Though I had long been interested in Chiang Mai, it was not nearly as lovely as I had expected it to be. This was most prevalent in those who had been married before. The article refers to narratives collected as part of a research project undertaken in conjunction with a Thai University. Almost universal among the sex workers interviewed was the feeling that they had fulfilled a sense of duty in bringing up a child, caring for an ailing parent, sending a sibling through school, or building a family home. Some send money back home and if a sister or mother invests it well, bring great benefits to the family. However this is only part of the story. They may travel down to Malaysia, Korea, or Singapore to do short time work in many of the massage parlours springing up in the region. The area contains Shan, Hmong, Lisu, Lahu, and Karen villages, though the proliferation of treks in the area mean that most of them are quite highly touristed, and the distinctions between the tribes have become less noticeable as many villages now contain people from a number of tribes all living together. Although in all honesty, I still hold issue with the idea that daughters are dispensable while sons are not. They get introduced to drugs to help them cope, and discover gambling as an outlet, physically and emotionally going downhill. Education and employment opportunities in Thailand are still not available to all, keeping sex work as a viable alternative for many. However, this was something of a relief after the prior two weeks of visiting places that seemed to exist solely for tourists, and I enjoyed people-watching in a town where everyone seemed to be Sunset in Mae Sariang With the Burmese hills in the background going about their daily non-tourist-related business. Whereas the locals in the cities up to now had generally either just gone about their way without taking notice of the now common sight of tourists, or else had pounced upon them as potential purchasers of their wares, I solicited only subtle looks of curiosity from the smiling faces in this town. The next day I reached Mae Sariang, with more of the same landscapes along the drive and a charming riverside view upon arrival. After awhile the different villages began to blur together, but the ones that were most memorable were generally the hardest to reach, with the heavy daily rains rendering the dirt trails almost impassable. This article is based on conversations with more than 20 active and former Thai sex workers held over a 6-month period.