Published: March 7th 2006March 5th 2006
Beautiful in Pai
OK it's Day 8 in the lovely city of Pai.
Honestly I can't remember what I've done exactly but to be honest it hasn't been much. My first day I rented a bike which turned out to be broken. I went on a four hour bike ride sans water and was in some serious pain, but getting some exercise felt good and I got to see an area of Pai that most tourists would really go out to. I stopped in a rice field and took a nice nap in a farmers shed and went on my way (It was a nice open air shed with a swing)
I also took a full day Yoga class, which was interesting. The add said it was for beginners, but my body didn't do most of the things the teacher was showing us and I spent a lot of the class in pain. Met a cool girl from NYC though in the class who is also going to Burma shortly so it always works out.
Met a lot of random people in this town. Had a really fun night of partying with this Guy from Hong Kong who studied at Oxford
and Yale. Wow. We each tried to drink each other under the table. The fact that I don't' really remember getting home probably dictates who won.
Went to a a trivia contest one night. Met an interesting bloke from England who was 68 and retired, living off his savings, married a Thai woman, and is having a pretty awesome life. He and I dominated in the trivia contest and won by 8 points. We won a bottle of whiskey and each attempted to aid in finishing it but failed.
I also rented a motor bike for five days (3.00/a day). Didn't fall for the first 3 days but then lost control in an intersection and fell over scrapping my foot pretty badly my arm and my knee. Totally embarrassed I got up as fast as possible and rode off. AHHH stupid tourist.
This place is a purely Backpacker town. Fortunately the city itself has a lot more charm that the Veng Vien in Laos. I have met a lot of people who have been year for a lot longer than they have meant to be which puts this town the category with Olympos,Turkey Czesky Krumlov, Czeck Republic,
Franzia in Pai?
and Veng Vien, Laos. Though I think this town is pretty special.
After 6 days of being in this town I could not walk down the street without bumping into someone I had met the night before or been met some other way. IT sounds good but, I needed a break so I decided to take my motor scooter and head to Mae Hon Son to see the long necks.
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