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Pros/Cons of CM

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On ‎1‎/‎8‎/‎2019 at 4:37 PM, bkk6060 said:

I know a guy who lives there also.

He told me that water is filthy dirty and stinks to high heaven he can never open his windows.

 

Must be another place. Definitely no smell. My windows are open all day long.

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On 1/7/2019 at 10:40 AM, rumak said:

18 years ago it did feel like home.  But as nothing stays the same in life, now I have moved out of my home to a place a little bit more peaceful and more like the "thailand of old".  Going into town now is more like going to visit ones relatives....then its "ok, gotta get going ....see y'all next time"

I am about 20 minutes from the town now. Before I lived in Santitham for almost seven years. I find now going to Town to just be a hassle and only come in now to do shopping once every two weeks. What you said is true - great to go in and see the relatives but so much better going home.

 

Chiang Mai from just 10 years ago has changed. I just hope this burning season is not too bad. I might relocate for a few weeks.

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On 1/9/2019 at 7:09 PM, smotherb said:

It is a simile, but bless your heart you tried.

You're saying I am over-using semantics when I define a ghetto for you, and now you want me to understand the miniscule difference between a metaphor and a simile? Permit me to doubt it's a crucial distinction.

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44 minutes ago, totally thaied up said:

I am about 20 minutes from the town now. Before I lived in Santitham for almost seven years. I find now going to Town to just be a hassle and only come in now to do shopping once every two weeks. What you said is true - great to go in and see the relatives but so much better going home.

 

Chiang Mai from just 10 years ago has changed. I just hope this burning season is not too bad. I might relocate for a few weeks.

Hi TTU. Can I ask what direction from town you choose to live now? I'm guessing you own/rent a house there? If so, how is the internet out there as well as other utilities? Ever any issues?

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31 minutes ago, HuskerDo said:

Hi TTU. Can I ask what direction from town you choose to live now? I'm guessing you own/rent a house there? If so, how is the internet out there as well as other utilities? Ever any issues?

It doesn't matter, they even have 3BB fibre in the Hmong Villages on the mountain now.

Electricity goes off in thunderstorms every now and then.

Water pressure goes off a couple of hours a year.

Same everywhere.

Around Hang Dong gets a lot more aircraft noise, as the airport is there.

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9 hours ago, Lacessit said:

You're saying I am over-using semantics when I define a ghetto for you, and now you want me to understand the miniscule difference between a metaphor and a simile? Permit me to doubt it's a crucial distinction.

oh, I have permitted you much more than that, and I have no doubt the difference would be minuscule to you; bless your heart

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CM isn’t expensive. As said the air quality is very bad in burn season and isn’t so great now according to the AQI. I lived past the outer ring road and cringed at the thought of having to drive into CM. I can’t live in a crowded urban environment and that is what you get there. I don’t know that immigration is still a big factor now, at least if you are in CM, it’s not a long drive to get there. Can’t complain about the people but too many farang and Chinese for my tastes. There are some fantastic places to live within a 30 minute drive. I moved back to a village near Lamphun so I could have my wood shop.


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1 hour ago, sletraveler said:

CM isn’t expensive. As said the air quality is very bad in burn season and isn’t so great now according to the AQI. I lived past the outer ring road and cringed at the thought of having to drive into CM. I can’t live in a crowded urban environment and that is what you get there. I don’t know that immigration is still a big factor now, at least if you are in CM, it’s not a long drive to get there. Can’t complain about the people but too many farang and Chinese for my tastes. There are some fantastic places to live within a 30 minute drive. I moved back to a village near Lamphun so I could have my wood shop.


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Sounds like a great idea SLE. I suspect a place outside the city will be more appealing to me as well in a few years. I appreciate your thoughts. 

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3 hours ago, smotherb said:

oh, I have permitted you much more than that, and I have no doubt the difference would be minuscule to you; bless your heart

I was not aware I needed your permission for anything. Make my day - please expound on the "much more" you consider you have extended to me. By PM if the mods are tired of us being off topic.

Are you OCD? Not a criticism, I have some of the traits. You do seem to have a burning desire to have the last word - I've noticed it before in other threads.

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19 hours ago, HuskerDo said:

Hi TTU. Can I ask what direction from town you choose to live now? I'm guessing you own/rent a house there? If so, how is the internet out there as well as other utilities? Ever any issues?

 

18 hours ago, BritManToo said:

It doesn't matter, they even have 3BB fibre in the Hmong Villages on the mountain now.

Electricity goes off in thunderstorms every now and then.

Water pressure goes off a couple of hours a year.

Same everywhere.

Around Hang Dong gets a lot more aircraft noise, as the airport is there.

I live with my wife in one of the many small villages to the East of Chiang Mai. It is a small village on the way out to the San Kamphaeng hot springs. I have like BritManToo said, fibre internet and it costs me 500 baht a month. It rarely goes down (as like once in three years but due to my router dying) and we only have power problems during big storms. I have a UPS that keeps my systems running for around 4 hours and to date, have never been without the network during a storm. I also have DTAC contract for my Phone (4G) and hotspot off that for highspeed access when I go out. 

 

I live in my wife's house. I was lucky that my wife owned property/lands before I married, so I did not have to buy but I did put in a small amount of money to upgrade some of the facilities in it. I have lived out here now for three years, it is about 20-30 minutes from town depending on traffic. I lived for a long time in Santitham when I was single and that was okay but I could not do it now due to it being just too busy. I prefer a quiet area now but once your away from the city center, it can be pretty easy. I was averaging about 10,000 baht a month in Condo/Town House expenses when I lived in town (about 120,000 a year). 

 

At home, I run an aircon about 16 hours a day and it costs me 2000 baht a month for my power bill. Maximum bill is 2,900 baht a month during the burning season with my air purifiers on, 24/7. Water is free as we use a well and a pump. I run two computers 24/7, a network server as well and two stereo systems almost all day. I run two 55'' LG TV's as well as two Samsung 32'' Dual Monitors. We use gas to cook with and gas also for the hot water system as I really like to have hot water. The house was built for Thais (Lana Style) and I spent about 300K just putting tiles and extra rooms in to make it 'foreigner' friendly. We have a large garden area that I blocked out with concrete blocks and that cost another 120K. The lands my wife owns, have been in the family for more than a century. So for me, I have now just broken even in what I have spent in upgrading the house, compared to when I was single and living in town. In some ways, it is better to own if you are staying a long time (but remember, you can never own land here, so, like all, I am at my wife's mercy if anything was to go wrong). 

 

About the most expensive expense, I have is my health Insurance (that is a must-have) at $US1300 a year and my number one car insurance (18,000 a year). The rest is pretty small costs. Living in a village is pretty cheap. My wife and I live on 24,000 a month and that gives us just about everything that I need. Basic things like Motorcycles are cheap to buy (but dangerous) but cars here are not cheap. 

 

Chiang Mai can be as cheap as you want it or as expensive as you want it -depends on just how you want to live.

 

 

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7 minutes ago, totally thaied up said:

About the most expensive expense, I have is my health Insurance (that is a must-have) at $US1300 a year and my number one car insurance (18,000 a year).

When I lived in Santitham I paid 5,000bht/month for my room.

I have no health insurance saving $1300 a year, and minimum m/c insurance 300bht/year.

But I do splash out on 100MB 3BB fibre at 631bht/month.

 

Guess I'm just 'thrifty'

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10 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

When I lived in Santitham I paid 5,000bht/month for my room.

I forgot to add, I lived in a townhouse - sorry, not a Condo at 8,000 a month with 2,000 baht in power. Aircon was on 24/7

 

When I lived in a Condo at a start, I spent 5,000 a month, 1,200 baht a month for power. I preferred Town House living as I had my own big kitchen and cooked a lot. I had a few girls and such stay with me during this period of time and also had one girlfriend for some time, run her business from the shop area I had for 18 months. I have edited my original post to make it correct. 

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1 minute ago, totally thaied up said:

run her business from the shop area I had for 18 months. 

Laundry business if I remember correctly.

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2 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

Laundry business if I remember correctly.

No, that was the neighbor - she had a nail shop but you know where. You have a great memory. That was a four-five years ago.

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After a year you will find yourself going to the same places day in and day out and your out of options. The city is limited as to new activities.

 

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