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The Best Mobile/4G Option in Thailand

Category : LiveInCM , Offers , Tips/Tricks

We’ve recently changed over all of our mobile devices from DTAC to FINN.    Turns our that FINN is using the DTAC network but offering rates up to 70% lower.

Why we switched:

  1. LINE, and LINE TV are free – They do not count against your 4G allotment
  2. 4G is NOT throttled.   Up to 100Mbps speed (depending on distance from tower)
  3. NO Contract.    Its month to month.  Cancel, change packages, etc
  4. UNLIMITED internet – After you use you 4G allotment, you still have unlimited internet at 256k (fast enough for messaging, FINN, Facebook, email….)
    • They even let you control when you use your 4G or the FREE 256k speed.   You can switch anytime through the app!  (Use high speed when needed, save it when you don’t)
  5. PRICING – I got the XXL package.   600 minutes talk and 40GB 4G for 329THB!
    • Use the link below for an additional 10thb/month discount.
    • Use LINE pay and you’ll get an 10% refund on each monthly payment.
  6. Move your existing phone number to FINN or get a new number
  7. Do EVERYTHING on-line.    You can request the new sim, sign up, etc from you computer/device.  They will send a new sim to your home/hotel, etc.  No need to go anywhere.
  8. ENGLISH.  The whole process is done in English.    No translation issues

Save an additional 10thb per month (and reduce our bill by 10thb/month) by using our discount code:

Get Finn Mobile – No Contracts

So, who is this good for?

EVERYONE.   From local/long-term stay, to short-term/tourists.   It the cheapest by far compared to any monthly plan and pre-paid/tourist plan.    If you’re only here for a week or two, the 179thb plan with 150 minutes and 5GB data is cheaper that the “Tourist” sim card plans available.


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Discount on Long Term Scooter Rentals – As low as 2500thb/month!

Category : LiveInCM , Offers , Travel

CMStay is offering discounts on long term scooter rentals.   4+ Months starting at 2500thb/month

For those of you that are planning a long term stay and are wondering about personal transportation, this is a must read offer.
You “Why?”
Me “For the money!   Oh, you mean why should you take a long term scooter rental?”
No doubt you have heard from past tourists and read some forum posts from disgruntled residents saying to you  “You should just buy a second hand bike and re-sell it before you go.”    It makes so much sense until you try it.  Then, you are stuck with an old scooter that you overpaid for, don’t legally own, and no one is willing to pay a fair price to buy from you.
Don’t believe me?
Look at ANY of the local classifieds, buy/sell, second hand sites in Chiang Mai.   Sellers are selling their used bikes for double the actual price and the buyers are more like sharks out for the kill.   They make “offers” of 25% – 50% of any asking price.   In the end, you’ll over pay for the bike and have to settle on virtually nothing when leaving.

This does not even take into account the current state of the scooter.   Its
 registration, ownership, insurance and other legal issues!    Is it worth it?    For a very select few people, it is.

 

For the rest of you, this is better:
  • No need to haggle with a seller trying to pawn off their crap
  • No need to deal with the sharks when is time to leave.
  • No worries about having to deal with the “Yes officer, I bought the scooter, but didn’t transfer into my name because my visa doesn’t allow it… Can I please, please, please have “my” scooter back?”
  • No headaches about buying a lemon, you don’t even need to worry about maintenance.   <–Its included.
Long term scooter rentals starting at 2500thb/month.   A minimum rental of 4 months can get you a Honda Click 125i, in great condition.(My business partner is a bike mechanic)   Everything runs smoothly and without any issues.   We fix or replace the scooter immediately if there are any malfunctions.
All of our other standards still apply:
  1. Perfect running order
  2. 2 Helmets
  3. Maintenance is included (oil change, check brakes, etc)
  4. Insurance is included – 3rd party Liability and medical coverage up to 80,000thb
  5. Deposit by passport OR passport copy and cash deposit.
  6. Local scooter delivery / pick up.
We have new scooters as well (< 1yr) .  Just ask if you are interested.

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Yee Peng Lanna International 2017 Tickets on Sale NOW!

Category : Holidays , Offers , Travel

Lantern release at YPLI / Mae Jo

    YEE PENG LANNA INTERNATIONAL (YPLI / Mae Jo)

November 3, 2017

 

Yee Peng Lanna International (YPLI / Mae Jo)  has been approved and tickets are on sale now.   This is held at the Thudong Center near Mae Jo University.   This year they will have 4,000 people attending.

Buy them from the original, trusted source, CMStay!!!

 

  • Standard tickets are : – SOLD OUT
  • Premium Tickets are :  – SOLD OUT

Tickets Include:

  • Ticket delivery to your hotel/hostel – Only offered by CMStay!!!
  • Transportation from Chiang Mai to the event (and back)
  • Food – 5 coupons for buffet service with authentic Lanna Thai Foods
  • 1 Sky Lantern – No outside lanterns are allowed
  • 1 Souvenir set
  • 1 Assigned seat

We will make updates on the CMStay Facebook page as they become available.    Please make sure to “like” the page to know if/when tickets come available again

Tickets for the YPLI / Mae Jo event are now available.    This year there WILL NOT be a “local ” celebration and the “Private” event is SOLD OUT.   This is the last chance to be a part of the mass lantern release celebration for 2017.

 

Please use the “add to cart” function below to reserve your tickets.

Standard tickets are :   – SOLD OUT

Premium Tickets are :   – SOLD OUT

Why buy from CMStay?

  • Trust – CMStay is the first and foremost in everything “Yee Peng / Lantern Release”.
  • Communication – CMStay has a 100% response rate, usually within a couple of hours.
  • Ease – CMStay does everything in English.   You can ask and receive answers without any mis-communications.
  • Service – CMStay will provide the “full package”   We can arrange almost anything and answer most questions you have about Chiang Mai.
    • We deliver your tickets to your hotel/hostel and have reception sign for receipt of the tickets.    This is an exclusive offer ONLY through CMStay! – You DO NOT have to stand in long queues to get your tickets.
    • Our Pick Up point is in the Old City.   This is also exclusive to CMStay!   No need to travel outside to get to the transportation.

What to expect:

You will receive payment confirmation from PayPal within minutes.   Another confirmation of reservation from CMStay within 24hrs.     You will need to reply to the CMStay email with the requested email.   Detailed information about transportation (times, location, etc) will be emailed/announced in October 2017.

What is included with the Transportation

  • We pick up you from our Old City Meeting Point and drive you back after the event **
  • Maximum of 10 people per van
  • A Comfortable Tour Van with an experienced driver is provided

YPLI Schedule  (estimated)

  • 3.00 pm – 3.30 pm : Meet at Old City Meeting Point
  • 4:00 pm : Arrive at Lanna Dhutanga :
    • Receive souvenir / Enjoy authentic Lanna Thai snacks, desserts and beverages.
    • Enjoy Lanna & hill tribe cultural exhibition by local students sponsored by the foundation, take photos, use the restroom at your convenience.
  • 5:00 pm : Opening Ceremony Speech by the President of Doungtawan Santipap (The Sun of Peace) Foundation and the organizing committee to welcome all guests to the event.
  • 5:30 pm : Break for the bathroom
  • 6:00 pm : All honored guests and ticket holders enter the ceremony area. Ceremony regulatory announcement by MC
  • 6:30 pm : Chanting and Meditation
  • 7:00 pm : Circumambulation Ceremony
  • 7:30 pm : Lighting Ceremony
  • 8:00 pm : Sky lanterns releasing ceremony to pay homage to the Lord Buddha.
  • 8.30 pm : End of the ceremony

 

Security

  1. Age of participants must be at least 12 years old in order to follow the security policy and to avoid causing noise disturbance to other participants.
  2. Drones, Firecrackers, outside Sky lanterns, Weapons, Gambling Equipment, Alcohol/Drugs and any Illegal items are prohibited.

Rules/Requests

  1. Participants are kindly requested to dress in polite clothing. (cover the shoulders and knees)
  2. Participate in religious activities with respect and peace to keep the sanctity of the ceremony.
  3. No alcohol & No Smoking on the temple grounds.

Photography

  1. Guests are NOT allowed to enter the ceremony stage area to take pictures.
  2. Guests may take photos only from the seating area, but NOT ALLOWED to use selfie stick / dolly equipment.

Other

  1. YPLI group has stipulated that tickets are non-refundable.
  2. Benefits are subject to change without notice.

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Is Yee Peng Lanna International 2017 – Cancelled?

Category : Holidays , Offers

Is Yee Peng Lanna International 2017(a.k.a. Mae Jo) – Cancelled?

As of Sept 7, 2017 – It is approved!!   Buy Tickets Here:  YPLI 2017 TICKETS

 


TICKETS AVAILABLE!!! – Hard Work Pays Off.

Category : Holidays , Offers , Travel

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Hundreds of Lanterns at a mass lantern release. Thanks to Race Photography for the amazing picture.

 

Big News!

 

A few days ago we were able to negotiate a small allotment of tickets to the Private Yee Peng Lantern Release.  It will be held in the mountain village areas of Chiang Mai.    With a maximum of 500 people this event is destined to be special.   With more than enough people to get the iconic picture (like you see above), but not too many people where its loses the special feeling of the moment.

Originally, we were only allotted 50 tickets, but there were so many people interested that we oversold almost immediately.    Luckily, all the work paid off.   We have been given rights to help sell the rest of the tickets to the event!!!

That means ticket sales are open now for the Private Yee Peng Lantern Release.

 

***SOLD OUT***

 

You will receive a confirmation by email once payment is received.    Names and passport number will be checked as you board the bus.

Some Specifics:

Final logistics are being ironed out, but here are the preliminaries:

  • Transportation is included in the price.
  • Buses are expected to leave from the Night Bazaar area about 3pm and should return to the city about 10 – 10:30pm
  • There is a temple next door with YP ceremony, but it is not mandatory to attend.
  • 1 Lantern included with each ticket.
  • Local village people will be selling local foods on site.  Please help support the local villagers.
  • Please dress and act respectfully.  There will be people of all ages, nationalities and religions present.
  • This is NOT Yee Peng Lanna International.   This is a private event.

 


2016 Lantern Release – Package #2 with Zip Line – 20 Tickets!

Category : Holidays , Offers , Travel

***SOLD OUT***

Round #2 – The Zip Line Package

We have  20 standard tickets packages available!

Price includes:

  • 1 Standard Ticket (read about the inclusions here)
  • 1 Seat to and from the event (Transportation – from inside the Old City. )
  • 1 Day Tour Zip lining (Over 50 Platforms and 30+ runs)
    • This is a day tour including lunch and transportation to/from the Old City area.
  • Fee to cover PayPal and services (includes ticket delivery to hotel)

Total price will be 8000THB

***Don’t forget to consider the secondary costs of buying tickets outside of CMStay!   At other places, you will have to take time and money to get you tickets.   Pay a tuk-tuk ~500B or more to take you outside of town, wait in a queue for your ticket, and return you to town,.   You’ll also have to get to the pick up point outside of town.   Another tuk-tuk ~500B or more for both ways. You’re adding at least 1000THB to the prices, not including your limited holiday time! ***

YeePeng VIPVan Zip_Line_Canopy_Tour

Why buy from CMStay?

  • Trust – CMStay is the first and foremost in everything “Lantern Release”.
  • Communication – CMStay has a 100% response rate, usually within a couple of hours.
  • Ease – CMStay does everything in English.   You can ask and receive answers without any mis-communications.
  • Service – CMStay will provide the “full package”   We can arrange almost anything and answer most questions you have about Chiang Mai.

What to expect:

You will receive confirmation of payment within 24hrs.   Confirmation of ticket reservation with reservation number will be emailed by mid-April.   Information about transportation (times, location, etc) will be emailed/announced in early November.

Please note that the first 50 tickets last year sold out within a couple of days and ALL tickets sold out 4 months before the event.  We expect the same this year.    There can not be any holds or delayed reservations.    Only full payment will count as reservation.

1 Day Zip Line tour can not be taken on 14NOV.   You will need to provide a date you would like to attend by email.

 

Package #2 is SOLD OUT.  Click here for Package #1

 

*Based on exchange rate of $1USD to 36THB

2016 Lantern Release – Ticket Packages are on sale now!!!

Category : Holidays , Offers

*** Tickets packages are mostly sold out***

We have removed the shopping cart button as there are very few tickets left.    Please contact us through email or facebook to check on availability.


Its starting!

Yes, as announced, tickets this year are going to be sold as a package deal.

We have a very limited number of standard tickets packages.  They WILL sell out well before the event.   Don’t delay!

Early Bird Price includes:

  • 1 Standard Ticket (read about the inclusions here)
  • 1 Seat to and from the event (Transportation – from inside the Old City.  No need to spend an additional 1000B to get to and from the pickup point)
  • 1 Day Tour with the elephants/Mahout Training (Riding bareback, no carts)
    • This is a full day tour including lunch and transportation to/from the Old City area.
  • Fee to cover PayPal and services (includes ticket delivery to hotel)

Total price will be SOLD OUT

***Don’t forget to consider the secondary costs of buying tickets outside of CMStay!   Purchasing through CMStay will save you from to wasting your holiday time and money to get your tickets.   Pay a tuk-tuk ~500B or more to take you outside of town, wait in a queue for your ticket, and another ~500B to return you to town.   You’ll also have to get to the pick up point outside of town.   Another tuk-tuk ~500B there and 500B again to get back! You’re adding 2000THB to the prices, not including your limited holiday time!  CMStay will deliver your tickets to the hotel and arrange for transport from a pick up point inside the Old City!***

YeePeng VIPVan mahout

Why buy from CMStay?

  • Trust – CMStay is the first and foremost in everything “Lantern Release”.
  • Communication – CMStay has a 100% response rate, usually within a couple of hours.
  • Ease – CMStay does everything in English.   You can ask and receive answers without any mis-communications.
  • Service – CMStay will provide the “full package”   We can arrange almost anything and answer most questions you have about Chiang Mai.

What to expect:

You will receive confirmation of payment within 24hrs.   Confirmation of ticket reservation with reservation number will be emailed by mid-April.   Information about transportation (times, location, etc) will be emailed/announced in early November.

Please note that the first 50 tickets last year sold out within a couple of days and ALL tickets sold out 4 months before the event.  We expect the same this year.    There can not be any holds or delayed reservations.    Only full payment will count as reservation.

1 Day elephant tour/Mahout training can not be taken on 14NOV2016.

***UPDATE***  15NOV2016 is no longer available.

 

You will need to choose a date you would like to attend.

SOLD OUT  – YP2016 Package (w/Elephant Camp 13NOV2016)

SOLD OUT   – YP2016 Package (w/Elephant Camp 16NOV2016)

 

*Based on exchange rate of $1USD to 36THB

No Yee Peng tickets! – My Chiang Mai Trip is ruined!

Category : Holidays , Offers

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OK, Not really.

The Bad news: we have not heard of anyone selling their tickets in almost a month.
It may be that they are all planning on going to the event or they are waiting so they can sell their tickets for a higher price.   (They were already selling for $200/Standard Ticket almost a month ago!)
 
The Good news:
  1. You will be in Chiang Mai and it will be during the most festive time of year!
  2. We’ve reached agreements with many local tour companies to offer the lowest prices in town    (While space is still available)  DISCOUNTED TOUR PRICES
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Believe it or not, Chiang Mai is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.   Most of them do not come here during the holiday season.   In fact, there are over 70 million Thai people and at least 5 million foreigners in Thailand.   Most have them have never attended the lantern release and probably don’t care to.    

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Early evening @Thapae Gate

YOU WILL STILL HAVE AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!!

The Yee Peng lantern release IS an amazing event, BUT it is not the heart of Chiang Mai nor the Loy Krathong/Yee Peng holidays.
 
For those of you hoping to see a sky full of lanterns, you will!   In fact, you will see more in the city than at the event.    What do you think the millions of other people in Chiang Mai and surroundings are doing??? Want to float a krathong down the moat or river?   Same thing!   Many many more in the city.   Fireworks?   Not at the event!
 
For those of you with your name on our waiting list, you will still be notified of any tickets we hear of.   When all is said an done, for anyone that does not get a ticket, don’t feel sorry for yourselves!    Join a cheap tour during the daytime, and enjoy the beautiful nights skies in the city.    You will not be dissappointed!

Here is an expected schedule of events.   Its does not give the full schedule but a good start!

“Loi Krathong 2015 Event Schedule for Chiang Mai, Thailand (the following schedule has not been confirmed… yet! Will follow soon):

Loi-Krathong-Krathong-girlTuesday, November 24th
7pm to 10pm – Lantern Parade (click here for parade route)
7pm to 12am – Noppamas Queen beauty contest – day 1 (click here for location)

Wednesday, November 25th (Full Moon)
9am to 12pm – Lantern and Giant Lantern Contest (click here for location)
9am to 5pm – Krathong Making Contest (click here for location)
7pm to 11pm – Floating (Small) Krathong Parade (click here for parade route)
7pm to 12am – Noppamas Queen beauty contest – day 2 (click here for location)

Thursday, November 26th
6pm to 12am – Floating (Big) Krathong Parade (click here for parade route)
10pm – Expect to see a dazzling display of fireworks that will last for approximately 20 minutes (click here for approximate location).”

(FROM:  http://www.festivalsofthailand.com/home/thailand-festivals/loi-krathong/ )

 


CMStay Summer Discount!

Category : Offers

CMStay is now offering a discount of up to 10%  on all booking made for June 1, 2014 through Aug 31, 2014.

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 CMStay Summer Discount!

Any booking made for stay between the dates of June 1 2014 through August 31, 2014 will automatically receive a 5% discount on the total booking amount.

In addition, anyone signing up for periodic emailed updates from CMStay will receive an additional 5% discount for a total of 10% off the full price of booking!

Simply add your name and email address in the boxes at the top right corner of the Desktop version and at the bottom of this page for the mobile version.   Then press the “sign up” button.    

For more information, or to check on availability, and request a booking, send us an email at king@cmstay.com or use the contact form.   


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