How to Navigate the Vicious Soi Dogs of Chiang Dao

This story is a cautionary tale about why you should always read the reviews, people! In Northern Thailand, I randomly stumbled across the website for Chiang Dao Nest 1 and 2 whilst deciding to make a side trip from Chiang Mai to either Pai or Mae Hong Son. Pai seemed like a cute little grungy town, but over-touristed even by Thailand's standard. I kept imagining Digital Nomad Hubs co-existing with Hippie Drum Circles (There is a circus school there, for context) and it just