On my recent visit to the “Rose of the North” I was appalled to see
the deterioration in Chiang Mai since my last visit a few years ago.
Crumbling buildings, torn up roads and dirty streets with dumped garbage,
but what is worse is the condition of the painted houses and walls. Instead
of pristine white, they are dingy grey with black fungus everywhere. Does
Chiang Mai no longer have any civic pride? A few liters of paint and a broad
brush for every household would transform the city. Do it now, before the
international tourists decide to go to other, cleaner, destinations.