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A February 2006 trip to Chiang Mai by panda2

Chiang Mai Zoo Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand More Photos
Quote: An old gated city with a moat surrounding it can only be entered through one of its four gates. Today it expands beyond its old walls.

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Overview

One of the old city gate walls Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Chiang Mai, an old gated city, has a moat surrounding its walls and could only be entered, or exited, through one of its four gates. Today, it's a large city with 1.8 million registered people. It doesn't quite feel like a large city, psychologically, but rather something smaller scale. I like the neighborhood mentality being on foot within a certain radius, it brings things down to a local scale I like to live in. This region has a large agriculture business, exporting its goods to other parts of the world. Known for the land of temples, and for the land of smiles, such that in the past the government had an unpopular compulsory smile policy. There's a night market, public market for shopping of food...Read More

Lotus Hotel

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Hotel

Lotus Hotel Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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We booked a suite here at Lotus Hotel, which is somewhat less than meets the eye. There’s a restaurant, bar, and gym here. American breakfast, THB120. The suite is on two levels, with the very large king-size bed, firm but comfortable to sleep in, is upstairs with room only for one bedside stand. There are TVs upstairs and downstairs, dimmer switches and regular on-off rocker light switches, the bathroom has on-demand heating, with a switch to direct the hot water source to either the bathtub with shower or the shower stall with a light dimmer, and there was a small elongated pond outside our window.We chose t...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 24, 2006

Lotus Hotel
2/25 Viangbua Rd.
Chiang Mai, Thailand 50300
+66 (53) 215-376

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This is listed in low-end hotels and is located north of the city gate, very close to a public market and gay venues clustered around the area. It has 80 rooms, either with a fan for one person, THB190, or two people, THB230, or air-conditioning for one person, THB290, or two people, THB320.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 8, 2006

Inthanin Hotel
824 Hassadisewee Rd.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
+66 (53) 212244

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Viangbua Mansion is marketed as a serviced apartment with 108 rooms available in three different categories: Superior or Deluxe available on a daily to monthly basis, and Grand Deluxe available on a monthly basis, with different price points for your budget and taste, ranging from THB900 to THB3200/day (excludes Grand Deluxe), THB5,600 to THB15,400/week (excludes Grand Deluxe), THB12,000 to THB100,000/month. The building has a 24-hour security guard, 24-hour front desk, lift, CCTV, restaurant, coffee shop, fitness, spa, sauna, and traditional Thai massage. Rooms have electronic access, cable TV, an electronic lock safe, refrigerator, stove, h...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 8, 2006

Viangbua Mansion
3/1 Viangbua Rd.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
+66 (53) 411-202

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Novotel Chiang Mai is part of the Accor international hotel chain, with cheaply built hotels like the McDonald's of hotels, clean but devoid of distinct character —you could be anywhere in the world and the room would be similar and cheap. This location has 159 rooms, 2 bars, 5 rooms for meetings/conferences, restaurant, swimming pool, fitness centre, and laundry. Rimping Supermarket is just down the same road a couple of minutes walk. This is another hotel where there's a small cluster of gay venues in the area. E-mail ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 8, 2006

Novotel Chiang Mai
183 Chang Puek Rd.
Chiang Mai, Thailand 50200
+66 (53) 225500

Downtown Inn

Hotel

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Downtown Inn in Chiang Mai is conveniently located next to the Handicraft Center and Night Bazaar with 72 rooms and suites, 35 standard, 35 deluxe, 2 suites, 24-hour restaurant and coffee shop, serving local and international cuisines, a swimming pool with a poolside bar. Continental breakfast is THB168, American breakfast is THB215, lunch THB287, dinner THB335. Low season promotion includes American breakfast. There's air-conditioning, mini-bar, cable TV, telephone, laundry & valet service, baby-sitting, room service, safe deposit box, express checkout, airport transfer, car parking, 10 minutes from the airport, wifi access through the busi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 20, 2006

Downtown Inn
172/1-11 Loy Kroh Rd.
Chiang Mai, Thailand 50100
+66 (53) 270662

Queen Victoria Inn

Restaurant

Queen Victoria Inn Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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My partner spotted the building earlier, a little while later I spotted an ad on the back of a tuk tuk for the Queen Victoria Inn that offered a hotel with a traditional English Pub with imported beers and WiFi. We were the only customers there because it's fairly new, and the surrounding neighborhood is dead quiet. We ordered a chicken merango with mashed and veggies, special off-the-board for THB160. It was still too spicy for my tastes. We also ordered some crab meat appetizer that was very good. The WiFi signal advertised wasn't working. email ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 2, 2006

Queen Victoria Inn
252/13-14 Praprokklao Road
Chiang Mai, Thailand
+66 53 418 266

Chiang Mai Zoo

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Attraction | "Giant Pandas"

Chiang Mai Zoo Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Chiang Mai Zoo has built a special exhibit inside a cool, air-conditioned climate of 10°C for the comfort of a pair of giant pandas on loan from China for display in Thailand in 2004 started from a conversation in 2001 between Vice-prime Minister and Minister of Defence Chawalit Yongjaiyut with the President and Prime Minister of The People's Republic of China concerning putting on display the giant panda in Thailand. This zoo was selected by the Zoological Park Organization for the care and display of these pandas. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 24, 2006

Chiang Mai Zoo
100 Huay Kaew Road, Km 4
Chiang Mai, Thailand 50200
+66 53 221 179

Free Guy

Attraction

Free Guy Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Free Guy, Soi 7 Chang-Phuak Rd., a gay/bi men's bar. Look for the illuminated sign off Main street-but can only see it in one direction of the street heading toward the city gate, the sign states two shows: from 10pm to 11pm and 11:30pm to 12:30am, or if any customers show up. Looks like this business has been there for a while. There is a stage area and seating area for the audience and a show was put on for us. These guys have a hard- and rough-edged look on them. Drinks cost THB150.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 24, 2006

Free Guy
Soi 7 Chang-Phuak Road
Chiang Mai, Thailand
+66 (0) 5321-2805

Doi Boy's

Attraction | "Doi Boy"

Doi Boy's Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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We came across this place by seeing boys hanging-out in front of the establishment. This gay/bi men's place was a dive, the stage area audience view was obstructed by a support beam. The boys came alive and danced/moved to show themselves off to the audience. Drinks were THB150.

Hours of operation are 9pm to 1am.

Phone 5341-0241

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 24, 2006

Doi Boy's

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Adam's Apple/Metro Bar and Lounge

Attraction | "Adam's Apple"

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Adam's Apple is on the 3rd floor. It is entertainment for gay/bi men interested in other men, and there are plenty of foreigners here. There are floor shows of boys in underwear with numbered tags at 11pm, directly across from the Lotus Hotel. Get there late, and you may have to select quickly from who's left before closing time. Drink prices are standard THB150.

Hours: 9pm-12:30am


Phone: (053) 220-381-2

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 24, 2006

Adam's Apple/Metro Bar and Lounge
1/21-22 Soi Wiang Bua, Chotana Road
Chiang Mai, Thailand
+66 (053) 220-381-2

Rodio

Attraction

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Rodio is a restaurant bar full of university students on a Friday night, since they presumably have no school the next day. The kitchen is open till 3am on Friday, with one of the items being an omelet for THB 19, but my partner didn’t realize that the place served food till the kitchen was already closed. My partner got acquainted with a university student, an engineering major 2007, who hopes to immigrate to Australia afterwards for a job. His English skills are quite good, and he offered to trade beers with my partner, as he didn’t like his choice of Leo beer and overheard my partner’s earlier request for Chang beer, but the beer wouldn't be cold enough for another twenty minutes. The student conve...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 3, 2006

Rodio
Chang Phuak Road
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Rimping Superstore

Attraction | "Rimping Supermarket"

Rimping Superstore Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Rimping Supermarket is located on the same road as the Novatel hotel. It is a typical clean, brightly lit, modern, air- conditioned supermarket that sells produce and goods and some items for the local market. Backpacks must be checked and photos aren't allowed. Since our hotel charged for the use of instant coffee, we picked some up here, as well as cold drinks and whatever else we were willing to carry with us. There are Glinter brand soda cans in clear plastic containers like a can of Coke or Pepsi, so I got a lychee and a peach flavor. There's baked French bread available here. Open from 9am to 9pm. Email ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 3, 2006

Rimping Superstore
171/1 Chang-Pheak Road
Chiang Mai, Thailand 50000
+66 53 210 007

Circle Club

Attraction

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Circle Club is a gay/bi men's bar with many attractive dancers and a cabaret show every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10:30pm. Telephone 053 214 996

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 3, 2006

Circle Club
161/7-8 Soi Erawan, Chotana Rd., T. Sriphum, A. Muang
Chiang Mai, Thailand
+66 (053) 214-996

Public Market

Attraction

Public Market Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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An open-air (covered to protect from the heat of the sun) Public Market of vendors offering produce, cooked food, drinks for shoppers to browse, buy, and take away. I came along here after my partner told me it was about two blocks north of the Lotus Hotel, or very close to a low -end hotel. The vendors were already in full swing by 8am. I managed to buy a couple of deep-fried chicken-leg quarters and another meat item from the same vendor. The vendor knew enough English to tell me the amount in English, along with the hand signals. Another vendor had different c...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 22, 2006

Public Market
800 Hassadisewee Road, Soi 4, A. Muang
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Dao

Story/Tip

Chiang Dao Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Chiang Dao Nest offers tour packages in the Chiang Dao area. We selected a tour which includes hotel pickup in Chiang Mai for an hour ride (60km) to an elephant show with an hour and a half elephant ride to a hill-tribe, and return on the same elephant. Afterwards, lunch is included , but not any drinks, at Chiang Dao Nest 2, a visit to Chiang Dao Cave, an hour ride on rafting, then the return 1 hour, 20 minute ride (75km) back to drop off at our hotel. My partner arranged the THB 2,295 per person booking, with a deposit of THB 1,500, and was very clear in the email as to where we were staying, with the addres...Read More