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  • woody

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    So finally off next week..
    A few questions regarding Chang Mai

    Is it cheaper to book hotels over the Internet or when I get there

    Should I bring my hiking boots for hikes in and around Chang Mai

    Cheers..

    #1 Posted: 5/5/2006 - 00:12

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  • somtam2000

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    Hi woody,

    For reservations it depends on the class of hotel -- for the cheap backpacker options, you'll find it cheapest just to show up, but for mid-range and above, take a look around on the never-ending spply of hotel-booking-websites -- some have very low rates.

    For hiking boots, i'd go with heavy-duty sandals rather than boots -- not so hot on the feet.

    #2 Posted: 5/5/2006 - 06:53

  • totallygone

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    Hey Woody,

    I've just left Chiang Mai after having spent around five weeks there, on and off. Now, the tourist season there is over, and you'll have no trouble finding a room, and little trouble negotiating for an off-season rate.

    I stayed at the Parasol Inn (http://www.parasolinn.com), a new hotel/guesthouse slap-bang-wallop in the middle of the old city - literally at the centre. It has TV/AC (it's VERY hot there now), clean and comfortable rooms, nice staff, you should be able to get between 400 and 600 night for a twin/double. Rooms 2, 3 and 4 01,03 have a view of Wat Chedi Luang from the bathroom window - the bedroom windows are internal to the bathroom. On a Sunday, Chiang Mai's famous walking market is literally on your doorstep.

    If you go to the hotel, negotiate down by saying you don't want the free breakfast - food isn't their strong point right now.

    I loved staying there, was on first name terms by the time I left, and I couldn't recommend it highly enough.

    Somtam's right about the hiking boots - too heavy. But I'd avoid sandals if you're hiking near waterfalls (hopefully you will be!) - the rains have started and there are a lot of leeches around. Get decent lightweight but robust shoes and mesh socks - these will offer you some protection.

    Have a fantastic time!

    #3 Posted: 6/5/2006 - 12:29

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