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  1. Christmas Day Lunch

    Thoroughly enjoyed Christmas Dinner at Anantara. Great buffet food: in addition to a full turkey dinner with lots of trimmings, they had some nice seafood; Thai, Chinese, Indian and Peruvian (yes, Peruvian) choices. They also had cold meats - prosciutto, ham etc and some excellent cheeses. More cakes and chocolate than you could poke a stick at. All washed down with as much Prosecco, half decent Chilean white, very approachable Chilean red, chocolate Martinis as you could drink. A shot of Vodka was offered to accompany the salmon. Santa came along with a couple of very pretty helpers with legs up to their armpits and there were some very nice Christmas carols and songs performed by children from Dara Academy. There was room for my 10 year old and his mate to run around when they got bored and a very pleasant setting by the river. All this cost a hefty 3,531Baht (3,000++) per head (half price for kids), but in my view it was well worth it!
  2. visit Dalat Vietnam

    Not much difference, Bob. To operate in Thailand most firms have to set up a Thai subsidiary with a couple of already wealthy Chinese Thais on the board raking in fat salaries for doing nothing more than legitimising it by giving it the appearance of it being a Thai company. It's the mechanism that allows them to operate domestic flights in Thailand and international flights emanating from Thailand. As for your flights- Thai Viet Jet and Viet Jet dont seem to offer through ticketing, so you'd have to get a ticket from CNX to BKK (that's Swampy remember, not Don Mueang). and then separately from BKK to SGN. From SGN you could fly to Dalat or Cam Ranh on a third separate ticket. Alternatively you could fly directly from BKK to Dalat and then take bus to Nha Trang.
  3. visit Dalat Vietnam

    Never done that, Bob, but we're flying CM-HCMC on the new direct flight with Vietjet for New Year. As there are flights from SGN to Dalat it might be worth comparing the prices on CNX-SGN-Dalat vs the even newer CNX-Swampy-Dalat route. Interested to know how they compare as Dalat is on my regional bucket list!
  4. Christmas Day Lunch

    Whatever floats yer boat, old chap.
  5. Page Of Remembrance

    Thank you Loaded, that fills in a few gaps and seems to sum it up neatly. Anyway he was certainly a character and added to the rich tapestry of life here.
  6. Page Of Remembrance

    I've been holding off to see if anyone who knew 'Bruno' better than I would post, but his many friends are probably not Thai Visa-ites. Bruno (I've no idea what his surname was and judging by the photo which was forwarded to me - neither did the Funeral Director), was an affable man who frequented my pub and just about every other bar on and around Loi Kroh Rd. He was a likeable rogue with a winning smile and cheerful nature. I am unaware as to what killed him, but his battles with the demon drink were ones he usually lost. Most recently he drank at Gecko's and a few other places. If anyone who knew him better can post a more fitting obituary, I would love to read it. Until then, Rest In Peace my old friend.
  7. Christmas Day Lunch

    For the record, we settled on the Anantara at 3,000++ for all you can eat and all you can drink! Exactly what I was looking for. Happy days!
  8. Christmas Day Lunch

    I'm starting to turn my thoughts toward Christmas Dinner 2017 too! I'm quite happy to spend money on a decent buffet but would prefer somewhere with a beer-and-wine-included package as the price of a 2,000 Baht buffet can end up by spending twice that on ridiculously priced hotel plus-plus booze prices. None of the hotels seem to be advertising these on their websites, but possibly that's due to Chiang Mai's puritanical alcohol prohibition laws. Has anyone found a good buffet including alcoholic beverages? Failing a good deal in the hotels I'll probably go to one of the pubs where the food is not as good but the drinks are cheaper.
  9. New craft beer place--Nimmanhamin soi 9

    To legally brew craft beer in Thailand you have to be able to brew 10 million litres a year - which no craft beer start up could possibly manage, so they brewed in Savannaket and now some have moved to Cambodia where it is brewed by Kingdom Brewery. Effectively its a Cambodian beer with a Thai label and Thai owners. That is how the government protects the 'crap beer duopoly' -slightly more subtle than you suggest Bruce, but only marginally so!
  10. Monday 27th Nov anyone going to Mae Sai

    Why don't you take the bus? Green bus go direct. Also are you quite sure you can do a visa run at Mae Sai?
  11. Border runs

    Did you miss the sign? Or do you have evidence that it is possible to do repeat visa runs contrary to the notice? I would hate to think of anyone depending on doing a visa run there and being turned away.
  12. Border runs

    That is a misleading post. There is no connection between the two. Mae Sai/Tachilek is now a fully fledged international border. I have seen guys turned away from the border because they din't have the correct visa. When was the last time you were there?
  13. Border runs

    I've never been to Naga World in PP, but its definitely more relaxing than the casinos in Poipet. There is no sports betting at Regina where I go (great for low-rollers like me). Maybe there is at the big one a klick or tow further east. I bring a bottle or two of booze back in a rucsac each time and I have never had a fake one yet, nor have I been hassled by immigration/customs. Never witnessed your missionary story either.
  14. Which are the best highschools in CM?

    Varee has 3 programmes: The international school is the most expensive at 120,000 Baht per semester (half year), this teaches the national curriculum for England with adaptations for Thailand. The English programme teaches the Thai syllabus largely in English and costs 58,000 Baht per semester and the Thai programme which teaches in Thai with English lessons costs 28,000 Baht per semester. All three offer the M6 certificate which would be needed to gain admission to Chiang Mai University. My stepson went through the Thai programme and is now at CMU and my son is now in Varee international school.
  15. Border runs

    There is a sign, clearly posted at the Mae Sai border immigration office that states 'no more visa runners'. I go up every few months instead of doing a 90 day report because I enjoy going to the casino in Tachilek the cheap beer in the market and Western food at the border. There are scarcely any Westerners there these days and the market and bars cater to local Thai tourists rather than Farang. Mae Sai is now somewhat down-at-heel, whereas Tachilek has a certain quiet exuberance - in an almost complete volte face from a few years ago. They readily take $10 bills as the entry fee on the Burmese side so 325 Baht entry rather than 500 Baht.