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Far Fewer Farang Waltzing Down the Chiang Mai Streets These Days. Why?

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yeah, waltz went out of fashion over a century ago.. 

 

It is quiet... I am sure you have covered most of it and that everyone has a different reason. Likely a combo of your noted items with an accent on money... 

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As I recall, back in 2016, there once was a whole host of very old guys gabbing in coffee houses near the university. They spoke of trivial matters, and often repeated themselves almost every few minutes.  But, now they are gone.  Where did they go?

 

Did they die from the smoke during this past year?  Or, did they finally return to nursing homes in their home countries?  Or, are they lying low in their Chiang Mai bungalows?

 

The point being that you just do not see them these days.

 

Even the Chinese are not out in force, these days, which seems quite odd.

 

I would estimate that the number of foreigners of all kinds here has diminished by about 50 percent, compared to 2016.

 

The Grab drivers are hurting, for sure.  Just ask them.

 

I am not saying that the dearth of farang or other foreigners scares me.  In fact, this new scarcity calms me because, in the past, I found some of the newly arrived foreigners overly noisy.  I mean that they often talked at very high volume.

 

My question is:  Why is it suddenly so quiet after about 4 years of growth?  And, equally importantly, can we look forward to continued relative peace, or will the foreigners soon return, just as inexplicably as they so suddenly left?

 

 

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34 minutes ago, thaibeachlovers said:

Other than long term expats, most farangs in C M were bagpackers. Bagpackers are avid internet users and read the reviews by those that went before.

Other than temples, and there are temples elsewhere in LOS, C M has sod all to offer Bagpackers that they can't find elsewhere without being choked by burning.

I lived there because it was cheap, and I wasn't interested in the bar scene any more, but young people want to have fun, and fun is a rare beast in C M.

Frankly, the night life sucks, the traffic is appalling, it's dirty, congested, the night market is pathetic, and sanuk is gone.

 

BTW, I went on 2 different river tours and a Kan Toke dinner and entertainment, and all of them were rubbish. There is zero chance that I would recommend CM to a tourist.

Mae Hong Son- yes, C M never.

You are down on CM and Sri Lanka.  Where do you like it?  besides Mae Hong Son

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47 minutes ago, fhickson said:

ive noticed some increased negativity by thais in cm. not as friendly as it was say 5 years ago. red truck/tuk trying to charge double when they can etc.

Actually they are far more negative in other parts of the country, than in CM and that started post 1997, to be exact ... 

 

Just keeping you updated ... :biggrin:

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I think the same could be said for most tourist areas of Thailand the farang business is down I have a few friends who used to live in Phuket and moved the CM and now wished they hadn't they miss the beaches and the clean air, couple of the guys did move out of CM for 3 months because of the smog 

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2 hours ago, MisterBleach said:

I was in Chiang Mai in 2016 for a brief period of time.

Interesting scientific method used in coming to such profound conclusions now.

 

2 hours ago, MisterBleach said:

At that time, there were plenty of farang waltzing down the streets of Chiang Mai,

It's just a guess but I'm assuming the people have moved on from 3/4 time and now contemporary music has moved back to 4/4 which offers a much larger range of dance moves.

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