What are some typical ways to socialize, either with local people or with other expatriates? Are there groups or clubs that you can recommend?

There are quite a few expat groups here (although I haven't joined any of them) and you can search on Facebook for them. One great group to join if you are a mom is the Chiang Mai Expat Moms group on Facebook. It's a super helpful group. If you are Christian and go to church, you'll be able to find quite a network that way. If you have school-aged kids, the international schools are a good source of meeting people. Or you may find people in your neighborhood to hang out with. Otherwise, volunteering or doing an activity like crossfit or something like that would be a good way to meet people., - Mar 2019

There aren't many major cultural events in Chiang Mai, although Bangkok is only an flight away if you want to attend a big concert. We settle for - May 2007

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