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Chiang Rai: Hidden Gem of Thailand?

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Ponchop, you have a real knack for relating what many feel but lack the ability to express. Your appreciation for life in the Rai is enviable and eloquent. I always look forward to your loving descriptions of Chiang Rai.smile.pngwai.gif

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I think I will mount my bicycle and go there to see for myself!Thanks for the info!

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Last October, I visited Chiang Rai for the first time.

(A friend got a job at an elementary school there

so I went to visit him.) I stayed 4 days- I was supposed

to stay 6. I didn't like it. I didn't find the people at

all friendly and I guess I am too accustomed to

the non-stop "action" of Bangkok. As a "farang"

walking about, I was solicited for every little

"Massage Parlor" - that invariably was staffed

by middle-aged and above employees. Of course,

only "Traditional Thai Massages" were

available.

Granted, outside of town is a quiet, pleasant,

rural setting if you're already "attached" and

just want to settle-in with her.

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Like the positivity pomchop! Agree on all points!

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I have been through Chiang Rai many times on my way to Mae Sai, and I really like it (though I have only stopped over for an hour at most). Pomchop sums it up well as a desirable place to live. If I could get a good job there. I would rather move the family there than live in CM.

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Thanks for the post -think it exspress what most of us feel and think about our town and province.

Totally agree.

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Last October, I visited Chiang Rai for the first time.

(A friend got a job at an elementary school there

so I went to visit him.) I stayed 4 days- I was supposed

to stay 6. I didn't like it. I didn't find the people at

all friendly and I guess I am too accustomed to

the non-stop "action" of Bangkok. As a "farang"

walking about, I was solicited for every little

"Massage Parlor" - that invariably was staffed

by middle-aged and above employees. Of course,

only "Traditional Thai Massages" were

available.

Granted, outside of town is a quiet, pleasant,

rural setting if you're already "attached" and

just want to settle-in with her.

To each his own...

40 years ago, both Chiang Rai and Mae Chan were quiet little cities that far outclassed Bangkok and the resort towns. Currently, I live in Udon Thani, selected for the same reasons, butevery city suffers growing pains. Yes, the BIB were then quite nice, but that was when the police were boys in Khaki (municipal police) and even Immigration was run locally. In those days, an overstay or extended stay didn't create problems of the magnitude we see today.

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Last October, I visited Chiang Rai for the first time.

(A friend got a job at an elementary school there

so I went to visit him.) I stayed 4 days- I was supposed

to stay 6. I didn't like it. I didn't find the people at

all friendly and I guess I am too accustomed to

the non-stop "action" of Bangkok. As a "farang"

walking about, I was solicited for every little

"Massage Parlor" - that invariably was staffed

by middle-aged and above employees. Of course,

only "Traditional Thai Massages" were

available.

Granted, outside of town is a quiet, pleasant,

rural setting if you're already "attached" and

just want to settle-in with her.

Maybwe you would be better in Pattaya....you obviously asked for more....

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I think I will mount my bicycle and go there to see for myself!Thanks for the info!

Chiang Rai is a great place to ride a bicycle, but don’t take my word for it, by all means come and see for yourself. I prefer a mountain bike on dirt but there are lots of road bike enthusiasts on the roads.smile.png

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OP forgot to mention the smoke, which makes Chiang Rai and most of the north very undesirable for a few months each year.

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Pomchop, very well said!

I find that when I come back to C.R., it takes a while to slow down to the pace.

That's kinda the whole point isn't it.

No, I can't alway's find what I want, when I want it. (If at all!) It takes a while to realize that it is not so important.

No, the quality of what I want done/built/purchased may not be what I am accustomed to, once again, not so important.

Yes, I wake up every day, smile, kiss my wife and slow down just a little bit. That IS so important.

Yes, life in Chiang Rai is NOT life in the city. We all have our "d'ruthers".

I d'ruther be here in the Rai than "back at"!

Cheers to Chiang Rai and it's calming effects.

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OP forgot to mention the smoke, which makes Chiang Rai and most of the north very undesirable for a few months each year.

The climate is near perfect from about Sep to March. You can enjoy some nice clear cool weather especially Nov to Feb...cool but never really what most farangs would call COLD. There are a few months from March to about June when it is way too smoky and hot as hell.

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