Life is what you make of it.

Take your broken heart, make it into art. Carrie Fisher

Apart from people's kindness, another thing that striked me is that everythng is decorated: even the poorest house is spotless and adorned with flowers, colourful curtains, glittery paintings...
This creates a funny mix of styles that wouldn't normally go together but for some reason look great, probably because this "mix and match" style reflects Asian people's strong dignity and love for life.
No matters how small your house is, make it as pretty as possible and be proud of it, it's the message I get when I look around.

 A pretty street corner in Chiang Mai.

A pretty street corner in Chiang Mai.

The mix of styles is very much evident in temples, where Chinese horoscope symbols, Thai decorations and Indian-looking statues give a unique feel that you can't find anywhere else.
No need to say, this makes me think that different religions already  co-exist peacefully, even if for some people might be hard to accept.

 A suggestive temple in Chiang Mai.

A suggestive temple in Chiang Mai.

The Thai style can be considered naive, I consider it as a great lesson of life:
do your best with what you have, never be ashamed of who you are, and you'll be happy.

 Lock of a temple in Chiang Mai.

Lock of a temple in Chiang Mai.