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

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Actually..., if there really are much less travellers getting around CM these days then maybe it's time to go back there(not in smokey season though)...., given that less is more in my not so humble opine.
Fun times were indeed once had there back in the day.
 

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I would say all of the above; a-e.

 

I was at Central Festival the other day and in 45 minutes, didn't see another farang. It wasn't until we were leaving and exited through Tops market did we see perhaps 6 digital nomad types shopping in there. And for that matter didn't notice more than a handful of Chinese, mostly buying snacks at Tops.

 

I I've seen photos posted of the Reggae Bar on a Saturday night at 10:00  p.m. without a single customer in there.

 

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I'm guessing that many have settled down & settled out of town....

I've noticed that in an area that me and one other farang were about the only one's around & getting stared at years ago, there's now many around.....

 

2016 was about the last time I voluntarily went bopping around CM.....

Traffic & parking is now a nightmare, taking away the quick in - enjoy an outing/meal and leave.....

 

Plus, as the farangs have expanded away from the city -   dining options have followed (that weren't there years before).....

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So, let´s get down to the cold hard facts. We do not have to bring up many reasons.

The biggest reason is that nowadays people have to show real money inside of Thailand for get their permission to stay. If on retirement, also have to lock upp 800k for 5 month and the rest of the time never under 400k.

 

Not same interesting anymore, as there are many other countries that offers a better deal in Asia.

However, now it´s only the ones that can afford to stay that does, and we can still enjoy all the great perks of the country as it´s still the best place to reside.

Welcome to reality!

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There is already a recent thread on this. Why do people don't search before creating new threads?

 

 

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4 hours ago, pgrahmm said:

 

Traffic & parking is now a nightmare

i cant figure out where all these people are actually going

 

seems like people are driving around in circles

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6 hours ago, elektrified said:

see perhaps 6 digital nomad types

How do you know they are "digital nomad types" (DNT's) if they are not using or being digital on their keyboards, or whatever, as they move around.

Do they have clearly distinguishing features unique to them?

And anyway what if the they are "DNT's"? 

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6 hours ago, elektrified said:

I would say all of the above; a-e.

 

I was at Central Festival the other day and in 45 minutes, didn't see another farang. It wasn't until we were leaving and exited through Tops market did we see perhaps 6 digital nomad types shopping in there. And for that matter didn't notice more than a handful of Chinese, mostly buying snacks at Tops.

 

 

Was it at 3AM on a Monday morning?

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Some farangs have departed Thailand due to the stricter extension requirements on finances. I understand one agent is about 30% down on their retirement extension work. A couple from my condo are in Cambodia.

The strength of the baht against various currencies is not helping tourism or retirement either.

IMHO many of us who used to hit the bars have settled down with wives and GF's, and we are not being replaced with a new crop of inductees due to the unfavorable pollution reports. Som nam na.

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10 minutes ago, sanemax said:

There are various reasons for different people :

 

     Tourists : The pollution has been horrendous . who would want to go on holiday to a place where theres not much oxygen to breath ?

      Backpackers : All the bars close at around midnight  , may as well go to the beaches .

     Chinese tourists : Theres a lot of animosity between large groups of Chinese and everyone else .

   Teachers , DN's, self sufficient : Difficulty getting visa and visa extensions .

   Add all those together and add the expense and add to that that many Thais in CM are miserable these days .

   Its no wonder that people dont want to go there anymore

 

Nice post. Succinct and pretty accurate. 

I'd add to the Backpackers line 'beers can be had in bars in Cambodia and Viet Nam for $0.50 - $3 (15B - 90B) pretty much all night long so may as well go there too' 

Also 

Pensioners/people with private incomes from Western economies - are off  to where they get 'more bang for their bucks' if you pardon the phrase until the exchange rate improves inn their favour.

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19 minutes ago, sanemax said:

Extremely unusual  , 3 AM is usually in the early morning .

Very unusual for 3 AM to be in the afternoon 

By Golly I believe you''ve got it.     What did you think I meant? 

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