Originally Posted by cooked
I can't see why either. A Condo for ฿15 000 is much too expensive if you don't need luxury. You can get a house for ฿6000.-. Forget the guys that say that they need ฿100 000.- a month to live. However. I take it you know about visas? Retirement visa you need ฿65 000 a month.. Health insurance?
I myself have a good style of living + support a Thai wife, very well, with ฿45 000.- a month..
Many expats answer 'how much do I need to live in Thailand?' by saying how much they need to live in Bangkok, not the same thing.
You're in good shape financially but, since you're a sensible person and this is a big step, check out these two sources, which have current Chiang Mai costs that will allow you to construct a detailed budget--right down to your Internet and cel phone monthly costs:
Home | Thailand Retirement Helpers
And this book from Amazon:
See you here!