unschooling in Chiang Mai

Unschooling in Chiang Mai

unschooling in Chiang Mai

Hello there!

It’s been quite awhile since you’ve heard from us, and I apologize for that! I write regularly on my other blog and neglected to update this one.

We haven’t made it to Canada and instead took a detour to Hang Dong, on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. I must say this move has been fantastic for all three of us. Our good friends Krid and Aung helped us find a very affordable house that is near a community swimming pool and in a quiet, mostly Thai neighborhood.

We were renting a car for several months but after the car rental company decided they could make more renting short-term to tourists, we’ve struggled to find another rental place that has the same rates. Just like in Phuket, renting a car here is pricey.

The good news is that publish transportation in Chiang Mai is better than in Phuket and have both super inexpensive buses that go into the city, as well as private ones that are slightly cheaper than taxis.

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exploring Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai

We live near Kad Farang, a market that is popular with both Thais and farang. It has a food court ( that includes live music and beer towers lol) and several restaurants, plus a Rimping supermarket. On Mondays and Wednesdays, there is a fantastic outside market that sells everything from puppies to clothes and food.

I find this part of Thailand to be amazing for a worldschooling, work from home family. Unschooling in Chiang Mai is much easier and more fulfilling than in Phuket, the latter of which has very few homeschoolers. I adore Southern Thailand and lived there for 5 years, but as much as I love Phuket, I’m so happy to be in Northern Thailand and have more book stores, educational opportunities, and playrooms for Kaya to meet kids.

 

If you happen to be an unschooling family or homeschooling family in Chiang Mai, please get in touch with us! We’d love to meet you!

8 thoughts on “Unschooling in Chiang Mai

  1. Ruby

    Dear sattvik family, lovely to hear about your adventures and unschooling experiences. We are educators with two kids. We are exploring the possibility of living in phuket, working online (husband teaches humanities and English and I teach math) and unschooling our two little tykes. I guess we are where you were not so long ago. It’s all a bit daunting to me because I have never worked online before and don’t know how we will be able to make ends meet. We are mostly a vegan family of mixed heritage and race (india and usa). We would have loved to meet you in phuket but maybe our paths will cross sometime. Apart from your blog which I enjoy reading I’d love to hear from you. Any tips or encouragement as we embark on our path is welcome! Take care…:)

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    1. Ruby

      Dear sattvik family, lovely to hear about your adventures and unschooling experiences. We are educators with two kids. We are exploring the possibility of living in phuket, working online (husband teaches humanities and English and I teach math) and unschooling our two little tykes. I guess we are where you were not so long ago. It’s all a bit daunting to me because I have never worked online before and don’t know how we will be able to make ends meet. We are mostly a vegan family of mixed heritage and race (india and usa). We would have loved to meet you in phuket but maybe our paths will cross sometime. Apart from your blog which I enjoy reading I’d love to hear from you. Any tips or encouragement as we embark on our path is welcome! Take care…:)

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      1. SattvicFamily Post author

        Hello Ruby!
        That’s great you’re thinking of moving to Thailand, and while I love the South, I think it’s easier to homeschool/unschool up here in the North because there are more activities for kids. For example, there are numerous taekwondo, art, and even robotics classes here, where in Phuket there are very few. The vibe is also very different there and we personally found it extremely difficult to make friends, even though my daughter and I are both extroverts. That being said, Phuket Town is one of my favorite places in the world. We rented a nice townhouse near the main part of the area for about 15K a month, and it was semi furnished and with airconditioning. You can find even cheaper places, especially townhouses, and Phuket Town has a great ambiance. However if you like the beach, I recommend moving to the Southern part of the island, aka Rawai or Naiharn. The other unschooler we knew lived there.

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        1. michelle

          I have been enjoying your blog as I research more about unschooling. Are you still in Thailand? You mentioned an unschooling family living in Rawai. Are you still in touch? That’s where I live.

          Thanks, Michelle.

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          1. SattvicFamily Post author

            Hey Michelle! Yup we live in Chiang Mai! I’m not sure if the family in Rawai is still there. I believe they moved to Spain. There are lots of homeschoolers up here in Chiang Mai, and a few of us unschoolers. But there are loads of extracurricular activities for kids, like robotics classes, art, dance etc. It’s def easier to homeschool up here.

    2. michelle

      Hello Ruby,

      Just wondering if you made it to Phuket, and if you’re still here. I have a young baby but am so interested in unschooling. Reading more and more about it, finding it speaks to my (and my husbands also) heart. If you are in Phuket I’d love to meet up just to chat about it.

      Michelle

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  3. Her

    I am so happy to have found a blog about an unschooling family that lives in Chiang Mai. We’re thinking of moving this March so reading your blog is giving me lots of confidence. I’m super excited to learn that there are tons of classes and things to do for our toddlers. Have you written any blog posts about finding a place to live in Chiang Mai? We’ve been to Bangkok but never made it up north.

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