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The Best Wifi in Chiang Mai, Thailand

by Globetrooper Todd | 14 Responses
Wifi Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai strikes an important balance for long-term travellers. The cost of living is very low, but  facilities are developed-world standard. How can that be? Well, I have no idea. After 3 months here, Chiang Mai  is still a paradox.

Digital nomads will especially like the pervasiveness of fast internet in Chiang Mai. Without exaggeration, WiFi is much better here than ANY developed city we’ve visited (including Sydney, New York and Toronto).

But for travellers, there’s more to good WiFi than speed an availability, you also need productive working environments, nice staff and cheap eats. So here’s our list of top WiFi hangouts in Chiang Mai.

Good Morning Chiang Mai

Not the fastest Wifi, but the friendliest staff and tastiest eats. Why do you need friendly staff? Because unfriendly staff badger you after you’ve eaten and pressure you to move on unless you purchase something else. At Good Morning Chiang Mai, you can work your boots off and staff will keep the water flowing with big smiles and friendly banter.

I particularly like the 50 baht egg breakfast. You get a thick slice of fresh seeded bread, an egg done how you like, a small plate of home fries, and assorted veg. For the equivalent of $1.60, it’s enough to keep you going half the day.

Good Morning Chiang Mai is our favourite working spot in Thailand. A shame we discovered it so late.

Doo Dee Bar and Restaurant

The name leaves a little to be desired, but the 20Mbps WiFi speed more than makes up for it. The place is an English bar at night, but during the day, it’s an open-air cafe with a large upstairs section to work undistracted.

The food is a little pricey, we’re taking $2.50 for one of the best burgers in town, but if you manage to keep your hunger at bay, it’s a great place to work for many hours straight.

Lauren got locked in the bathroom one day and the owner literally had to kick the door down. So we’ll always remember Doo Dee.

  • Wifi Speed: 20.0Mbps
  • Avg Meal: 90 baht ($3)
  • Staff: Good at kicking down doors

Peppermint Cafe

Another favourite of ours. Great food. Cheap prices. Open-air. 6Mbps WiFi. How can you go wrong? Peppermint is inside the moat towards Tai Pai gate. We would have visited everyday if it weren’t so far from our place in the South.

The guy who runs Peppermint is from Burma and he’s happy to have a chat or leave you in peace to work. He’ll also bring you cold water all day without pressuring you to buy a thing. He loves the company of remote workers, but it’s hard not to be tempted by the food. Try the banana crepes, massaman curry, English pies and coffee shakes.

  • Wifi Speed: 6Mbps
  • Avg Meal: 50 baht ($1.70)
  • Staff: Super friendly

Other Spots

Basically, any cafe or restaurant that charges more than say 40 baht for a meal ($1.30) has free and fast WiFi. But the places above have the best ambiance, as far as we’re concerned.

Many tourists like the chain of Black Canyon cafes, but the WiFi is relatively slow, the staff aren’t so happy for you to work when it’s busy, and the food is pricey and average. The same you’d expect from any touristy chain.

Keep in mind, even in cafes that target locals, WiFi is free and fast. The same goes for most cheaper guesthouses and hotels. Of course, when you pay more for a hotel, you’re also expected to pay for WiFi. Yeah, I don’t get it either.

Otherwise, Chiang Mai is the perfect place for long-term travellers looking to get some work done. I’m sure we’ll be back some day soon.

Posted in Thailand, Travel Hacking | September 10th, 2011

14 Responses to The Best Wifi in Chiang Mai, Thailand

  1. Thanks for doing my homework. You guys are the best :)

  2. Thanks for this helpful article – but this is all tempting me to go back! Ah! ;)

    - Lily

  3. I’m in LOVE with Chiang Mai!
    We’ve been to the 2nd and 3rd on this list and we couldn’t agree more, awesome places!

    I think we’ll be on the look out for ‘Good Moring Chiang Mai’ tomorrow.

    Thanks for sharing and we really appreciate you two…hope to see you in Germany!

    ~Chais Meyer

    • Hi Chais,

      Thanks for the comment.
      Hope to see you again!

      Cheers.

  4. Just what we needed! We will be heading to Chiang Mai next month to settle down for a few months and get some work done. It seems the perfect place for digital nomads.

    • Glad we could help. If you need somewhere to stay medium term, check out Smith’s Residence. It’s more of a long-stay hotel, so you may prefer to find somewhere more homely, which is what we’d do if we return,

  5. Thanks for your feedback.
    Our website is not live yet, but will be soon.
    Next, we will start with many promotions soon. So prices will be very competitive for Chiang Mai standards. Come to try our Samosa’s our our large Fried Spring Rolls.

    Cheers and hope to see you again

    . . . . door is fixed again ;-) . . . .

  6. Free WIFI.. huh!!!

    Beware of session-id hijacking.. others on the same n/w CAN use simple tools to get hold of all ur passwords.
    In fact, ur account has almost certainly been hacked.
    Pls change ur pwds once ur back on a secure n/w.
    ~TC

  7. Free WiFI and great Thai food in one of the fantastic restaurants, now that would be my ideal way to spend a few hours.

    I’d love to go to Thailand on day in the near future but for the time being I have to settle for the takeaway.

  8. You can always buy a dongle and get that on pay as you go.. This is much more convenient for people only staying a few months

  9. That’s true, Chiang Mai is full of free wifi networks everywhere !
    I still don’t understand why Wawee Coffee and Starbucks make you pay for such a basic service !

  10. Thanks so much for this article. I’m heading to Chiang Mai at the end of the week and I’m looking forward to getting back to decent Internet speeds after three weeks in Laos.

    It’ll be interesting to compare Ho Chi Minh City to Chiang Mai.

    Thanks again!

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