When dark 30 rolls around...
Trip Start Dec 01, 2009
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"See this here highway? you know who built it? The Japanese. When I started coming to Pai 5 years ago, this wasn't even here. Then, it was way more rustic. Whooowee way more rustic. You don't even know rustic. See that bridge? You know who built it? The Japanese did. When I started coming here it wasn't more than bamboo sticks."
"See that there? That's a bus [yes, actual quote]
However, his favorite topic was the Pai weather. We heard this following speech 4-5 times.
"I tell you what, when dark 30 rolls around and the fog rolls in and the wind starts whipping down the river and it cuts right through those bungalows on the river. If I can give you one piece of advice about Pai, its don't stay in the river bungalows. Because when dark thirty comes and the fog rolls in, Whoowee son you're going to freeze your ass off. You're going to hear horror stories tomorrow morning from people who stayed in those bungalows. Horror stories. People gonna be shellshocked at breakfast..."
Naturally, everyone else on the bus instantly bonded over their hatred for this man. Once off the bus, we sort of aquired 4 other people who wandered around with us looking for a place to stay. Pai is located in a valley in the mountains of northern thailand, it is a small place with lots of bars and restaurants and has a very laid back vibe. Pai is not only a vacation spot for foreigners, but for thai people as well. The place was packed because it was a Thai holiday. We finally found a bare bones prison cell with sheets fit for a kindergartener at the low low price of $6 a night.
That night we went out with our bus friends- 2 Australians and 2 Isrealis right out of the army
The next morning we rented motorbikes and ran into our Canadian friends Dan and Gina. They were planning to head up to a nearby waterfall so we went with them. Dan Gina and Lindsey were brave enough to swim in the freezing cold water. Then we hopped back on the motorbikes and headed to the hot springs. The scenery around Pai is breathtaking, and we enjoyed driving around on the motorbikes. The hot springs reeked of sulfur, but they were a relaxing way to spend the afternoon.
That evening our New Zealand friends Rob Phil and Ash also arrived in Pai, so once again reunited we hung out with Dan and Gina at the night market, hit up C-Bar (everyone was excited we had found 180 baht buckets) and then went to Bamboo Bar, another location with a firepit.
We had rented the motorbikes for two days, so we spent the last day exploring some of the other waterfalls, and then went to "Coffee in Love" an apparently famous coffee house
Then we headed to Pai Canyon to watch the beautiful sunset over the mountains. We ate at the street market again and met up with our friends for another night at Ting Tong.
The next day we headed for Fluid, a pool with fantastic fruit shakes. We hung out in the sun and read all day. That night we went to the market again and bought all of our favorite Pai paraphenlia. Everything in Pai says "I love Pai!" or something similar. We had a quiet night and packed our things so we would be ready for the bus to Bangkok the next day.