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OK folks, we have the topic discussing our likes about Chiang Mai. Perhaps there are a few pet gripes. I know I have some...

What are your pet dislikes and, to stop a slag off, how can improvements be made.

To start off, I find the drivers here to be the worst, most selfish in Thailand. They seem to get great pleasure in cutting you off and NEVER give way unless you force your way out of a side street.

Secondly; as an employer, I have yet to have a good experience employing Khon Muang. As a rule, the locals I have employed are lazy, selfish and frequently dishonest. Most of my long term staff are from the South, Central region or Esarn.

Improvements: I wish the police would DO THEIR JOBS. This is the most lax place in the country.

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p1p; Wow,,I have the same gripes about phetchabun that you have about CM, ain't it something that we have run into the very same traits so far apart.

But Thai's drive like that all over,put one on wheels and you have created a senseless monster that has no consideration for others or a fear of death.

I have only employed contractors and workers for some construction at my new home tho.

I have had some very bad experiences with local merchants,,and I have had some very satisfying dealings with other merchants,once they get the idea of what I want and the fact that I will not leave until my desires are met,,then I have no more trouble with them.It is not due to a language thing but the Thai way of doing business.

thru no fault of their own,that is just the way things are,they are used to just selling the things that they can afford to stock,and with the speed of communications now days,it is foolish to only sell what you stock and invest all your money,when it is so quick to order from someone else and let them warehouse the things you might want to sell,and give 2 day delivery to a more satisfied customer,and he might turn into a repeat.Seems like they want to be tomorrows business people with yesterdays practices.

But the police are the same all over the country,but why earn your money if you don't have to,it pays the same,and some people are just natural born parasites.

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I dislike public transportation in CM. I find it very hard to get around without driving your own cars/ motorbike.

Bicycle lane would be nice too ! :o

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> To start off, I find the drivers here to be the worst, most selfish in Thailand.

Well... I just spent 3 months in Bangkok and I'll take Chiang Mai traffic any day. :D One thing you can count on more in Bangkok is people staying in their lanes and just using the breaks when suddenly finding an obstruction in their way, rahter than swerve around it without looking. :-)

As for being lazy, I have a theory about that. (Bearing in mind that I don't know what industry you're in). I think in most of upcountry Thailand, the people who are the most eager to do hard work and improve themselves are likely to move out to where the work is. They'd actually move to where some industrial estate is to go work there. The ones left locally are thus the lazy ones. And not just lazy, they also seem to feel superior over people from other provinces who actually moved to Chiang Mai to work/improve themselves. Changing that is near impossible or takes serious work. :o

Cheers,

Chanchao

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Oops, forgot to answer the question about what things I dislike about Chiang Mai.. I really have to think long and hard about this to find something that I both dislike AND is a specific issue in Chiang Mai (and not in the rest of Thailand).

So after pondering this for a good 10 minutes now, I found something:

It would be nice if Chiang Mai had a beach. :o

(Ok, affordable broadband internet and cheap cable TV are second and third :D

Cheers,

Chanchao

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There are too many drunken old men in Loi Kroh road, so it's a bit confronting to think about a trip out to listen to Jazz, which someone on the board says is available.

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Add my vote on the drivers. The only thing that makes driving here easier than Bangkok is that the roads are less crowded. The drivers (mostly the men, not as much the women) are brainless idiots who would be road mash in 5 minutes in any other country.

The traffic police are just plain lazy. In the last two months including the laughable new years 'crackdown' I have not seen one traffic stop.

Funny enough, there's always plenty of cops around whenever the deputy vice minister of whatever needs a motorcade to go out for dinner. :o

cv

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There are too many drunken old men in Loi Kroh road,

> There are too many drunken old men in Loi Kroh road,

Less so than in certain other destinations in Thailand.. I don't think you can hold this against Chiang Mai. Anyway there are far more durnken old men on that stretch of road/soi between Hai Ya and Chang Klan. (Does it even have a name? It's basically a long rural soi in the middle of nowhere full with little bars and karaokes and stuff on either side.) Couldn't believe all the christmas lights when driving there at night. :o

> so it's a bit confronting to think about a trip out to listen

> to Jazz, which someone on the board says is available.

Well.....! Once went to a concert, advertized as jazz, at the Rincome hotel. While interesting (imagine a Thai singer doing a perfect Louis Armstrong including coughts and rasps) it wasn't jazz of course.

Cheers,

Chanchao

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Mango tree Cafe at the old city end of Loi Kroh Road has live jazz from Tuesday to Sunday evenings. a 4 piece combo with a good saxophonist and frequent Thai & Farang musicians dropping by to jam. On Monday there is a pianist & singer.

Good Thai & Farang food, with daily roasts & proper burgers, chili & fries +++!

The beer is cold, wine cold or room temp, depending on preference and drunks are kept outside...

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Someone say "BIKE LANE"? You can't even have sidewalks for pedestrian traffic in Thailand without someone setting up their cafe's on wheels to sell food and other articles of plunder,,###### it would be nice to have sidewalks..

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Mango tree Cafe at the old city end of Loi Kroh Road has live jazz from Tuesday to Sunday evenings. a 4 piece combo with a good saxophonist and frequent Thai & Farang musicians dropping by to jam. On Monday there is a pianist & singer.

Good Thai & Farang food, with daily roasts & proper burgers, chili & fries +++! The beer is cold, wine cold or room temp, depending on preference and drunks are kept outside...

Ah yes.. That is one strange location to be doing a slightly up-scale proper restaurant.. I'd probably go there if it was in any other location. It sure is pricey though.. which I don't mind on occaision if the value is there, say at The House restaurant past Somphet market.

I just couldn't take my girlfriend there, or business relations (before knowing if they're partial to the nightlife or not). And when with friends out for a drink in that area then it would be too posh and sterile again.

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It seems to prove the rule that, in most makor cities, many of the best restaurants are in the red light areas. (Prices are not too bad!)

You would be surprised at the cross section of clientelle there, including Royals.

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OK folks, we have the topic discussing our likes about Chiang Mai. Perhaps there are a few pet gripes. I know I have some...

What are your pet dislikes and, to stop a slag off, how can improvements be made.

To start off, I find the drivers here to be the worst, most selfish in Thailand. They seem to get great pleasure in cutting you off and NEVER give way unless you force your way out of a side street.

Secondly; as an employer, I have yet to have a good experience employing Khon Muang. As a rule, the locals I have employed are lazy, selfish and frequently dishonest. Most of my long term staff are from the South, Central region or Esarn.

Improvements: I wish the police would DO THEIR JOBS. This is the most lax place in the country.

Oh come on! C Mai is no worse than anywhere else - Bangkok is renowned for its cut throat driving and just came back from Hua Hin where on way down it was like a race track with at least 4 incidents of truly scarey close encounters (bats out of ###### in yr mirror then up real close almost touching bumpers). In fact my experiences in c mai not so bad. Re employees - as anywhere good and bad exist u just need to recruit better people.

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Actually I thought prices at Mango Tree were good. I have had a lunch and a breakfast there now, and both times got change out of 130 baht.

Yes I am a bit kee nio, but not overly. In the day time I might add. No idea about night.

I agree with the Judge big time. A lot of the drunks there who are local are disgusting. Drunk tourists I can understand, holidays etc., residents.. no idea, and can't understand.

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Guest The Judge

So it isn't just me who thought that. Well that gives me hope.

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