailand and work remotely from here for about a month. ( All thanks to @PergiDulu who didn’t stop convincing us about this whole brilliant idea! )

So after a bloody long wait, we finally arrived here just exactly three days ago. We took a flight from Jakarta to Bangkok, and then another one from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. It was a horrible horrible day for us.

Air Asia Jakarta - Chiang Mai

But the good thing is, we are now able to eat our way out around the amazing city. Seriously, you can easily find a lot of amazing cafes, amazing thai dishes and snacks at literally every corner of the city. I’m beginning to think that 30 days won’t be enough for us.

Chiang Mai First Experience

So anyway, I promise you that this post is just about my first impression and that it won’t be a long one. I just wanna show you why I fall in love with Chiang Mai, right at the first sight. So here you go.


There are a huge number of cafes around here. Most of them look good even from the outside. And the best thing is, they are still in a walking distance from where we live, which is in Nimman area. We ended up renting a motorbikes anyway. It’ll make our Chiang Mai life a lot easier.

I remembered our first breakfast. It was at The Larder and it was amazing. I had this somekind of breakfast stack or something. It’s basically bread, with some greens, chorizo, sunny side up, avocado, and I don’t know, good stuffs.

Breakfast at The Larder Chiang Mai
Breakfast at The Larder Chiang Mai

Cafe in Chiang Mai Thailand

Breakfast at The Larder Chiang Mai

Cafe in Chiang Mai Thailand


We found (no, actually PergiDulu showed us) that some cafes are suitable for working, and some are not. We like the one with comfy chair and not-too-many loud customers. That way, we can concentrate easier and finish our work faster.
My favorite place for working so far is at Roll Me Bakery.
Cafe in Chiang Mai Thailand
Roll Me Bakery Chiang Mai
Roll Me Bakery Chiang Mai
Roll Me Bakery Chiang Mai
I had this decent Ice Matcha Latte for only 50 Baht (IDR 20k!). I don’t know how much this will cost you back in Jakarta.
Matcha Latte Chiang Mai


Aside from cafe, which I believe is easily found in any part of the world, Chiang Mai does offer a lot of amazing Thai dishes as well.

We only happened to try a few of them, so far.  Here’s some of our favourite.

Khao Soy

Khao Soi Chiang Mai
Khao Soi

Amazing, amazing dish from Northern Thailand. It’s basically yellow egg noodles with coconut-milk curry soup, meat, and another crispy noodle on top. I like mine with raw onions. It somehow gives an extra kick to the soup.

Sai Krok Isan

Sai Krok Isan
Sai Krok Isan

This sounds a bit odd, but sometimes people call it Sour Pork (or Sour Sausage?). Sai Krok Isan is basically fermented sausage made from ground pork, some garlic and stuffs, and also steamed glutinous rice. Packed with protein and carbs, in a stick.

Mu's Katsu Chiang Mai
Mu’s Katsu, Chiang Mai
Beef biryani chiang mai
Beef Biryani


We also went to some places with adorable design and some with catchy industrial ambience. We love both.

iBerry Chiang Mai
iBerry, Chiang Mai
8 Days A Week, Chiang Mai
8 Days A Week, Chiang Mai

8 Days A Week, Chiang Mai

8 Days A Week, Chiang Mai

Then we found this Pom named “Panda”. She happens to be around the cafe quite often.

Panda the POM

And… of course, a Cat Cafe named Catmosphere. You don’t wanna miss this one.

Cat Cafe Chiang Mai

Cat Cafe Chiang Mai


All of those things above won’t matter if I found those things to be pricey. So yes, all things here are very very affordable. I mean compared to Jakarta, it’s a lot cheaper here, so far.

Our coffee normally costs for around 40 – 80 Baht. Traditional Thai food for around 40 – 100 Baht, I think. And 20 – 30 something for light snacks. VERY affordable. We had a very nice smoothies the other day and it costs only 20 Baht. So yeah, that’s pretty much sums up why we love this city instantly.

Coffee Chiang mai

So anyway, I’ll be back with more Chiang Mai related posts. Mostly about food, I guess.

For more CHIANG MAI pics, follow my Instagram

Bye for now! 

19 Komentar

  1. aggy87 berkata:

    Looks so nice! Been very entertained by your updates and I love the cafe scenery there. Oh and the food looks amazing too but it is Thailand, no surprise there! Will you be travelling to other parts of Thailand too?

    1. Sharon Loh berkata:

      Hi kak Aggy!!! How are you?

      Yes they are amaziiiing, I’m really surprise. I guess not. We’re just planning to stay in CM for a month. But maybe we’ll explore Bangkok a lil bit on our way home. Let’s just see. 😀

      Any recommendations?

  2. Lynn berkata:

    first time giving comment here!
    lovely post and great pictures. looking forward to read more about chiang mai from you!

    1. Sharon Loh berkata:

      Hi Lynn!! Thanks for stopping by. Wait for my next drooling post!! :p

  3. iyoskusuma berkata:

    Nice story! Am looking forward to your following updates!

    1. Sharon Loh berkata:

      Thanks, Iyos! Waaaaaait for it 😉

  4. Eky berkata:

    Ahh must be really nice to be able to work remotely! Too bad my company doesn’t allow this kinda thing 😦
    Your pictures are awesome, as always. Have fun in Chiang Mai. Don’t forget to take gazillion picture during Loy Krathong! Haha 😀

    1. Sharon Loh berkata:

      Haiiiii Eky! Yes I’m looking forward for the festival!!!!!! Yayayayayy wait for it!

  5. Jalan2Liburan berkata:

    Cantik2 sekali fotonya, seperti yg punya blog 🙂

    1. Sharon Loh berkata:

      Uh aku tersanjuuuung. Maacih kak feeee :* Senengnya akhirnya jalan2 lagi hahaha

  6. Dita berkata:

    duuuh seneng banget liat update dari sini lagi. Foto2nya selalu keren dan bikin mupeng 😀

    1. Sharon Loh berkata:

      Huahahahah Ditaaa!! Haihaiiii. Iya nih hepii akhirnya punya kesempatan jalan2 dan foto2 lagiiiii.

      Nantikan post berikutnya yaaaa kikiki. :*

  7. Mantaaaap reviewnya 😀

    Living cost di CM ama Bangkok / Jakarta beda jauh ga ron? Orang2 di sana bisa pada ngomong bahasa inggris?

    1. Sharon Loh berkata:

      Hehehe thank youuuuu baah! 😀

      Gw ga tau Bangkok gimana. Tapi jauh lebih murah daripada Jakarta sih. Pada bisa Inggris kok, soalnya banyak juga turis disini. Byk bule2 yang tinggal nya lamaan juga terus nongkrong kerja di coffee shop hehehe.

  8. This is new for me! I’ve heard a lot about Chiang Mai, but what I’ve known about this city is just about temples. No one talks about its urban life.

    So I think Chiang Mai is a bit similar with Bandung, a lovely city packed with dozens of cafe and cute restaurant. But Chiang Mai must be more peaceful with less traffic jam, right?

    1. Sharon Loh berkata:

      Hi Matius!!!

      Exactly, right! Before I got here, all I can think about is just temple and temple and another temple.
      But man, there are a lot of cute affordable cafes here. Perfect for digital nomads, as they said.

      It’s quite similar to Bandung. But a lot peaceful and also a bit cheaper, I think.

      It’s a very nice city!

  9. Timothy W Pawiro berkata:

    Iihh cicikkk kamu kerjaannya ngapain sihhhhhh >,<


    1. Sharon Loh berkata:

      Jualan narkoba. Mau jadi download akuh? ;;)

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