What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?

It's very large expat community because there are so many missionary and charity organizations based here. The diplomatic community is quite small. And there are tons of tourists coming and going, so in general you'll see a lot of Westerners here in Chiang Mai. The overall morale seems quite good to me. I think people enjoy living here in general (despite the usual grumbling during the smoky season). There is quite a lot of things to do for families, it's easy to get around, locals are very friendly, it's safe, the culture is interesting, food is delicious, and the weather isn't horrible. It really is a great place to live! - Mar 2019

Big for such a small town. The majority are missionaries (probably the bulk of the community), retirees, tourists, business people, and NGO workers. The diplomatic community is very small. - May 2007

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