Chiang Mai may not be as lively a tech hub as Bangkok, but the popular tourist destination is nurturing a vibrant ecosystem of innovative startups. The city’s reputation as the digital nomad capital of the world certainly plays a large part in attracting tech talent from around the world.
From online ebook vendors to social networking for martial artists, the following are 15 Chiang Mai tech startups you need to know about in 2017 and beyond.
Relately helps you maintain your relationships with important people in your life. After connecting your social media and email accounts, the tool records how often you interact with business contacts and sends you a helpful reminder if you haven’t messaged them in a while.
Ezistock is an e-commerce platform for Thai artisans and creators to promote and sell hand-made jewelry, artwork, clothing and much more.
Alua connects users privately with celebrities, models and other high profile personalities. You’ll see new featured members popping up every day—and you’re virtually guaranteed to get a response from them. An exclusive paid messaging system rewards engagement and makes your conversation a top priority.
A Thai Tinder? That’s right—rather than making you swipe through hundreds of potential dates, Noonswoon will send you one interesting match every single day at noon. Having already matched 150,000 people, the app’s unorthodox approach may be the future of dating apps.
Attend language socials in cities across the planet for free—Mundolingo helps locals practice foreign languages and visitors make new friends via its weekly, fully-staffed events.
Ookbee is one of the biggest success stories on the Thai startup scene. With an 85% market share, the offering is purportedly the country’s biggest ebook store with partnerships with major players in the country like mobile network AIS.
SimpleDifferent’s app allows users to build websites quickly and easily. The offering is available for both iOS and Android devices.
After raising $335,000 from international investors, Hipflat went on to become one of the leading property websites in Thailand. The website features over 120,000 homes for sale and rent across Thailand and has plans to expand across South East Asia.
Aware is another phenomenal Chiang Mai’s success story—with over 600 employees in offices spanning 3 continents, the company is a custom software development and technology services firm.
Iglu is an interesting mix of offerings: the company provides digital solutions for their clients as well as services to help companies relocate to Thailand.
Another example of a Chiang Mai success story, Movaci provides IT services to companies without their own technology staff.
This startup has developed a secure, easy-to-use money transfer service with competitive rates and no fees. The company has already expanded across South East Asia and has plans to break into the North American and European markets.
FlyerHeroes is a niche graphic design website offering Photoshop templates for nightclubs, musicians, businesses and community organizations.
Monjin is a startup focused on developing captivating and fun mobile games. PikoSmash is their first title.
My Fighter Card is a social network intended only for use by martial artists. It has yet launched yet, but you can sign up now for early access.
With its great weather, low cost of living, high-speed internet and buzzing social scene, Chiang Mai might just be the best place to build a tech startup. Be sure to keep these 15 companies on your radar in 2017 and beyond.