What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
How long have you lived there?
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
There are many - Hash House Harriers, Many Rotary and Lion's Clubs, a Toastmaster's Club - and many charitable organizations if you wish to volunteer. Those include the Gibbon Foundation, the Soi Dog Foundation and more. There are also organizations involved in long-term assistance to the victims of the Dec 26, 2004 tsunami.
In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.
Quite diverse - Thais from all over Thailand, Foreigners - mostly from Europe but also lots of Aussies and Americans.
What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?
Tourism, tourism, and tourism. Also a bit of property development. Careers? Hospitality Industry - Teach English - Webmaster etc.
In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?
Varies greatly. There are many very wealthy retired people here - and lots of low budget retired - many foreigners working for a living - the range of people and priorities are great!
If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.
Check out the English language newspaper - it'll give you LOTS of insight - even classified about rental houses, jobs and more at www.Phuketgazette.com
Amd check out this site: www.Phuketdelight.com for information about life and living and working on the island
You WILL love it here!
An Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in Chiang Mai, Thailand
An American expat who moved from Hong Kong to Chiang Mai talks about how she underestimated the how much culture shock she would experience in Chiang Mai. She loves the welcoming Thai people, low cost of living, affordable medical care, respect for elders, Thai food and more. However, she explains that Thai culture is very complex and it's easy to make social mistakes.