The title is a true statement for the most part. As long as you act civil and courteous, sometimes difficult for westerners used to having what they want when they want it, the Thais are a kind and gracious society.

I waited for years to make the trip to Thailand and only after becoming rather “burned out” on Latin America did I make the decision to come to this gorgeous country full of kind and honest people (with some exceptions) and try living for awhile.

Thailand is very diverse and very scenic. There is much to do and see and most of it is reasonably priced while a lot of it is really inexpensive. However, the Farangs, that's us,....are certainly having an impact, not all of it good, because that is what Farangs do.

I started out in Chiangrai where I decided to rent a condo after landing in Bangkok, taking a train to Chiang Mai and a bus to Chiangrai. Why? Because it's inexpensive and not so many of us.

Chiangrai has it's fair share of Farang, mostly British but with a smattering of other westerners as fill.

It's a going concern for those who came here well off enough to retire comfortably and then saw the opportunity to continue making income from development ...or at least make a few coins off the tourist trade.

I've been traveling around the province on motorbike which is similar to sticking your head in an oven to dry your hair.

It's gorgeous countryside and a delight to behold once you leave the hustle and bustle of commerce behind.

A wonderful meal can be had for $1.25-$3.50 depending on what you wish to eat. A beer is about $2 and a mixed drink is $3.50 and a glass of wine is $3-$4.

A Thai massage is $6, an oil massage (1 hr.) is $9 and other services depend on what , when , who, and where.

There is a significant amount of sexual tourism here and a trip through the daisies with a bar girl for $30 is common practice for the unattached or cheater crowd. Many older Westerners with cash and not much else find Thailand a dream location.

This is a fabulous place to visit and some even marry Thai women and make it their home.Thai ladies are much different from western women and appreciate being treated kindly and with respect but like girls everywhere, they know how to shop a bank account when picking men. There are exceptions to the rule of course.

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