I am new to town and want to make friends but it seems I end up in drinking
holes listening to some rather unhappy men complain about life in Chiang
Mai, women in Chiang Mai, the weather and anything else they can think of to
complain about. Most of them don’t even seem to get out and meet Thai people
other than in the bars. This is not the Chiang Mai experience I wish to have
but I don’t really speak Thai, am a semi-retired professional man from the
United States and am looking to meet like-minded Thai people with similar
interest, both men and women, I just want to learn more about the place I am
thinking of calling home. I am not sure how I should go about doing this
though. I am not a big drinker and so hanging out in bars, either Thai or
foreigner oriented, isn’t really my thing.
Well you are in luck as Chiang Mai is filled with many interesting and
educated English speaking Thai people who are more than happy to make your
acquaintance. And you are right; you will meet none of them in bars! You may
wish to consider attending some Rotary meetings; Chiang Mai has a very large
and active Rotarian population. Additionally, there are the occasional
seminars and networking events that attract both Thai and foreign residents.
You may also wish to look into the Chiang Mai Creative City committee, you
don’t mention what your profession is, but you may find that they can
provide you with some references; additionally they occasionally hold coffee
meetings and other seminars that you would find of interest.
It takes some time and please do remember to dress appropriately! Local
business people do have a professional standard of dress and it would be
difficult to be taken seriously were you to show up in a singlet and shorts!
Is there any way to make an appointment with Immigration so I don’t have to
wait all day? I need to go in for my first retirement extension and am
dreading it as I have heard the queues are tremendous and it can quite
literally take the entire day. Someone suggested to me that I arrive at 6
a.m. and yet Immigration doesn’t open until much later!
Horrified by the queues
There is! It is an online queue card for visa extensions only. It only works
from the Thai pages, but the fields are written in English too. It is an
extremely popular system so you will need to make your reservation well in
advance. And if you must cancel then please remember to do so online so that
the slot will open up for someone else. Good luck!
I don’t know what to do, my internet is terrible, it stalls regularly. I
have called many times and sometimes they come out and check the line and
say its ok. Mostly they just tell me to turn off my router and turn it back
on. I am at my wits end. Is there one internet service provider that is
better than the others?
It is all so frustrating!
The short answer is no, I am sorry to tell you. The truth is your internet
can depend on the your location (be aware that not every area has access to
different ISPs), the weather, usage on the line and whether or not you
stepped on a crack on the sidewalk! Ok, not really on the sidewalk but
everything else is true. Sometimes my internet is fantastic, super fast and
works great. Other times it cuts out and even stops working. However,
compared to how the internet used to be in Thailand things are definitely
improving. I can’t say to go with a 3G mobile aircard but if you must be on
the internet no matter what and cannot wait for some of the delays, you can
always connect with one of these.
And when your internet cuts out, take a deep breath and go make a cup of
Best of luck,
I am new to Chiang Mai and while I realize there is a large gay population
here I am finding it difficult to find anyone I like in my age range. I am
27 and not really interested in older men, which seems to be the predominant
age in Chiang Mai. I met a nice young Thai man but he is not interested in
farang saying that anyone his own age never stays for long and its very
difficult to get attached to people who aren’t going to stick around. I
can’t argue with that since I don’t plan on living here for a long time but
still, it would be nice to at least have some friends. How do I meet young
gay men my own age in Chiang Mai? I am not really into the “bar scene” but
realize that may be my only choice.
Well, I feel your pain, I really do. It seems many people have these kinds
of difficulties, either women, or men trying to meet someone compatible. Add
in the cultural differences and it doesn’t matter if you are gay or
straight, meeting someone you like, that you click with can be difficult. I
can’t really give you specific places to go, as I don’t believe that outside
of the bars there are that many really gay specific places. The few that are
aren’t necessarily of interest to you. One thing you will note here is that
often the young gay men can be found with a large group, in fact this is
true of both gay and straight Thai people of the younger ages. It is
generally the norm for them to go out in groups, friends from work, from
college, and they will feel wary of a lone person just hanging out. So, your
best option is to make friends from work, or school and go from there. They
will know people who can introduce you to someone you may like. It is
difficult for the foreigner and it does take some time and effort but if you
want to meet a nice guy than this is your best option.