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Rental Property In Chiang Mai Thailand

Updated on September 5, 2011

Renting In Chiang Mai
The cost of rental property in Chiang Mai is very affordable compared to the rest of the country. Many houses and apartments available to rent will come complete with furniture, and all amenities, ready to move in immediately. Most property owners or rental agencies will require a security deposit equal to 2 months rent, as well as a copy of your passport or ID card. Short term rentals are sometimes available, however most houses will have a minimum 1 year contract. Many guesthouses and hotels will also offer monthly rates for those who would like to have an extended stay.


There are plenty of rental houses located in and around the city of Chiang Mai, for as low as 200USD per month for a small basic 1 or 2 bedroom house. A newer 2 - 4 bedroom house may cost as much as 500USD per month. Houses located a little farther from the downtown area will be a little cheaper, in areas like Hang Dong, Doi Saket and Maejo. One thing to consider when renting a house in Chiang Mai is that the air quality is much better once you drive 10-15 minutes out of the downtown area.

There are plenty of Condos and Apartments in the downtown area of Chiang Mai, that may be more suitable for people that do not have a car or a motorbike. A nice 1 bedroom apartment in a newer building will usually cost about 300USD per month fully furnished. There are more luxurious 2-3 bedroom apartments that may cost 500-1000USD per month. Many buildings will have a swimming pool and exercise facilities as well as many other amenities.

Gated Communities
Many people in Thailand prefer to live in gated communities, for an extra sense of security as well as a more private and quiet lifestyle. Houses in a gated community will normally cost a little more, but for a minimal amount of money you are ensured your peace and quiet. Most gated communities will also have a clubhouse with a swimming pool and exercise facilities. The streets in a gated community are normally safe for children to play, with no traffic to worry about. One of Thailand's most popular gated communities is "Land & House", and this company has several gated communities in Chiang Mai. Houses in these gated communities will cost anywhere from 300-500USD per month, and perhaps 1000USD monthly or more for what most people would consider a mansion.

The Loft Residence
The Loft Residence is a guesthouse with furnished apartments that rent out for as low as 180USD per month. It is conveniently located just a 5 minute walk from the Central Kad San Kaew shopping center. When I decided to move to Chiang Mai, I saw an ad for The Loft Residence on Facebook, so I decided to stay there for a few days until I found a house. I met several people that had rented rooms monthly, and they were very happy with the place. The Loft residence is also located near the office for
Normally in Thailand, you will find it difficult to find rental property online, and even when you do, it seems that you only see high end property that is very overpriced. This is not the case in Chiang Mai, the website has rental properties as well as property for sale, available in all price ranges. They have a friendly staff that speak excellent English, and they are happy to pick you up at your hotel and take you by car to view any properties you are interested in. You will find that the prices on their website are very competitive with other places you have seen, and in most cases these are negotiable. If you are planning on moving to Chiang Mai, I strongly suggest you check out



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      Nora 3 years ago

      Thanks for your post, Megan. I enjoyed redaing it.One reminder that I consistently ask myself when I'm composing language for a culturally diverse audience is, State the obvious. So much of what we consider obvious is culturally specific, so it never hurts to spell things out beyond what we might normally imagine necessary. This dovetails with your first bullet: If you have the space to write more, do. The trick is balancing being clear and accessible, while not overwhelming your audience with an ocean of words. Cheers,Anita

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      Jady 3 years ago

      Wow! Talk about a posting knocnikg my socks off!

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      TravelinAsia 6 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia

      If you need help finding a place, the people at are great. They bend over backwards for their customers, they will pick you up at your hotel and drive you around and show your places all day if you want. I was pretty impressed with their service.. and I got a pretty reasonable deal on my house.

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      sortapundit 6 years ago from Copenhagen

      Very useful. I'm looking for a place in CM now, so this'll come in very handy :)

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      TravelinAsia 6 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia


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      Sembj 6 years ago

      Another Hub of yours that was well written and enjoyable; I'll be following your writing - thanks.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Great and useful information. I've visited Thailand and fell in love over and over and over. The people were so warm and beautiful and wonderful. I got to enjoy people, the culture, the sites, the shopping and the warm weather.

      I always planned to return and rent a place and stay awhile. Your hub helps.

      Thanks a million and rated up! Yay!