The bus to Pai is a bit of an adventure. It’s only about 4 hours on a mini bus but the roads are so windy and hilly some people struggle with travel sickness. A few of us went together to the sister hostel Spicy Pai since we lobed Spicy Thai so much.
Spicy Pai is a little bit out of town and you sleep in huge dorms for 20+ people made out of bamboo. We reunited with a few more from Chiang Mai and took a bike ride down to the night markets in Walking Street. More Markets! I love it!
Food markets are brilliant. Everything from lasagne, sushi, burgers to the usual Pad Thais and green curries.
In was lucky enough that a few lads I knew from the hostel rented motorbikes so we took them for a spin up to The Buddha on the hill. Nice to see the size of Pai at night a lot bigger than I thought and The Buddha is huge.
I was so lucky to meet these guys with motorbikes because the next morning we all got up early and formed a gang of 4 motorbikes and 1 scooter and we rode through amazing scenery and scenic roads with exhilarating speeds. We went to the canyon, the hot springs, the viewpoint and the swing which we names the ‘death swing’. I still got on it though and we got the hang of it.
Can’t thank the guys enough for biking us around it was one of the best days of my travels.
Ofcourse when we got back we had to celebrate the day with a Thai massage for 5euro and also others had come to join us from Chiang Mai aswell. We got some more street food and headed back to the hostel for some Hong Thong (Thai rum). Nightlife stays open later here than Chiang Mai so there was many a late night here. Luckily for us the Reggae bar was the late opening and it was just down the road from the hostel 🙂
Was feeling a bit under the weather the next morning and I had a lot of admin to do. Job searching and the likes. We eventually went for a big brunch to send our biker boys off 😦 and me and one of the girls went for a wander around the town. The town is fairly contained and actually not to touristy during the day.
We sat down for a mango fruit shake (My favourite) and while we were there the owner of the bar we had been in the night before asked us to help paint a mural in her new nightclub! We couldn’t say no to that. So we spent a few hours painting a huge mural on a wall and got free cokes and masaman curry in return!
We ended up having a few Hong thongs again that night by accident and not home til all hours. Oops! 🙂 Great craic though, I’ve been so lucky in Thailand with the people I have met.
We had a pool day the next day at a local resort but it wasn’t the best day for it. Weather is still very smoggy at the moment, no tanning to be had! 😦
We scootered to the canyon for sunset but again it was very cloudy. We had a wander around the night markets and had an early night.
A few of us were leaving the next morning for Chiang Mai again so we got up early and had a scooter tour. We went to the Buddha, the split, waterfall and the Memorial Bridge. The Buddha was especially nice at that time of the morning, we had it all to ourselves.
As I got on the bus back to Chiang Mai I definitely feel sad. There is still more I would have liked to have done in Pai and Chiang Mai but I have a feeling il be back. Going back to Chiang Mai for a night in Spicy Thai felt like going home. I have so many friends here now in such a short amount of time.
Spent my last night at the night bazaar in Chiang Mai which is very good and cheap I wanted everything! Had an early night as my flu is getting worse and I want to be all set for the next stop.. Chiang Rai.