Saturday, November 19, 2016

A little place called Pai

 View from our bungalow 

 Pai river

 The street dogs loved Charlotte

 Streed food stalls 


 Farm at the land split

 Roselle hibiscus 

Next stop after our lovely stay in Chiang Mai was a town north and west of there called Pai. The drive to Pai is about four hours of very long winding roads, about 700 turns in total. I didn't stop and count them, though ;)

We learnt from our stay in Chiang Mai that a lot of accommodation is not advertised online in Thailand, so we decided to find a place to stay when we arrived there. The first place we found seemed okay,  so we settled in to our little bungalow in Pai for three nights.

The bungalow contained a bed, a fan, a toilet, a shower hose, and not much else. We did have wifi there, though! We were woken up by roosters crowing early every morning, when we would cross the bridge into town for breakfast.

Pai has been built up by westerners, and you will find a lot of western food there, from full English breakfast, to pancakes, and french toast. Of course there are still some thai restaurants, but the town is packed with tourists.

Every night there is a night market along the main road, with food vendors,  and handmade craft stalls all set up. Here you can buy handmade jewellery,  cool Pai t-shirts, dream catchers, bags, shoes, and a lot of different types of food. Everything from burritos, lasagne, pizza, curry puffs, spring rolls, pad thai, crepes, waffles... I could go on.

There really is not a lot to do in Pai apart from relax and hang out in the cafes and market. You can rent motorbikes and ride to the waterfalls and other places nearby, but we obviously didn't want to take Charlotte on a moped with us. Even though the Thai people do it with their children ;)

We did take a taxi to a nearby waterfall, but it had rained recently and it was very muddy there. Next to the waterfall was a popular tourist attraction known as 'the Land Split'. It is a crack in the land that formed from an earthquake that happened in 2008. The local farmers there decided to turn it into a tourist attraction,  as the crack made their land unusable. The kind farmers there offer you some of their fresh fruit and homemade hibiscus roselle juice, and you can donate some money if you want.

There were not a lot of families staying in Pai, and I can see why, as it is mostly geared towards younger backpackers. While we did enjoy our stay there, I am glad we only stayed three nights, or I think I might have got a bit bored.

My next post will probably be our last one from Thailand, as we leave for Laos in three days! We have loved our stay in Thailand, and we will definitely be back one day :)

Hannah xx

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