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Retiring In The Provinces ....

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Ah, you never read the post properly Gobbley one.

The key phrase was "provincial cities", where tuktuk drivers still consider their principal task is to transport people from point A to point B. B)

 

I received so many warnings about Tuk-tuks I would've sooner shot myself in the face than plant my bottom in one. In Bangkok. That was until Chiang Mai, where I took them a lot, and got a good rate. Of course I had a Thai companion, but that doesn't make a difference, I mean... they can see I'm a shrewd American right? :rotfl: (btw - I got fleeced on my very first cab ride in LOS :bang: and didn't even know it till a few weeks later when I caught a metered cab back to the airport).

 

btw - Chiang Rai. For a n00b Americano who doesn't know shit from shinola - but is curious to see it. You have any input? I'll be in CM for roughly a week - thinking about making the exploratory trek to CR for a day/night. This time I'll be solo and the lack of a nightlife is def....ehhhh.... I don't know. Unless I do some exhausting hiking during the day and don't give a shit. Anyway I'll run a couple searches but -- if you have any input. Well....

 

Hey.

 

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Easy bus trip from Chiang Mai, an hour or two only, but I haven't been there in years. Amphoe Muang CR nowadays has a small bar strip. Wonder if the backpackers visit it, since I don't think Joe Cummings recommends gogo bars. (He doesn't recommend anything that is fun.)

 

J2 is the CR man. PM him for details.

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Forgot to address the topic at hand --> And my .02 here is worth about .000001.

 

Retirement is not option on the table for me, but a sustained period of travel or living abroad is. However, IF I was ever going to retire in LoS, based on what I've experienced up to this point --> it would be close between Chiang Mai and Bangkok. CM would probably get the nod if there were fewer obnoxious backpackers all over the place.

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Chiang Rai is a nice small city with a bit of night life.

A couple of the hotels have massage available and there's karaoke and a couple of small bar areas.

I'm happy (and careful) at home so I don't stray but I have a night out with my neighbour and visitors occasionally and there seems to be plenty of girls around.

It's more like 3 hours on the bus from CM (200kms), I'd personally recommend hiring a car for a few days.

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I received so many warnings about Tuk-tuks I would've sooner shot myself in the face than plant my bottom in one. In Bangkok. That was until Chiang Mai, where I took them a lot, and got a good rate. Of course I had a Thai companion, but that doesn't make a difference, I mean... they can see I'm a shrewd American right? :rotfl: (btw - I got fleeced on my very first cab ride in LOS :bang: and didn't even know it till a few weeks later when I caught a metered cab back to the airport).

 

btw - Chiang Rai. For a n00b Americano who doesn't know shit from shinola - but is curious to see it. You have any input? I'll be in CM for roughly a week - thinking about making the exploratory trek to CR for a day/night. This time I'll be solo and the lack of a nightlife is def....ehhhh.... I don't know. Unless I do some exhausting hiking during the day and don't give a shit. Anyway I'll run a couple searches but -- if you have any input. Well....

 

Hey.

 

:)

Its been 5+ years since I've been to CM/CR.

Was worth the trip, for sure!

Stayed at a medium priced hotel, 1000 Baht/night.

Hired a car/driver and he was excellent!

Everything arranged with a local BKK travel agent.

Did all the tourist things; Wats, elephant farm/shows, visit to the umbrella factory (fun to see), etc.

In CR made a visit to the Opium Museum, quite interesting.

 

At least one time, I recommend a trip to CM/CR.

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I know the grass is always so much greener, but right now I envy every single Farang, retired or otherwise, who has managed to make it to a warmer climate without the need to face another Winter. After a couple of very nice days, its back to freezing my butt off - my only consolation is that we are a lot closer to Spring than anyone north of the equator. :neener:

 

One day at a time, Gobble, one day at a time.

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I know the grass is always so much greener, but right now I envy every single Farang, retired or otherwise, who has managed to make it to a warmer climate without the need to face another Winter. After a couple of very nice days, its back to freezing my butt off - my only consolation is that we are a lot closer to Spring than anyone north of the equator. :neener:

 

One day at a time, Gobble, one day at a time.

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It's not freezing, but it is sort of soggy here. I got hit by a sample of Noah's Flood yesterday on the way home - a heavy thunder storm that lasted well over an hour. By the time I got home, I looked like I'd been swimming in the klong. The sois were flooded and my was kitchen soaked.

 

Other than that the weather is great. :)

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Chiang Rai is a nice small city with a bit of night life.

A couple of the hotels have massage available and there's karaoke and a couple of small bar areas.

I'm happy (and careful) at home so I don't stray but I have a night out with my neighbour and visitors occasionally and there seems to be plenty of girls around.

It's more like 3 hours on the bus from CM (200kms), I'd personally recommend hiring a car for a few days.

 

Thanks Julian, btw - was also told the same thing about hiring a car from someone else who's been there several times. Sounds the route to go.

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