Archive for the 'Chiang Mai' Category

Apr 09 2014

Burning season in Chiang Mai

Published by under Health & safety

The haze on a good day.

Burning season is once again engulfing Chiang Mai in a worrying haze. In recent years the heat, dust and smog have grown bad enough to merit the question: should you even visit Chiang Mai over the months burning hits its peak — usually February through to April? The answer really depends on what it is … read the full post

Feb 25 2014

Obtaining a Chinese visa in Chiang Mai

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Rice terraces, Yunnan

Need a Chinese visa in Chiang Mai? There is a Chinese consulate plus attached visa section in the city and while it used to be very straightforward when we last applied a couple of years back, it seems to have got a bit more complicated recently. Here’s what to do. First you need to go … read the full post

Jan 26 2014

How to do a Mae Sai visa run

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If your tourist visa is about to expire and you’re in Northern Thailand,  the quickest and easiest solution to staying longer is to cross into Burma for a couple of hours and receive a 15-day or 30-day visa-free stay (depending on nationality) upon your return back into Thailand. The closest, most accessible border crossing from … read the full post

Oct 13 2012

Chiang Mai immigration

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Naughty naughty!

No-one enjoys visiting Chiang Mai immigration office but for all expats and many tourists in Thailand’s northern capital an occasional visit is unavoidable, so here are a few tips on how to make your trip as painless as possible. Chiang Mai immigration office is one of the most pleasant (or least unpleasant?) immigration offices or … read the full post

Jun 23 2012

The British Consulate, Chiang Mai

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Since we couldn't photograph the British Consulate.......

We did previously do a general outline of consulates in Chiang Mai but since it was dear old Liz’s jubilee recently (you can’t have missed that — it even brought tears to the eyes of some of our French mates!) and of  course with the London Olympics raring to go very soon (you’re going to … read the full post

May 16 2012

Natural medicines for travellers: Chiang Mai’s Arun Thai

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This is a slight departure from our usual topics as we look at an excellent new Chiang Mai initiative in the field of natural medicines and beauty treatments. Skin cream,  herbal shampoo, moisturiser, hair restorer (oops too late for that!)… have I  finally lost the plot? I’ll admit that having (very tentatively and making sure … read the full post

Dec 30 2011

Geographical names in Thailand

Published by under Sights & activities

Look up Chiang Mai province in a guide or on a map and you’ll see the same Thai place names cropping up over and over again: Doi this, Mae that and so on. So what do they all mean? Some you may well have already guessed at but here goes with a few of the … read the full post

Nov 06 2011

Chiang Mai scams?

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Some of our other regional Travelfish.org blogs have been busy of late giving you the rundown on popular and prevalent scams in their respective patches (such as here and here) so we thought we’d do the same for Chiang Mai… the only problem is we can’t find any! Many scams in other cities involve transport … read the full post

Oct 28 2011

Thai floods: Some governments overreact?

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There’s plenty of travel advice to Thailand floating around in light of the current flooding. Here we’re not going to offer any new tips, but rather attempt to put some of the existing information into perspective. We’re somewhat put out, though hardly surprised, by some of the Western media’s rather sensational coverage and here’s an … read the full post

Oct 13 2011

Mekong river hijacking in the Golden Triangle

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Dates seem to vary slightly according to the source — one of which is here– but our usually reliable man on the ground in Yunnan reports that two Chinese cargo vessels travelling on the Mekong between Jinghong, Yunnan and Chiang Saen, Thailand were hijacked at around midday on October 10. The particularly brutal hijacking took … read the full post

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