As I’m back from my 12-day road trip across Northern Thailand, some people are asking me: what did I learn while traveling? I did observe and realize a few interesting things, which I’ll talk about here. In this trip, I went to Lampang, Phrae, Uttaradit and Sukhothai provinces. I visited 2 power plants: Mae Moh and Sikirit dam.

First, it is amazing how each city has a completely different energy. I’ve said before that Thailand was under heavy energetic attacks over the past 10 years up until recently, and that the younger generation had lost their roots, and that 35-year-old people look younger than 25-year-old people because of that. Thailand is a Buddhist country and thus should have a lot of knowledge of the soul, but that has been mostly lost in Chiang Mai and many of the places where foreigners are going to. Thailand turned into an emotional garbage dump where foreigners go to escape their problems and dump their emotional baggage there, and this has caused severe problems and is why they’re tightening on immigration policies. And I’ve heard Pai turned into a hippies town. Situation is stabilizing since the past 1 or 2 years.

So as I went to Lampang, it turns into a ghost town after 5pm as everything closes. The guy working at the hotel was eager to show me around town, and then the main bar and club of that small city are full every day of the week. Met some people who got drunk at least 3 days in a row. What I’m realizing is… people are bored to death in Lampang. There’s a spiritual crisis there.

Next was Phrae. Completely different ambiance! Buddhism is still very strong in Phrae, with lots of people actively practicing instead of viewing it as a relic. I’d say Buddhism is about 8x stronger in Phrae than in Chiang Mai. It also has very strong education, and although you won’t see a foreigner, a lot of people speak at least some basic English! Within the walls of one temple in the city center, you can find 2 schools, a radio station and a tv station, just to show how central Buddhism is in that city; one of the monks showed me around. The people of Phrae are very educated, and also very proud of their culture, which I’ll come back to.

Then, I went to Uttaradit. Again, very different energy. I’d say Uttaradit is a city of durian fruits and blacksmiths. They are more like proud warriors, although a little bit more closed off. Then, Sukhothai is full of tourists.

Although the energy of Thailand changed deeply over the past 10-20 years in many parts of Thailand, it seems Phrae and Uttaradit are untouched. It is the authentic Thai experience with no foreigner in sight.

I was deeply inspired by the nationalist pride of Phrae, something we don’t see very often nowadays. If the sovereignty of their country gets threatened, you can count on the people of Phrae to step up and do whatever needs to be done. In fact, that’s exactly what happened during the World War 2. Thailand got invaded by the Japanese, and Free Thai Movement was born. Proud nationalist citizens took the matter in their own hands and worked with the US government to get the aggressors out. They nearly lost their independence at the hands of the British at the end of the war, and they succeeded in maintaining their independence. There is very little written about this part of history but nowadays you should be able to find some information online by searching “Free Thai Movement”. The Free Thai Movement museum in Phrae is definitely worth visiting.

I think a lot of people could learn from the Free Thai Movement. They did not protest by pitching their forks in the streets. They organized a structured movement in an educated way. The Yellow Vests in Paris, among others, could definitely learn from them.

The next part that was interesting was the Mae Moh coal mine and power plant. No matter what you might think about coal power plants for the environment, they’re doing a lot of things right. This power plant provides power for a huge portion of Northern Thailand in itself, and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Why did they start this project to begin with? Because they were looking for ways to preserve the forests for other uses, and thus discovered this coal mine as a solution. This has generated a lot of wealth, and they’ve been looking for ways to spread that wealth. It’s not that hard to become rich, but it’s a lot harder to make a nation wealthy. They thus built large highways, bridges and railroads to facilitate transportation and commerce — the things we all take for granted. Large highways in the mountains where there isn’t much traffic may not seem like a big deal, but when it comes to trucking and transportation of products, it makes a huge difference in the quality of life of the Northern regions. They’re also spending a lot of money to support the surrounding communities. Furthermore, what I found interesting while visiting the Mae Moh botanic garden, is that they go out of their way to pay homage to the gods, and pay homage to the King. They ask the higher beings for their permission and support, they ask the King for his permission and support, they support the communities, they support the environment, and overall, it’s all done in a very conscious ways.

Nowadays, you see a lot of people protesting against energy companies, and especially things like coal, but I have to say, they’re doing a lot of things right. Keep in mind, if they don’t generate that electricity, it needs to be generated in other ways.

Let’s measure the energetic frequency of the impact of Mae Moh coal mine and powerplant on:
– Economy: 1046
– Environment: 694
– Community: 812
– Culture: 612

That’s pretty damn good!

Highways and electricity, these are the things we all take for granted without ever giving it a second thought. It is the backbone that allows the rest of society to function. It is what provides wealth and quality of life for the rest of society. Often, we don’t ever see the things that are most important to our quality of life. But someone had to give thoughts to those things.

Etienne Charland, Emergence Guardian
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