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5 minutes ago, rumak said:

You lonely already ?   If i found a best kept secret ( i have) ........ I would keep it to myself ( i have).

 

But good luck in your new home.  Let us know about the AQI  when the smoke really starts.

I think it might be just as bad there  ( it is in Chiangrai)  ,  but maybe not.

Yes, Nan had a few bad spots at the height of the burning season earlier this year but compared to the disaster zone that Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai have become, Nan is far healthier and almost always exhibits daily AQI readings that are well below those in its neighboring provinces. My wife tells me it’s a cultural thing here that doesn’t rely on burning everything flammable.  

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Liked your post Fore Man - we got right out of LOS, but the missus' best friend comes from Nan and so my wife visited there many times. Good luck for the future - I doubt we will ever return permanently to LOS though - but if and when I might just check the place out. I don't play golf much, but it would have to be better than Green Valley (CM) !

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1 minute ago, Aussiepeter said:

Good luck for the future - I doubt we will ever return permanently to LOS though

A little off topic but as I creep towards retirement and understand my wife would love to return to LOS on a permanent basis on my retirement, I really don't have the same desire.  A few months a year at best, but not permanent.  

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9 minutes ago, Aussiepeter said:

Liked your post Fore Man - we got right out of LOS, but the missus' best friend comes from Nan and so my wife visited there many times. Good luck for the future - I doubt we will ever return permanently to LOS though - but if and when I might just check the place out. I don't play golf much, but it would have to be better than Green Valley (CM) !

Aussiepeter,

 

Yes, I hear you.  We sold a big home at GVCC to fund our way elsewhere and now plan to split our time between South Carolina and Nan Province. GVCC has experienced considerable grooming and maintenance problems this past year to the point where I essentially stopped playing there.  It was super convenient but disappointing to a guy who could find a far better setting at venues such as Royal Chiang Mai, Mae Jo, North Hill and even way out at Chiang Mai Highlands. 

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I love Nan. If you are a motorcyclist, it doesn't get much better. If I were to move from here, it would likely be to Nan.

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Read your story with interest and recognize it. I have visited Nan Imm. for the last 11 years and have had each time a very friendly officer and always in and out within the hour, including a reentry visa. It was even busy when you saw 2 other westerns as normally I am the only one

The office nowadays is large as back then, opposite the airport, it was mainly a wooden shed, while now it is a very nice office.

That is the good thing, the other unknown for me is that now the Immigration office in Phrae has opened ,so next time no Nan but will have to find out  how it is in Phrae.

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Been in Nan 18 months now. IO is great. They are not perfect, 500 baht for a residence certificate and no receipt (and yes I know this is common practice elsewhere and not the highest price). The slow pace of life in Nan province suits us, we are just east of Pua in the foothills of the mountains, so 60 odd kilometers north of Nan. Last burning season it was obvious we suffered less than the rest of northern Thailand although there were three days where I'd never seen worse air pollution in my life. Having said that even on those days we were a long way off having the worst AQI levels. Expecting 8-9 degree minimums at our place next several days.

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48 minutes ago, BoganInParasite said:

Been in Nan 18 months now. IO is great. They are not perfect, 500 baht for a residence certificate and no receipt (and yes I know this is common practice elsewhere and not the highest price). The slow pace of life in Nan province suits us, we are just east of Pua in the foothills of the mountains, so 60 odd kilometers north of Nan. Last burning season it was obvious we suffered less than the rest of northern Thailand although there were three days where I'd never seen worse air pollution in my life. Having said that even on those days we were a long way off having the worst AQI levels. Expecting 8-9 degree minimums at our place next several days.

I can relate to your impressions and experiences. Today we drove up to Sakad to enjoy the high mountain roads and stunning views. Had an expensive coffee too at the popular Sakad Dee Homestay cafe. It was worth the price just for the gorgeous views. I’ve seen similar vistas going to Samoeng and on the road to Pai, but northern Nan beats them both hands down. 

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Nan Immi a great visit! I'm sooo glad I don't have to drive the 2 1/2 hours to be told come back after lunch (11:30) or photocopy B50 or any of the things that might break up a conversation in the office! You liked it, well good luck with that!

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Nice post, but will it be the same "sergeant" and staff there next month, or even next week? You might even get a "Maj/Gen" next time. 😀

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A postscript is warranted...in addition to my OP, I should add that I brought along a full photocopy of my passport, signed on each page copy, plus my Tambien Baan yellow book.  Nothing else besides my bank book and completed TM forms and photos was requested by the officer. It certainly didn’t hurt that my wife, a native of the province, accompanied me and said/did all the right things to make the sergeant’s job a pleasant one.   I’m still a bit shell-shocked because this was so incredibly easy.  Why it can’t be this way in Chiang Mai?  The sergeant made a side remark upon hearing me ask the same question to my wife, and he responded matter of factly...”because Chiang Mai immigration has too many customers to take care of”. He didn’t disparage either his fellow officers in CM or the occasionally (frequently?) rude foreigner that seems to crop up there and I appreciated his understanding, politic attitude. People usually mimic the behavior and comportment of those they are confronted with and it is certainly no less so with front line immigration officials. 

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I am pleased that you are so happy in Nan.  I did my yearly extension here in Chiang Rai this week and my experience was no less wonderful than your own.  A few more people (three people before me) but everything went smoothly, the OI was very efficient and we even had a moment or two for a little banter and commentary.  

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