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2 hours ago, CorpusChristie said:

I have never understood the enjoyment of sitting on sand and looking at water 

Except for the sun, sea, surf, sand and salt water I love the beach.

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1 minute ago, CNXexpat said:

Chiang Mai city itself is not really beautiful. Not many old houses in Old Town, no good nightlife and so on. The good thing is that there are many many beautiful places around, like Doi Inthanon, Mon Chaem, the rice terraces in Mae Wang, the amazing temple Wat Ban Den in Mae Taeng and a lot of beautiful places in the mountains. 

Yes, but you cannot look a females in their swimming costumes for free , you need to go to specialsed bars at night to see that 

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2 hours ago, bkk6060 said:

I think CM was recently voted as the top, or one of the top places for Thais to visit.  Not sure why, visit a few temples and waterfalls nothing new for Thais the place seems a total bore.

Chiang Mai has always been top place for Thais to visit.  Many like the cooler climate than in the south.  It is particularly popular in the winter when people flood to Doi Inthanon when the temperature drops and you get a frost.  Over recent years there have been less visiting because of the appalling pollution but it still counts as number one.   

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

Lack of foreign tourists has destroyed the tourism economy and Thais just don't cut the mustard. 

But did'nt 90% of Thai's state in a recent survey that they did'nt want foreigners to return? Ma, I'm confused!

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Chiang Mai fifty, forty or even thirty years ago was very special, with a Northern culture of its own still intact, and a laid back charm that beguiled me when I first arrived.

In common with many places worldwide, time and over-tourism has not been kind to the place, and coupled with the now regular mass burning season making the air quality appalling for a large part of the year, I'm afraid those days are long gone.

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3 hours ago, CorpusChristie said:

I have never understood the enjoyment of sitting on sand and looking at water 

Yes indeed, and sitting drinking in seaside bars, chatting up prostitutes!!

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1 minute ago, Burma Bill said:

Yes indeed, and sitting drinking in bars, chatting up prostitutes!!

Well, you are paying them to provide a service 

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49 minutes ago, Pottinger said:

Chiang Mai fifty, forty or even thirty years ago was very special, with a Northern culture of its own still intact, and a laid back charm that beguiled me when I first arrived.

In common with many places worldwide, time and over-tourism has not been kind to the place, and coupled with the now regular mass burning season making the air quality appalling for a large part of the year, I'm afraid those days are long gone.

Man, you must be really old now if you were here 50yrs ago.

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12 minutes ago, hotchilli said:

Som nam na... all the rip-off venues can go bust... AND YES I MEAN IT.

I stayed in CM last year for 10 days... talk about walking around with a target on your back.. from taxis to restaurants and bars, souvenir/gift shops, silverware etc etc etc, you name it they tried to rip me off.

It was in fact a spoiler for a break I had planned and looked forward to for a along time.

I will never go back to CM even if it was free. 

Yeah, they honed their rip off skills on the Chinese. Actually I don't get bugged at all so not sure why you did.

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33 minutes ago, Burma Bill said:

Yes indeed, and sitting drinking in seaside bars, chatting up prostitutes!!

I love that!

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