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Chiang Rai: Hidden Gem of Thailand?

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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.

As I have said elsewhere.
"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."

You can say that about most places in the world.

Chiang Rai is a great place but I was just trying to keep it real

(now if only I could find where I put those rose colored glasses 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.

As I have said elsewhere.
"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."

You can say that about most places in the world.

Chiang Rai is a great place but I was just trying to keep it real

(now if only I could find where I put those rose colored glasses smile.png

I have several, you could always borrow one of mine. My eyes have adjusted and I don’t need them anymore.thumbsup.gif

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Sure life is good in Thailand but the Thai apologists should take off their glasses once in a while and also see how it could improve! By saying CR suffers from 'a little smoke' is a bit silly, for around 3mnths every year there is a blanket of carcinogenic smoke covering CR and the surrounding area which affects each and every person living there with thousands needing medication!

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I don’t think anyone is apologizing for Thais, we just focus on the stuff we like, and find workarounds that make our lives pleasant, independent of what others are doing.smile.png

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When the smoke gets too bad go inside with a good air filter and talk to friends.

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Sure life is good in Thailand but the Thai apologists should take off their glasses once in a while and also see how it could improve! By saying CR suffers from 'a little smoke' is a bit silly, for around 3mnths every year there is a blanket of carcinogenic smoke covering CR and the surrounding area which affects each and every person living there with thousands needing medication!

From the OP:

There are a few months from March to about June when it is way too smoky and hot as hell.
Is Chiang Rai perfect? Of course not and there will always be farangs who can find something to whine about. But overall I continue to think that it is a hidden gem.
Not sure I am a "thai apologist"....whatever that is suppose to be. Rather I do get very weary of reading the constant bashing and prefer to focus more on the positives than on the negatives. Nobody is suggesting that the smoke is desirable but it is certainly not limited to the north of Thailand....check out the pics of Singapore TODAY......

Last week - June 19, 2013 in the morning

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morning (Terra MODIS)
and in the afternoon
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afternoon (Aqua MODIS)

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=81431&src=eoa-iotd

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Given the choice of extolling the virtues or blathering on about the deficiencies of our adopted home (or anything for that matter), I choose the former.

No person/place or thing is absolutely perfect, but the ability to see and appreciate the beauty is up to the individual.

If you choose to look for and only discuss the negative, soon that is all that you see.

In my time "lurking" here on T.V., that propensity to the negative has been something that always surprised and confounded me.

Are there "things" (cultural/political/environmental/etc.) that have me scratching my head here? Many times, everyday!

But I CHOOSE to be here. So it's up to me to make a positive difference in my circle of friends and family.

As the OP said,

"CR is certainly not for everyone. Some may be bored to tears. Others may struggle a lot with the lack of English.
Some may well miss the bright lights and non stop action of the big city.
Is Chiang Rai perfect? Of course not and there will always be farangs who can find something to whine about. But overall I continue to think that it is a hidden gem."

Finding a positive group that choose to discuss the positive aspects of our home in a positive manner is a positive thing.

Of that..............wait for it............"I am positive."

Perhaps another reason to be happy I'm in The Rai

Cheers from here. drunk.gif

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I haven't visited CR in 10-12 years or so. The OPs post brought back some good memories and I will see what the years have brought when I relocate to LOS in August.

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Nice post. Is Chiang rai any good for getting out to see some mountainous regions? I'm not wanting to do any trekking so day trips ect.

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Nice post. Is Chiang rai any good for getting out to see some mountainous regions? I'm not wanting to do any trekking so day trips ect.

Chiang Rai is a great place for getting out to see some mountains, rivers, waterfalls and reservoirs. Take a look at our pinned topic, Images of Chiang Rai at the top of the page and you will get a sampling of what Chiang Rai has to offer. Many day trips on offer and if you are willing to spend a night or two away, you can go as far as Nan or even Pai. Come and enjoy.

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Nice post. Is Chiang rai any good for getting out to see some mountainous regions? I'm not wanting to do any trekking so day trips ect.

Just look at Google Maps (including Streetview) ChiangRai has mountains (or more acurately high hills) all around.

Good roads too on the main. Just rent a scooter...fill the tank...check you have 100 baht for a day trips food and drink in your pocket and off you go.

Great people too. Just stop where you see them and even if you do not speak their language they will show how nice Thai people can be.

If you have enough muscles you can even do this on a pushbike.

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Every time I try ascending one of those “hills” my body screams “mountain”. From the top if feels and looks every bit a mountain. Maybe not the Himalayas but still mountains in my book.biggrin.pngthumbsup.gif

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I feel that way each time I step up a curb.

Edited by harrry
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