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Nov-feb is the best time to visit (pack a shawl), Mar can be smoky and pol­luted due to field burn­ing, rash-in­duc­ing heat Mar-may, wet mon­soon Jul-oct Have your driver’s mo­bile num­ber on you at all times Chi­ang Mai Air­port to town: 15 mins / 120 baht by of­fi­cial Air­port Taxi Shop­ping is spread out – for con­ve­nience hire a car and driver (see V. Use­ful), they’re rather af­ford­able Rip-off tuk-tuks and red buses – call a taxi me­ter (see V. Use­ful) in­stead. Note it’s not il­le­gal (or un­usual) for taxis to turn off the me­ter and quote a fixed fare Ad­dresses are con­fus­ing and many places are hard to find, but al­most all es­tab­lish­ments are used to giv­ing di­rec­tions over the phone (in Thai) Songkran fes­ti­val (mid-apr) means you’ll be cov­ered in flour and wa­ter; Loi Krathong (Nov) is lan­tern magic Hours can vary all year and in low sea­son, some shops, restos and at­trac­tions may be closed – call ahead Many venues are open air and do not have air con Al­most all bars and clubs close by 1am − pooh! Many clubs and at­trac­tions charge for­eign­ers fees Many shops close Sun or Mon, some close Tue or Wed Ship­ping com­pa­nies are ev­ery­where, al­though most shops can ar­range this for you. Beware of ex­tra taxes and charges at the coun­try of desti­na­tion ATMS are plen­ti­ful, but carry lots of small notes for lit­tle pur­chases, at­trac­tions, taxis etc This is tem­ple town, so keep your bits in when out Coun­try code is +66 then 53 for Chi­ang Mai, when there, dial 053 for lo­cal calls, and 08 or for mo­biles 191 for emer­gen­cies and 1155 for tourist po­lice

The fol­low­ing Thai phrases will get you started...

Sa wah dee (kap) (m) / (kah) (f) : Hello/toodleoo Kop koon (kap) (m) / (kah) (f) : Thanks aw­fully Tao arai : How much? Poot len nam : Yeah, and I’m Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe

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