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(co)Working in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second largest city up in the north of the country is really quite popular among self-made expats, tech-repreneurs,  retirees, dudes who like to ride motorbikes, practice muay thai and the like. It’s not surprising though, as the city is nice, convenient to get around and has all the perks Thailand has to offer- nice people, amazing food, rich culture, luscious nature and you won’t believe it- even spaces for you to get some work done.

So far there is one legit coworking space Punspace that I wrote a review about, but there are a few other places to choose from and move around.

Also just heard about a new place CoffeeShots where you can rent a desk from 100b a day.

People seem to like Impresso Espresso Bar. I’ve tried Wawee coffee, Pacamara, Good Morning Chiang Mai in the old town. Didn’t blow me away, but it was good for a day or a half.

This guy wrote about working in some coffee shops in Nimmanhaemin area:

http://johnnyfd.blogspot.com/2013/05/coworking-office-space-vs-coffee-shops.html

This guy was more after the good coffee but it’s also good reviews of the coffee places:

http://bk.asia-city.com/travel/holiday-destination/chiang-mai/cafe-society-0

If you’re planning to live and work in Chiang Mai, join “CM Biz group” on Facebook to be in the loop. Wondering where to live? This post will help to at least choose the area for your needs (and how to play Thai girls too by the way).

Do you have some other places you like working from in Chiang Mai? Sharing is caring!

Coworking in Bangkok: Work Buddy

WorkBuddy is located in the heart of the Sukhumvit’s business area. They claim to provide innovative infrastructure that freelancers, creative  professionals, entrepreneurs, and startups need to succeed in the 21st century knowledge economy. In an increasingly disconnected world, WorkBuddy creates a collaborative community that is revolutionizing the nature of work.

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Have you been there? Any impressions?

http://workbuddy.co/

Address:

RSU Tower , 571 Sukhumvit 31, 10th Floor, Klongton Nue, Wattana District, Bangkok 10110 Thailand

Open: 9 AM – 6 PM (Monday-Friday)

Coworking in Bangkok: The ThirdPlace CLUB

Blogging live from the ThirdPlace on Thonglor 10 in Bangkok! Third place, not because it’s the third after Hubba and Launchpad, but because it’s their idea of the third space after home and workplace, an “informal public gathering place which enriches people’s lives”. They have a gallery, a wine bar with a rooftop terrace, a massage place on site and coworking CLUB is just another cool part of the The ThirdPlace.

So, my first impression- nice and cosy, there 12 people working and seems like there would fit another 10. That said, it’s not a massive place like Launchpad, but not as small as Kliquedesk or WorkBuddy.

The receptionist lady didn’t bother to say a word nor give a tour or ask what I may need- I suppose the guessed from my face what I needed and handed me a “one day pack” receipt with a wifi password one it, which cost me 150 baht (quite a bargain).

To get there, get off the BTS at Thong Lo and walk up the soi Thong Lo 10 blocks until you see the Brotzeit German & Bier Bar (!afterwork drinks right on).

All in all, great coworking place and I will be back!

Address:

137-137/1 Sukhumvit 63 (Thonglor 10)
North-Klongton, Wattana, Bangkok 10110

http://thirdplacebangkok.com/live/thirdplace-club

Coworking in Pai: MergeSpace

MergeSpace is the first and only (for now) shared office space in a super artsy little street in a beautiful Northern Thailand town of Pai.

It is the smallest coworking space I’ve ever seen and I think it’s equipped to accommodate up to 10 residents.

Daily Rate is 200 baht per person, but access is Only Guaranteed from 10am – 5pm. Alternatively, you could commit to a full month for a 3000 baht per person and enjoy 24/7 access.

Pros:

-One of the only air-conditioned spaces in Pai

-One of the best cafes with a beautiful garden is right next door

-Street table tennis everyday at sunset  time

-Good internet, comfortable chairs (downstairs)

Cons:

-So small that there is a chance on a busy day you will not have a place to sit

-A bit expensive for Pai’s price level

The building and the view out the window:

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http://mergespace.co

https://www.facebook.com/mergespace

Address:

627 Moo, Amphoe Pai, Mae Hong Son, Thailand 58130 (Follow the signs to FruitFactory)

Coworking in Chiang Mai: Punspace

Punspace is Chiang Mai’s first legit coworking space. They sell themselves as:

“Desk space in Chiang Mai with reliable Internet,  comfortable chairs, and quiet environment”.

And you get exactly that. The internet is great, but basic visitors (non-members) get to login only from one device, so that’s a not quite right. I mean, what do you care if I have my phone using your precious wifi too?

A day at Punspace will set you back 199B.

Pros:

-Nice, cosy environment with lots of light, massive windows and a garden view

-Very comfortable chairs

-Quiet and the garden is perfect for conference calls

-Late opening hours. Members get 24h access, but if you’re a non-member you should technically get out at 6PM, again, technically. The last one out shuts the place down.

-Kitchen area and a shower on site

Cons:

-Location- unless you live in Nimmanhaemin area, you’ll need a bike or motorbike to get there

-Price- not completely sure if I’m ok with the 200 baht I pay per day.

-A bit too quiet sometimes- from a COworking space I would expect a bit more interaction between the coworkers and the staff doesn’t seem to be bothered either

Pics from Punspace FB and my own:

http://www.punspace.com/

Address:

14 Sirimangkalajarn Lane 11, Muang Chiang Mai (Map)

Coworking in Bangkok: True Urban Park

True Urban Park at Siam Paragon has been my plan B- whenever it was a public holiday (and there were many) and the usual shared offices were shut.

Pros:

-Location- easy to get to Siam BTS is the most central you can get

-Comfortable seats- you’ll find armchairs, sofas, chairs whatever makes you happy

-Loads of places to choose to eat at

-Good internet

Cons:

-Siam Paragon- although it doesn’t cost to work there- you will end up spending more money than you would pay for a co-working spot

–Load of place to choose to eat at. none of which are street food

-Might be crowded with kids and loud

-Noisy- although OK music, but still no good for conference calls

-Dark and can get chilly (wow sounds like Helsinki in November)

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Coworking in Bangkok: KliqueDesk

My tenure in KliqueDesk isn’t that extensive but after a few days there, I managed to form an opinion.

Pros:

– Quiet and empty- at least the weeks following the opening.

-Internet was a bit off-  unstable for some time

-Clean (almost too clean- this one lady was cleaning and cleaning and there was no one to make it any less cleaner)

-Small- it is fit for say 20 people max to work there- which creates a somewhat intimate atmosphere

Cons:

– Quiet and empty- at least the weeks following the opening

-Dark and no windows in the hotdesk area (that is compensated by a thick yellow paint job all over the place)

-A bit of a walk off Asok BTS and Sukhumvit MRT

-Not many street food stalls around

-Staff wasn’t very engaging

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Address:

94 Soi Sukhumvit 23 (Prasarnmitr), Sukhumvit Rd., Klongtoey Nua, Watthana BKK 10110 TH

Minutes Walk from BTS – Asok Station,MRT – Sukhumvit Station   

Coworking in Bangkok: Launchpad

Launchpad – my stop #1 of working in the cloud in Bangkok. To be honest, it remains my favorite spot to work from.

Pros:

– Spacious. Your choice of the desk- you can sit or stand (!) at a hotdesk, lounge on the couches, work in a private “booth”, sit outside in the sunshine, go upstairs, take a break in the pingpong/xbox room, whatever you like

– Ideal for small teams to set up an office with minimal investment

– Not crowded

– Friendly atmosphere. The staff- which are a few too many I would say, are super friendly and nice- they will make sure you meet at least a couple of other coworkers like yourself

-Location. Easy to find and get to from Surasak BTS, or walk if you live at Sathorn SaintView serviced apartment.

-Lots of places to eat at around

-Good internet

-Weekly events and meetups that you can attend for free

-Open 9:30am-8pm (or 24/7 for “residents”)

Cons:

-Aircon might be too much and turn your toes blue if you are hesitant to be an asshole who complains about the temperature and turns it up

-Location. I guess it’s only good for those who live in Silom area

-On the pricier side- 200 baht (5€) a day

Some pics from my 2 months spent there:

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1.Hot desks

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2. Lounge area

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5. Chilling

Address: 

Sethiwan Tower, a 6-minute walk from BTS Surasak.

139 Pan Road, Sethiwan Tower, Silom, Bangrak Bangkok 10330‎