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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. Spotlight Go Go Bar Raided

    Since the thread got bumped, a question. What has happened to the OP Beetlejuice? Or did I miss something?
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