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    Chiang Mai Directory

    A few online resources of information for visitors and expats
    > Chang Puak Magazine: Visit
    >Embrace Chiang Mai - Information & Assistance about Chiang Mai

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    As a CM devotee, thanks Rob.. Hopefully a few more links to come.

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    Might have to make this a STICKY Pete. Ok, here's a few more ...

    TV's Greenside's map of CM > HERE
    Sawadee's hotel map > Chiang Mai Map - High resolution Interactive map of Chiang Mai by Sawadee.com

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    And another > Kamthieng Plant Market

    Went shopping at Kamthieng yesterday and it is awesome. So many exotic trees, shrubs, flowering plants and herbs ... Jo was in 'heaven'. One can buy anything there, from turf to potting mix, pots, trellis, garden tools ... mature trees or special orchid varieties!

    Spotted this slightly overloaded Mitsi ...
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    Cheers, Rob.
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    I should also make a note here for future CM expat residents .... re potting mix!

    Having purchased 3 magnificent large ceramic pots and plants to suit indoors, I wanted to buy Dr Pornchai's special potting mix. I'd read elsewhere about the good Doctors mushroom farm and how he turns waste into a high quality organic mix, hard to get, but plants love it! We asked around until I found ONE outlet here (near TL end of market) that sells it. 3 bags for 100 baht .... but oh boy, it's got one hell of a pong ...
    Cheers, Rob.
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    Hey rob, have you seen anything there that will kill a constantly sprouting tree?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaffaman View Post
    Hey rob, have you seen anything there that will kill a constantly sprouting tree?
    Several 'shops' sell chemicals. Round-up concentrate is probably the easiest to use, brush onto exposed, cut sections. You may need to reapply if horribly invasive like bamboo. Follow safety guidelines.
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    And they sell it in the markets described above. chai mai??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaffaman View Post
    And they sell it in the markets described above. chai mai??
    There's several shops there which sell garden equipment, fertiliser and chemicals. If you were coming out the western side exit from BigC and walked into the market area, the first of these shops is ~150m south, on the right. Sign above says "Mushrooms" or something like that.

    HomePro may also stock Round-up.
    Cheers, Rob.
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    If you don't mind, Rob, I'll add a few sites that I found really helpful in planning my last and current trip to Chaing Mai.

    http://www.ratilannachiangmai.com/fa...iang%20Mai.pdf A bit slow to load, but a very nice compiled list of things to do and see in and around Chiang Mai, along with a list of the national parks of the area, full descriptions of the sights to see there, and even some history thrown in as well.

    http://chiangmaizoo.peam.biz/ Never made it to the CM Zoo on the last trip, but plan to this time. This is their website.

    www.northernthailand.com :: ??? :: A really nicely designed website full of info about Northern Thailand, not just Chiang Mai. It contains some extensive lists of serviced and not-serviced apartments in the CM area. Tons of info, I've spend a couple of hours exploring this site.

    Wikimapia - Let's describe the whole world! I love this Wikimapia site. Fun to just zoom down and look around the streets from a top down view. Great site.
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    Good links VG. Playing around a few weeks ago, I added our house-site to the wiki-map and went back to edit a mistake in the name but couldn't ... said I had to be logged in. Mmmh, strange.

    CMZoo was the 1st zoo I'd visited since my son was a kid (he's 25 now) and I enjoyed it as much for the natural surroundings as anything else. Night Safari might be of interest to you, can visit in day time also.

    Add as many links as you like.
    Cheers, Rob.
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    Hey Rob, I've looked at the info on the Night Safari, and it might be something we do spur of the moment on this trip, similar to the Zoo ... no set date for going, but will pick a day where the weather seems nice, etc.

    Two places of interest on this trip are the Chiang Dao Caves, north of Chiang Mai, and the Qu33n Sirikit Botanical Gardens, which is in Doi Suthep National Park, so north west of town. Have you been to either?

    One more very cool map .... lots of places listed on this one ..... Google Map of Chiang Mai
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    Went to CM Zoo 20+ years ago and thought it was interesting. Went again 2 years ago and was disappointed. Animals did not seem to be well cared for. The more interesting things to see, like the lions, tigers, etc. were a disappointment as well. Either off in a corner sleeping, or otherwise out of photo range. And it's quite a hike if you don't utilize the bus transport system. Stupid me walked half the day in mid-May heat before I finally figured it out!

    A well maintained zoo is always a treat, but I would not put CM Zoo in that category.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock & Roll View Post
    A well maintained zoo is always a treat, but I would not put CM Zoo in that category.

    I spent a day at the CM zoo in January 2011, I thought the zoo was very good, the animals were active and the gardens throughout the complex were stunning. The weather in January is cooler so maybe that was the difference, I had a mate from Australia with me and he was impressed aswell as both our Thai girls.


    BTW Singapore Zoo would be the best Zoo I have ever visited.
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    Rivo's correct re weather, makes a huge difference to animal behaviour. Nov should be perfect

    Botanical Gardens are magnificent. I was last there on a rainy day and ran from glass-house to glass-house where some of the best exhibits are. Saw much of the grounds from their bus but must return to stroll around ... it's a huge property! I have not visited the Royal Flower Gardens yet... only 5 mins away from us, next to Night Safari.

    Ban Tawai is a must ... if you like arts and crafts, furniture and intricate wood-carving.

    Did you note mention re Mandarin Oriental Hotel in my 'Photo tour' thread? The horse & buggy tour 'by request' is a good freebie.
    Cheers, Rob.
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    The Night safari rents Segways for a few hunnet bhat. I'll be trying that soon, looks like fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivo View Post
    I spent a day at the CM zoo in January 2011, I thought the zoo was very good, the animals were active and the gardens throughout the complex were stunning. The weather in January is cooler so maybe that was the difference, I had a mate from Australia with me and he was impressed aswell as both our Thai girls.


    BTW Singapore Zoo would be the best Zoo I have ever visited.
    To me the real reason to go there was the panda enclosure.. They are even more magnificent close up.
    As far as zoo's go I am no expert as I can get a better wildlife experience in any of the local game reserves here in SA.. Parts of CM Zoo did look a little run down, but other area's were great... So along with seeing the pandas I would recommend a visit.

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    ^^^^^ Thanks all, that just confirmed my decision to head to the Zoo on the next trip, accompanied by TG of course. Did any of you take a TG to the Snow Dome? Apparently it can be quite a novel experience for someone who has never seen snow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vanguy77 View Post
    ^^^^^ Thanks all, that just confirmed my decision to head to the Zoo on the next trip, accompanied by TG of course. Did any of you take a TG to the Snow Dome? Apparently it can be quite a novel experience for someone who has never seen snow.
    Same same as any 7-11
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    You mean the snow place in Bangers at the theme park?
    I took two there, waste of money unless they have a liking for ice. Mine wanted out in 3 minutes.
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