Our 3 FAVOURITE Co-Working Spaces In Nimman, Chiang Mai. Thailand.
As told by Jackie Te-Aroha
As many of you know our time in Chiang Mai, Thailand was organised around our need to catch up with content from our Bali, Indonesia trip in August 2018. We were staying with my aunty north of the city in an area called Mae Rim and on our first day in Thailand she told us about an area called Nimmanheiman. Nimmanheiman, or Nimman as its more commonly known is filled with Digital Nomads and Co-Working spaces built for *Farangs and students. After just one visit we fell in love and ended up spending about 90% of our month long trip working and exploring the many Sois lined with boutique stores, killer coffee shops and delicious eateries serving a range of local and international cuisines.
So if your planning on visiting somewhere that you will have good access to Wifi in a comfortable setting and great coffee to keep you awake all night, then Nimman is the area and these are the places we recommend you try at least once during your Chiang Mai working stay.
1. M.A.N.A. Co-Working
Address: 28/12 ถ.นิมมานเหมินทร์ สุเทพ เมือง Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand (Open In Maps)
Hours: 9:30-9pm Mon-Fri, Closed Saturdays and 9:30-7pm Sunday.
Price/Wifi Access: Full day rates – 100 Baht for a table in a shared space and 150 Baht per person for a private room.
Pros: Cheap private rooms. Friendly service. Unlimited free water and tea. Good Coffee. Cute little kitty-cat to keep you company in the evenings.
Cons: Private rooms have no windows and can feel a little cramped.
2. CAMP at MAYA
Address: Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand. (Open In Maps)
Hours: 24 hours
Price/Wifi Access: Every 50 Baht spent gives you 2 hours of access.
Pros: A range of different seating options for individuals and groups. Private rooms available at an extra cost. Within the MAYA lifestyle centre. Delicious soft center cookies.
Cons: Very busy and hard to find comfortable seats if you arrive late. Less than average coffee.
3. Wake Up Coffee, Nimman
Address: 30 1-3 Nimmana Haeminda Rd Lane 10, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand. (Open In Maps)
Hours: 24 hours.
Price/Wifi Access: 4 hours access per purchase.
Pros: Multilevel so it doesn’t feel as big or full. 4 hours of access per purchase. Power at most tables and bench seat areas. Same building as subway.
Cons: Full of students that look like they wont be moving til the sun rises, less than average coffee. In the same building as subway… constant cookie smells.
Other Co-Working / Coffice spaces we tried, and dig.
Address: 237/1 Huaykaew Rd, Don Kaeo, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand. (Open in Maps)
Hours: 10am – 7pm
Price/ Wifi Access: 3 hours per purchase.
Pros: Beautiful natural light. Nice big tables. Plenty of power points. Decent coffee.
Cons: A little bit far from the centre of Nimman.
Address: Nimmana Haeminda Rd Lane 9, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand. (Open In Maps)
Price/Wifi Access: Free access to wifi, although its common courtesy to purchase something.
Pros: To-die smoothies. In the center of Nimman. A/C pumps. Not very busy. Comfortable couches to lay back.
Cons: Only a few power points. Round tables a bit small for 2 to work on. Couches aren’t made for long-working hours.
Mingmitr Coffee: The Coffee Station.
Address: 12 Huaykaew Rd, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand. (Open in Maps).
Price: Free access with purchase.
Pros: Delicious coffee (if you tell them exactly how you want it made). Quiet space.
Cons: Only one power point near two tables. Small area.
These are the spaces we spent a majority of our time at, but there are plenty more dotted around the city so don’t be afraid to try others. Choosing a Co-working space in Chiang Mai is like shopping for a pair of shoes, so much variety at similar costs. As we were only using the internet to browse and upload photos the speed of the connection didn’t matter so much. However, these were the three things we did consider when choosing an office for the day.
1. Do the hours work for us? Are we doing a late night session?
2. Is the seating comfortable?
3. Is the coffee good? Or is there somewhere close we can pick up good coffee.
Also, If your wanting a table at one of the 24-hours spots then you best arrive early. From 2-3pm onwards you’ll struggle to find a free table with an available electricity socket nearby as the students from the local university settle in for what looks like days upon days of all-nighters.
*Farang is a Thai word that traditionally means someone of European ancestry but is used today as anyone with a Caucasian appearance, European or not.