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Post by parrot » October 23, 2014, 10:05 pm

dtammakhung wrote:I agree. CM extremely busy noisy polluted crap hole. Once others know this the tourists will go elsewhere. And the police demanding 500 baht of tourists 24 hours for alleged infringements. They wait until the early hours of the morning in bar area on one way road so you can't do a u turn to escape.
Imagine the gall! Trying to stop someone who might have had too much to drink late at night.......and then preventing them from driving the wrong way on a one way street.

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Post by stattointhailand » October 23, 2014, 10:09 pm

And just to confuse the poor tourist, there is one road in the middle of CM where you have to drive on the right :lol:

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Post by Laan Yaa Mo » October 23, 2014, 10:12 pm

dtammakhung wrote:6 years ago. You'd suffocate now. It resembles Disneyland now rather than an ancient town. About 12 police blocks in search of traffic offenders in city area. You can't escape them. The best thing about the place is you'll enjoy leaving. Needs to be renamed Uriah Heep 555
I was in Chiang Mai for a few days in mid-July this year. I did not notice any smog and I did not notice any hints of Disneyland. Wats Suan Dok, Jet Yot and Phra Sing were as they were in the 1970s and '80s. It is true that Bo Sang (the so-called umbrella village) has expanded, but I would not expect it to be as it was in 1978. I enjoyed my few days in Chiang Mai.
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Post by ronan01 » November 11, 2014, 7:15 am

Chiang Mai is a bit quiet, and the traffic a bit congested - it does seem a bit difficult to get around the central area.

Enjoyable to walk around the central part, where the old city walls are, and some nice temples to see (again).

Lack of tourists obvious, and most are Chinese it seems to me (and I am told they are buying much of the local property). Also seemed to be a lot of Thai "company training sessions", and also a lot of Thai weddings.

It felt like a mini-Bangkok, without the advantages of Bangkok.

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Post by wiking » November 11, 2014, 10:19 am

there are no smog in Chiangmai in July, the rainingseason - no burning - this will be from now until April, but
normally first after new year - very surprise already now in lampang

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Post by stattointhailand » November 11, 2014, 11:33 am

wiking wrote:there are no smog in Chiangmai in July, the rainingseason - no burning - this will be from now until April, but
normally first after new year - very surprise already now in lampang
It seems to be getting worse every year.
Would have thought with all the information now available to the residents it would improve ........ looks like another case of "couldn't give a damn" :confused:

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Post by thrilled » November 12, 2014, 9:42 am

The 1st time I went to ChiangMai was 6 years ago.
Definitely not thrilled with the city.I guess I will go back and check it out.I'm A gluten for punishment.
Now Udonthani.Is A nice place to,visit.Maybe live.

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Post by Zidane » December 25, 2014, 5:15 pm

Me and the missus were in Chiang Mai from 18-23 December and I was surprised at just how busy it was ! :shock:
Its a long time since I have been there.The last time I stayed at the Royal Princess hotel,near the nightmarket,but this time we stayed near Thapae Gate in the old city which was better.
Mixing with hordes of Chinese tourists and young chav farang couples day and night !
The area around Thapae Gate was great to stroll around with plenty of nice temples and shopping and dining options.
A sangthaew takes you anywhere within the old city for just 20 baht per person.
On Sunday the road from Thapae Gate to the old town (over a mile in length) is pedestrianised for a Sunday market from 5pm to nearly midnight.It was absolutely heaving with people and in the evening I tried to walk from our hotel to a restaurant about 1 mile away,at around 6pm,and it took me 40 minutes :( coming back about 10.45pm it still took over 30 minutes.
But,overall,we certainly enjoyed Chiang Mai.....
One funny story was told to me by an English guy who went to do his 90 day report at Immigration on 22nd December.
It was very,very busy with about 200 people in there.At about 3pm he was surprised when a group of schoolchildren suddenly appeared behind the Immigration Officers desks and started singing Christmas carols......and whats more the Immigration Officers stopped their work and joined in the carol singing for about 15 minutes ! :D
Maybe,something for our Immigration Officers here in Udon to take on board for next Christmas ? :-"
Until then,a very Merry Xmas to all my readers....
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Post by thrilled » December 25, 2014, 11:02 pm

If you like busy places Chiang Mai is definitely the place to go.To many people for me.And the prices seem to be about the same as Bangkok if not more expensive.
Maybe an ok place to visit.You couldn't pay me to lve there.I'm just not fond of so many people in one place.

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Post by Stantheman » March 19, 2015, 2:57 am

Was watching a news program here in U.S., rebroadcast on Malimar TV, from Thai Channel 3(I think) about the horrible pollution conditions in Chiang Mai, mostly due to field burning, industries and vehicles (but mostly field burning). Ask the wife about going there and her response was of course no way with the air pollution so I guess that leaves out a vacation spot on my next visit. :(

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Re: chiangmai is a bit quiet

Post by thighlander » December 11, 2017, 6:09 am

The worst thing about CM is knowing how good it was. The bars have gotten really bad. Most seem to have a difficult time serving a cold beer. Traffic is horrible, to go with the driving skills. Garbage is a huge problem. Been here four years without a real issue, but someone has really pooped the party. Between taxes, Uber, and Airbnb, a lot of people have a chip on their shoulder.

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Post by tamada » December 11, 2017, 10:03 am

thighlander wrote:
December 11, 2017, 6:09 am
The worst thing about CM is knowing how good it was. The bars have gotten really bad. Most seem to have a difficult time serving a cold beer. Traffic is horrible, to go with the driving skills. Garbage is a huge problem. Been here four years without a real issue, but someone has really pooped the party. Between taxes, Uber, and Airbnb, a lot of people have a chip on their shoulder.
Sounds like Chiang Mai it is now Pattaya del Norte.

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Post by thighlander » December 11, 2017, 3:53 pm

For a few days, Pattaya would probably be better. No doubt, very raunchy, but they do cater to single guys much, much more, instead of tour busses full of Chinese.

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Post by tamada » December 11, 2017, 5:48 pm

thighlander wrote:
December 11, 2017, 3:53 pm
For a few days, Pattaya would probably be better. No doubt, very raunchy, but they do cater to single guys much, much more, instead of tour busses full of Chinese.
"Oh no they don't!!!"

It must be Christmas pantomime time...

The only thing outnumbering Pattaya's (in)famous bar girls right now is the amount of empty bar stools.

I would wager that Pattaya's tour bus hell trumps the Chiang Mai one, always has and always will.

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Post by thighlander » December 11, 2017, 6:35 pm

at least the bars are open, there is a good selection, and they actually serve cold beers...but yes overrun with undesirables. Chiang Mai has probably fared a lot better in the Russian/Indian department, but worse with the Chinese. Pattaya might even be a better place to find a UTH girl, than UTH itself. Oh, and it might be worth mentioning that the nasty air is already in full force in CM, I am showing current AQI at 93..which is about the low for the last week, but still something to sneeze at. Add the elephant washers, the carb queens, and the bulldykes, who march around town sneering at every western man they see....I am fed up.

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