There are approximately 30000 expats residing in Chiang Mai every year. And there are thousands of online communities, groups, forums, clubs, organizations caring for Chiang Mai expats. One of those, which has passed the test of time is Chiang Mai Expats Club (CEC). CEC has been around for a decade, and it is one of the most recognized and respectable expat communities in Chiang Mai.
CEC is a non-profit social organization operating with a theme of “Expats Helping Expats”. It is a great place to find all necessary information you might need to stay in Thailand. Most of people who approach CEC have questions about visa regulations, health care, housing, insurance, tax etc. Some of them have been in contact with CEC prior to their move to Chiang Mai. Yes, you can find a lot of information online but the CEC member’s collective pool of experience is second to none. They also organize presentations and talks with relevant and influential Thai government offices and businesses. This way you can get updated, firsthand information. It’s not easy to top that.
Expats Helping Expats
Another reason why people join this club is its social component. You can make new friends and get involved in one of the CEC’s Outside Group Activities. They are specialized clubs within the club and they range from Chiang Mai Photographic Group to the Bridge Club of Chiang Mai. If you just want to meet some of the members and have a chat with them, the best way is to attend one of their General Meetings (4th Saturday of the month, at Le Meridien Hotel) or Breakfast Club meetings (1st and 3rd Friday of the month at The River Market), as they don’t have a main office.
Since last year, they have a new President , new Constitution and a new governing Board. This might sound a bit excessive for an informal club of foreigners, but that is the best way to guarantee the transparency of their activities in accordance with Thai law. This also assures their members that CEC will not be used as a marketing vehicle for unreliable business or interest groups.
If you ever think to get actively involved in any “Farang” clubs in Chiang Mai, CEC should be on the top of your list. And, if you want to learn more about them check their website,Facebook page, YouTube channel.
Chiang Mai Expats Club – Chiang Mai Hiking Group
Hope to see you guys on 28th March, 2015 at Le Meridian before 10:30 A.M. Meanwhile, see you on the Internet in some thousand plus Chiang Mai Facebook pages or let’s shout at each other using capital letters in online forums. Cheers!