During Your Visit

Arrival

Chiang Mai International airport receives passengers both internationally and domestically so some visitors fly via Bangkok to reach Chiang Mai.

If we have prior knowledge of your arrival (at a reasonable time) then our staff will meet you at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) and drive you to your campus accommodation.

Orientation

A program orientation briefing will be provided to inform students of valuable information to help you adjust to your new, exciting home and assist you in every manner that you require.

An amenities package will be provided to each student.

There is also an academic orientation at the beginning of each semester to welcome you to your department.

payap students having fun
walking street
rafting

Cost of Living

A guide to current prices can be seen at several websites including the “Cost of Living in Thailand” site. Below is a guide for 2020 prices in Thailand although Chiang Mai has one of the lowest cost of living indexes in the country.

The current rate of exchange is 31-32 Baht to 1 US Dollar before any deductions. An up-to-date rate can be seen at websites like XE.

There are many drugstores, convenience stores (e.g. 7-eleven) and small food vendors.

Housing

Your accommodation is included in your program fees.

Food
  • meal
    • street food 60 B – $2
    • restaurant (e.g. shopping mall) from 300 B – $10
    • restaurant meal from 700 B – $25
    • McMeal at McDonalds 200 B – $6-7
  • coffee from 40 B – $1.50
  • Coke / Pepsi 15 B – less than $1
  • small bottle of water 10 B – 30 cents
  • loaf of bread 40 B – $1.50
  • 5 bananas 30B – $1
  • 2 apples 20 B – less than $1
  • eggs (12) 50 B – $1.50 – $2
  • bar of candy 30-60 B – $1 – $2
Entertainment
  • Cinema tickets 200 B – $6-7
  • Excursions 1000B – 2000 B – $30-60
  • Private Fitness Club (per month) 2000B – $60
  • Internet (per month) 700B – $25 (free on campus)

Cost of Living

Clothes
  • Jeans 2000 B
  • Trousers 1500 B
  • Summer Dress 1500 B
  • Shoes 3000 B
  • Cheaper clothes
    • T-shirt 100-300 B
    • shorts 100-300 B
    • shoes 1000 B
    • socks (4 pairs) 100 B
Transportation
  • Gas 30-35 B per litre – about $1
  • Around central Chiang Mai – a red car 30 B – $1
  • Tuk Tuk or Taxi 200 B – $6-7 upwards dependent on distance.
  • Bus service – Chiang Mai to Bangkok from 750 B ($20-$30 dollars)
  • Flights –  Chiang Mai to Bangkok from 1000 B – 3000 B ($25-$75 dollars)

Locals that don’t drive use red cars around central Chiang Mai and other color cars to commute into Chiang Mai city center. There are taxi cars similar to at home whilst there are also tuk tuks for fast and convenient travel over short distances. Travel out of town is either via car, bus or plane. There are many other beautiful places to visit in Thailand and this can be accessed via buses. There is also a train station in Chiang Mai. Internal flights are available to other major cities in Thailand and, of course, there is  a free shuttle service around campus.

Healthcare
  • Hospital visits can be expensive – make sure you have health insurance.
  • Drugstores are well stocked and very reasonably priced
Differences
  • Generally Thailand supplies all your needs and is very reasonable, although don’t be surprised if something is not of high quality if it is very, very cheap.
chiang mai food
sand elephant
thailand

Cultural Etiquette and Advice

Thailand is a beautiful country and has its own culture. Here are a few tips:

  • Avoid showing disrespect to the Royal Family
  • Health & safety is different, a lot different!
  • Have health insurance
  • Don’t drink tap water
  • Take your shoes off when entering a house or location.
  • Tourists tend to have more spending money therefore they are often charged more (not just in Thailand)
  • Do not lose your temper and show anger, be calm and try to accept things, however frustrating
  • Yes does not always mean yes. People want to help you so will agree with you even if it is wrong. Yes is also the default answer instead of “don’t know”
  • Look both ways when crossing the road. The law of the road in Thailand is very different!
  • Hot weather is nice but the sun can burn
  • Feet are considered dirty so don’t touch others with the sole of your foot or point them at people (e.g. in a temple).
  • Avoid touching people heads.
  • Be polite and respectful, when tourists visit your country you expect them to adjust to your ways.
  • Smile!