Rule number one, if you are leaving this area, get US dollars rather than going with dirham. You will get more for your money. We didnt and lost a couple hundred dollars. Even so, the exchange rate was good and we got LOTS for our money. The vids are a good example of some of the things we got. We even came back with a new set of luggage because the price was too good to pass up.
I would DEFINITELY go here for shopping. It would be a good place to go for a shopping/relaxing vacation. If you want to go somewhere to have fun and not spend all your money Chiang Mai is definitely on the list. Bangkok was priced well also but not as good as CM. The price of meals and drinks daily was phenomenal. You do sometimes feel like youre spending too much money but you have to remind yourself how much bayt are really worth.
And after we had done all the entertainment things in CM, Shopping in BK was reeally all there was left to do when traffic is the only alternative.