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I also have 2 houses. I live roughly 20km north of town.

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While Mango Tree is getting serious amounts of advertising on the forum, I do agree it's an "upmarket" venue in a "downmarket" location, so why not go for somewhere more neutral and cozy ... such as the Home restaurant in the little soi immediately before the Rydges Thapae - it's an old wooden traditional restaurant, farang owned but Thai managed, is dirt cheap, but clean and eclectic with a choice of upstairs, downstairs, balcony or garden areas that are ideal for small groups to meet.

Also meeting as a group, the staff would probably be prepared to throw together a "chinese banquet" style spread, and best of all, the once rare but increasingly available Diet Coke is sold there. Food is good - mainly Thai menu, beers are cold, staff are friendly. (I'm not connected wth the ownership or management so not plugging my own business)

btw - I live inside the moat so any city centre venue is convenient.

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Would that be because they actually do something in the forum?

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I live in Mae rim and the Mango Tree or anywhere else would be fine to meet.

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haha the male fight for the meeting territory :D

anywhere cozy guys :o

francois

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hi,

live in the corner of maejo and ring road.

Tell me where it's going to be, i have no preference.

Bart

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I've never been to the Mango Tree since I don't hang out in that area.

I know Home though, it's a cosy little place, perfect if the agenda is just to check each other out, eat and maybe have a drink.

I am close to CM Gate. Anything in the city from Wat Phra Singh to the river would be fine with me.

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I live in Nong Hoi, so anywhere central is pretty much the same for me. I do like the Home, but parking would be more difficult.....but whatever.

BTW who is making the final decision? Seems like this could go on forever. :o

cm boy

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BTW who is making the final decision? Seems like this could go on forever.

Please vote in the two poles, place & time. Being a democracy, the decision will be made based on the votes. (Perhaps some powers could learn from us!) :o

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Friends,

according your advise, I will first rent a place before I buy. Should I rent outside or more inside the town? Thanks a lot.

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> Should I rent outside or more inside the town?

:-) and should you have rice or noodles? :-) Just kidding, but it is of course up to you. I think most people who come to live in Chiang Mai start out somewhere in town and then move out where there's more space and air.

Having a vehicle is a big part of this decision as well. If you don't have at least a bike then staying in town makes sense. If you have a bike but live far away it means getting wet quite a lot come the rainy season. Once you get a car you can truly live anywhere.

It's up to you. As you're renting you don't have to stay there forever.. when something better comes along, just move. Also it may take some time to find the best deal for a house. Many people I think tend to pay way too much rent at first (including myself).

And your requirements may change over time.. I went from staying in a guesthouse to a Thai style appartment to a town house (row-house) to a HUGE place WAY out to a less huge place a bit closer into town. :o But I now rent a 2 storey 3 bedroom 4 bathroom house in a popular compound for 5000 baht a month. And still my requirements change, by now a garden that's a little bit bigger would be nice.. and I was never a fan of compounds anyway, which I find a bit artificial. I'd much prefer a real village with little shops and littel temples and little markets and little schools. :D

So.. I guess this is a long winded way of saying: up to you. ;-)

Cheers,

Chanchao

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Thank you very much chanchao,

as you know I leaern every day. Also your input add up to the knowledge basket.

:o

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well, so I guess I'm a bit lucky, we live in a house inside Chiang Mai, rent is 3,000 baths per month, and we are not on the street, in a very small soi, and behind the principal buildings that are right on the street, we do have a piece of garden, as all around the house, it's only soil, except infront of the door, which is in concrete.

we had to wait more than 3 years though to get this, and we moved a few times.

but we moved from outside to inside ...

I have to say, that it was more pleasant before, but we had to "come in" town, and during the raining season, it was a bit difficult.

also I wanted to try to start a kind of computer services stuff, and to be in town was a kinda little plus.

lucky that where we are is not too noisy :o

I still consider Chiang Mai like a village ... the market in Cm gate is quite big, but it's rather easy to know the people around (our daughter helps a lot..)

her school is small and nice :D

francois

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Looking forward to joining-in , once the new house is finished building, and we move to LOS & CM - Hopefully after 1 year

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As to a meeting place...... no one yet has mentioned The Bears Den...... but I also sense some undercurrent here..... why not pick some place that has no member connection with this forum so there would be no viable commercial interest on the part of any member owned establishment.... unless thats what is really intended

Surely there are many that could be satisfactory

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