A Brief History Of Pai
Trip Start Oct 02, 2012
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We are sat at the bus stop in Soppong waiting for the 10:30am bus to Pai. We got here at about 20 past to ensure we didn't miss it and it is now approaching 1 o'clock. Our water has started to boil in the bottle, but we are used to waiting now and by Thai-time the bus isn't even late yet. Our only entertainment comes from another traveller guy who has become so frustrated with waiting he is now demanding every vehicle that stops to take him to Pai. He must be new to Thailand's public transport system. And the poor guy is carrying a coat!? The bus eventually arrives a mere 2 and a half hours late and we pile on. There is nowhere to sit as it appears the Thai people like to sit one on a seat and use the adjacent sets to store their bags. Even more frustrating than the wait! Ian squishes onto the edge of a double seat filled with bags and Anna gets to sit next to a sleepy man
The views from Darling turn out to be wonderful (which is also the wifi code!) as it is on a hillside overlooking the mountains. There is a large veranda ouside our room with loungers, hammocks and comfy chairs. Very nice. Pai town is comprised of about half a dozen streets, a handfull of traffic lights, hundreds of people with dreadlocks, a big gold Buddha and lots of bars/restaurants. It has a cool, relaxed, hippy feel about it but somehow it still tastes a bit like a stag party in Blackpool. We eat at Ma'ma Falafels, she does the best falafels we have ever tasted. Delicious!
Sitting outside on our veranda, enjoying a chang and the cool night air, we get talking to a Polish girl who is in Thailand for half of her 3 week holiday before heading to Cambodia. As it gets later fireworks begin go off in Pai (Darling is about a 10 min walk from the main street). Our new Polish friend decides to head over to check it out as it is full moon tonight and it could be a festival
We awake the moring after the night before. We are not well. We stay in bed until the late afternoon when hunger forces us into town to eat. We eat at one resturant then walk around the corner and eat at another one too. This does not count as greed. One is for breakfast and the other is for lunch. Embarassingly, a couple who were in the first restaurant with us, walk past us eating our second meal in the space of ten minutes. We look away until they have walked on by and hope they don't regognise us. We return home still hungover but very very full. We relax for the remainder of the day as tomorrow we start the epic journey to the Philippines and a whole new country. Thanks Thailand, it has been quite an incredible ride.