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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.

I live halfway from Chiangmai to Hang Dong. Using Google Earth my house is 8km as the bird flies from the center of the moat. I have a friend that lives a block away from me and he has True ADSL service, so it is available at least this far. He had to wait three months to get it though, maybe faster install now.

As for "high speed" he suggests it is satisfactory but not awe inspiring.

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There is indeed TRUE cable Internet around the moat area.

The spread of this service is dictated by demand - I do not know how far out from the moat area they are at present, but I still think dropping in at their office which is in a commercial Soi some 200-300 meters before reaching Chang Pheuak Market driving along the North side of the moat from Kat Suan Kaew and Computer Plaza in the direction of the NorthEast corner.

As for ADSL. Maybe you could survey the interest among your neighbours and get them to sign a list - enough people on such a list might inspire a company to invest in installing ADSL in the neighbourhood. Just a thought.

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Thank you gentlemen for your responses. I have a friend that is actually occupying his house after owning it for four years, on the way to Hang Dong, upon retirement next month, who will be delighted to hear of this news. I think his is a little further toward Hang Dong, the development with the huge entry gate complex on Hang Dong Road.

I waited three years for a TOT telephone line, refused to pay developer 15k baht for one, so I am ready for ADSL,. My name is on the TOT "list" as is my neighbor. He paid a fee, had an install set up and as is usual in such cases, the install never occured.

I will use my Hang Dong friend as a stalking horse as he is very computer literate and if he is successful with True ADSL, I will work with him to get it here, if possible.

I think one of the main problems is financing the infrastructure.

GPRS works for me, but slowly, so I am not in dire need. Such was the case with my use of cellphones until TOT came through with a telephone line for 3900Baht. One of my few moral victories here in Thailand was not giving in to the extortionist developer.

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ProThai: 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.

A 5 km radius corresponds roughly to the perimeter defined by the middle ring road (the one after the superhighway). It seems that ADSL coverage within this area is less than 100%, but it is definitely more than 0% outside of it. It really depends on the neighbourhood. I rented a house in San Sai (roughly 8 km from the moat) which has ADSL. A friend of mine who lives near Samoeng Road/Chonlaprathan Rd. intersection (roughly 10 km) has ADSL, too.

It can only get better. :o

Cheers, X-Pat

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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

Answers from my point of view:

1) Panthip Plaza on Night Bazaar Road, just purchased a 19" Flat Screen for around $250.

2) No idea, but will find out this October when I finally return home on a permanent basis.

3) I have both my daughters enrolled at NIS. Better than any school in the USA.

4) No idea!

5) No idea, I have a tendency to kill plants just my presence.

6) Personally, I use Bangkok Bank....... NO problems so far (4yrs +)

Good luck;

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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

DW tv is received from Apstar sattelite on the standard PSI system available C/M

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Some useless info for the OP,

Plumeria is now called LILAVADEE....... :D

Lilavadee substitutes the old Lantom name which was believed subdueing the curses of bad luck and sorrow... :o

See www.plumeriathai.com in CM

Enjoy! & let me know if you manage to track down any cheap Perlite and Vermiculite.....

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