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Joseph Arthur De Gonzo

Best district to live in Chiang Mai?

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Hello,

I'll be in Chiang Mai soon, with my partner and our little baby and I am wondering what would be the best district to live in. 

I'll most likely train at Hongthong Muaythai Gym, which, if I am correct, is just on the eastern outskirt of city center in the Moo 2 or Tha Sala district, not sure of the name. 

Here are my considerations: 

1- I usually give priority to being close to the gym to prevent excuses.

2- But I got a partner and a little baby who won't just be content to stay all day in a neighborhood with nothing to do (parks, markets, lively merchants streets).

3- I like to do most of my food shopping in food markets so that's a consideration too. 

4- We like to walk as much as possible, but I know a motorbike is the way to go, just not sure with a six months old baby...

Thank you for any advice, tips etc. 

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This could be something to ask directly to the gym, as they have members who live on premises as well as some who are farther away. But most places have small markets nearby, regardless of where you are. If you're near a Wat (Temple) there's certainly a night market or morning market nearby. In general, Chiang Mai is a very easy city to get around, either by motorbike, bicycle, or public transportation (although I'm not sure how that's getting on with Covid).

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On 9/9/2021 at 6:18 AM, Joseph Arthur De Gonzo said:

Hello,

I'll be in Chiang Mai soon, with my partner and our little baby and I am wondering what would be the best district to live in. 

I'll most likely train at Hongthong Muaythai Gym, which, if I am correct, is just on the eastern outskirt of city center in the Moo 2 or Tha Sala district, not sure of the name. 

Here are my considerations: 

1- I usually give priority to being close to the gym to prevent excuses.

2- But I got a partner and a little baby who won't just be content to stay all day in a neighborhood with nothing to do (parks, markets, lively merchants streets).

3- I like to do most of my food shopping in food markets so that's a consideration too. 

4- We like to walk as much as possible, but I know a motorbike is the way to go, just not sure with a six months old baby...

Thank you for any advice, tips etc. 

My spontane reaction is,  baby and spouse (the main caretaker?) must have the priority.  YOU and your training, you can always get there by bike / motorbike.  This way you are easily movable.   So, not too far from the gym, so the bike ride wont take more than max 10 minutes riding.  But otherwise, plan for baby and main caretaker to have it comfortable.

If you can find something such, it should be perfect.

Unless, spouse and baby also wanna be at the gym...  If so, the planning gets a shade more complicated. 

 

If you / spouse are used bike riders, its surely possible to have the baby at your chest in a carrier device.  but this isnt in everyones taste and potentially dangerous.  Otherwise, perhaps a small car is the best.  costs more, but covers it all.

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On 9/10/2021 at 8:00 AM, StefanZ said:

My spontane reaction is,  baby and spouse (the main caretaker?) must have the priority.  YOU and your training, you can always get there by bike / motorbike.  This way you are easily movable.   So, not too far from the gym, so the bike ride wont take more than max 10 minutes riding.  But otherwise, plan for baby and main caretaker to have it comfortable.

If you can find something such, it should be perfect.

Unless, spouse and baby also wanna be at the gym...  If so, the planning gets a shade more complicated. 

 

If you / spouse are used bike riders, its surely possible to have the baby at your chest in a carrier device.  but this isnt in everyones taste and potentially dangerous.  Otherwise, perhaps a small car is the best.  costs more, but covers it all.

Hello, sorry for the delay.

Thanks for the answer. Yeah I agree, I want to give priority to have a nice neighborhood to live in, that both my spouse and my little one can enjoy, so with proximity to nices parks and markets and such. 

I drive both bike (by this you mean scooter or motobike, but not bicycle I suppose cause I don't recall seing much bicycles in thailand) and alone, I would certainly just put the baby in a carrier, but I am not sure how this will go with my spouse. Lol. We'll see. I might try to find a bike with a sidecar. 

Anyways, any suggestion for a specific district?

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