Is it worth staying in Chiang Mai for a few weeks?

Is it worth staying in Chiang Mai for a few weeks? It's a meme among the digital nomad crowd, so I wonder if it will be full of tourists like Bangkok was.

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  1. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    As a Thai-American who travels to Chiang Mai every other year or so, I'd say a few weeks is a stretch. It's really chill there, which is why I love it but also a result of there not being too much to do. I'd see some temples, eat some food (we eat some crazy shit up there in the northern region), see elephants, visit a night market, etc. and then leave. When I was there last year there were only a couple white people despite it being high season so hopefully not too crowded for you!

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      When I visited last October, there were almost more white people than Thais at the city center on any given night.

      >t. Part of the problem

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        Eh, well, I'm not gonna blame you individually anon. If it really does go downhill maybe I'll consider visiting more during monsoon season, rain is pretty comfy with spicy chow and Thai-dubbed anime on the TV (we sound like chickens lmao).

  2. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    No, too small. Unless you have a wife or something whose into it.

    A freelancer said a week is good.

  3. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    I was there for a week, and I had a 3 day long jungle trekking during that. I dont think I really missed anything

  4. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    If you go there is because you got a good deal for an apartment/quality of life. The town doesn't warrant more than 2 days. It's the same temple repeated over 100 times. Exhausting

    The expat scene is about people who don't want to be labelled as coomers. Lots of women and the few guys either they to coom on the side or try to sleep with those white expats which pretty much defeats the point of escaping the west

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Lots of women and the few guys either they to coom on the side or try to sleep with those white expats which pretty much defeats the point of escaping the west
      Sounds pretty sad, man.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Holy shit this, my last time in SEA was almost a decade ago but Northern Thailand was the only area I watched white women with locals. They were all 4/10 uggo fattos with clueless Thais who had no idea what they were signing in for

  5. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    >full of tourists like Bangkok was.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_by_international_visitors
    Literally the most visited city on the planet, jesus christ OP

  6. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    I liked Pai, but I'm sure SighSee thinks it's shit

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      I loved Pai and Mae Hong son was even better.

      >Lots of women and the few guys either they to coom on the side or try to sleep with those white expats which pretty much defeats the point of escaping the west
      Sounds pretty sad, man.

      Yes, but it's what it is lol. If you are a roastie roleplaying as a hipster traveller, Chang Mai is your Pattaya/Angeles city. Your ego will skyrocket with a lot of attention but with hordes of 5/10 7/10 guys max. No husband to bring back home but plenty of desperate suitors to chose from lel

  7. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    I saw the most brutal car crash in Chiang Mai back in 2008-ish.

    Small hatchback with 4 people in it collided head on with a larger car. No one in the hatchback had seatbelts on except the driver. He had gotten out of the car and was wandering around the side of the road dazed and bleeding profusely from his head. His 3 passengers were basically limp in the car, limbs at all sorts of odd angles, heads caved in, blood and brains smooshed everywhere all over the windows, car horn was blaring because airbags had gone off. Truly horrifying to see. I can still picture the scene and the noise of the horn blaring continuously.

    The car we were travelling in, along with all the others in this long queue of traffic, just drove past slowly while all this was going on. Absolutely no one got out to help (didn’t realise Thais were insectoid to that extent). Not that it would have mattered as the 3 in the car were clearly dead. A few ambulances drove past us maybe 10 minutes later but they would have been too late.

    Moral of the story is, Thais are probably the worst drivers on the planet and have some of the highest death tolls on the road. Wear your seatbelt even on holiday.

  8. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Depends on your funds and access to transport.

    As others have said, there's not that much to do in Chiang Mai itself for that long, and it's actually quite spread out.

    There is actually loads to do in Northern Thailand, but you either need to drive or have a lot of funds for transfers.

    Doi Inthanon, for example, is definitely worth it, but you need to get up so early to see the sunrise and get there from Chiang Mai.

    A lot of the tourist day trips are quite tame and you don't really spend much time at the places. There are some amazing national parks, but they're so disorganised and have terrible facilities vs other countries, which is a big shame.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Thanks, anon. I don't drive, so that could be a problem.

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