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What Do You Dislike About Chiang Mai. (2020)

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Posts transferred from 16yr old topic recently resurrected. Posts recently made transferred here to make it current.

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What I dislike most is the fifteen seconds it takes me to block posters who post vague "impersonal"  topics about what they dislike about Thailand, Chiang Mai, Thais, etc.  About the so-called "good old days." 

 

Equally nauseous is hearing expats unload their recent frustrations with whatever: for that there is social distancing aka avoidance.

 

The sense of "entitlement" to special treatment by expats living here, immune by virtue of the almighty dollar/pound/mark, etc. staggers me.

 

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How about the level of overt racism where Thai authorities will force foreigners who live in an adjacent province to quarantine for 14 days if they cross the provincial border based on nothing other than their ethnicity as a non-Thai.  And then understand that that racism is deeply seeded and that foreigners as a whole are both feared and loathed by those who run this province as well as those who run this country.  Or step it up a notch as that same racism is used to break up Thai-foreigner family as all foreigners with families are locked out of the country? 

I don't like the racism toward non-Thais.

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On 2/29/2004 at 11:45 AM, silverhawk_usa said:

How about some PARKING in Chiang Mai.

I agree and this is a near daily problem if going into town... the no parking 3-6 pm - well, I understand it but where do you park?

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17 minutes ago, connda said:

will force foreigners who live in an adjacent province to quarantine for 14 days

It would be the same for my wife leaving CM and going back to the village... she is Thai... 

 

Sorry you see so much racism - I've been here 20 years and don't encounter it... hmmmm? 

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7 hours ago, mr mr said:

you dug up a 16 year old thread to say that ?

I don't think he dug up the thread.  There was a post before his which dug it up then were edited out for some reason.  Perhaps several posts deleated by edits.

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What Do You Dislike About Chiang Mai.
 

Cough! cough! smog cough!..season

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Back in the Day you could sit outside with fellow ferangs drinking. it was quite a Clicky Set then too, if a scruffy ferang walked by that clearly was under performing on Forbes Richest List it was a rare event. Now its the opposite. Its crawling with Millennial Mouths talking about where to find the cheapest of everything. Even the 20 somethings had disposable money back then.

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I moved from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai at the end of February. I disliked the air pollution in CM, but it's just as bad in CR. A bigger range of choices in Chiang Mai.

One major difference in Chiang Rai is the Immigration office. Compared to the clusterf##k that is Chiang Mai Immigration, it's heaven. I've also noticed fruit and vegetable prices in the day market are a fair bit cheaper for stuff that is in season.

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Obviously the months from Feb to May are the worst cause you can't open the windows or go for a run due to air pollution.

 

The rest of the year when there is good air quality I still have the Thai neighbours cooking outside everyday wafting smoke across. This has got to be a local Chiang Mai thing, I can't imagine people in Bangkok cook outdoors. Inconsiderate neighbours is a problem here. 

 

Far more dogs in the Moo here than in the streets of Bangkok. Again inconsiderate dog owners. 

 

No Cinnabon outlet in the malls is a huge problem.

 

Food is excellent here, and the choices are diverse, however, the absence of some of the major Japanese and Singaporean restaurant chains is a minus. No Japanese Spaghetti or quality Dim Sum in Chiang Mai. 

 

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On 2/24/2004 at 8:38 PM, cdnvic said:

Add my vote on the drivers. The only thing that makes driving here easier than Bangkok is that the roads are less crowded. The drivers (mostly the men, not as much the women) are brainless idiots who would be road mash in 5 minutes in any other country.

The traffic police are just plain lazy. In the last two months including the laughable new years 'crackdown' I have not seen one traffic stop.

Funny enough, there's always plenty of cops around whenever the deputy vice minister of whatever needs a motorcade to go out for dinner. :o

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Vis a vis Bangkok it is a curious combination of less traffic but worse drivers. However, women are just as bad drivers in Chiang Mai. I had a woman ram me from behind as I gently braked because road workers had not put cones further away than 1 metre from the actual work. She then proceeded to pretend she was severely injured and got an ambulance to take her away. Saw her two days later at the police, not a scratch on her then or before and walking around healthy as a puppy. At least she admitted it was her fault.

 

I routinely see women on mobile phones or doing their face while being beeped by impatient traffic. So I wouldn't say women are better drivers. They're all awful drivers, scooter teens, pick up cowboys, women. The driving in Chiang Mai is worse than in Africa, and yes police are nowhere and do nothing.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Lacessit said:

I moved from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai at the end of February. I disliked the air pollution in CM, but it's just as bad in CR. A bigger range of choices in Chiang Mai.

One major difference in Chiang Rai is the Immigration office. Compared to the clusterf##k that is Chiang Mai Immigration, it's heaven. I've also noticed fruit and vegetable prices in the day market are a fair bit cheaper for stuff that is in season.

Do you get the cute chinese girls in sun dresses, adidas shoes, yankee hats, like we do in Cm. I keep telling myself Im gonna make the switch to CR from Cm but as you noted, less choices. Immig sounds tempting tho

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