The BEST Chiang Mai Apartments (Budget to Luxury)

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Your complete guide to Chiang Mai apartments in three of the most popular neighbourhoods in the city.

 

Chiang Mai. A place that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, kind of like a first high school crush - but, at least, the feeling's mutual. Well, at least I like to think it is.

If you've ever given living in Thailand for a stint a thought, then you've probably come across this mountainside city in all your research.

It's the perfect place to base yourself as a freelancer, digital nomad, or expat. And, if the insanely delectable northern Thai cuisine (and surprisingly awesome coffee) hasn't convinced you to move over yet, then the forever smiling and warm-hearted locals definitely will. But, of course, it's also a wonderful city to kick back and vacay in.

For first-time visitors, do take a look at our perfect 3-day guide to Chiang Mai - featuring all the must-do attractions and food to eat.

Without further ado, here are some of the best budget to luxury apartments.

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Wat Chedi Luang in Old City

Tips for Choosing the Best Chiang Mai Apartment

 

Picking the Right Location

Trust me when I say, wherever you end up staying in Chiang Mai - you're gonna have a good time. The locals are some of the friendliest you'll meet in all of Thailand, mouthwatering food is at your fingertips, and an easy mode of transport can be found almost everywhere.

But, when it comes down to it all, I would recommend staying in one of the three vibin' areas when visiting Chiang Mai:

  • Stay in Old City if you want to be within walking distance to the city's most bangin' night markets and attractions.
  • Chill by the Riverside if you don't want to be in the centre of all the hustle and bustle and want to enjoy views of Ping River.
  • Kick back in Nimman if you're certified hipsters (like us) and want to have access to all the brunch joints and amazing coffee.

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Finding a Family-Friendly Apartment

For families travelling with kids, it may be of importance to you to find a place with essential amenities that solo or couple travellers don't really think twice about. We've got two grubby little boys, so we had prerequisites when it came to finding the perfect apartment. They included:

  • Washing machine
  • Kitchen with a stovetop (many apartments don't actually have this)
  • Bathtub
  • Pool (bonus)

If the above are must-haves for you as well, then be sure to ask the apartment representative if they can arrange for a washing machine (sometimes they can) or a portable stovetop if the place is missing these.

Read Reviews Beforehand

Okay, you don't need to analyse and pick apart every single one of them - most importantly, scan through the most recent ones to get an overview of what's happening at the property and whether it's still up to par.

If there hasn't been a review in a while (at least in the last 2 months), then, perhaps, think twice before committing. Recent reviewers will disclose if there are issues that may impact the quality of your stay, ie. construction work, leakages, cleanliness, etc.

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Best Budget Chiang Mai Apartments

 

Old City

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You can't get a cosy and spacious condo like this in many other places in the world.

If you want to be in the centre of all the tourist hype, then this cosy 2-bedroom home that sleeps up to 5 guests is our top pick Chiang Mai apartment for families and couples alike. Equipped with all modern amenities - flat screen TV, air conditioning, and a fully equipped kitchen - this is one place you can't go wrong for the price you pay.

Highlights:

  • Small outdoor patio makes a great play space for kids
  • Washing machine is available so you can do all the laundry your heart desires
  • Quiet street, yet minutes away from restaurants, shops and cafés

Location: Walking distance to Sunday Night Market and Wat Pra Singh

Wi-Fi: Yes

Price Range: Approx. $50 USD per night

 

Check prices & read reviews: Airbnb

Planning a trip to Chiang Mai Zoo? Take a look at our video guide, including pandas!

Riverside

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What's better than an apartment? An entire townhouse to yourself!

I think this one's a winner, winner, chicken dinner. If y'all need that extra space to stretch out, do your daily Zumba routine, or for the kids to run amuck - this is it.

Nestled in a quiet laneway off the main road, this large home is perfect for families, featuring a fully equipped kitchen, spacious living and entertainment space, and two bedrooms with king size beds upstairs.

Highlights:

  • Free airport pick up and drop off by the lovely hosts
  • In close proximity to supermarkets, restaurants & cafés
  • Hosts can provide baby cots/cribs

Location: Near Ping River,10-minute walk to Sunday Night Market

Wi-Fi: Yes

Price Range: Approx. $50 USD per night

 

Check prices & read reviews: Airbnb

Nimman

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Modern apartment living in Chiang Mai

Out of the thick of Old City, but close enough to be a 5-minute Tuk Tuk ride to reach the centre - this modern 2-bedroom apartment is located in the trendy neighbourhood of Nimmanhaemin, right next to one of the newest malls in Chiang Mai.

There's a fully equipped modern kitchen, but let's be real, with the multitude of heavenly food options all around you - are you really going to lift a pan and cook?

Highlights:

  • Cable TV with international channels (woop!)
  • Next door to Maya Mall that has bakeries, supermarkets, and a food hall
  • Balcony with a stunning view over the city you can relax on

Location: In heart of Nimman, next door to Maya Mall

Wi-Fi: Yes

Price Range: Approx. $30 USD per night

 

Check prices & read reviews: Airbnb

Best Mid-Range Chiang Mai Apartments

 

Old City

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Complimentary fruit and a comfy bed - is there much more to life?

M.I.N.D. Villas is literally #HolidayGoals because - who doesn't want to stay in a villa-style apartment when they're on vacay? For the ultra affordable price, the spacious home can accommodate up to 4 people.

Set on the fringe of Old City, the Villa is a 300m stroll away from Nong Buak Hard Public Bark, making it an ideal location for families who want to seek out playgrounds and green play space.

It even includes a tasty American breakfast for the duration of your stay. Are you sold yet? 'Cause they had me at free breakfast.

Highlights:

  • Breakfast included
  • Next door to 7 Eleven
  • On-site café (perfect for coffee addicts)
  • Furnished balcony/terrace with artificial turf

Location: Near Nong Buak Hard Public Park, 500m from Wat Pra Singh

Wi-Fi: Yes

Price Range: Approx. $120 USD per night for 4 guests

 

Check prices & read reviews: Agoda | Booking.com

Riverside

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It's like a hotel and apartment in one

For the most part, Chiang Mai is all about the condo life - rooftop swimming pools with sunbeds, modern interiors, and perhaps even a gym. This 50sqm luxury condo ticks all the boxes, and the price? It's so much more affordable than you think.

For a more homely feel than a hotel, without losing the luxury of staying in one and still feel like you're actually on vacay - don't look past this sweet apartment.

Highlights:

  • Super high-speed Internet for all you serial Netflix streamers
  • Rooftop swimming pool overlooking Old City and the mountains
  • Gym to work off all the amazing food you'll be eating
  • Café and restaurant directly downstairs

Location: Near Sunday Night Market

Wi-Fi: Yes

Price Range: From $40 USD per night (Airbnb)

 

Check prices & read reviews: Booking.com | Airbnb

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Nimman

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NYC-style loft apartment in the heart of Chiang Mai

Is this funky loft-style apartment not the coolest home you've seen so far? Get those NYC feels without paying the price to stay in one. It's literally located in the smack bang centre of all the action in the trendy neighbourhood, surrounded by hot attractions, eateries, and Maya Mall.

Highlights:

  • Perfect for families, beds include: 1 x queen, 1 x floor mattress, and a bunk bed
  • Cots are available upon request
  • Childrens' books and toys can be found in the living area
  • The hosts cook a fresh breakfast every morning
  • A smart TV with Netflix. I'm done.

Location: Near Maya Mall and One Nimman

Wi-Fi: Yes

Price Range: Approx. $50 USD per night

 

Check prices & read reviews: Airbnb

Best Luxury Chiang Mai Apartments

 

Old City

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Rachamankha Thai Villa - the epitome of a luxury vacay

Away from the backpackers' hub and craziness of the city centre, this well-located luxury 2-bedroom Thai Villa boasts 140sqm of space that features a beautiful zen garden and outdoor entertaining space, and a modern interior with a Thai twist, making it perfect for families and luxury travellers alike.

Highlights:

  • Breakfast cooked fresh every morning
  • Room cleaning like in a hotel - hit the hay wrapped in fresh sheets every night
  • Free laundry services (Ooh yeah!)
  • Complimentary airport pick up service
  • Books, DVDs & music for kids are provided

Location: 10-minute walk from Sunday Night Market

Wi-Fi: Yes

Price Range: Approx. $200 USD per night

 

Check prices & read reviews: AgodaBooking.com

Riverside

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Have this entire pad to yourselves in the heart of Chiang Mai

Okay, I'm not even joking. These luxury cribs just keep getting better. The ultimate modern home - this state-of-the-art urban loft townhouse is the definition of style with ease. Incorporating contemporary design, this minimalist space is a haven for families, groups, and friends.

Highlights:

  • Spectacular view of Lanna style Thai temple from the second floor
  • The elevated play area is ideal for kids, or just simply, chilling out
  • Daily cleaning services included
  • Surrounded by delicious restaurants and cafés within walking distance

Location: 2-minute walk from Thapae Gate & centre of Old City

Wi-Fi: Yes

Price Range: Approx. $120 USD per night

 

Check prices & read reviews: Airbnb

Renting a long-term Chiang Mai Apartment? Take a look at this essential guide packed with tips & hacks.

Nimman

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Pool, home cinema & enough space for 3 families - this is the ultimate villa.

Are you ready for the pinnacle of luxury living in Chiang Mai? Villa 88 in the heart and soul of Nimman will fulfil all of your crib-life dreams. Probably more suited for a number of families travelling together or groups, the 5-bedroom home comes with a private swimming pool, a huge backyard entertaining area, and a ginormous dining table capable of seating 14 people.

Highlights:

  • Outdoor entertaining area with a barbecue to "chuck some shrimps on the barbie"
  • Home cinema with human-sized cushions to watch movie marathons on
  • On-site children's playground so you don't even have to leave if you don't want to
  • Bicycles are provided for guests to explore the 'hood

Location: 2-minute walk to Nimmanhaeminda Road (main road in Nimman)

Wi-Fi: Yes

Price Range: Approx. $920USD per night for up to 10 adults

 

Check prices & read reviews: AgodaBooking.com

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The beauty of Chiang Mai is that is has something to offer for everyone, whether it's accommodation, activities or food - Thailand's second largest city is the perfect retreat for those who seek to get back in touch with nature.

If it's your first time here, take a look at our detailed 3-day Chiang Mai itinerary highlighting all the major attractions and top-rated restaurants.

Hopefully, this article has helped you find the perfect home away from home, and provided you with all the options necessary to find great budget accommodation or a baller pad for all you pimpin' high rollers.

Got any questions about renting an apartment in Chiang Mai? Drop them in the comments below.

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