As my friends departed a week ago, I settled in for the long haul. Chiang Mai is a cooler climate and one of the cheaper parts of Thailand. Usually dubbed one of the top favorite places for tourists, the population of Thais are around 175,000 and the number of expats and backpackers can probably push it past 200,000 at any given time. Expecting a quiet place to catch up with photos and videos, I’ve found that unless you use headphones, most likely someone will invite you over to their table or invite themselves over to yours. From my experience, I gauge it as the slower, more artistic and happier of the larger cities in Thailand. The San Francisco of California, but without all the money or trends.
Laos and Myanmar are waiting for me only a bus ride away, but I feel that they can wait for a time. Yesterday was the first day of summer here, which is not a welcome feeling for the Thais. The heat mixes with the smoke from the burning fields (best fertilizer there is) and from others’ stories, soon after the water festival will be a great time to move further up north. Until then, I will be posting regular entries, videos and photographs (or at least trying- even a city this large has a lot of internet problems!)
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