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Come back Farangs! Tourism in Chiang Mai decimated by Chinese exodus

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4 hours ago, Wiggy said:

You reap what you sow, Thailand.

you'd think a country that has it's culture stooped in Buddhism would understand the law of karma, i.e cause and effect 

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Just now, Easy Come Easy Go said:

you'd think a country that has it's culture stooped in Buddhism would understand the law of karma, i.e cause and effect 

Isnt Karma all about the next life and nothing to do with this life ?

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Usually by now here in Phuket the roads are packed with tourist buses and vans and Central Mall is doing lots of business, instead it's like the middle of rainy season. My neighbor who has a tourist van is hurting big time, especially since his wife demanded he buy a 2 story unit in Kathu for 2.5 million baht. YIPES. At least she's working to.

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4 hours ago, simoh1490 said:

My wife works at a tourist attraction in the Mesa Valley, business is booming and she's rushed off her feet, fewer Chinese but still plenty of tourists. AND, try driving the 107 and 1096 on a weekend, it's becoming manic with huge delays and queues. Sooo, if Muang is lite on tourists I don't know where the ones we're seeing are staying and eating. 

Kaoboi Bebobp & Dude007...you're confused, it's easy, The Mesa Valley is the area just North of Chiang Mai where all the tourist attraction are, Tiger Kingdom, Elephant Poopoopaer Park The Elephant Camp, The Orchid Farm. The Snake Farm and the road to Samoeng, Moncheam and the Viewpoint etc etc. Tourists in the thousands who visit Chiang Mai spend their times at those places during the day time. The 107 and 1096 are the roads that get you from CM to the Mesa Valley.

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when the government was shutting down 'illegal' guesthouses most of the people of this forum were cheering, I was saying that the tourist will not choose expansive hotels over cheap GH but they will just go somewhere else... Somebody called me a fool...

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Just now, MekkOne said:

when the government was shutting down 'illegal' guesthouses most of the people of this forum were cheering, I was saying that the tourist will not choose expansive hotels over cheap GH but they will just go somewhere else... Somebody called me a fool...

He was wrong, you are not a fool , you are well clever

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4 hours ago, bluesofa said:

Fake news!

Only yesterday weren't Thai Airways saying there were more visitors:

"more Thai Airways flights have been booked by Chinese passport holders as many of them will be celebrating the Loi Krathong Festival and New Year in Thailand."

 

To be honest, the place is a bit of a mess.  I've gone on about this before, but I know many farangs who've come to grief on the broken footpaths, missing tiles, broken man hole covers.  Having 30cm (1ft) kerbs doesn't help, and the dirt on the roads is rarely, if ever swept up.

Does the city even own a mechanical road sweeper? I've never seen one.

Chiang Mai is lots more than TaePae gate and corpulent pigeons.

A traffic light or two for pedestrians would be appreciated;  Not too many tourists are driving cars, and no-one gives a hoot for zebra crossings.

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50 minutes ago, dotpoom said:

If a Farang likes to go to Chiang Mai does that mean that the Chinese people should stay away... because you don't like them?

 

just stay away from me will do fine

 

 

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2 minutes ago, masuk said:

A traffic light or two for pedestrians would be appreciated;  Not too many tourists are driving cars, and no-one gives a hoot for zebra crossings.

Thailand is built for car not for pedestrians, no pace is pedestrians friendly in this country, walkways right next to highways were incompetent drivers are driving as fast as they can and if an accident is happening and you're in the wrong place you'll be probably dead...

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IMO , Westerners stopped coming to CM because of the strict licensing laws , I quite often saw hoards of young Westerners walking around the streets at midnight , trying to find somewhere to go .

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The authorities have made Chiangmai boring as heaven on a Saturday night. 12 o'clock closing might satisfy some boring old fart policy maker but it is no wonder the place is now near deserted at night. It used to be go out at 8, have a meal then go to ones favorite meeting place and tell war stories and lies over a few beers. If you know you will be tossed out at 12 you may as well stay home and have visitors. Chinese like to shop. In Chiangmai everyone sells the same stuff from open markets to the big shopping centers. All the red tape farrangs must go through to visit someplace else makes people like me stay home. Many locals make us feel welcome but these dumb policy makers just want to harass us till we move to Phillipines or elsewhere. For tourists renting motor bikes to constantly being pulled over for license checks even though wearing helmets leaves a real bad taste for many tourists.

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All very valid points but don't forget the ever continuing strong Thai Baht in all of this.  It's a relevant part of the jigsaw that is tourism.

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