| by Kenneth Chase | 88 comments

OUR NEW APARTMENT IN CHIANG MAI!!


Today’s the day! *intro music* So… today we move into our new apartment. I am sorry there wasn’t a video up this morning and I did not do that on purpose. Or to build suspense on which one we picked. But I’m not going to ramble too much. We’re going to go out very shortly, just packing up in our AirBNB apartment and then you will see which apartment we chose. Oh my God, let’s go, let’s go, let’s go!!! Goodbye AirBNB apartment! Hello new apartment! Oh my God! This is our new home! So as you can tell, we went for the luxury Huay Kaew one. So many of you guessed it right. And there are many reasons why we picked this one over the others but I’m going to explain them a little bit later in the video. So bear with us… I was going to explain it the moment I walked in but I can’t, I’m just like – I’m just going to enjoy this moment and I will tell you why this is the best deal for us. Right, I think it’s time to do a load of laundry and unpack and make this a bit more ours. So we did some laundry, but at the moment, as it stands have absolutely nowhere to dry it. So, taa daa! Gonna head out now and do a little bit of shopping – we’re kind of semi-unpacked – to grab a few essentials. So before we go on our shopping adventure, we made a quick pit stop to get some breakfast. Mango and sticky rice. My first time. Mmmmm. Oh yeah. I’ll see you later. I was just saying to Scott that I hope we hit a shop where we hit jackpot with everything we need. Pretty close with this one. I know! Little local hardware shop with bins and scrubbers… things like that. Yes! You wanna go anywhere fast in Thailand, just jump in with a maniac in a tuk-tuk and just hold on tight. Oh, the first time we got a tuk-tuk when we were in Chiang Mai last time, it broke down twice. It was like a really old tuk-tuk. Ah, here’s one now! Wait, wait, wait! Hello! Hello tuk-tuk! So we’ve just come to one of the shopping centers near our apartment, not the really fancy nice one with the good food court. I’ll take you there properly one day. This is another one, cheaper… let’s pick up a few more things. Okay, so shopping was a semi-success we know – I asked on one of the forums I follow Oh, sponges! where we can buy a few bowls and stuff like this, this lighting, it’s not working for me, people. Oh, I got a big bag of stuff! Literally not going to bore you, we just got a cleaning spray, some bleach, a pack of coffee, we needed toothpaste. A little bit of washing up liquid. And we also have madness which is the floor… it was more madness. Toilet rolls, some more coat hangers, from that first place we found that locals’ warehouse – 39 bhat for 10 coat hangers. 39 bhat is around 80 pence. Scott right now is trying to hook up us a little… little washing line. We didn’t want to spend a lot of money on this, so we just picked up this and this to dry our laundry on. Those are 40 bhat each… and we got ourselves these little bins and they were 10 bhat each, just one here and one in the thingie ma bob. Sponges at 5 bhat each. Which is 10 pence a sponge. So that’s about it, we’ve got the necessities and a few essentials to get us going and we spent literally, I think, 10 pounds. And I didn’t show you half of what we got. But just know it’s boring and house stuff, adult stuff. 10 pounds! For all of that, not bad. What you’re about to see might seem really lame and sad, but these are the little finishing touches. Okay, that’s all we got for now but I’m really happy! And look, you did it! Whoo! Look at that laundry! Oh… nice nipples. He’ll kill me for leaving that in the vlog. Don’t care! So happy, so happy, so happy. I will sit down and talk to you properly, but… at the moment it’s kind of all over the place and I’m loving it. I really want to find that nice brown sugar, if anyone can remember what that really soft, raw brown sugar is called, and the best place – probably a market – but, coffee must be had with sugar. So, we’ve got some of that. Alright, so we are gonna go down to the pool now, so excited. This is one of the reasons we picked it, is because it had a pool, but I will talk to you more about that later. Scott and Aly in deep voices: the pool For now? Let’s have a dip. *laughter* Shut up Aly. Shut up. Ooh, it looks nice. It looks real good! Alright, so we had a nice dip in the pool, and realized my camera, like, turned off as we were in there. I don’t know if I caught that, you know, the amazing splishy splashy, I just don’t know! Came back up and we had a bit of *sings Game of Thrones opener* and… I’m not going to spoil anything. I’m not a spoil hog, but… I’m just gonna make this face. Anyone else?! No spoilers down there, I don’t like spoilers for anyone who hasn’t caught up, but… What?! Come on! So we’re going to go and grab ourselves some real budget food. We love it there, loads of food stands, take you, we’re gonna get spring rolls… get three of them. Noodles, everything, I’m gonna get it all. Let’s sit down, I’m gonna explain the reasons why we picked luxury Huay Kaow over the other 8 properties we saw in yesterday’s vlog. The day before that. I’m sorry, my bad. Number one, let’s talk about price. I told you that we were crunching numbers, like, manically. And this one is 15,000 bhat a month, like, way at the end of our budget. But, if you take it out for a 3 month lease, it drops to 13,000 a month. Now, if you watched yesterday’s video, look at what you get for the money. This place is, like, stunning. It is gorgeous. It has absolutely everything else we want, which I’ll come onto. But for the first month, I really wanted some flexibility. Wanted to be able to, if we really didn’t like it or anything happened, that we could just drop out after the first month and find somewhere else. So we paid a little bit extra this month, and next month we’ll, if we’re still loving it here and everything’s still fine, then we’ll drop it up to 13,000 and take the 3 month contract out. But it kind of gives us that leeway, um, of such a dramatic drop in price. Second reason is, we loved it. I mean, I fell in love with this place the moment I walked in, and it just felt right. It felt like when I walked in, this was, yes. I wanted this place so badly from the get-go. Three, it has a pool and gym. Now, what we found is the lower end kind of apartments like Bang Thai and Huay Kaow normal residence they have a gym and a pool, but their rooms aren’t very nice. And everything in between, like Pan Souk and everything, had no pool and gym. So, it kind of felt like you were either paying really cheap, getting a really crappy room with a pool and a gym, or you’d have to pay a ridiculous amount and that’s when we found this place. It has really high security, that’s another reason, that’s number four. It has a finger print scanner to get in the front door. It has 24 hour security on the gate, and then here it has a 6 pin digit to get into the room. How much more security could you possibly ever want? It’s really light, like you probably noticed the huge window, like, floor-to-ceiling glass wall in our bedroom. It’s just incredible, it just lets in so much light. I’ve gotta have a light airy kind of feel. It kinda just brings me down – it makes me happy! To have the sun shining through the windows, have massive windows, bright walls and stuff. It’s a large space. They’ve designed it so well. And it’s very similar to a lot of other spaces like, the square meter size is very similar, however, I don’t know, it’s all about the feng shui, I suppose. And how the architect designs the place, like having – like having that Like having that glass part of the wall to show into the bedroom? Makes it – makes it feel so much bigger than what it is. And as far as the last one is, we have our own washing machine! Out on the balcony, and we’re not paying for water here, so we’ll probably only do one thing a week but… It’s nice to not have to drag your laundry down to the laundrette every week so you can get it done and we just have it right here, and a bit of string later we’ve got a fancy washing line thanks to my man. So yeah, those are the reasons compared to the others, I mean Pang Souk was really nice, The Dome was really really nice, but I think one you’ve gotta have a feeling, and then not follow your heart and put that aside and look at money. And then when you look at money, it just worked out better for us but we’ve gotta just take a chance on it. And we did. And I’m so happy, like so so happy, so raise your glass, get a beer. I’ll wait. Pause the video. And we’ll make a cheers to our first apartment. Alright, so, I’m going to end the vlog there. I wanted today – we did go out for food and I will show you all that, like, around Chiang Mai where we’re eating, where we’re going shopping things like that in different vlogs. We’re going to be here for a little while, working hard on my book getting that finished, going to be really really good. Don’t worry, you’re going to see all of that I just thought today we’ll keep it strictly on apartment-y stuff. FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, all PsychoTraveller links are down there and I will see you tomorrow! *blows kiss* Bye! New apartment!

88 Comments

Ana Koniashvili

Jun 6, 2016, 5:02 am Reply

Wow I'm early

Rianne M

Jun 6, 2016, 5:17 am Reply

Your videos make me want to jump on a plane and go everywhere! So great that you guys got an apartment 🙂

Balance_Bean

Jun 6, 2016, 5:18 am Reply

I'm pretty sure mary from mantrasandmangos was staying here but it turn's out a bar down the street was too loud and the noise went on pretty much all night, they thought they would get used use to it but nope then end up leaving so maybe look into her channel bit and too see if its the same place, i can't remember the name of the place otherwise i wouldn't have given you guys a heads up (I'm pretty it's this place seeing as it pretty much looks the same)

Shelley’s Cloud

Jun 6, 2016, 5:24 am Reply

Good choice! Looks amazeballs! Cool to know you're a GoT fan too, agree with that face, but don't worry it's about to get EPIC CRAY-CRAY! Whoop!

well

Jun 6, 2016, 5:45 am Reply

People I know in my country struggle to get apartments after high school working two job and not traveling.

SkyMcSparkle

Jun 6, 2016, 5:45 am Reply

How did you create your intro graphic? It's pretty snazzy

Brittney

Jun 6, 2016, 6:05 am Reply

Congrats on your first appartment, it looks really lovely 🙂

Living Free Forever – Melody & Ric Schafer

Jun 6, 2016, 6:18 am Reply

Very nice! I love it. Congratulations. Enjoy 🙂 Where could I look at apartments online? What can one get for about $1000 USA dollars? I'm just curious. Do you have air conditioning? IS that common to have or do most not have it? Excellent video. Thanks for the info. 🙂 Oh and are you any where near the beach? I'm not sure where your city is.

michael j

Jun 6, 2016, 6:46 am Reply

Hi from wales , Rob sent me, enjoying your vlogs, great apartment hope you be happy

Real Space Hobo

Jun 6, 2016, 7:08 am Reply

I know I didn't get it right – but technically – TECHNICALLY – I hit the nail, cause you did say you loved Pansook 2 and Dome – but in my defense, your first vid on this apartment, Huay Kuewy or whatever, was not as revealing/informational as this one, so the feeling you got was not the feeling I got, so hence it looks like I didn't win all the prizes, beacuse Huewy Kuewy or whatever was the choice, but I feel morally victorious – enjoy……:-)…….Scotty – Gym – 24/7……..:-)

Norman Cook

Jun 6, 2016, 7:13 am Reply

Lovely apartment. Congrats!

Jesse Greenleaf

Jun 6, 2016, 7:41 am Reply

Great first apartment! That pool looks gorgeous with the dark blue water.

Dorina Roams

Jun 6, 2016, 8:25 am Reply

such an awesome place! great choice 🙂

Angela.Johanna

Jun 6, 2016, 8:40 am Reply

Super nice! Congrats!

Jack Evans

Jun 6, 2016, 8:53 am Reply

Can I ask what visa you're currently on in Thailand? I want to go over there for a year and possibly rent an apartment for a few months too but I couldn't be doing with the visa runs every 30 days on a VOA.

WAY AWAY

Jun 6, 2016, 9:44 am Reply

Awesome! Love the new place and I love seeing your nesting side:)

Faye

Jun 6, 2016, 9:52 am Reply

Do you have a problem with locals taking advantage of you guys, i.e. raising prices? Just curious how you guys may handle those kinds of things.

Nathan Brown

Jun 6, 2016, 9:59 am Reply

I can definitely tell you are excited hahaha
Congratulations!

THE INDIGENT EXPLORER or “Where Can I Exchange These Food Stamps For Euros???”

Jun 6, 2016, 11:20 am Reply

Hi, I really enjoyed watching your videos. I have been watching for about a year or two, but under my real name. I just started this new travel vlog and I would love it if you could take a look at it. It's kind of odd, bizarre, informative, amusing and kooky. I really like your vlogs for those same reasons, plus you remind me of a younger version of myself. I hope you will take a look at my vlogs. The first one explains why I took my trip and the reason I decided to share my experiences with the public. It was meant to be very cathartic and it was. The name of it is, "Sad goodbye, but now happy hello to you! Also way to save big money in Rome!" I respect your opinion very much, mainly because, though you're kind of kooky, I can tell you are also very interesting and intelligent, qualities I have also been told (or accused) of having! I hope you will enjoy it and if you have time, perhaps you could give me some suggestions on how to build my site. I have very little money (small pension) but would like to do more travelling, (this was my first vacation in 32 years!) and I am hoping I can make a little money so I can return to Italy and research more budget tips and report even more crazy adventures, like trying to pantomime to French paramedics, that a woman needed a CAT Scan by motioning to my head and loudly MEOWING!!! I think for a moment they considered taking me away!!! Thanks for taking the time to read my letter. I know when you first move into a new apartment it is very hectic. If you happen to like my crazy and thoroughly unprofessional, but fun video skills, maybe you can subscribe. Thank you very much. Take care. Sincerely, Indi

Bokimon

Jun 6, 2016, 12:16 pm Reply

i think thailand is livable than in manila

Two Estonian Beards

Jun 6, 2016, 12:40 pm Reply

All caught up with your videos now!
Congrats on your apartment. Looks really nice. Enjoy the simple joys of life 😀

Sarah Studt

Jun 6, 2016, 12:52 pm Reply

The security factor is nice, and it is gorgeous. Great choice 🙂

Ethan Cox

Jun 6, 2016, 12:53 pm Reply

Wow that was quick! Hope you enjoy the new place 🙂 How are they with dogs in Thailand, are they allowed in stores etc?

Naturally Mermaid

Jun 6, 2016, 1:01 pm Reply

Cheers to your first apartment!

GoddessofSpring25

Jun 6, 2016, 1:22 pm Reply

How are the neighbors? Do you have any? Can you hear the people moving around in the building? That's a huge nuisance in apartment buildings. THIN WALLS!!! I knew you'd go for the Luxury! CONGRATULATIONS GUYS!!!!!! * dancedance*

All For Show

Jun 6, 2016, 1:43 pm Reply

word

Living On A One Way

Jun 6, 2016, 1:56 pm Reply

This apartment looks amazing!! I'm starting off with the travel vlog and I only do one (maybe two) a week, how do you manage to do one a day!! I like this style where you record throughout the day. I'm moving to more of that style I think. Would love to hear feedback!

Beloved Shakti

Jun 6, 2016, 2:03 pm Reply

Please try using reusable bags when shopping. This is especially important in countries such as Thailand where recycling isn't as readily available. Not to mention that it is surrounded by the ocean, and a lot of that plastic will end up in it.

Alexandra Fournier

Jun 6, 2016, 2:04 pm Reply

looks awesome! congrats!! 😀

twistedyogi13

Jun 6, 2016, 2:30 pm Reply

Palm sugar maybe? We used it in a thai cooking class, you can get it wet (like peanut butter) or dry (like brown sugar).

Anelina95

Jun 6, 2016, 2:55 pm Reply

Your new flats looks awesome. I'll be travelling around Thailand next month (your videos and blog have been so helpful) and I was wondering, in Thailand can you put toilet paper down the toilet?

Betsy/BA BF

Jun 6, 2016, 3:35 pm Reply

I hope you both enjoy living there! I think I changed my Patreon correctly now. Was planning to last month (sorry), but I moved with 5 children so a tad in a clusterf**k. 🙂 Hope the difference helps even a little bit with your new place.

solongsofa

Jun 6, 2016, 3:54 pm Reply

Muscovado or Demerara (muscovado is soft)

Derek Cooper

Jun 6, 2016, 5:56 pm Reply

So chuf us , place look amazing, security WAW lol ,, look forwarder to see more .

ronP __

Jun 6, 2016, 6:13 pm Reply

I miss Leo! We don't get it in SOCAL 🙁

psygamare rotu

Jun 6, 2016, 7:24 pm Reply

????? Here,a housewarming gift☺Enjoy that place?
Love,#FinnishFan

Mike Davis

Jun 6, 2016, 7:39 pm Reply

I can't believe you bought beer in a can 🙁

CandidlyKelly 1970

Jun 6, 2016, 8:55 pm Reply

So happy for you & Scott. I was grinning the whole time I was watching cuz I could tell how happy & excited you two are. Congrats on your first apartment

Patrick Burnell

Jun 6, 2016, 9:28 pm Reply

Looks like an awesome apartment.

Fabio Virgi

Jun 6, 2016, 11:11 pm Reply

Huge congratulations on getting your apartment! Looks great ?

OnePercentBetter

Jun 6, 2016, 11:17 pm Reply

That value for money… 0.0!

Mel May

Jun 6, 2016, 11:44 pm Reply

I can't believe the price, that's £150 a month for each, when I pay that amount per WEEK for my one bedroom uni accommodation.
I want your life T_T

All4 Adventures

Jun 6, 2016, 1:02 am Reply

Congrats on your new place! ?

Conor Ryan

Jun 6, 2016, 1:44 am Reply

Hi i follow your Vlogs i was wondering if you have any tips for Thailand and food poisoning?? i was there before and everyone i seem to have met has got it. any tips for food or meds to take to avoid getting it? could be a good piece in a video… i know random topic 😛 keep up good work

Missa Perron

Jun 6, 2016, 2:31 am Reply

This apartment view is amazing!!! Happy for both of you!! Enjoy and take care

MsDessertJunkie

Jun 6, 2016, 2:54 am Reply

Sounds like your describing palm sugar, which you can get solid or loose in most Asian countries.

Mark Krikelis

Jun 6, 2016, 5:06 am Reply

Keep doing what you are doing, I love your work. Peace and Love

beautyplayground

Jun 6, 2016, 8:40 am Reply

Such a beautiful place 🙂

michael j

Jun 6, 2016, 8:43 am Reply

wow , hello from Tenby west wales

pledys

Jun 6, 2016, 9:48 am Reply

Your probably looking for molasses unrefined [email protected]@

R G

Jun 6, 2016, 5:20 pm Reply

how long are you in chiang mai? I'm here now studying thai for 15 days at the uni! 🙂

My Life As I know it! Desiree Roldan

Jun 6, 2016, 6:04 pm Reply

So happy for you guys!!!

Andrew Ng

Jun 6, 2016, 7:26 pm Reply

your excitement is so infectious! happy for you guys. should you guys decide to take up a 3 months lease later, does it start after the first month or the first month is inclusive? 

p.s is it just me or did scott put on a couple of pounds? :p

20 Seconds in Thailand

Jun 6, 2016, 9:14 pm Reply

I'm jealous

siham SUZI

Jun 6, 2016, 11:51 pm Reply

You are lucky to have a husband in your life <3

gary delarosa

Jun 6, 2016, 11:59 pm Reply

how much was deposit again?

Wandering Waffle Heads

Jun 6, 2016, 3:45 am Reply

were at the south of Thailand and can't wait to start exploring north!!

THE INDIGENT EXPLORER or “Where Can I Exchange These Food Stamps For Euros???”

Jun 6, 2016, 12:46 pm Reply

@Hi Wanderlust Estate! I just watched one of your videos and it really looks like a lot of fun!!! When I see all you professional vloggers travelling to so many wonderful places, I wish I could figure out how you get the money to do it?? I really want to go back to Europe, especially Italy and travel around like you do, but by bus and/or train and give great money saving tips and of course talk about my many "only could happen to me" moments! The problem is I don't even have the airfare to get back to Europe and I am on a very small pension. Do you have any suggestions?? Thank you for being so kind. I have subscribed to many travel vlogs and you are the first person to answer me back so I consider that an honor!!! By the way, where are you travelling now? How do you keep your feet and legs from getting cramps. I traveled from Rome to Paris on the bus and my feet were in terrible pain!!! Thank a lot and as they used to say in the 80's, "Keep on Trucking!!!"

Gabrielle Larson

Jun 6, 2016, 10:58 pm Reply

What are you going to be doing there? How long do you plan to stay in Chang Mai?

플로우얻벤처 Flow Adventures

Jun 6, 2016, 4:43 am Reply

so jelly of you right now Aly! 😉 xx

Vickie

Jun 6, 2016, 10:45 pm Reply

Good choice, I well look into this place next stay in Chiang Mai!

Khairul Shiddiq

Jun 6, 2016, 2:23 am Reply

name of the song please?

Brittney Turner

Jun 6, 2016, 7:58 pm Reply

Is it easy to find apartments that take dogs?

Alfred Stimoli

Jun 6, 2016, 1:04 am Reply

Congratulations on your new apartment, it looks great. Any idea what the monthly rate for a 12 month contract is?

Josias Lopes

Jun 6, 2016, 12:34 pm Reply

thumbs up for that breakfast….

Jaygee BK

Jun 6, 2016, 1:17 am Reply

why do yo have cc? you speaking english! I love the accent too.

Pietro Valentyne

Jun 6, 2016, 12:36 pm Reply

Hi PT, at 6:01 you make reference to something, not sure what, I looked through the comments but couldn't see anything. Where you referring to the National Anthem playing through speakers? I'm just guessing. If so, does it happen twice a day? Can you film it?

boatswainsm8

Jul 7, 2016, 9:17 pm Reply

I was watching other videos from that same residence and they didnt even look close to wha you have. Your apartment appears to be pretty modern…nice!

sarah kamala

Jul 7, 2016, 7:12 pm Reply

exciting congrats! I agree you guys did good. I am moving in December…..but i have a little dog….did you run into no pet rules a lot? Also got it be harder to find something reasonable during high season when I move! Regards!

jak po

Aug 8, 2016, 3:08 am Reply

how is the freagin INTERNET!!  Joseph and Mary and Baby fucking JESUS!!  what is the internet like at that place….why do bloggers forget this essential info!  FUCK!   nothing on you guys….but it just pisses me off!  why cant bloggers include foremost….INTER FUCKING NET!!  nice vids…nice place./…

Pale Dolphin

Sep 9, 2016, 9:09 am Reply

Where's that place located, though? Is it any close to the center? How about the main roads around?

Adrian Morton

Sep 9, 2016, 7:07 am Reply

I knew you'd pick this one. How can you say no to that pool and it's so new.

Deepak

Sep 9, 2016, 7:02 pm Reply

Talking machine!!

BigD Travels

Sep 9, 2016, 8:19 pm Reply

Why move to a foreign country then live like your in your own country except in a closet size apartment?  I don't get it.

The Brass Teacher

Oct 10, 2016, 2:18 am Reply

heya! We just moved into Huay Kaew, where is the local hardware shop?! we looked for ages in central shopping mall opposite 7/11 but couldn't find anything! Thank you!

Dee Marie Wright

Oct 10, 2016, 12:18 pm Reply

Would you please show the washing machine? Would love to see apt again, only a little slower.

Biking Viking

Nov 11, 2016, 4:00 am Reply

Is it sunny by the pool or is it shade there during the day?

LovingAtlanta

Dec 12, 2016, 5:32 pm Reply

? Nice choice. Is the rent paid in cash or on credit card? Do you get the security deposit back when you leave? Just thinking through how you have to go to the bank & exchange your money for baht / THB & then pay? (Do you have to carry lots of cash / baht around?)

Michelle Ruiz

Dec 12, 2016, 4:01 am Reply

Nice apt at that price !

chuck mcveigh

Apr 4, 2017, 7:40 pm Reply

love you!!! you are so animated and honest…and funny!!! thank you for your slant on things and the way you deliver your views…your man is very lucky!!

colin schabel

Apr 4, 2017, 8:08 am Reply

you have cheekbone dimples.

Crunchy

Apr 4, 2017, 12:26 am Reply

Was power and water included in the rent? If not, how much was it roughly per month? Currently looking around for an apartment in Chiang Mai!

William Arthur

Jun 6, 2017, 6:09 pm Reply

Damn spoiled Brit, like a child!

胡冬品

Jun 6, 2017, 5:14 am Reply

your video is awesome! definitely love it!

GoldenToothBrush

Oct 10, 2017, 5:32 pm Reply

I've read that the wifi is really bad? How did you find it? Also were there any extra costs? Thanks in advance!

Parker Howe

Oct 10, 2017, 3:26 am Reply

Any chance you could post the address of the apartment you selected?  How was the Internet speed?  Best coffee shops?  Best area for street food?  Would be much appreciated.

Allan Gregory

Nov 11, 2017, 4:44 pm Reply

With the greatest respect you videos are just me me me me me, not once have you given any information at all, all we know is somewhere there are fantastic places to put sponges and plastic items for your flat and I’m very happy for you.
Trying to share some information like WHERE so this video is of use to someone else other than your ego

CountKoski

Apr 4, 2018, 10:15 am Reply

I have a feeling that you fell for the Ivory Tower trap. And that's not going to be good for your nomadic lifestyle.

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