For a wide range of adventure tours, including whitewater rafting on the Pai River, trekking, cycling and kayaking, a long-standing, general agency is Contact Travel, based at Tasala to the east of town. In the temple compounds, communities get together to build sandcastles in the shape of chedis, which they cover with coloured flags — this bestows merit on any ancestors who happen to find themselves in hell and may eventually release them from their torments, and also shows an intent to help renovate the wat in the year to come.
The future for the Chiang Mai gay scene From a Thai perspective, gay life in Chiang Mai will continue much as it is now. Read Chiang Mai Gay Scene - an overview and guide to News Items.
I have read and agree to the Rough Guides Terms and Conditions. Online friendships extend into the real world too. Perhaps the two biggest factors driving change are easy and discreet communication via the internet, and greater acceptance of gay people by society. This cruise heads downriver from a pier on Thanon Charoenrat, north of Nakhon Ping Bridge, and includes a commentary in English on historic places beside the river.
To find gay friends and sex dates there are a plethora of websites, gay dating applications and Chiang Mai Gay Scene - an overview and guide to media options that means sex is often just a few clicks away.
A few years ago it was also a popular part of the Chiang Mai gay scene with more than fifteen bars there. The area also has the advantage of having more to do in the day, being close to the main temples, sights and river with many tour companies and other tourist oriented businesses close by.
Indeed, rather than nostalgically bemoan the decline of a previous lifestyle, we should embrace the greater acceptance of LGBT people in society. Many still offer that euphemistic happy ending, but be sure to set your expectations before the massage as we hear many of the masseurs are not as accommodating as they once were.
However, Santitham has developed rapidly as a student residential area, with a crackdown on venues selling alcohol in the vicinity of universities and dormitories. This, and changing economic situations have led to the closure of several gay and gay friendly local venues, the latest of many being the long running Soho Bar.
Lacquerware can be seen in nearly every museum in Thailand, most commonly in the form of betel sets, which used to be carried ceremonially by the slaves of grandees as an insignia of rank and wealth see Betel.