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HuskerDo

Pros/Cons of CM

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6 hours ago, Foxy52 said:

I live within the moat and really like being woken up early by the chanting monks doing their alms bit

 

Not only within the moat. I live in a Moo Baan about 10 k's south of town, by the canal, and here there are also chanting and music in the morning. In a loudspeaker. But the worst thing is when they do have rock conserts near the Night Safari. Awful. Otherwise I know that the ppl here and in Isaan are genuinely nice and helpful. Not like BKK and south of there. Experiance since 1989.

 

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5 hours ago, Vacuum said:

Yes I know. 5 AM is perfect.

We live 25km North of Muang Chiand Mai.

Into town after morning rush hour

Out of town before afternoon rush hour.

Can even find a place to part at Wororat market

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1 hour ago, Formaleins said:

you will be subjected to the absolute worst immigration office in the whole of Thailand!

Yes, it was bad before, but since the move to the old (new) place, it's much better according to reports.

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6 hours ago, jmd8800 said:

One of the downsides of living in CM is the constant discussions of the pros and cons of living in CM.

The pros are getting a bit old.

But the hiking and cycling in and around CM is 1st class.

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14 hours ago, HuskerDo said:

Just please list a few pros/cons to sell someone on wanting to live there long term.

The hiking, cycling and trail running are unbeatable (jungles, temples, lakes and waterfalls), never been anywhere else like it in the world. You can go on your own, or there are always other people willing to join in.

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Well to my way of thinking, I appreciate the Thai and Hilltribe cultures that thrive in and around Chiangmai Mai as compared to most of the rest of Thailand. Also the weather although horrific throughout most of the year is still waaaay better than Bangkok or the south.

on the negative side are the drivers. Compared to the Bangkok drivers, the ones up in the Chiangmai Mai area are far worse with absolute disregard for ANY road rules. Since the cops do not enforce any of the rules one has to assume that it is their form of population control.

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6 hours ago, canthai55 said:

Horse Hockey

Went to Sausage King yesterday for breakfast, and to stock up on some Western meals.

Big breakfast - 2 poached eggs, 2 toast, black pudding, back bacon 3 pieces, 3 breakfast suasage, fried potatoes, beans, mug of English breakfast - 169 baht

In the west - Canada - that would be at least $20.00 or 460 baht - 3 times the price.

We cook mostly at home - 95% - and do not spend 30K baht per month for 3 people. And that includes fuel to travel 25km to Macro

OP - $1800 US easily doable.

I personally think one of the biggest mistakes people make is to not include private health insurance cover, you would be leaving yourself open to the public system here if you don't allow at least $1,800US for private health cover.

 

If single the amount he is referring to per month is reduced to 11 months, therefore it's $1,650 per month, and if your looking at running a car, rego, insurance, maintenance and fuel costs add up.

 

What about a trip back to the US to see family or friends annually, domestic flights here, hotel, car hire dining out, etc, etc

 

I mean sure if your going to be eating cheaply (Thai) and being froogle you should live modestly on that kind of money, but for me, I have done the math by writing down everything I have paid for everyday throughout 365 days a year and to live a comfortable life here you need 100,000 baht per month, a moderate life 50,000 baht per month, anything below that is going to be the pensioners humble life.

 

I will add that, that I enjoy my Thai/French quality meat, good imported red wine, the company of young ladies occasionally, good household appliances, good private health cover, a modern car, nice clothes, trips overseas annually and domestic holidays, so on 100,000 baht a month, it's a comfortable life, and I wouldn't want it any other way.  

 

As for Chang Mai, I have heard that the smoke problem there is so bad that a lot of people have moved on for cleaner air quality and smoke is something I loath, so he might want to look at a coastal area where you at least get those seabreezes, just a thought as opposed to heavily smoked out areas.

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3 hours ago, KittenKong said:

I am amazed by the high food prices in the USA every time I go there, and on top of the high menu prices you have added taxes and then a massive tip is expected. So anything here should be many times cheaper. It's much cheaper in the UK and Europe also. You could get that breakfast in Spain for 5 Euros (under 200B), which for me makes Thailand look expensive.

 

Last time I checked 169 Baht is less than 200 Baht that breakfast would cost you if you lived in Spain. 

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13 minutes ago, 4MyEgo said:

I personally think one of the biggest mistakes people make is to not include private health insurance cover, you would be leaving yourself open to the public system here if you don't allow at least $1,800US for private health cover.

As for Chang Mai, I have heard that the smoke problem there is so bad that a lot of people have moved on for cleaner air quality

 

But I'm not a sick old man, and if I ever were that sick (for whatever reason) I'd prefer to die.

Again, I'm not a sick old man, my lungs can cope with a bit of smoke some times in the year.

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11 minutes ago, 4MyEgo said:

I mean sure if your going to be eating cheaply (Thai) and being froogle you should live modestly on that kind of money,

In the UK I cooked all my own food at home.

In Thailand I cook all my own food at home.

 

It's much cheaper in Thailand.

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2 hours ago, jimmysjo said:

. Otherwise I know that the ppl here and in Isaan are genuinely nice and helpful. Not like BKK and south of there. Experiance since 1989.

 

 

Some of us would like to know more details on your experience with not-so-nice people in Bangkok and southern Thailand.

 

 

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