Changes in Chiang Mai

Andrew Leeson


Chiang Mai
The Australian Government has just appointed Mr Ronald Elliott as its new Honorary Consul resident in Chiang Mai, with jurisdiction throughout the provinces of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun , Lampang, Mae Hong Son, Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Uttaradit and Sukhothai. This appointment reinforces the importance the Australian Government has to delivering high quality consular services to a growing number of Australians who are relocating to the region. And as regular readers of this blog will know, Chiang Mai was rated as number one in our recent poll on ‘The Top 10 Retirement Destinations in Asia for 2017’
Celebrating old age on budget

Australia and Thailand – A Strong Relationship

The ongoing commitment of Governments in both countries to work closely together, is being seen as increasingly positive for the rapidly expanding Australian expat/retirement community found throughout Thailand. Between 900,000 and 1 million Australians visit the country each year, and it is firmly positioned as Australia’s 8th largest trading partner.

Contact Details

The Australian Consulate in Chiang Mai is open from Monday to Thursday (9am until 12pm) and is by prior appointment only. Appointments can be arranged by calling 091-857-6996 or email au***************************@gm***.com

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently spoke with our Principal, Andrew Leeson (above) in their Chiang Mai office to provide us with an update on recent visitor numbers and expectations for 2017.

What to expect in 2017

TAT confirmed that Chiang Mai had 9.2 million visitors in 2016, generating over 82 Billion Baht. The Head of the Chiang Mai office, Mr Wisut Buachum proudly confirmed with Andrew that expectations were the 10 million mark would be comfortably broken this year, with a special emphasis on attracting more Female visitors. Promotions will focus on health and wellbeing (with a large range of spas and alternative lifestyle retreats offering very attractive deals), and lovers of the great outdoors will also be spoilt for choice (for example, Chiang Mai alone has 20 top class golf courses).

Exciting times ahead

Whether you’re visiting Chiang Mai for a short holiday, or you’re planning to stay for the longer term, the city offers year round attractions, at a highly affordable price. Food, accommodation, shopping and entertainment are plentiful and your hard earned Aussie Dollars really do go a lot further (even when compared to other Thai locations, such as Phuket, Samui or Bangkok).


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Andrew Leeson

Andrew Leeson

Over 20 years of experience helping people live a better life in SE Asia. Having worked in financial services in Asia I understand the challenges when moving to and living in a new country. I have travelled extensively throughout the region and experienced what SE Asia has to offer to retirees.

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