We’ve been exchanging emails with some need-greaters currently living in Chiang Mai. Here’s some excerpts:
This one is taken from an email I got from Ty a pioneer sister from Bend who is currently serving in a Thai language congregation a bit south of Chiang Mai:
There are a fair amount of kids in the cong actually. They all seem to like it here, from what I hear the Thai schools are a bit sketch, but the International schools are good.The nice thing about this area is it feels quite safe, I haven’t spoken to anyone, even with kids, who feels like they are ever in danger, unlike many other countries. The thai’s are nice, and they don’t try to rip you off because you are a foreigner, again unlike a lot of other countries in the area.
And here’s a large chunk of an email from Chris & Carla. They moved from Australia to Chiang Mai with their 2 girls. They attend the english congregation:
Wow, how exciting for you all to come over. I seem to be fielding enquiries each week from families. It’s great when families come. We love it here.
Have your kids adjusted well? (Climate, health, food, new friends, etc…) Homeschool or international school or Thai school?
They LOVE it. They are best friends so that helps – friends come and go unfortunately due to short times here, but we love them all, and have formed many new friendships that will last distances. Health has been fantastic due to abundance of great quality fruit and veg. They love the food, and they deal with the heat (we were from Queensland in Australia which is hot anyway).
They are currently at a little private ‘co op’ primary school with about 10 kids run by an American teacher. Very ‘home school’ = chickens, trees to climb, ‘chores’ and a Californian curriculum plus a bit of Thai. Other families homeschool or distance ed, others do ‘bi-lingual schools’ which are cheaper than international schools, everything has advantages and disadvantages.
How’s the field service there with the kids?
Much more interesting, much more relaxed, and a special part of our worship as a family. We love mixing it up with Thai witnessing, border towns, informal, etc.
Do you guys live in a gated community, an apartment complex, a regular thai neighborhood? Recommendations?
We live in a regular Thai neighbourhood due to our budget. I recommend you check out options when you come, maybe rent somewhere for a month and look around. Budget is deciding factor here 😉
Did you buy a car/pickup or doing it all with scooters?
We have an old ute. Noisy, cheap and reliable 😉
Anything else you wished you had known before coming?
Not to worry so much haha! Moving here has been by far the best thing we’ve ever done. We are so grateful to be here, and we feel almost a bit guilty at how much we love it and the incredible lifestyle. That is just our perspective, and our experience, but most other families seem to feel the same no matter how long or short they’ve stayed.