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Food in Chiang Mai 6: 2017 Update
Denise and I left Australia on 16 January and returned on 7 March 2017. We stayed in Chiang Mai from 24 February to 5 March (10 days) a much shorter time than usual. We’d previously spent four weeks in Burma, attended a family wedding in Bangkok, and spent a few days at a resort in Hua Hin (not my favourite style or place, but family).
It is always nice to come back to Chiang Mai. It is one of my favourite places in Thailand — much cheaper than Bangkok, but more manageable also.
Chiang Mai has been changing rapidly over the past five years with continuing development. Chinese tourism is having a major impact (especially at Chinese New year) and will continue to expand. As in many places, the provincial government is not always making sensible decisions with regard to development.
Nevertheless, the old Chiang Mai still persists. I first came here in 1991 and was surprised later in 2002 that Chiang Mai still retained its charm, whereas the old village of Chiang Rai further north had become buried in acres of shop-houses.
In 2017, while I deplore some changes, Chiang Mai still weaves its magic on me. The focus of Chiang Mai is the medieval walled city and whilst it has many wonderful things inside, there is much more to Chiang Mai, and on any visit I only spend a limited time within the walls.
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