A Little Slice of Pai.

Trip Start Mar 27, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Spicy Pai Backpackers

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

After Chiang Mai comes Pai.

It's a little sleepy village in the north west of Thailand, around 60 miles away from Chiang Mai. Before arriving in the east, we'd heard only good things about this backpackers paradise.

Needless to say, those words rang true.

Pai is incredibly beautiful. Here is a little location with a breathtaking backdrop, and a fresh atmosphere.

I'll make the point that there isn't a lot to do per se. Rather, if you're looking from a break from the hustle and bustle, here's a good place to escape. One major difference from the rest of Thailand is there are no beloved tuk tuks, so how does everyone get around? The answer is by renting scooters. They're cheap and cheerful and it's the most effective way in getting around town. Everywhere you go, you'll find everyone is using them. The tourists and the locals, and you won't be surprised to find it's the former that have all the accidents. In the first few minutes of arriving, there are people walking around with bandages and crutches, and it's a poignant reminder to always wear a helmet and be save. Talking to a lot of people who have been here a while, the message is clear; Pai isn't the perfect place to learn how to ride a motorbike. That being said, it's a great place to drive as long as you pay attention. Plus it's great fun!

Moving on, here's the info on Spicy Pai, where we stayed for six days.

It's best described as a collective of spacious huts with two dorms and a common area, which are all open plan. The description doesn't do it justice, as it's been the best place we've stayed so far. Here again, it's more of a social place, and that's exactly what we were looking for, as we've been in a big group of people for this section of the trip.

As mentioned before, there's not a lot to do apart from riding the motorbikes, lazing by the pool or drinking. That's not to say that's a bad thing; it's been incredible. We even did a little bit of open mic nights, witnessed Hippies have they're own unique party and had a (slight dip) in the hot springs. The fondest memories will be the aimless driving around town, watching the sunset at the temples and driving to the waterfalls. Time for us has definitely slowed down.

Sometimes life on the road can get a little hectic, and it helps that we've just sat back to take a break from our time on the road. It's a bonus that we've met some great people along the way, such as Andy, Paula, Charlie, Noah Rick, George and much much more. After spending a good few weeks with them it's sad to part ways, but a inevitable part of traveling. At the risk of sounding sentimental and soppy, here's to the guys and gals in Xi'an, Chiang Mai and Pai, and everywhere else we've been so far. You're all really great and it's been a pleasure, and hopefully we'll see some of you soon.

All in all we urge you to someday have you're very own slice of Pai. It's magic.

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