If you are looking for a cool place to get some work done in Chiang Mai, then CAMP AIS has to be at the top of your list.
This large cafe can be found on the top floor of Maya Shopping Center, near Nimmanheimen Road, and is open 24 hours a day.
It is usually packed out with expats, digital nomads and students from the local universities, and has a quiet, relaxed atmosphere that is ideal if you have to complete some projects, for example.
It is also ideal if you just want somewhere to chill out for a few hours because there are large wooden steps at the end with cushions available so that you can lie down and relax.
CAMP stands for Creative and Meeting Place, and AIS is the Thai internet company that provides the internet service (and are the people that created this project as far as I understand).
You can buy a variety of drinks from the cafe to fuel your work sessions, and there is also a varied food menu for you to choose from, which includes a mixture of Thai and western food.
To use the AIS internet for two hours, you just need to buy something that costs at least 50 baht, but if you have AIS wifi on your phone, which I can highly recommend, you can access the internet for as long as you like, completely free of charge.
Then you can do what I do, and just order a bottle of water for 20 baht, and maybe the occasional snack if you get hungry.
Another good reason to go to CAMP if you work online is that it is a good opportunity to get to know other bloggers and digital nomads. The Thai student population far outnumber the farangs (as the locals call us), and so if you happen to be sat next to a fellow farang, it is easy to strike up a conversation with them.
This is a very large workspace that can accommodate lots of people, but it is still not large enough because there are often times when it is really hard to get a table.
Many people will leave their things at their desk, and then wander off to do some shopping or get something to eat, so that no-one can take their table when they are away, which is really annoying.
Another slight problem is that they have a tendency to set the air conditioning really low, so it can sometimes get really cold in there if you are just wearing a t-shirt and shorts, for example.
Overall, though, CAMP AIS is definitely one of the coolest places to work online in Chiang Mai, particularly if you happen to live nearby in the hip and trendy Nimman area.