With the weather at its hottest in April last year we wrote about swimming in a flooded quarry which has come to be known as the Hangdong Grand Canyon water hole.
Since then pictures of this beautiful spot have appeared on various websites promoting Chiang Mai.
In May 2013 two boys drowned as reported on the Chiang Mai City Life website, during a morning swim after they had walked up to Wat Doi Suthep the night before.
Authorities in Thailand appear to take a cavalier approach to public safety and to drownings as this report on Mekong River deaths from WAtoday.com indicates
“Local police reported that it was not unusual for tourists to drown in the area, where the river ran fast, acting state coroner Evelyn Vicker was told.
The river had claimed the lives of eight foreign visitors during the 15-month period from January 1, 2011, but Mr Lewis had not been identified as one of them.”