Roughly 30-40 minutes outside Pai in the Mae Hong Son province I ran across this place and couldn't help but admire the view and the property.  A nice 1.5 acre site perched on a cliff overlooking a spectacular vista.  Sounds a bit commercial?  As I walked around looking at this scene I couldn't help wondering how nice a modern home, pool, deck, and nice landscaping would fit in this location.

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Roughly 30-40 minutes outside Pai in the Mae Hong Son province I ran across this place and couldn't help but admire the view and the property.  A nice 1.5 acre site perched on a cliff overlooking a spectacular vista.  Sounds a bit commercial?  As I walked around looking at this scene I couldn't help wondering how nice a modern home, pool, deck, and nice landscaping would fit in this location. 

 

And then I imagined the area crammed with such homes and I realized this is exactly how so many wonderful forests and other like areas have been spoiled in the west.  Someone with more money than the norm moves into the area, builds a wonderful home, and thousands follow. 

 

Within a few decades the virgin vista which tempted you to build, is now pock marked with homes, decks, swimming pools, and the road is full of obnoxious drivers in fancy cars and the nice country stores which were such an attraction have turned into yuppie enclaves.  And meanwhile, the original residents who lived there for hundreds of years have been forced out by high taxes and regulations imposed by the rich new residents. 

 

I could be describing any one of thousands of such locations in my own country and I'm sure some in yours.  We can't stop it, but I feel fortunate to have been there and enjoyed the area before it happens.