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Work Remotely in Chiang Mai: Cafés and Coworking Spaces

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Joanna Horanin

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Last updated at 24/05/2024, 01:45

Hi, I'm Joanna, the author of The Blond Travels. In the worlds of Thailand and Portugal, I feel like a fish in water - and it's no coincidence! I've been exploring Thailand for over a decade, and I've settled in Portugal for 6 years now. My mission is to support Dreamers - just like you - in discovering these fascinating countries and helping those in love with them find their own place on Earth, preferably for good! Let's uncover these unique corners of the world together.

Chiang Mai is still the most popular location for Digital Nomads in Southeast Asia and with more and more people coming over to try out the nomad lifestyle, it can get a little bit crowded. Beautiful cafés in Chiang Mai are plenty but if you want a cozy atmosphere and a good internet connection, finding the ideal place to work from in Chiang Mai can be quite the hassle – especially if you want to avoid the more popular locations.

This list of more and lesser known co-working cafés in Chiang Mai will help you to find the perfect workspace for you. Whether you like a more quiet atmosphere, far away from the crowds or a place where you can meet other Digital Nomads like you: With this extensive collection of coffee shops you will never have to worry about finding a workspace that suits you best.

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    Wake Up Huaykaew

    Wake Up at Huaykaew Rd. has become my absolute favourite co-working café in Chiang Mai lately. The chairs are some of the most comfortable I have found in a coffee shop, yet. Internet speeds are decent and you get a 4-hour pass with every drink, which is totally fair. The only problem in my opinion is the AC, which is always turned on full blast. Even if I take a jumper with me, I will get too cold at some point, depending where I sit. Usually there are enough spaces to switch to a more secluded area though. Wake Up is open 24/7 and thus perfect for night owls.

    Address: 99 Huaykaew Rd. (Map)

    CAMP

    CAMP is probably the most popular co-working café in Chiang Mai. It is open 24/7 and located at the 5th floor of Maya Mall. For every drink over THB50 you get two hours of the fast and reliable AIS WiFi. If you would like to use the internet without interruption and safe some serious bucks while you’re at it, getting an AIS SIM card with either the normal or the faster Super WiFi plan is a no-brainer. The AIS shop can be found on the 4th floor of Maya Mall and you will need your passport to buy the SIM. CAMP offers a huge variety of different chairs, benches and tables. You can also sit outside and enjoy the beautiful mountain panorama while working.

    Location: Maya Mall, 5th Floor (Map)

    Analog Cafe 

    Analog Cafe is a coffee shop and a photo studio. It is located at the North Gate, very close to the city centre. 
    The interior is quite dark, but extremely cosy. There’s no one here to disturb your work. The music is quiet, the staff doesn’t make much noise and the other guests are considerate of others. 
    It’s perfect if you really need to focus on your projects, but also want to enjoy a nice vibe. 

    Location: 90/ 3-4 Ratchiangsan Rd, Muang, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai (Map)

    a man sitting at a desk at analog cafe, chiang mai.
    I love the decor of this place.

    Artisan Wua Lai

    Interior of Artisan Wua Lai
    The stylish interior is only one of the reasons why Artisan Wua Lai is my favourite place to work from in Chiang Mai.

    Located in the south of the city – in a beautiful and quiet neighborhood – Artisan Wua Lai is still a hidden gem in Chiang Mai. Unlike its smaller sister in Santitham, the café is very spacious and comes with lots of tables for solo workers as well as a big conference table if you want to sit together with multiple people. If you like to work outside, you will definitely enjoy the beautiful patio that even has a few sockets available to keep your notebook powered. The wifi is free, blazing fast and most importantly: stable. I measured up to 30MB down and 3MB up on several visits.

    Location: Wua Lai Road, at the Oxotel (Map)

    The Barn Eatery and Design

    Inside The Barn Eatery and Design in Chiang Mai
    Cozy place with a flea market feel.

    Like the name says, this café used to be a barn and was converted into a coffee shop. The entire interior is very bright and friendly and although the place is rather small, the high ceiling makes the room feel big and spacious. One thing that I really enjoy is the noise-level at The Barn. People usually keep quiet and even if some person has to make a Skype call, they usually keep quiet enough not to bother anyone. Overall I would say that the atmosphere here is perfect for working. The only downside is, that there aren’t enough sockets around. Especially if it gets a little bit more crowded, finding an available seat that has a plug nearby can get kinda tricky.

    Location: 14 Sriwichai Suthep, a Soi off Suthep Road (Map)

    The Lab

    The Lab is a very pleasant coffee shop, located near the Nimmen Road. It’s green and has a very interesting design. It combines a shop, a hostel and a mock up laboratory in one.
    There are a lot of plants filling in the empty spaces. There are quite a few tables, where you can sit with others, or you can work all by yourself.

    Adres: 64 Siri Mangkalajarn Rd, Tambon Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

    I was the only one there and I really enjoyed working from this coffee shop.

    Heartwork

    Heartwork was recommended to me by a fellow blogger on Instagram. It’s a really lovely place with lots of space to work.
    Customers can enjoy wide, wooden tables as well as small ones for one or two people.
    You can also use a Skype room free of charge.

    Address: 196 1-2 Kampangdin Rd, Tambon Hai Ya, Mueang Chiang Mai District (Map)

    Heartwork is a very popular place among digital nomads of Chiang Mai.

    Wako Bake

    Hidden in the back streets of Chiang Mai, Wako Bake is one of the most lovely places to work from in Chiang Mai.
    It has a small garden with a few tables, meeting rooms to rent and a coworking space with air con for those that are tired with the heat of the city.

    Address: 16 ซอย สุขใจ2 Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand (Map)

    Nimman Social

    This is not my favourite place to work remotely from in Chiang Mai. I think it doesn’t have any special vibe. However, digital nomads here love it and it’s a hang out spot for many of them. Maybe because they have a nice terrace and the internet is super fast.
    The location of Nimman Social is also great as it is in the heart of Nimman Road, which is full of shops, restaurants and other cool coffee shops.

    Address: 2, 8 Soi 3, Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand (Map)

    I worked at Nimman Social for a day and it was pleasant enough.

    There are many more cafes to work remotely from in Chiang Mai. This is only a short list. I’m sure that you will find a lot of great places. And if you do, don’t forget to come back and let me know about them!

    Do you have any questions? Would you like to share your experiences or your point of view? Don’t be shy! Leave a comment!