and it’s not just that of shamans and forest spirits, but an ethereal force drawing city dwellers and silence-seekers to rural Chiang Dao in the Himalayan foothills of northern Thailand. But summers were spent hanging out on the banks of the Ping river, near the family holiday home in Chiang Dao. Chiang Dao mountains Chris SchalkxChiang Dao is the land of plenty. ‘Here they can find the truth.’Fields near Chiang Dao Chris SchalkxThe next day, I’m knee-deep in a crystalline stream cutting through thick bamboo forest. Dek Doi can arrange trips in Chiang Dao from about £50 per person for a two-night group weekend.