A bird’s-eye view of Chiang Mai. Photo: Thiti Wannamontha

Chiang Mai has ranked 34th in the world where expats want to live and work remotely, according to the Work-from-Anywhere Index.

The study was conducted by Netspick, a search engine for furnished rental apartments and rooms worldwide. It compared 75 cities by analysing 16 factors such as costs and infrastructure, legislation and freedoms, and liveability. The report also took the percentage of people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 into account.

Melbourne topped the list, followed by Dubai, Sydney, Tallinn, London, Tokyo, Singapore, Glasgow, Montreal and Berlin.

Chiang Mai ranked 34th, with a total score of 76.39 of 100. The city’s plus points include cheap cost of living, gender and LGBTI equality, pleasant weather and good healthcare. However, it got a low rating in safety, accommodation, vibrancy and variety of cultural and lifestyle offerings.

Bangkok ranked 59th, scoring 69.15. Its positive factors were cheap cost of living, gender and LGBTI equality, good healthcare and internet speeds. However, the city did not do well in terms of weather, pollution, safety and taxes.

Moreover, the percentage of people who have received a Covid-19 vaccines is still low. The report also stated that Thailand does not have a digital nomad visa to allow self-employed and remote workers to enter the country and work remotely for foreign customers or employers.

Within Asia, the top five destinations were Tokyo (ranked 6th in the list), followed by Singapore (7th), Hong Kong (14th), Chiang Mai (34th) and Bali (56th).

Visit nestpick.com/work-from-anywhere-index.

AIRLINES UPDATE

Thai Smile will launch its first flights from Bangkok to Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat on July 23.

The service for both routes will be available every Friday and weekends.

For the Surat Thani route, the outbound flight will depart Suvarnabhumi airport at 12.30pm. The inbound flight will depart Surat Thani airport at 2.15pm. The travel time is one hour and 15 minutes.

The flight between Bangkok and Nakhon Si Thammarat will depart Suvarnabhumi at 1.55pm. The return flight will depart Nakhon Si Thammarat at 3.55pm. The travel time is one hour and 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, the airline is offering a 10% discount for vaccinated passengers. The promotion will be available until Sept 30 for travel from now until Oct 31.

Visit thaismileair.com or call its call centre at 1181.

Thai Lion Air has extended its rescheduled ticket programme to facilitate passengers.

The airline will allow passengers to change their travel date one time or exchange it for a credit shell. The passengers can use the credit for a new booking until Dec 31. The airline will not charge any fees or different fare for both changes.

However, passengers cannot use the credits for rebooking tickets during long holidays.

Visit lionairthai.com or call its call centre at 02-529-9999.

HOTEL DEALS & UPDATES

Laguna Phuket has partnered with Bangkok Hospital Phuket to launch a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test centre for tourists.

The PCR test centre is located in Canal Village, the shopping area of Laguna Phuket. The service is available daily from 9am to 2.30pm. The package price for the three-time Covid-19 PCR test per person is 8,000 baht.

Laguna Phuket is located on a 2,529 rai site on Bang Tao beach. The property offers 1,400 rooms across seven resorts including Angsana Laguna Phuket, Angsana Villas Resort Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket, Cassia Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Laguna Holiday Club Phuket Resort and SAii Laguna Phuket.

Other facilities include an 18-hole golf course, restaurants, bars, spas, water sports and events and function facilities.

Visit lagunaphuket.com.

Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas introduces the “Ultimate Family Vacation” package.

Room rates start from 8,093++ baht, including breakfast for a night stay in a 186m² pool villa. The offer also includes early check-in from 10am and late check-out at 3pm, 25% savings on spa treatment and food and drinks in restaurants.

The promotion is also available at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort. Prices for a night stay in a pool villa starts from 7,583++ baht.

Visit anantara.com.


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