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Chiang Mai Wins Best City In Asia and Third Best City in the World by Travel and Leisure Magazine

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38 minutes ago, Antonymous said:

Just watched this independent documentary for the first time. Excellent job Marisa. Identifies the problem and the dangers to health, shows how the issues can be addressed with the right commitment.

Change is always going to be hard when you are dealing with the uneducated, but its a start in the right direction.

 

I had to go and buy an IQAir purifier, the best on the market at a cost of 60,000 baht to assist me while in my own house (wife's house) because of the smoke from our village, that is until I lost it one day and told my Mrs that if we cannot live in our house with windows and doors open like normal human beings because two clowns up the road want to make that charcoal stuff in those big bee hive looking things, we are moving.

 

I said to her there is no way on earth anyone would be aloud to burn that crap in a residential area as its toxic, suffice to say Thai's won't to do anything, even if the guys grandchild was in and out of hospital with breathing problems, (wonder why), suffice to say the Mrs's family are close to the mayor, and one of the guys burning the crap is a relative to the mayor, so one would think we had Buckley's, hence the reason for my threat, i.e. we will be moving, anyway, long of the short, the mayor rocked up and told them too many people had complained to him and when he drove through last night he could see the thick cloud of dormant smoke, they packed up and moved to burn the crap on the land about 2 kilometres away, a happy ending, but I am left with a 60,000 baht air purifier that I no longer use....lol, oh well, at least the smoke has stopped and I am happy, doors and windows open 555

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Travel and Leisure Magazine are nothing more than shills for large Government Tourist Departments. Pay enough tea money and voila you are amongst the best places to visit on planet earth. Yes, C.M. is a very lovely place but just what criteria did this rag magazine apply to determine this high rating? Thankfully those of us living here are intelligent enough to know the real facts.

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If only the pollution levels were at a safe level all year 'round.   It's now July and still not good.

Like a nice lungful of diesel exhaust fumes?    Travel by song taew, walk  around the city.

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I have lived here for 15 years now and moved here from one of the nicest cities in the world. Austin, which is now the 10th largest city in the USA.    

I would have considered Austin as one of the tops but the traffic can be so horrible and Austin and the USA are ridiculously expensive.

I love Chiang Mai for the amazing international community, the yoga studios in abundance, lots of great restaurants serving Organic food and listening to

their customers for possible upgrades, close proximity to so many spots of interest, The Grand Canyon for swimming, great events with good music and food, easy access to my favorite food, Coconuts, and the affordability of Chiang Mai.

The traffic sucks but can be avoided by selectively driving at times when traffic is not so bad and Uber and Grab are gems to alleviate all of the B.S of transporting myself.

You may imagine some cities are so much better until you actually experience what they are right now in July 2017 to see if that still remains true!

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Chiangmai unlike  like pattaya has got a lot of "class".  I can relate to many expats living there, because they have the same backround as me. I don't think I caould find anyone in Pattaya I could relate to. Thier conversation is limited to bargirls, beer and bikes!

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While the suggestion that Chiang Mai is the third best city in the world is obviously ridiculous. It is likely the best city in Thailand for about 8 months of the year.

But then the whole concept of best city is ridiculously subjective. It is the best city to give you asthma, but the skiing sucks.

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8 hours ago, Johnnyngai said:

I like Chiang mai because I can't afford any other place. 

try chiang rai

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I think the old saw applies here: "Nice place to visit but you wouldn't want to live here."

 

Think of all the gorgeous paradise cities from which we all expatriate from, they are all tourism magnets, yes? Oh, I don't think so.

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On 7/18/2017 at 11:31 AM, idman said:

Yes, C.M. is a very lovely place

WAS; more than a few years ago

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Maybe 20 million Chinese tourists (past and present) voted for it. Of course, to them any city outside of China is "best in the world", but they won't tell you that.

 

I like CM overall, but the thing is, this city has basically no public transport. Songthaews on specific limited routes, tuktuks and motosai do not qualify as full-fledged public transport. I think the proof is that everyone and their dog has a car or scooter in CM.

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On 18/07/2017 at 1:57 PM, thaiguzzi said:

Who makes this stuff up?

TAT!

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