Mae Rim is a suburb to the north of Chiang Mai. About fifteen miles away, but there’s only one way to get there, along a highway that is often crowded and ugly in that way development has of being here. There’s also road construction that has been going on for two years now, and is thankfully drawing to a close. But the air is sweeter in Mae Rim, the foliage more abundant and greener, and the mountain is closer than in Chiang Mai. We found a house of the same size we’re renting now for half the price. $110 a month! There’s even room for a little garden. And there’s a market right next door.
So for that last three weeks we’ve been riding the motorcycle up there and checking it out. Now that the rainy season has begun, the vegetation is lush again.
After lots of driving around I concluded, yeah it’s pretty, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that all my friends are in Chiang Mai. So unless someone shows me an amazing place to live up there, we’ll stay right where we are.