Paagai

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  1. Not sure why anyone would stay at the Gateway? It does have some nice views from the top floors (and Holywood downstairs ), but otherwise is well past its expiry date. Survives as it's the place where all the government type people stay on expenses. Of course, Gateway is luxury compared with northern lake hotel. Phutong place round the corner (next to M2 mentioned above) is a better bet. Not to be confused with the new hotel on the lake (also mentioned above) which is Phuglong http://www.phuglong.com/ . A budget option would be Thantong, don;t know there monthly rates though. There are quite a few farangs teaching at Anubarn School in the centre (nr Gateway) who stay in cheaper room type places around there. Might be an idea to spend a few nights there and hook up with some of them for more info. Those type of places you need to know and walk in. You won't find them on the internet. WIn hotel also looks like a a monthly rental type of place.
  2. Not sure why anyone would stay at the Gateway? It does have some nice views from the top floors (and Holywood downstairs ), but otherwise is well past its expiry date. Survives as it's the place where all the government type people stay on expenses. Of course, Gateway is luxury compared with northern lake hotel. Phutong place round the corner (next to M2 mentioned above) is a better bet. Not to be confused with the new hotel on the lake (also mentioned above) which is Phuglong http://www.phuglong.com/ . A budget option would be Thantong, don;t know there monthly rates though. There are quite a few farangs teaching at Anubarn School in the centre (nr Gateway) who stay in cheaper room type places around there. Might be an idea to spend a few nights there and hook up with some of them for more info. Those type of places you need to know and walk in. You won't find them on the internet. WIn hotel also looks like a a monthly rental type of place.
  3. I tend to agree with what the OP says, though my experiences and lifestyle from back in 2000 were perhaps different to the OP. Back then Chiang Mai had something a bit special and magical; it was different to many other places. Now it is becoming just another city and has lost the edginess that made it attractive. Traffic and construction mayhem have done the rest. And, it seems, the goose that laid the golden eggs has been slaughtered and is now only served up in restaurants for chinese tour groups. But, for now all is not lost. Still a few smaller towns in Northern Thailand that retain something unique and attractive about them, with something of that frontier feeling Chiang Mai used to have. Maybe not for too long though. Of course, it didn't have to be this way. Just take a look at how Luang Prabang has been preserved as a model for how things could have been.
  4. Well, since you mentioned abysmal advice........Yours is out of date. Since December Hong Kong no longer stamps your passport - in or out. They give you a small printed slip of paper with your name, date permitted to stay and passport no. Very simple. Dunno if you can still renew British passport there though.
  5. For me, Chiang Mai has certainly lost that edge that it had 5-10 years ago. Head North or East, Fang, around Chiang Rai, Phrae, Nan, Chiang Kham, Phayao. All places that still have a little bit of that magic Chiang Mai has lost.
  6. Since the thread got bumped, a question. What has happened to the OP Beetlejuice? Or did I miss something?
  7. A year or so back a Thai friend got a no helmet fine at Khawangsing by post. I saw the photo; its definitely happening.
  8. Would have been a great plan.... two years ago.
  9. Or get shot if you walk in the wrong door.....
  10. I must have been applying the wrong rule all these years then: first tipple after the sun is over the yardarm.
  11. In the last ten years, materialism has changed Chiang Mai from a provincial town to a developing nightmare. I hope Fang survives as is for a few more years.
  12. One comment about Santitham prices as things have changed a lot. A few years ago 2-2.5K Bt would get you a not bad A/C room, but the massive building spree has forced prices up. Thais love new places, so every time a new condo/dorm block opens there is a flood of people wanting to move there forcing up prices. Then, Thai style, the older places put their prices up too and it would seem there is demand to justify it. Now newish regular A/C rooms are more like 3K or more (price for Thais). Santitham is still a good place to live, though it used to be a lot better. Infrastructure (power, water and roads in particular) have not kept place with the number of people. It's also worth remembering that these condos/dorm blocks are a favorite method of money laundering. Those with clean money are more likely to build shop houses to sell for the quick profit.
  13. Rat poison is available at many mom and pop stores and seems surprisingly effective, even on rats the size of a dog . My maid has it down to a fine art, mixing the poison with minced raw chicken works well; dead rats everywhere. The question is do you know where the rats will go to die, and have you smelt a dead rat, or rats (especially those the size of dogs....) You may find it easier to live with the rats rather than the smell
  14. According to that ultra reliable source of information, Trip Adviser, the "Burgerholic" van is now the second best restaurant in Chiang Mai! Second only to DK David's Kitchen. Given the diversity of opinions whenever burgers are discussed here on TV seems strange that all of their 32 reviews are very good or excellent. Apparently, nothing bad is to be said about it. Or perhaps TV's culinary critiques just haven't got around to it yet Will have to check it out!