Chang Moi

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4.0
Overall

Overall average rating.

4.0
Safety

This neighborhood is safe.

5.0
Food

There are too many good restaurants to choose from.

5.0
Cost

Great cost of living for ameneties.

2.0
Remote work

This neighborhood has a few places to work outside the house.

The seemingly busiest corner of Chiang Mai, Chang Moi’s thin winding streets sit to the east of the old city walls and moat. The former trade and merchant quarter stretches across both sides of the Ping River and consequently is still home to some of the city’s biggest markets as well as the bustling, vibrant Chinatown. It’s a great place to live for city dwellers who love a real city feel and the convenience of having great restaurants and cafes on your doorstep.

Coworking spaces are thin on the ground here but it’s so close to the old city, it’s not a massive inconvenience. Cafe' Felecius is a good place to get some work done, with comfortable tables and charging ports, as is Gateway Coffee Roaster where the coffee is not to be missed. There are a lot of varied, fun activities to do in Chang Moi; visiting Mueang Mai Market for your groceries is a necessity, kayaking up the River Ping from the boathouse at Wat Fa Ham is a Chiang Mai highlight, as is catching live music at super cool Thapae East which specializes in blues and soul. You can go for high tea at surprisingly swanky Vieng Joom On Tea House which is virtually hidden behind its tea shop exterior, or go shopping along Chang Moi Road—the road that leads to Chinatown, and of course, wandering and discovering Chinatown’s stores and shrines Kuan U Shrine and Pung Thao Kong.

Food options and nightlife are varied and abundant here, with options to keep you well-fed and entertained at any time of the day. Start with brunch at chic Mitte Mitte Cafe, where the eggs menu is unbeatable. Vegan brunch at Asa Vegan Kitchen and Studio is outstanding, especially the vegan french toast and pancakes. Take lunch at Vegan Heaven, one of the best restaurants in the city whether you’re plant-based or not, Nan’s massaman curry is second to none. For a nice evening check out Maadae Slow Fish Kitchen, The Swan Burmese, Spices Indian, or Barefoot Restaurant, followed by drinks at often boisterous The Riverside Bar. The Kasem beef noodle shop is tucked away on one-way street Sithiwongse Road but is worth the hunt.

Lucie Grace
August 31, 2022
2.0
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Lucie Grace is a British freelance writer, based in Chiang Mai. She lived in India throughout 2020 and 2021 and misses it daily. You can read her bylines in The Daily Beast, Fodor’s, The Independent and The Times.

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