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1000 Baht can go a long way in Chiang Rai

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This was a good post to remind us that we can live here on a reasonable amount of money if you don't allow some one to use it for you. For local goods the prices remain very reasonable. I do not look for a large influx of farangs here. Disregarding transit young teachers and missionaries I still believe that there or no more than 650-700 resident farangs living here. Collectively myself and a couple of others can only count 30 American residents that do not fall under the limited workers and transits.This was information from Immigration 3 years ago. The big influx of Thais is a concern for traffic and increases in the price of land in the country side. For 2 million Baht you can buy a piece of land in the country and build a decent house.

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I always enjoy your posts pomchop. They reflect a true affinity for Chiang Rai.smile.png


I think my love for Chiang Rai is in many ways equal to yours, but different. For example my mileage varies a bit from yours but still I find most things no less wonderful or affordable.


I don’t ride the bus or eat in school cafeterias so can’t comment on those.


Living in the countryside many of our plants were acquired as cuttings from friends.


I don’t drink and don’t have hair so can’t comment on the cost of such things.


On the other hand, the wife and I would be lucky to get two meals for that when we eat in town.


It wouldn’t quite cover Sunday Brunch at the Meridien.


It would just about cover the cost of a massage for the two of us, without tip, at our favorite place.


When I had a motorbike I could maybe get two fillups. Even a top-up after a ride to town and back was over 200 baht.


It might cover half a tank in the car and less than a week of driving.


For us it would only cover one of our phone packages, not both.


It might cover internet but not True Vision.


It would feed our pets for a few days but I am not sure how many.


Clearly I don’t get as much for 1000 baht but I still love living here. A few hours out on the mountain bike enjoying nature, getting exercise and taking pictures costs almost nothing and walking the dogs at sunset is free and priceless at the same time.smile.png
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My question is: Where do the distinct features of Chiang Rai Chinese-Thai come from? They just look so good. Where, which part of China did they originally come from? They are very distinct from other thai-chinese.

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1000thb gets me about 700 Peanut Butter Oreo cookies here in Phuket.

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Two weeks back, in Chiang Rai, 1000 baht paid for 3 days accommodation and internet with 100 bath change.thumbsup.gif

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I marvel at the ingenuity and creativity of posters, being able to make the leap from what you can get for 1000 baht, to the historical and regional origins of Chinese-Thais in Chiang Rai. blink.png

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I can only gues that what you are calling unusual "Chinese" features might be hilltribe people "Chao Kao" - many of the different groups originated in China and moved down here to live in the mtns around CR and other parts - Lisu - Hmong - etc... their facial features are quite distinct.

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Sawasdee Khrup, Khun Pomchop,

A very interesting post, thanks.

Here in Chiang Mai, 1k baht will buy you 50+ liters of fresh-made-every-day soy-milk.

I would guess, but I am not sure, that house rentals would be less expensive in the Chiang Rai area, depending on how far away from the center-city area you wanted to live, your concerns about security for self and belongings, whether you were living alone, etc.

But, Chiang Mai does have its great ("western" and "eastern") cultural resources.

~o:37;

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Yup! 1000 Baht can buy Two towers of Heineken.

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I suppose you could get a soi-dog or cat for free but I have seen purebreds priced from 3000 up to 10000. You can get a large bag of dog food for less than 1000 baht, however, if you have a big dog.smile.png

As for distance, I can get between 350 and 400 kilometers for a 1000 baht of diesel, depending on where and how I drive.smile.png

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I always enjoy your posts pomchop. They reflect a true affinity for Chiang Rai.smile.png
I think my love for Chiang Rai is in many ways equal to yours, but different. For example my mileage varies a bit from yours but still I find most things no less wonderful or affordable.
I don’t ride the bus or eat in school cafeterias so can’t comment on those.
Living in the countryside many of our plants were acquired as cuttings from friends.
I don’t drink and don’t have hair so can’t comment on the cost of such things.
On the other hand, the wife and I would be lucky to get two meals for that when we eat in town.
It wouldn’t quite cover Sunday Brunch at the Meridien.
It would just about cover the cost of a massage for the two of us, without tip, at our favorite place.
When I had a motorbike I could maybe get two fillups. Even a top-up after a ride to town and back was over 200 baht.
It might cover half a tank in the car and less than a week of driving.
For us it would only cover one of our phone packages, not both.
It might cover internet but not True Vision.
It would feed our pets for a few days but I am not sure how many.
Clearly I don’t get as much for 1000 baht but I still love living here. A few hours out on the mountain bike enjoying nature, getting exercise and taking pictures costs almost nothing and walking the dogs at sunset is free and priceless at the same time.smile.png

Cookie doesn;t need feed......just turn him loose in a chicken coop.smile.png

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1000 baht....the life of our little pup.. 5 days of vet fees and injections......Priceless.

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It would feed our pets for a few days but I am not sure how many.

Cookie doesn;t need feed......just turn him loose in a chicken coop.smile.png

Cookie doesn’t eat chicken but she did carry one around in her mouth when she was younger. A complete surprise when she opened her mouth and out popped a soaking wet chick, screaming and running around in circles looking for mommy.biggrin.png
You should see what my wife cooks for the dogs and even the cat.rolleyes.gif

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Yes a relative had one and it kept carrying birds and chickens back....generally did not hurt them but it cost a fortune keeping the owners quiet.

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