Archive for the 'Chiang Mai' Category

Mar 22 2012

Thai Premier League: What’s the deal in the North?

Published by under Bars & nightlife

The Thai Premier League football season kicked off last weekend with the usual suspects installed as hot pre-season favourites: Buriram Utd (last season’s winners as Buriram PEA), Chonburi FC and Nonthaburi’s Muang Thong Utd and with no less than two North Thai teams in the line-up as well: Chiang Rai Utd and TTM Chiang Mai. … read the full post

Jan 31 2012

Chiang Mai’s “Chinatown”

Published by under Sights & activities

“Forget it, Jake — it’s Chinatown!” is a classic line from a classic movie, but a Chinatown in LA, London or Sydney is going to stand out far more than a Chinatown in Bangkok or Chiang Mai will ever do. Chiang Mai’s so-called Chinatown is the Worarot market and commercial district though apart from a … 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?

Published by under Health & safety

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

Nov 02 2011

Should you visit the Kayan or “Long Neck Karen”?

Published by under Sights & activities

After looking at the background to the Kayan or “Long Neck Karen”, we’ll now deal with the question of “Should you visit the Kayan or “Long Neck Karen” by looking at some of the specific pros and cons, and arguments for and against visiting the villages where these people live. For us, one of the … read the full post

Oct 28 2011

Thai floods: Some governments overreact?

Published by under Health & safety

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

Published by under Health & safety

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

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

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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

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