I’m going to be spending some time in Chiang Mai, so I’ve been testing the wifi speeds at various places. This list hopefully helps others who are looking for some fast wifi to work here!
CAMP is found on the 5th floor of the MAYA mall).
Camp’s own Wifi is a bit slow and you have to purchase something over 50 Baht to get a wifi code that lasts for 2 hours. However, you can get the AIS wifi here and the environment is really nice (it does get super crowded though).
AIS Wifi At CAMP
You can purchase a SIM card from the AIS store (3rd floor) in the Maya mall for 60-100 Baht ($2-3) [it works even if you don’t want to use the SIM in your phone – just ask them to get the password for you for the AISsuper wifi] and then use it at CAMP on the 5th floor.
Cotton Tree Cafe at Green Hill (Google Map Link)
Just around the corner from the Maya Mall, this cute little cafe is in the Green Hill apartments complex (Green Hill residents get a slight discount for purchases). Their coffee is decent (they do pourovers too) and the space is really new and clean with a great modern atmosphere. Internet is reasonably fast.
Nice and quiet, but sadly the internet is rather slow. I tested both their wifis several times and got poor speeds. In fact, it was so slow, it was difficult to get US websites to load well.
This a cute place popular with tourists and often touted as “the best coffee in Chiang Mai.” It’s OK, and they do have lots of iced coffee drinks and even a Long Black for the Aussies, but I wouldn’t call it the best coffee personally.
For working, it’s not great as it’s often filled with tourists since it’s on one of the main roads (Nimmanhemin road), but it is a convenient spot for meeting people or if none of the other cafes are open (as this one is open daily).
Their own wifi (3BB_Ristr8to) was so slow that I couldn’t get the wifi speed test page to even load, but they do have both AIS wifi and AIS Super Wifi.
Here’s the wifi speed test for the AIS Super Wifi, which is pretty fast:
And here’s the regular AIS Wifi speed, which is much slower but works fine for webpages and emails:
This is around the corner (2 minutes walk around the block) from the main Ristr8to Cafe (described above) on Nimmanhemin Road. It was way less crowded than the main one and serves pourover coffee (in a very fancy cup). Wifi was pretty fast using the AIS wifi (I was able to have a video Skype call there without issues) and the coffee was decent. All the seating is outdoors, so beware of bugs.
These are nice apartments (not quite luxury if you’re used to luxury places in the US), and if you want to stay here they offer month to month furnished apartments – choose building 2 or 3 if you can as they are much newer. Internet speed is pretty slow on their wifi, but you can pay to upgrade to a faster wifi.
If you don’t upgrade, then this is the internet speed:
Akha Ama Coffee กาแฟอาข่า อ่ามา (Google Map Link)
The coffee is pretty good and it’s a nice work atmosphere – quiet with both outdoor and indoor (AC’ed) seating. Lots of greenery outside, which is pretty. It’s located in a very residential area so there are fewer tourists as well.
There’s an extensive coffee menu with both cold brew and 3 single origin pourover options.
Internet speed is fairly poor, but pages do load, so not bad if you’re not uploading or downloading much.
BKK (Bangkok) Airport Domestic Terminal
I tested the AIS wifi speed there. It felt a bit slow at loading pages from the US, but the speed test came up good.
This is a cute cafe on the other side of town, but the internet speed is slow (you have to buy something for a 2 hour internet code).
They have some superb cold brew (I tried the nitro cold brew – images below – and I absolutely loved it). Sadly, their internet speed is awful and the space is super small (3 tables). I’m going to try their second location which the barista told me is larger and serves food.
Starbucks, Mueang Chiang Mai District (Google Map Link)
Unlike in the US, Starbucks in Chiang Mai do not have their own free wifi! This came as a shock to me since I had always been used to stopping in Starbucks in foreign countries for a quick drink and free wifi.
However, some Starbucks in the city have AIS wifi.
This one next to Le Meridien hotel and near the Night Bazaar has a nice big table to work at and AIS Super Wifi (the regular AIS wifi was very slow when I tested it).
Here’s the AIS Super Wifi test speed: