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No snow or blizzards, no tornados, no major earthquakes, no volcanos, no dust storms, no tsunamis, no mega-floods like Bangkok, no wars, no famine, no gang violence, and the list goes on. Yes, we have to deal with a little smoke most years but as far as I am concerned, it could be a whole lot worse. Then again maybe I am just a bit peculiar and don’t have enough outrage in my bones.

Life is good as far as I am concerned, here in the Rai.smile.png

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Hey VF ... one thing I hear being complained up your way (Chiang Mai specificially) is the increasing population of Falangs, white skinned non-thai ... call us what you wish.

What is it like in 'the Rai' in respect to that aspect?

All the other aspects sound great ... do you have a spare room for a few nights ... I promise a 'Trip Report' ... w00t.gif

Just so it stays a nice positive OP ... what do you consider the advantages of living in the Rai as opposed to the Mai.

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A major advantage for me, living in the Rai, is that I am surrounded by a wonderful outdoor playground easily accessed from my front door. All that, and yet no shortage of modern conveniences to speak of. I even enjoy our 50 kilometer drive to town which we seem to do three or four times each week.

I love Chiang Rai, its great but enjoying driving here? Always feel I am inches from death on the highway, even in town at slower speeds it can feel the same, someone will change direction suddenly and not even think about looking behind. Not really a disadvantage of the Rai, more Thailand in general though.

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A major advantage for me, living in the Rai, is that I am surrounded by a wonderful outdoor playground easily accessed from my front door. All that, and yet no shortage of modern conveniences to speak of. I even enjoy our 50 kilometer drive to town which we seem to do three or four times each week.

I love Chiang Rai, its great but enjoying driving here? Always feel I am inches from death on the highway, even in town at slower speeds it can feel the same, someone will change direction suddenly and not even think about looking behind. Not really a disadvantage of the Rai, more Thailand in general though.

Compared to driving in Bangkok this is a breeze. I find it easy but everything is relative, so it no doubt depends on what you are comparing it to.

Besides, we have a few different routes we can take to town which helps to break the monotony of commuting.

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I don't think it's fair comparing CR to BKK........CR is a fabulous little place, BKK is hellish sick.gif

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I don't think it's fair comparing CR to BKK........CR is a fabulous little place, BKK is hellish sick.gif

Maybe, but that is what I have to compare it with, for the most part anyway. Can’t really compare to driving in Hawaii for a couple weeks each year.wink.pngbiggrin.png

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I think the moaning about the smoke has been fairly low key this year.

Some would still find it unpleasant, I just pick my nose a bit more which others find unpleasant, but it's a good time time of the year to head away for a few weeks, back to Farangistan to bring joy to the hearts of ones family or just a beach in a less smoky part of the globe.

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I think the moaning about the smoke has been fairly low key this year.

Some would still find it unpleasant, I just pick my nose a bit more which others find unpleasant, but it's a good time time of the year to head away for a few weeks, back to Farangistan to bring joy to the hearts of ones family or just a beach in a less smoky part of the globe.

It works out ok for me as i am a big usa college basketball fan and i love the annual MARCH MADNESS tournament that lasts for about three weeks....a very good time for me to leave CR and go back to the usa and watch the games...plus it is springtime where i go then and very pleasant indeed.

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There you go Pomchop, for some reason I thought you were English.... cool.pnglaugh.png

Without getting too deeply into the quaint rituals of our American cousins the obsession with educational institution sports in the US has always bemused me.

In my high school/college football days in Australia... real football... (AFL)... we rarely saw a spectator. smile.png

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There you go Pomchop, for some reason I thought you were English.... cool.pnglaugh.png

Without getting too deeply into the quaint rituals of our American cousins the obsession with educational institution sports in the US has always bemused me.

In my high school/college football days in Australia... real football... (AFL)... we rarely saw a spectator. smile.png

I still like american college football and basketball better than watching the multimillionaire pros play....only a very small percent of college players will ever make the pros/big bucks so they actually play for the FUN of the game....March Madness is a three week basketball tourney involving about 65 teams in single elimination....always tons of upsets and some of the "can't lose" big program names/teams get beat by little semi obscure colleges...no second chances...one loss and you are GONE...or win 7 games in a row and you are the national champs....to me much more exciting cause a no name school with no name players who have a good game can knock out a big name who has a bad game or gets cocky....

Pom Chop came from my early Thailand days and was supposed to be " I Like"....more accurate would have been Pom CHAWP....but i guess the Pom makes people think i am a BRIT.......

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SHS

That is what I thought.tongue.pngbiggrin.png

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it would appear that posting while smug may have a downside.

I have nothing to hide so I don't see the downside. Edited by villagefarang

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