The first impression about Chiang Mai was negative. Traffic, pollution, no parks in walking distance, non pedestrian zones, especially bad pavements for baby strollers.
And after one week, my opinion has changed drastically. It has all the cities amenities as well you feel as in village, where you know your neighbours and meet same people in town . Recommended videos for Chiang Mai:
Recommended things to do:
Chiang Mai Zoo. Tip: do NOT go to seaquarium it is waste of time and money;
River/canal boat tour. There are 2 to 4 hour options, but 2 hours is more than enough, if you are not willing to visit every temple and feed the fish for half an hour.
Khaosan Road (backpackers street) good thai food, cheap massage, lots of people. Cheap hotels around 30usd.
Lebua hotel – is famous for its restaurants. (be careful many of them do not allow with children until 14years old) Dinner cost ±100 usd per person. If you are on a budget – i recommend you visiting a sky-bar and have a drink (15usd) then go eat somewhere else. Great breakfast. (there are only 2 places that i remember about breakfast: Lebua and Rye Juan Carlos in Barcelona)
Baiyoke hotel – do not recommend. Tallest building in Thailand, but the hotel is less than average 3*
Aetas Lumpini – 5 star hotel for a 3 star hotel price. Stayed few times there.
Conrad Hotel – one of very few hotels in central Bangkok with a tennis court. Has good restaurants and breakfast.
do not ride TukTuk, unless for an attraction, because they are rather expensive at the end..
taxi is cheap in Bangkok and you should always pay what is written on the meter. Never negotiate with taxi driver (only tourists negotiate) just sit in and drive, at the end you pay what the meter says.
Best place to long stay in Thailand is HUA Hin. (Probably best play to long stay in Asia)
First days visit Thai Cooking course – enyoyed it. You understand basic Thai kitchen and understand what you eat.
CICADA Market – The market is opened Friday to Sunday, but i recommend visiting it on Sunday, because other two days it is too crowdy. You can have a dinner here also. (Next to Hyatt hotel. BTW, Hyatt hotel food is average)
It is more confortable to go with sneakers and not flip-flops as you have to do a little climbing. Also recommend going with motorbike and not taking a guided tour.
Green Papaya salad – ask to make it not spicy (in Phuket, Pataya they make it not spicy). (Mai Phet) 30THB in the street and 200-300 THB in restaurant. Also i believe they bring it from the street to the restaurant with a 1000% margin 🙂
as kiekviena diena valgau sita patiekala.
Chicken Cashwenut (Kau pat, mi mimong)
Pad Thai (Thai noodles with chicken, shrimps or vegetables)
Ocean Club (Putahracsa hotel) (North Hua Hin) best restaurant Hua Hin
Restaurant Lets See – Khao Takiab, good place to have a drink and eat non-fish dishes.
Next to this french restaurant there is DEYA DELI recommend (located in Villa Market shopping center, which is quite expensive, but you can find a lot of european food there. One thing that i regret buying from them was Wagyu beef stake 1000THB a piece)
Rent of motorbike 3000-4000 THB a month.
Transfer from BKK airport to Hua Hin 2000-3000 THB
There is direct flight with local airline to Chiang Mai
Bangkok hospital – highly recommend. Best hospital i have ever seen compared to Germany and USA private hospitals.
General checkup costs ±100 usd.
Has all the latest equipment.
Cha-Am – not recommend. Phuket, Pataya – don’t go 🙂
Renting property for 1-2 months is quite expensive on AirBnB, which is suited for daily rentals or HomeAway which is more for weekly rentals, therefor it is much better to find local Real Estate agency. To do that i usually go to Google.country for instance google.co.th and make a search either in english / either in local language (use google translate). If you do search on google.com you usually don’t find necessary local things.
I would recommend this house if you are coming for 2 week vacation, where you just want sunbathe, swim, sleep, eat. If you want more activities like yoga, muay thai or fine dining you won’t find that in Khao Tao. We used to drive 1-2 times each day to city center with motobike, which takes 15-20minutes.
The price was around 2000 usd for the house, so we end up paying 1000$ for a room.
Here are some my made pictures from the house:
Baan Sanpluen penthouse
The best apartment I have stayed in Hua Hin.
Price 120.000 – 135.000 THB (3000-3500 euros a month)
Located in quite street of Hua Hin close to Cicada Market. Most of the units are owned by people from Bangkok, therefor only on weekends there are 5-8 apartments with people. The time i lived all the week there was one neighbour from Germany living with his Thai girlfriend. Has a decent free tennis court. For 2 bedroom apartment we have paid 1300 USD / month including cleaning once a week + electricity and water.
Negative thing: few kitchen appliances. No dishwasher – in Thailand only apartments that are owned by europeans usually do not have this. Also the pool is rather cold. (i guess because the building is tall and it doesn’t have evening sun on it)
A building is 1 apartment per floor with 3-4 bedrooms. (but i never saw this for rent)
BCD buildings are 5 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartments per floor.
E building has 1-3 bedrooms apartments.
Do not stay in first floor. As going from street or building E you go through the middle of first floor.
Try renting North facing apartments as they have direct sunlight in the morning only.
December 1st to January 15th there is a loud concert in Village Market shopping centre and this you hear even in Building B (north side) which is closest to the sea. Building E additionally hears the noise from the street and traffic
My general recommendation is that Baan Sanpluen which is very similiar to Baan Sandao is a better choice because of the noise. (Baan sandao has 2 empty plots in both sides of building and baan sanpluen has other 2 condos which reduces the noise)
Address for mailing of the condo is: (google give different address)