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My wife and I want to move to CM or CR next year , and want to know what all the ex pats think of these 2 areas . We are not into going to bars and drinking , good restaurants we love . I like camping and nature , love fishing and peaceful life. we dont want to live in the city as we want to build a good home with some space. Like to know about the internet , hospitals air quality . I know this is a hard question but any advise will help as we will be there in December to look around.

thank you for all the replies and help you can give us

kevvy

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Chiang Mai probably has more restaurants and better hospitals. The entire North suffers during the burning season so pretty much a tossup there. Land is probably still cheaper in Chiang Rai but going up all the time.


Internet is heavily dependent on your location.


Both places are good as a base from which to go out exploring nature.


Coming now would give you an idea about rain and flooding potential in certain areas.


December will give you a glimpse into the seasonal tourist traffic in both areas and a taste of cooler weather.


March would give you an idea about the smoke problem.


With the present rate of development, what one thinks of today as rural, may not feel that way a few years down the road.


Clearly those of us who live in Chiang Rai, do so because we prefer it here. For some Chiang Mai is too big and crowded, while for others Chiang Rai is too small. It is a very subjective call as to what you want. You have the right idea about coming up for a look around but remember, a look around and living here are very different things.
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VF yes we will come up in the different seasons, just know have to get out of where I am now.

thanks VF

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I think it would be great to hear from some of the newer guys. Might provide a fresher perspective on what draws people to Chiang Rai these days.smile.png

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ChiangMai has more condos which may suit people better than renting houses. ChiangRai has better access to the countryside. Chiangrai has taxis for a meter fare which they use from 35 baht. Chiangmai has taxis for a non meter fare from 100 baht.

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Having now lived in both places, here is my take:

CM has the better restaurants, hands down. No comparison to CR.

If you are looking to buy a preexisting house or rent a nice house, then go to CM.

If you like night life and shopping, then CM is the place.

If you want western food, bakeries, western breakfasts, good wine selections, greater selection of western groceries, then again, it's CM.

If you want to feel more like you are living in Thailand and not the West then CR is the better place.

If you hate traffic, CR is the better alternative.

If you want easy access to beautiful countryside, then I vote CR.

If you want a slower pace then, IMHO, go to CR.

If you don't want to be tripping over farang, then CR is better.

In short, CR seems more laid back but there certainly are fewer western conveniences and goodies in the Rai. Personally, I like CR better. I can always make the trip to CM when I have the urge for good western food and a bit more entertainment (clean, family entertainment I mean).

Not sure this applies since Central came on the scene.

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ChiangMai has more condos which may suit people better than renting houses. ChiangRai has better access to the countryside. Chiangrai has taxis for a meter fare which they use from 35 baht. Chiangmai has taxis for a non meter fare from 100 baht.

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i want to live in a new house which we will build , and have some land with nice views. we are leaning towards CR . i think the country side and fishing will make our decision

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I think it would be great to hear from some of the newer guys. Might provide a fresher perspective on what draws people to Chiang Rai these days.smile.png

i think you are my greatest inspiration VF. just love your house with all the space , by next year will have finished my 38 house village and will have enough to move to a better area of Thailand . the peace and quite will be so good . really looking forward to it .

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ChiangMai has more condos which may suit people better than renting houses. ChiangRai has better access to the countryside. Chiangrai has taxis for a meter fare which they use from 35 baht. Chiangmai has taxis for a non meter fare from 100 baht.

thanks

i want to live in a new house which we will build , and have some land with nice views. we are leaning towards CR . i think the country side and fishing will make our decision

Let us know when you get here. One big consideration. If your wife does not come from the North she may not be happy here.

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Having now lived in both places, here is my take:

CM has the better restaurants, hands down. No comparison to CR.

If you are looking to buy a preexisting house or rent a nice house, then go to CM.

If you like night life and shopping, then CM is the place.

If you want western food, bakeries, western breakfasts, good wine selections, greater selection of western groceries, then again, it's CM.

If you want to feel more like you are living in Thailand and not the West then CR is the better place.

If you hate traffic, CR is the better alternative.

If you want easy access to beautiful countryside, then I vote CR.

If you want a slower pace then, IMHO, go to CR.

If you don't want to be tripping over farang, then CR is better.

In short, CR seems more laid back but there certainly are fewer western conveniences and goodies in the Rai. Personally, I like CR better. I can always make the trip to CM when I have the urge for good western food and a bit more entertainment (clean, family entertainment I mean).

thanks fiiddlesticks your comments you made are so informative , i definitely like the quite pace

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ChiangMai has more condos which may suit people better than renting houses. ChiangRai has better access to the countryside. Chiangrai has taxis for a meter fare which they use from 35 baht. Chiangmai has taxis for a non meter fare from 100 baht.

thanks

i want to live in a new house which we will build , and have some land with nice views. we are leaning towards CR . i think the country side and fishing will make our decision

Let us know when you get here. One big consideration. If your wife does not come from the North she may not be happy here.

harry will be coming in december to try and find some land and look around , then be back in march, and then again in july . by then we will get a feel for the area , my wife went to CM university when she was younger and loved it , but now she also wants a quite life. thanks harry

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ChiangMai has more condos which may suit people better than renting houses. ChiangRai has better access to the countryside. Chiangrai has taxis for a meter fare which they use from 35 baht. Chiangmai has taxis for a non meter fare from 100 baht.

thanks

i want to live in a new house which we will build , and have some land with nice views. we are leaning towards CR . i think the country side and fishing will make our decision

Let us know when you get here. One big consideration. If your wife does not come from the North she may not be happy here.

harry will be coming in december to try and find some land and look around , then be back in march, and then again in july . by then we will get a feel for the area , my wife went to CM university when she was younger and loved it , but now she also wants a quite life. thanks harry

she was a farm girl from Sukhothai

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i want to live in a new house which we will build , and have some land with nice views. we are leaning towards CR . i think the country side and fishing will make our decision

Let us know when you get here. One big consideration. If your wife does not come from the North she may not be happy here.

harry will be coming in december to try and find some land and look around , then be back in march, and then again in july . by then we will get a feel for the area , my wife went to CM university when she was younger and loved it , but now she also wants a quite life. thanks harry

she was a farm girl from Sukhothai

No problem. Northern people are not too bad really but their culture is a bit different and some people might have trouble fitting in. Farm background plus CMU should solve that.

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ChiangMai has more condos which may suit people better than renting houses. ChiangRai has better access to the countryside. Chiangrai has taxis for a meter fare which they use from 35 baht. Chiangmai has taxis for a non meter fare from 100 baht.

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i want to live in a new house which we will build , and have some land with nice views. we are leaning towards CR . i think the country side and fishing will make our decision

I think you are making the right decision. If you want to build and enjoy the beauty of Northern Thailand then CR is the better alternative. Look forward to having you join our great group of TV'ers.

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