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    Chiang Mai / Rai

    I had a week in Chiang Mai last December and had a great time.
    I will probably visit again,this December.
    I was also thinking of heading to Chiang Rai,but i`m getting conflicting info on it. Some people are telling me it`s not worth a visit,Chiang Mai`s much better... other`s say it`s better than Chiang Mai
    I`m not really into trekking round the jungle, although i dont mind trekking round the bars/clubs
    Has anyone got any useful info on Chiang Rai....?

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    Personally I think ChiangRai is a lot better than ChiangMai.
    It depends what you like. I'm not into trekking I stay in the city.
    It's got most things you will need but it is smaller and I think more friendly than CM

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    totally different type of places

    the only thing they have in common is the fact that they are in the north and...

    the only two things they have in common is they are in the north and their names are almost the same

    CM is a cosmopolitan city, surrounded by lots of rice fields and some mountains in the distance, lots of bars

    CR is much smaller, very few bars and beautiful countryside nearby.
    I have reported your post

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    I always enjoy and evening driking beer and eating thai food at the Night Bazarre I like Chiangrai, but I prefer living in Chiangmai

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    chiang mai / rai

    thanx for that....looks like I`ll be giving chiang rai a miss then.....

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    C.Rai or C.Mai

    Quote Originally Posted by ch1ldofthemoon View Post
    thanx for that....looks like I`ll be giving chiang rai a miss then.....
    O.K
    We'll miss you in Chiang Rai..........not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ch1ldofthemoon
    I`m not really into trekking round the jungle, although i dont mind trekking round the bars/clubs
    Not many sex-tourists there, and no, you won't be missed.

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    I love Chiang Rai! It is about the only place I've been in Thailand where I think I could possibly move to and live.

    As stated earlier, it isn't "tourist busy" like Chiang Mai. Because of this, it is calmer, locals are friendlier and you can get about with little hassle. That's where Thai Wife and I have celebrated two Loy Krathong festivals. We now know some of the locals, and they are very generous people.

    I found few Farangs in Chiang Rai. So if your a party animal and want to be hassled by every passing songthaew, go to Chiang Mai.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curious George View Post
    I love Chiang Rai! It is about the only place I've been in Thailand where I think I could possibly move to and live.

    As stated earlier, it isn't "tourist busy" like Chiang Mai. Because of this, it is calmer, locals are friendlier and you can get about with little hassle. That's where Thai Wife and I have celebrated two Loy Krathong festivals. We now know some of the locals, and they are very generous people.

    I found few Farangs in Chiang Rai. So if your a party animal and want to be hassled by every passing songthaew, go to Chiang Mai.

    You're describing Chiang Mai pre 1986.

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    Well I have bought and paid for my flights to Chiang Mai in March. My wifes friend is picking us up from the airport so I hope that she will be involved as much as possible with the wife and kids entertainment, leaving me to get plastered every now and then.

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    March is a good month for plastering

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    Chiang Mai is exactly like Bangkok, with 8 million fewer people, but with mountains, no subway, no skytrain, and..different dialect of Thai, closer to Burma, cooler winter, quieter....exactly like Bangkok tho.

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    Yes, that makes it exactly like Bangkok...

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