Ah, Thailand, the Fairy Kingdom! It's not perfect, but it's the closest place to Paradise I know. Amid corruption, most of it harmless, and subsistence living, Thais are the happiest people I have ever encountered. Why so? They have a king who has devoted his life to the national welfare, strong family bonds, a warm climate, wonderful food, a low cost of living, including excellent and low cost health care, pleasant countryside, and a Buddhist way of life.
Thai culture is unusually accepting of gays. People do not think twice about them here, and so the gay movement is weak.
The photos in this volume show Chiang Mai, often listed as one of the five best cities in the world to retire to, the surrounding area, and the Thai North. Volume 2 will show Bangkok, the central, eastern, and southern parts of the country.