, the land of smiles, is a land of great natural and cultural wonders and almost incomparable vice and iniquity. I first visited in early 2012, roaming around Bangkok
, Krabi, Chiang Mai
, and Koh Phangan
, before returning to Chiang Mai
in 2015 and 2016. My time in Thailand has often been challenging but illuminating, perhaps a little different than the usual tourist experience of crazy parties and cheap massages, and I share some of what I've seen there in this section.