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Thanks for the thread. Thinking about a 4-5 day trip to CM. What would be a recommended budget for food, transportation, attractions & 1-2 mongering sessions per day?

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"The Rose of the North", the hub of northern Thailand, 5th largest city in the kingdom.  It had been over a decade since I was here, brought a girl from Nana Plaza and we did an elephant camp, river r

About the traffic, I thought the biggest problem was crossing the streets around the moat during rush hour.  It's much worse than Pattaya Second Road, but I don't recall it being any better 10 years a

Here are some photos from my visit last month.  I flew from Bangkok on VietJet Air for 641 baht each way. Again, stayed at the Ramming Lodge.  

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this is a great post I have been rail roaded in going in April for 4 days then doing pattaya I love pattaya and was reluctant to give four days of my holiday up but it looks ok would you recommend it ????

 

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I'm thinking about doing a short trip to CM with my 'friend'. Has anyone taken the night train there? I like to travel by train and supposedly it's a beautiful scenery you pass through as you approach it and the sun rises. Then I would fly home...it's cheaper to fly now.

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I'm thinking about doing a short trip to CM with my 'friend'. Has anyone taken the night train there? I like to travel by train and supposedly it's a beautiful scenery you pass through as you approach it and the sun rises. Then I would fly home...it's cheaper to fly now.

 

I took the train from Sukothai to Chang Mai about 10 years ago.  Not a bad trip, but I thought the scenery aspect was a bit overrated.  Dirty train windows and low cloud didn't really help. Flying was cheaper then too than 1 first class ticket.

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I'm thinking about doing a short trip to CM with my 'friend'. Has anyone taken the night train there? I like to travel by train and supposedly it's a beautiful scenery you pass through as you approach it and the sun rises. Then I would fly home...it's cheaper to fly now.

 

I took the overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in a sleeper car. It was an interesting cultural experience but not that scenic, the train did about 70kph so it was a 14 hour trip. It okay to do to say you've done it once buy next time I'm flying. 

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^A friend just did the ride the other way... CM to BKK... started early in the morning and didnt get a sleeper car. She reported the same thing... wished she'd have just flown.

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I plan to travel on to spend 9 days in Chiang Mai in June,after a week in Pattaya. Staying in Raming Lodge (cheaper when booking on Agoda compared to the hotel website)

I quite like the change of pace there and my wingman who is a bit older than me loves the place.

Does anyone know if the bars are still cosing early?.

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I plan to travel on to spend 9 days in Chiang Mai in June,after a week in Pattaya. Staying in Raming Lodge (cheaper when booking on Agoda compared to the hotel website)

I quite like the change of pace there and my wingman who is a bit older than me loves the place.

Does anyone know if the bars are still cosing early?.

yes things haven't changed, still early closures
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yes things haven't changed, still early closures

Guess i'll just have to force myself to go out early.....oh well

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just back from trip to chaing mai was very quiet compared to patts only one area with a few decent bars ladys not a patch on patts its ok for a couple of days but not the best for mongering ramon lodge top hotel rooms excellent pool bit small but does the job

 

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I will spend a week there in the end of October. Thanx for the report its a big help for me! 

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Does anyone know if the bars are still cosing early?.

 

As far as the farang-centric bars, then yeah, everything's done by 12-12:30. That said, if you speak a little Thai or you're more of an adventurous type, the gals all know the more "Thai" places that stay open late. I'd say if you're more a late night person, find your company before midnight, then go hit one of those clubs and party until 4am. There's one bar right near the gate that someone important must have a part of, as it doesnt close. No girls there really, but they do serve alcohol and have live music and they dont close until very late. It's called InterBar. My friends that dont like to go home early often grab a gal from Loy Kroh, then hit InterBar for a few more hours.

 

Just sayin, there's options. Most of my friends that went off to the Thai clubs with a gal had a great time drinking and dancing the night away, even if they were the only farang in the place. Just smile, be cool, have a good time and generally speaking no one's gonna make a problem. Chiang Mai isnt like BKK or Pattaya... much more laid back and my guess is that the crime rate is far lower.   

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Just sayin, there's options. Most of my friends that went off to the Thai clubs with a gal had a great time drinking and dancing the night away, even if they were the only farang in the place. Just smile, be cool, have a good time and generally speaking no one's gonna make a problem. Chiang Mai isnt like BKK or Pattaya... much more laid back and my guess is that the crime rate is far lower.   

Sounds real good!

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I took the night train this trip.  First Class sleeper cost 1460 plus 500 for a private berth.  Brought my own food, cigars, Jack Daniels, and bluetooth headphones.  Journey took 14 hours with some nice scenery in the morning. Flew back on Air Asia in 70 minutes for 1070.

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Stayed at the Pornping Tower this time, just 670 baht.  Rooms are spacious and walls freshly painted, just needs a new carpet.  The Ramming Lodge is beginning to show signs of wear and not as good value, paying about 500 baht more per night just for better WiFi.

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Live music was alive

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The Khao Soi was delicious

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The Sunday Night market was packed

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Coffee at Ristr8to in Niman was excellent

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But the bars still close at midnight

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Next Up: A prop plane to Mae Hong Son

 

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Nice update mate. Been 2 years since I've been to CM, always nice to see some pics of Northern Thailand. 

I like the way you did the train there and a flight back. 

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Nice update mate. Been 2 years since I've been to CM, always nice to see some pics of Northern Thailand. 

I like the way you did the train there and a flight back. 

You wouldn't take the train unless you enjoy train travel but my compartment, although not European standard, was comfortable.  However, they crank up the air conditioning so it's very cold.  Fortunately, I had the extra blanket.

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I very much like the idea of the train, did 1 trip many years ago from Toronto to Vancouver via train and while it's not exactly the same I think many people can understand the difference flying vs train. If you've got the time, the train is still pretty dope :)

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The zoo and aquarium are worth a visit

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The orangutan uses the same hair salon as President Trump

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How would people that know Pattaya and Chang Mai from a cost of living perspective? 

I am not a heavy drinker, bars occasionally (once a week), but I am on a pension now.

I like warm weather, hate cold temperatures and swimming in a cold pool!   

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Been to Chiang Mai several times and it is a great diversion for a few days.

it is not Pattaya but lets be real no place on earth is like Pattaya

I normally stay at Raming Lodge.  A pretty nice place right where the action is.  They also have a breakfast buffet that is included with your room.  

I was not aware of the free airport pickup but the taxi from the airport is now 160 baht and takes about 15 min so not a big deal

Several small beer bars but they do close early like 12-1am ish so gotta plan for it

Plenty of available girls.  Some of my best nights with girls have been in Chiang Mai

Lots of temples within walking distance so gives you something different to check out during the day.

I also do some shopping there as well.

Lots of options for eating.

 Raming has a burger place that is really good.

Miguels has great mexican

Plenty of other places as well for local fare

Some soapy action here as well but seems to becoming a little more limited. Sayuri is going to be the main one here with the most selection.

Very easy to get there as flights are generally cheap

Lot's of excursion potential as well if you are into that sort of thing

For those wanting to see a something a little different from Pattaya but still want to be able to enjoy the girls Chiang Mai is a pretty good choice

Yes fewer bars and girls than Pattaya but still all the action you will need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On ‎8‎/‎21‎/‎2017 at 5:16 PM, j_d66 said:

Been to Chiang Mai several times and it is a great diversion for a few days.

it is not Pattaya but lets be real no place on earth is like Pattaya

I normally stay at Raming Lodge.  A pretty nice place right where the action is.  They also have a breakfast buffet that is included with your room.  

I was not aware of the free airport pickup but the taxi from the airport is now 160 baht and takes about 15 min so not a big deal

Several small beer bars but they do close early like 12-1am ish so gotta plan for it

Plenty of available girls.  Some of my best nights with girls have been in Chiang Mai

Lots of temples within walking distance so gives you something different to check out during the day.

I also do some shopping there as well.

Lots of options for eating.

 Raming has a burger place that is really good.

Miguels has great mexican

Plenty of other places as well for local fare

Some soapy action here as well but seems to becoming a little more limited. Sayuri is going to be the main one here with the most selection.

Very easy to get there as flights are generally cheap

Lot's of excursion potential as well if you are into that sort of thing

For those wanting to see a something a little different from Pattaya but still want to be able to enjoy the girls Chiang Mai is a pretty good choice

Yes fewer bars and girls than Pattaya but still all the action you will need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you, interesting.

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