It has been a few years since our last visit to Chiang Mai and this time the visit is to be a fact-finding and exploration of the city as a possible long-term place to disappear to when time permits. Chiang Mai has developed a large reputation amongst the digital-nomad crowd in recent years as a chilled place with a plethora of coffee shops and shared work spaces to choose from. It also has a growing reputation amongst the grey-nomad crowd as a chilled place with a plethora of coffee shops and cheap rentals to choose from. Both reputations are well founded as far as we could ascertain and we have definitely added Chiang Mai to our list of places to spend a longer time in. Chiang Mai airport is only a short drive from basically anywhere in the city. We chose to Airbnb in an area known as Nimmanheamin or just Nimman will do, less than a 10 minute tuk-tuk ride from the Old City walls. The apartment was in a complex called The Nimmana in Soi 6, enough off the main road to be quiet but an easy walk to everything. It was a 1 bedroom condo, quite spacious and modern with a small balcony overlooking the internal courtyard which held the decent sized swimming pool and garden area. The temperature difference to Bangkok was a welcome relief so we set off to explore the immediate area. We found the main shopping mall, Maya Mall, about a 10 min walk away and was very pleasantly surprised by the great food court in the basement. Huge variety of food, vego, vegan to carnivore tastes and very reasonably priced so we grabbed enough for tea and headed back as it was nearly that time anyway.