Sadly Thailand is getting richer quick and lots of tourist destinations are going "upscale". What that means is instead of charming old wood buildings with lots of trees and fresh air around, instead you get depressing concrete cubes with noisey air conditioners, artificial pools and fountains, and a complete detachment from why it's a nice place.
A few days ago after I wrote the last post I suddenly got sick of Thailand. Sick of the smell of open sewers everywhere, sick of guys asking me "tuk tuk?" every twenty feet, sick of being hustled and ripped off, sick of the Thais who hate tourists and give you the stink eye, sick of all the trashy westerners who have no respect for the culture and think vacation is for drinking and prostitutes, sick of the awful beds and mosquitos and bed bugs. Fortunately we decided to rent a car and get the fuck out of god-awful Chiang Mai and then had some marvelous adventures in the country and that travel fatigue passed.