Archive for the 'Chiang Mai' Category

Oct 01 2011

Chiang Mai flooding update 1st October

Published by under Health & safety

On the basis that you’d assume no news was good news there was no news yesterday – which is good news! Although water had spread out to areas further from the river over the last couple of days levels are now happily down right across Chiang Mai. Worarot and night bazaar areas and west of … read the full post

Sep 29 2011

Chiang Mai flooding September 29

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There was actually a bit of a festive air down by Chiang Mai’s Ping this morning  — not that the poor folks with homes and businesses along the riverside or in the worse hit suburbs downstream would have been in party moods — but locals and tourists turned out en masse with cameras and videos … read the full post

Sep 28 2011

Chiang Mai 28 September flooding update

Published by under Health & safety

With the recent heavy rains in Chiang Mai itself and the Ping River filling up with run-off further north the river finally carried out its threat to burst it’s banks around 4.00 pm today, (see VDO clip below). Water is now infiltrating into the night bazaar and Chinatown/Worarot area as well as suburbs close to … read the full post

Aug 31 2011

Chiang Mai: Consulates and visas

Published by under Visas

Due to Chiang Mai’s location and its role as the kingdom’s second city visitors often expect more substantial consular presences in Chiang Mai than there actually are. Yes, it’s close to Burma and Laos, for example, but neither have consulates here. And while it’s nowhere near it, Austria has a consulate — but, say, Switzerland … read the full post

Jul 19 2011

Chiang Mai’s Old City and Cambodia’s Angkor Thom

Published by under Wats

I had a mate from Siem Reap visit me in Chiang Mai recently. He’s a guide, so knows Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, Ta Phrom and so on inside out . His first comment on arriving was, “Oh, it’s got a city wall… and a moat, and it’s square shaped is it?!” “Well, yes,” I said. … read the full post

Jun 21 2011

Common snakes of downtown Chiang Mai

Published by under Health & safety

We’ll begin with a warning — not about snakes, as the majority of those are pretty harmless, but about our identification abilities. Not being a qualified herpetologist (we ahem looked that up on Google), it’s often very difficult to identify our wriggly friends who tend to vary considerably in colour and markings from region to … read the full post

May 24 2011

The yetis of Northern Thailand

Published by under Sights & activities

Any self-respecting country laying claim to ‘wilderness areas’ has to have them! Reports of large ape-like creatures emanate from remote mountain and forest areas of every continent bar Antarctica: the Sasquatch or Bigfoot of Canada and the United States, the yetis of Siberia, yowies of Australia and abominable snowmen of Tibet — and Southeast Asia, … read the full post

May 06 2011

The ‘Ghost Lake’ of Mae Rim

Published by under Health & safety

Now we’re not adding this to the Chiang Mai see and do section — nor even suggesting this for “hikes and walks” or “entertainment”. This is, frankly, just a boring-looking pond surrounded by some comatose anglers. But the pond does have an interesting story behind it. “Lake” is a bit over the top to describe … read the full post

Mar 25 2011

What is a good time to visit Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand?

Published by under Weather

When should I visit northern Thailand and Chiang Mai is a very FAQ; there are pros and cons for each period of the year but before we go into that, let’s address a couple of common climate misconceptions, namely: 1. Chiang Mai and northern Thailand are cool (temperature-wise) and 2. The rainy season is a … read the full post

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