Meditative visit to the northern mountains
Trip Start Feb 14, 2010
187Trip End Sep 15, 2011
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The motor bike ride from Chaing Mai was a thriller. Shortly out of town we ran into a sudden downpour, and had a to pull off under a roof to seek shelter from the falling buckets of water. The wild road twists and turns acute corners, threading a needle through the forest, rising and falling steeply across the mountains. I pushed that bike to its limit and loved every minute of it.
I could spin a long story about my stay in Pai, but to avoid the development of eye-strain for the reader, I'll abridge the full version. Arriving into town, Vince and I immediately clicked with many local people - merchants and families, offering a more wholesome experience we'd otherwise be without. We befriended the owner of a tattoo shop, who's hospitality of inviting us for free bbq's and various gatherings in the backyard behind the shop was just amazing
We caught up with friends who we met in Chaing Mai, and booked a 2 day trek through the surrounding jungle wilderness, staying overnight with a local family living the simple life on a small farm. It was a unique glimpse into a lifestyle entirely apart from you and I. Arriving back in town, I took a wonderful yoga course to balance myself out before the bike mission back to Chiang Mai.
I'd arrived in Chiang Mai having never heard of Pai. A random conversation over a bowl of curry easily persuaded me to rent a bike and check it out. I left Pai with one of the better memories of my entire stay in southeast Asia. I love spontaneity.