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Standing Room Only On Bus Back From Chiang Rai

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I always used to hire a car with a mate, or take a bike by yourself. You can pick up a 400cc in town for 300 baht and be there and back in around 6 hours if you know what you're doing. Even a 125 plastic pig would do the trick. They're only 150 baht for a day and you could come and go (go and come) in your own time and still beat the god awful bus. :o

A "Plastic Pig" now you must be Brit?

skycop :D

Sure am. Well spotted, Skypig! :D

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I've even seen a CM taxi in the Mae Sai area a few times. I figure the fare for that is around 1,000 baht

I'd say close to double that, Ajarn. Fuel's about 700 baht and it's 6/7 hours work for him.

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I've even seen a CM taxi in the Mae Sai area a few times. I figure the fare for that is around 1,000 baht

I'd say close to double that, Ajarn. Fuel's about 700 baht and it's 6/7 hours work for him.

How do they charge? I thought it was something like 3 baht per kilometer? Or is it 4 baht?

About 500 k's up and back.... About 1500-2000 baht, by my guesstimate

Still a lot :o

I'll take ya' for 1199, thrills included :D

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I've even seen a CM taxi in the Mae Sai area a few times. I figure the fare for that is around 1,000 baht

I'd say close to double that, Ajarn. Fuel's about 700 baht and it's 6/7 hours work for him.

How do they charge? I thought it was something like 3 baht per kilometer? Or is it 4 baht?

About 500 k's up and back.... About 1500-2000 baht, by my guesstimate

Still a lot :o

I'll take ya' for 1199, thrills included :D

That'd be a good deal but the thrilling bit sounds a bit ominous, or do you know a place in CR? :D Being a married man and all, my thrilling days are over but at least I don't have to make that bugger of a journey every month now.

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The travel agencies in CMai have a deal with a company that runs a whole fleet of light green minibuses. The fare may be 800 baht for a seat. It includes driver and tour guide, free buffet lunch overlooking the Golden Triangle, tours of the wat at Chiang Sien, a jade shop in Mae Sai. It's door to door from the hotels.

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I've even seen a CM taxi in the Mae Sai area a few times. I figure the fare for that is around 1,000 baht

I'd say close to double that, Ajarn. Fuel's about 700 baht and it's 6/7 hours work for him.

How do they charge? I thought it was something like 3 baht per kilometer? Or is it 4 baht?

About 500 k's up and back.... About 1500-2000 baht, by my guesstimate

Still a lot

I'll take ya' for 1199, thrills included

That'd be a good deal but the thrilling bit sounds a bit ominous, or do you know a place in CR? Being a married man and all, my thrilling days are over but at least I don't have to make that bugger of a journey every month now.

The thrill is being a passenger of mine. :D:D:D:D:D:o:D

As for places in CR, I rarely miss a stop at Charin Resort, Km post #141 on the CM-CR road.. :D

charin.jpg

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The travel agencies in CMai have a deal with a company that runs a whole fleet of light green minibuses.  The fare may be 800 baht for a seat.  It includes driver and tour guide, free buffet lunch overlooking the Golden Triangle, tours of the wat at Chiang Saen, a jade shop in Mae Sai.  It's door to door from the hotels.

Wow, I've never noticed them. It sounds pretty good, and worth 800 baht. I'd be careful in that jade shop, though. :o

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I am a retired E-7 USAF, and I was respectful and my reply was meant to be only friendly. Married 32 years thank you all for "your service" too.

skyocp

Prettiest Marine I believe I have ever seen... :D
same problem with surin-prasat

that woul be a marines wife (mine) :o

understood, i never took it wrong :D

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I've always been annoyed by the fact that the last bus from CR back to CM is at 5:30 PM. Makes the trip to Mae Sai way too rushed and tiring. They should have later buses, maybe at 7:00 and 9:00.

Well, the other day, for the first time in my long experience going to Mae Sai, I arrived back in CR from MS and the 5:30 to CM was sold out. Over a dozen people who had no other way to get back stood all the way from CR to CM. The trip took 4 hours.

I was one of them, but after about 45 minutes I felt like I was going to faint and asked a young Thai if I could pay him to take his seat. He let me have his seat and then said "mai pen rai" when I offered him some money.

I was told by another Thai on the bus that the 5:30 is getting sold out more and more, and he had to stand on it recently, too.

Well, aside from the question of "is anybody in the Thai transportation department even noticing the problem?" next time I will try to buy the ticket for the 5:30 when i arrive in CR from CM, instead of 15 minutes from departure after I come back from MS. But I don't know if they will sell the tickets that early.

Be warned.

Isn't life a bitch?

I think we should get this problem looked at by the U.N Never mind the famine in the Sudan, civil wars in other parts of africa and other minor problems they really should concentrate on the big problems facing humanity today.

Or at least by the Thai government, in my opinion they should get their priorities worked out the problems in the south, drought and poverty fade into insignifcance when it comes to real issues such as you having to stand up for 4 hours on a bus.

I also feel your pain when you had to ask for a seat from one of the natives without him offering it to you.

I really hope you are fully recovered from your ordeal and ready for another trying time next month or whenever your visa expires, do let us know how you get on as we could do with a laugh to brighten the day.

A real visa might have solved everything :o:D

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A real visa might have solved everything

If it would shut up this persons whinging the sooner they get a long stay visa the better.

It grieves me to say it I think they may be a Brit as you know when A British plane lands in Oz you can still here the whining even after the engines have been shut down.

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A real visa might have solved everything

It grieves me to say it I think they may be a Brit as you know when A British plane lands in Oz you can still here the whining even after the engines have been shut down.

Gfaw, gfaw. Oh you are a card, never heard that one before. The whining is the disappointment on how <deleted> the country is :o

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I've even seen a CM taxi in the Mae Sai area a few times. I figure the fare for that is around 1,000 baht

I'd say close to double that, Ajarn. Fuel's about 700 baht and it's 6/7 hours work for him.

How do they charge? I thought it was something like 3 baht per kilometer? Or is it 4 baht?

About 500 k's up and back.... About 1500-2000 baht, by my guesstimate

Still a lot

I'll take ya' for 1199, thrills included

That'd be a good deal but the thrilling bit sounds a bit ominous, or do you know a place in CR? Being a married man and all, my thrilling days are over but at least I don't have to make that bugger of a journey every month now.

The thrill is being a passenger of mine. :D:D:D:D:D:o:D

As for places in CR, I rarely miss a stop at Charin Resort, Km post #141 on the CM-CR road.. :D

charin.jpg

Been passed it many times but never stopped off...always in too much of a rush, but looking at them scrumptious pies, I'll definitely make the effort next time.

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FYI

An private car and driver (airport taxi ) from CM to Mae Sai and back is 3,000 bht. Take as long as you want, stop whenever and where ever you wish.

Buying the driver lunch is extra.

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