The building is deceptive. Three storeys high with a roof terrace spanning the entire length and width of the white washed building. Grubby and dull on the outside - but full of vibrancy, warmth and high hopes on the inside.
The Democratic Voice of Burma TV station, based in Chiang Mai, in North Thailand was certainly an eye opener to me - a freelance Broadcast Journalist from London, more akin to working in state of the art buildings with matching studios and newsrooms to boot and the latest technology has to offer.
I am here in Chiang Mai on a mission. My main objective is to raise the standards of on-screen presentation of both reporters and the face of DVB - the presenters. I had planned on being more of an observer on day one; I wanted to get a sense of the place, of the people. Assess the news output and gather my thoughts. However, I felt an urge to just get on with it.