Between our travel breaks in the UK, Europe and Asia we have been living in Chiang Mai Thailand. After looking for a Chiang Mai Condo for rent we chose an apartment at Peaks Garden Condominium. We lived at Peaks Garden Condominium for over a year and during that time, we felt very much at home.
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Living in our Chiang Mai Condo – Peaks Garden
Living in two rooms was a huge change from the 4-bedroom house that we left in Australia but we came to realise that living in two rooms was comfortable and surprisingly liberating.
We were introduced to our landlord through Perfect Homes real estate and found him to be a fair landlord and along with the helpful staff of Peaks Gardens our time there was effortless and happy, where the few problems we had were quickly solved.
Peaks Gardens is on a small lane-way off Chang Klan Road. Close by are Peaks Avenue and Twin Peaks Condominiums, all have a great reputation and are not only popular with holiday makers and Expats but those who are attracted by the low cost of living in Chiang Mai and decide to retire in Thailand.
We rented an air-conditioned one bedroom apartment with balcony. We had a small kitchen that featured twin plate electric hob, microwave and full size fridge.
Peaks Gardens has a mix of different layouts, from studio to luxurious 2 bedroom apartments. As with most apartments in Chiang Mai, the price of your apartment will depend with the length of your stay, the longer you stay the cheaper it will be.
For those wanting to keep in shape, Peaks Gardens facilities include a well-equipped gym, pool and security.
Chiang Mai Night Bazaar Area
One of the reasons these complexes are so popular is the area, you are within walking distance to all your needs.
Entering onto Chang Klan Road from the lane-way you will find, restaurants, 7-Elevens, carts selling an array of delicacies, fresh fruit and delicious coffee, banks, massage and beauty shops, dentists and pharmacies.
A little further down the road you will get all your electronic needs at Pantip Plaza shopping complex. The nightly delights of the Night Bazaar, Kalare Night Bazaar and Anusarn Markets, collectively known as the Chiang Mai Night Markets, are on your doorstep selling a huge selection of arts and crafts, dining choices and entertainment.
Each night along Chang Klan Road between Thaphae Road and Sridonchai Road stalls materialise selling a mix of traditional and tourist trinkets, only to mysteriously vanish by morning.
The apartment is a 15-minute walk from Thaphae Gate, the main gate into Chiang Mai’s moat bordered Old Town. The Old Town is full of beautiful Buddhist temples (Wats), has a huge range of entertainment and dining options and is home to the Sunday Night Walking Street Market.
Living in the Chiang Mai Night Market area
There is a Big C Supermarket within walking distance on Chang Klan Road at Pantip Plaza shopping complex. A Rimping Supermarket is a 10-minute walk across the Iron Bridge both are handy for those everyday Items. Rimping stock some of those essentials from home, like Vegemite something few Australians can live without.
Central Festival and Airport Plaza Shopping Malls can be reached by a free shuttle bus from the Shangri-la Hotel.
Both are modern shopping malls selling Thai and International brand clothing, electronics and homewares. Banks, phone and internet providers, supermarkets, food courts and cinemas are all under one roof.
You will find a vast array of restaurants selling Thai and International cuisines in this area. Just around the corner is LaVa Bar and Grill, which has a great a range of cuisines and is our favourite place for Indian cuisine and steak dinners. Familiar fast food brands such as McDonalds, Burger King and Starbucks have outlets here.
I am astounded by the wealth of musical talent in Chiang Mai, you will find bands and singers entertaining the masses in restaurants, clubs and bars all over the city.
Of course, in this area we have our favourite venues, the Thai European Restaurant and Bar in the Anusarn Market for rock music from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s when you want to rock the night away and Boy Blues Bar upstairs in the Kalare Night Bazaar for those nights when only the blues will do.
For those who like the exotic, you can’t go past the glitz and glamour of the Chiang Mai Cabaret. You will be in awe of the energy that goes into the song and dance routines and stunned by the beauty of the Ladyboys as they entertain you. The Chiang Mai Cabaret Show is located at the Anusarn Market.
The area has many fine dentists, we can vouch for the Elite Smile Dental Clinic next to Pantip Plaza shopping complex and we have heard good reviews from Hollywood Smile a little further up Chang Klan Road.
You will find branches of Bangkok Bank, Krungthai Bank and TMB Bank directly across the road from Peaks Garden laneway. There are ATM’s located all along Chang Klan Road.
If like me you love Thai Markets you are in for a treat, there are two markets close by, Warorot Market and Chiang Mai Gate Market.
Warorot Market is just north of Chang Klan Road on Wichayanon Road. Warorot Market is the place to buy fabric, clothing, fireworks, homewares, traditional Thai clothing, dried fruit, spices, flowers, fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, poultry and meat. I love to wander through this maze of tightly packed shops.
Chiang Mai Gate Market is located at the bottom of the Old Town just inside the moat. This is a food market selling not only fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and poultry but delicious cooked take away meals.
Other Attractions in the Area
Other places that shouldn’t be missed around this area are Art in Paradise on Chang Klan Road. This quirky 3D illusion art museum is so much fun, just make sure to bring your camera, your friends won’t believe their eyes.
Aroy Aroy cooking school at Riverside Market restaurant on Charoen Prathet Road, is the place to learn the secrets of Thai cooking. You will visit an authentic Thai market and learn more about the exotic ingredients used in Thai cooking. After cooking your choice of dishes, sit down and enjoy the feast.
Wat Chai Mongkhon is a Buddhist temple which is located on the banks River Ping (Mae Ping) along Charoen Prathet Road. This peaceful Wat is the perfect place to sit and watch the locals make offerings by releasing fish into the river.
Also located at Wat Chai Mongkhon are Mae Ping River Cruises. Cruise options include lunch and dinner cruises, and is a relaxing way to get another perspective of Chiang Mai.
As you can see we have had an exciting time living in this vibrant corner of Chiang Mai.
I can highly recommend Peaks Gardens Condominium and the area around Chang Klan Road to anyone thinking of Chiang Mai condo living in the long term, it has been an easy transition for two Aussies from small town Queensland.
We have now relocated to a different part of Chiang Mai in the Mimmanhaemin area. When looking for Chiang Mai condo for rent we came across the Siri Condo Chiang Mai, so will be trying another part of this fascinating city. Chiang Mai is also one of the most popular cities in Thailand for Expats to retire as it’s friendly, welcoming, and has great infrastructure.
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