Hello, Chiang Mai.
The northern capital of Thailand is an escape from the whirlwind pace of life of Bangkok. The city is blissfully calm despite the constant arrival of travelers.
Explore the markets of Chiang Mai and enjoy Northern Thai food (with Burmese and Chinese influences), leisurely wander about the back-lanes and go temple visiting. Day markets convert in to night markets after around 5:00 p.m. buzzing with tourists and locals alike.
Outside of the old town, a sprawling modern city has sprung up with superhighways connecting both the old and new. The mountains, waterfalls and country villages are just a short motorbike or rot daeng ride away.
Chiang Mai is a safe and inviting city for women digital nomads. Thais are, in general, non-aggressive people and men are unlikely to bother you. People will be quite friendly and helpful towards you and in general almost all areas of the city are safe for walking in, even at night.
Cost of living is low yet quality of life is high. There is a great variety of coworking spaces and cafes with free wifi.
The best time to visit Chiang Mai is between November and February. It is pleasantly chilly in the evenings, and it would be wise to bring a sweater along; particularly if you intend hiring a motorcycle to get around, or going on a mountain trek. During the day however, midday temperatures can climb well into the 30s (Celsius).
The weather starts heating up in Chiang Mai around early February, and by mid-March the city gets hot and humid.
May till November is the rainy season with torrential downpours, but they tend to be sudden bursts that only last for an hour or so rather than a steady stream of water. September has the heaviest rainfall.