Are Coworking Spaces Worth the Money?




Chiang Mai in Thailand is most certainly the mecca of coworking cafes and shared work spaces.

Last month I join a popular coworking cafe in Chiang Mai.

These are my thoughts on the coworking scene as a whole in Chiang Mai as well as the alternatives to joining a coworking space, how much they cost and whether or not they’re really worth it.

I’ve tried to cover both positive and negative aspects of my experience so that those of you who are considering becoming a member of a coworking space can make a more informed decision.

Ultimately whether you become a paying member of a coworking space will come down to your individual needs and requirements.

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23 Comments

  1. Matthew Harris
    October 21, 2017
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    Interesting points of view. Something I realised when I was pricing up is that I wasn't going to work weekends so the monthly rate isn't really that much better than a single day rate a lot of the time when you consider there are about 20 working days in a month.

    Would have been interesting to hear how much you spend a month by going the coffee shop way. I know it's not exact but a quick calculation of 60bt coffee / divided by 4000bt rent would equal a budget of 66 coffees a month.

    I've been travelling around and using spaces inside hostels which has been even cheaper. In both cases, hostels + coffee shops the biggest problem has been finding somewhere with good back support.

  2. RJ Prescott
    October 21, 2017
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    Bret the monthly prices are less then some internet prices here in the U.S. thank you for the info.

  3. Telluwide
    October 21, 2017
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    I never got the hype around co-working spaces. When I saw the prices for some of these (around Europe) they looked way too expensive for what seemed like an overpriced, open spaced coffee shop. Why pay that kind of money when most cities in the world have great coffee shops, many with good food and WiFi? The part of the fun of exploring a new city is finding your "spot" and becoming a regular, getting to know the staff etc. Plus it's a mini immersion into the local scene. I also got the impression that co-working spaces were filled with mostly self-important, self-absorbed "Digital Nomads" and not the image of collaboration one would think came with these places.

    It's also free to just work from your airbnb and get out and walk about when you feel claustrophobic. Besides, you can always join a meet up group you gel with online who are in the local area. There are plenty of them throughout the world: Meetup.com, nomad list, facebook etc. where you can connect with like minded individuals without the awkwardness of the co-working space. Good points, good video!

  4. Clive Kingshott
    October 21, 2017
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    Hey Brett, listening to your vloggs, and others, I get the feeling that Chiang Mai has had its day, in that the pioneers of the nomad life style have moved on, and only the real lovers of Chiang Mai are still there, watching the newbies come and go? I only say this through what I watch and research from afar in China! I hear what you say about most people being afraid or too wrapped up to speak, it can be the same here. Keep the posts coming!!

  5. Steve Jones
    October 21, 2017
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    Hi Brett, Well I'm actually here now and have been for a month.
    I really don't think the work spaces are that awesome……..I pay 800baht a month for 50/20MB internet and cable and sim card……..4000baht is nearly half my rent at D Condo Sign.
    To me, not worth it.

  6. google sucks
    October 21, 2017
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    Very helpful info. Thanks!

  7. Justice Moody
    October 21, 2017
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    Go the beard bro!

  8. Jack Smith
    October 21, 2017
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    Iv'e heard the same from friends that have used Punspace (Nimman). They said it can get very crowded in the day. Just a heads up Brett, I used a hotel up the road from there on my last trip, It's called the Buri Siri, and it's a very nice hotel (It's on Siri btw). It has a cafe at the front and a large swimming pool behind it. They do a day rate , 200 Baht which includes a free drink and use of the pool…It was nice to use sometimes as a change.

  9. Emil Malmsten
    October 21, 2017
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    100 baht per month for the AIS super wifi is really nice! Possible to work for free in camp or wake up without having to constantly buy coffee's haha. I still do buy stuff there ofc but just not as much.

    I wanted to try punspace but after this video I'm not really sure if I even want to try it anymore lol… But I do miss having a soft comfy chair 😀

  10. Diogenes Lantern
    October 21, 2017
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    It seems like it would be better to just get a slightly larger room and buy a good table and a good office chair. The question then becomes available internet speed and dependability. From what I've read, the internet bogs down in the evening when all the Thai's get home from work and go online.

  11. Diogenes Lantern
    October 21, 2017
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    I guess one advantage of pun space would be for workers that are only staying in Thailand for a month or two at a time. But even then, as you point out Dev, the price is high. Surely for an extra $50 a month one could find an apt. where the landlord can set you up with a decent table and chair. In fact places like Chiang Mai, the local small condo and apt, places should offer a desk and a chair for an extra $25 a month, That would be a win win for most people and managers.

  12. Rebecca Riley
    October 21, 2017
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    Brett, I will be in chiang mai in a week for only 20 days. Can you recommend somewhere with a small meeting room/Skype room that can be hired per hour? I teach English online so only need short bursts of use

  13. Ben Shearlaw
    October 21, 2017
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    Can you explain what's wrong with just working from your apartment? Other than the social aspect and internet connection I can't see why these co working spaces are so popular. Any insights?

  14. PB seven 52 nine
    October 21, 2017
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    Finally took the first steps in doing my own thing so I can be free from one location. Thank you for the information you provide. Even if I do not come to Thailand, I am sure these points are relevant to other locations.

  15. Onkel Reisende Mac
    October 21, 2017
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    When is the exsam season in Chiang mai?

  16. Hens are Friends
    October 21, 2017
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    Do the coffee shop co-working spaces have Skype areas?

  17. Doug M
    October 21, 2017
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    Interesting video Brett. The way you described it sounds like the better business option is to set up one of those co work spaces than to be a digital nomad. Frowns on their faces and packed in like battery hens. No thanks. If it's so anti social you may as well be in an apartment. Glad I'm not living that lifestyle. I am playing the Aussie stock market or some would say it's playing me. lol So I guess it allows me to work while on the road. No way I'd join a rip off co working place! Brett I'm sure you're still gregarious and it's the scene that's become anti social, not you.

  18. Alan Cole
    October 22, 2017
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    What about CAMP – That's free and has great options for seating etc

  19. Vagabond Lifestyles
    October 22, 2017
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    Excellent point of view, thanks for sharing

  20. Rick Barrett
    October 22, 2017
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    Hey Brett, I'm not friendly at all, so I'll fit right in ! LOL

  21. Jeff Gunzel
    October 23, 2017
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    Very helpful information. Looks like I'll be hitting the coffee shops when I go next month

  22. Thomas
    October 24, 2017
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    Finally!! someone with the same view 🙂

  23. Niki House
    November 2, 2017
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    Can you tell is the internet I could get in a flat…First, how much is it…second, how fast is it…I teach English online ..and need a totally reliable fast internet for videos online live classes…is it possible?

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