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1. Is there a Northern "Pantip Plaza" or IT Mall in Chiang Mai where you can spoil yourself with large flatscreens, 64-bit CPUs, and the latest gadgets?

2. What is the broadband Internet coverage like? Can you get ADSL in every part of the town / province?

3. Which schools do you recommend in CNX?

4. Is there a German bakery in Chiang Mai? Unlike broadband Internet access, I don't really need this for survival, but regular Apfelstrudel would be nice. :o

5. Can you still grow Frangipani (Lan Tom), Jasmine, McArthur Palms and all these tropical garden plants we are used to in the Chiang Mai climate?

6. What is the most farang-friendly bank in Chiang Mai?

Cheers, X-Pat

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1. There is a Panthip Plaza at one end of Chang Khlan Rd. - Chang Khlan Rd. is the Night Bazaar Main Street running parallell to the Ping River. You'll find Panthip on the intersection of Chang Khlan and Sri Donchai Rd. It's nowhere as full of little nondescript shops as the original Panthip in Bangkok though - still - you will find most of the things you need there.

Other alternatives for IT equipment are Com(puter) Plaza and Icon Square on the Northern end of the moat, towards Kaat Suan Kaew Department store. If you say Com Plaza, all the red bus drivers will know where you are going.

The two large shopping centers, 'Central' (Kaat Suan Kaew) and 'Robinson' (Central Airport Plaza) both sell computer equipment as well.

2. You can get ADSL in every part of town, but I dont think it is available in the entire province... not sure though. If you are close to the moat in town. you can get broadband through Cable Modem (TRUE). I have used this service for 8 months, and I have no complaints whatsoever, so if you are within the area of coverage I think you should consider it.

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4. I found a German Bakery in Hang Dong outside Chiang Mai by using Google. I have PM'ed you the address. I cannot vouch for the quality since I have never used it myself.

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6. Have a look at this thread: http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=40497

It seems like most expats agree that Siam Commercial Bank and Bangkok Bank are the best options.

Cheers

Meadish

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About schools: There are five international schools and a German Christian School that teaches in the German language.

This topic has been debated here before...the best bet its to get a list and visit the schools yourself and form your own opinions (like students, parents tend to be biased toward "their" school so their opinions might not be best for you and your children's needs). Suffice is to say there are several good options.

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Kad Suan Kaew's "IT City" is pretty dissapointing, especially if you need software. However there's a pretty decent place on the inner side of the superhighway at the Chungpuak intersection with a big "The North Biggest Computer Store" sign on it.

On the good side of Kad Suan Kaew, there's an excellent and reasonably priced restraunt with a great outdoor terrace view of CM (decent curry too), some great artwork near the parkade on the lower level (bit pricy sometimes) and if you ever run low on cheap plastic Nokia cellphone covers, or want to have stickers made, there's about 34567 shops there to serve you. :o

cv

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Along this same line of inquiry, I will be retiring to Chiang Mai end of this year and was wondering if German TV chanels are available?

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Along this same line of inquiry, I will be retiring to Chiang Mai end of this year and was wondering if German TV chanels are available?

If you get a satelite dish and the receiver with a card for Agila KU sat then you can pick up Deutsche Welle(DW TV) which is about it for this neighbourhood.

cheers

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Kad Suan Kaew's "IT City" is pretty dissapointing, especially if you need software. However there's a pretty decent place on the inner side of the superhighway at the Chungpuak intersection with a big "The North Biggest Computer Store" sign on it.

On the good side of Kad Suan Kaew, there's an excellent and reasonably priced restraunt with a great outdoor terrace view of CM (decent curry too), some great artwork near the parkade on the lower level (bit pricy sometimes) and if you ever run low on cheap plastic Nokia cellphone covers, or want to have stickers made, there's about 34567 shops there to serve you. :o

cv

Do you mean Thai or Indian Curry, only I have never had much luck with Indians in CM, I really miss my UK Indian curries :D

If it IS INDIAN what is it called?

Cheers

TP

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Best Indian I have had in CM is actually off Thanon Chang Khlan, in the Night Bazaar area, same side as McDonald's but further towards Tha Phae Rd, as part of Galair (Kalae) food court. But I dont recall any curries, it was mostly other Indian food. Still worth a visit though.

I agree that the other Indian restaurants I have eaten at in CM are rather disappointing.

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It's Indian. There's also some passable mexican fare too. You can find it up on about the 5th floor by the cinemas. Oddly enough, their thai food isn't that great.

cv

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Plumeria, no problem, there is a major grower and exporter in the CM area, the others, I don't know. :o

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Have all the mentioned plants growing in my garden. The scent from the Frangipani is almost overpowering at present with two 30 foot trees either side of our verandah.

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Along this same line of inquiry, I will be retiring to Chiang Mai end of this year and was wondering if German TV chanels are available?

If you get a satelite dish and the receiver with a card for Agila KU sat then you can pick up Deutsche Welle(DW TV) which is about it for this neighbourhood.

cheers

Great news. Where can I obtain a card for Agila KU and at what price? Thank you. Regards, Tango

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Along this same line of inquiry, I will be retiring to Chiang Mai end of this year and was wondering if German TV chanels are available?

Yup. "Deutsche Welle" comes with the cable package, though it's so boring, it should be called "Deutsche Weile". Then again, these days as all media converge to one large Supernet, you can watch ZDF, ARD, RTL and others on the Internet (if you have invested $$$ into a high-speed line).

Cheers, X-Pat

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p1p: Have all the mentioned plants growing in my garden.

Thank you! Of course that was really a silly question, since I saw all these plants on my last visit to Chiang Mai. I just ddidn't remember them from my previous CNX travels. It seems that especially Frangipani has become a very popular garden plant since the Queen has renamed it from "Laan Tom" to "Lilawadee".

Cheers, X-Pat

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I have been monitoring all of the Thaivisa threads on internet access for three years and have yet to hear of one ADSL subscriber who has obtained service outside of a 5km ring around the primary telephone interchange which limits ADSL to within the moat or close to it.

True broadband with fiberglass cable has been announced ad nauseum and some may have it in the the center of town but forget it anywhere outside the moat.

We who live more than 5 km from "downtown" have been cursed with dialup, GPRS or ipstar for, it seems, forever. We have waited with baited breathe for years hoping some entity will fullfill one of their many "announcements" and provide western style broadband service to even a reasonable area.

There is a falang "IT" specialist in my village who reportedly has ADSL and was willing to help install it for a fee of 500 Baht an hour with no guarantee. Such an "offer" suggests he has become Thai in his thinking as such an "offer", to me is illusionary, as I live 10 Km from the moat.

Hope springs eternal, however, so if anyone actually has "high speed" internet service and lives more than 5km from "downtown" please post, as I would truly like to be wrong about the foregoing post.

"Calling or visiting" TT&T or TOT is not a viable suggeston as I have done that repeatedly for years. Yes Ipstar on the new sattelite offers hope, but TOT has announed commerical users will get it first. Thats 25% of the sattelites capacity. Then there is India, Australia etc.

Just read the threads on internet access, and they are volumiinous, and you will see how problematic this issue is in Chiang Mai.

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