Blogs from Pai, North-West Thailand, Thailand, Asia


Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Pai January 13th 2016

Pai has offered something different, made up of many little parts that I've enjoyed in the lush valley. A fruity, spongy, sweet, nutty slice held simply in one's hand. It's not a town of Thailand culture in the main part, the real villages that are not built on laidback backpacks exist a bike ride away. Over time Pai has developed from a remote stop off from Chiang Mai to a cute mountain smudge with new age vibe, characterised by its walking street of indie stalls and the live music and hammock decorated bars parallel to the bamboo bridged river. It has the forever winding road-made remoteness; the hilly northern thai landscape; a gleaming little river you can engage with; simple guesthouses and sit out and lay spots; and an international cuisine offered along the stalls, Mexican ... read more
White buddha overlooks Pai
Land split farm
Viewpoint stop

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Pai January 10th 2016

Oh Pai! It's late Sunday afternoon and I'm sitting on a worn white bench at 'coffee in love' along my ride home. Looking out, first to the English country esque garden bumps sloping below, then the layer of smooth fields, then the bang up of the mountains. Mist and smoke come up between the hill layers, like steamed jam. The peaks are gorgeous. The sky is washed delicately with blues, greys and long white smudges. I can see the sandy hill path that I wandered up hours ago, I'd over shot the white Buddha in the hills that i'd been aiming for (which you can see from all over Pai). But I left my (brilliant) mountain bike halfway to get up and at least be level with Buddha, and to check there wasn't a connecting path. ... read more
Morning river
Canyon trails
River crossing

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Pai June 20th 2015

Word on the street is that in the midst of North-Western Thailand, over the hills, beyond the hustle and bustle of city life, lies a colourful hippy paradise, home to many settled tourists and wander-lusting backpackers. Having heard this particular rumour, my friends and I decided to investigate for ourselves. As we entered Pai,located in the Mae Hong Son Province, I was reassured that this rumour was in fact, truth. The hostel in which we spent each night was like no other hostel I have seen before. Named Pai Circus School and Resort, due to the circus training school provided on the grounds, the hostel was energetic, spacious and lively. Each room was in the form of an individual cabin for 2, 6 or ten guests. Although they appeared to be cosy and cute during the ... read more
My First Bamboo Tattoo
Art in Chai Cafe

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Pai June 11th 2015

Thai Jungle, Five tourists and an ex Burmese rebel Having anticipated a relatively easy stroll along a well trodden path I was quite surprised to find myself pushing my way through waist high grass following the porter in front, vigorously cutting down bamboo with a machete. We trekked along slanted narrow paths and up steep verges, having to be careful not to accidentally tread on crumbling rocks. We walked on blissfully unaware that we had trodden over a green vermont snake camouflaged on the pathway. Our guide eagerly called us back to have a look and quickly informed us that its bite is so poisonous it would kill you in a matter of hours if left untreated! We stopped at a gushing 50 metre high waterfall for lunch consisting of pork mince, sticky rice and fish ... read more
Having lunch by the waterfall
Rice in bamboo leaf

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Pai May 7th 2015

762 curves on the road to Pai!! This is the number of times my poor sister Erica would have puked on the bus ride up there. Take about getting motion sickness. It is a beautiful mountain road but the mini bus drivers are so used to flying up these roads most of the passengers get motion sickness. The good news is that we made it safely. Pai is a sleepy little town that has a lot of foreign tourists. It was nice and artsy but we were able to see everything in one day. We rented scooters and drove around the town... Lesson one: they drive on the left side of the road!! As soon as Justin took off everyone was yelling "LEFT! LEFT!" But he realized it quickly and got over to the other side ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Pai May 2nd 2015

Having booked transport today, Jenna and I were travelling further north to a small town called Pai. Sitting outside waiting for a bus that was meant to turn up at 10.00 but which actually arrived at 11.40 We were finally on our way! Only being a 3hr journey but on a very windy road we arrived at 3pm to walk and find a guesthouse for the night. Having previously found what we thought would be a nice one, we headed out to it. Pai being a very small town with a river at its southern end - crossing on a bamboo bridge brings you to most of the accommodation. Walking for a further 20 minutes we found the guesthouse - the place was dirty, messy and the owner disinterested - so moving on we found a ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Pai May 2nd 2015

Thinking that I would be able to travel from Pai easily and with not too long a journey I was sadly mistaken. The most sensible option would be to travel south again to Chiang Mai and then onwards from there. Being fully aware of my Thai visa expiring in 3 days time I knew I had to travel north either to the border with burma or the border with Laos to get it restamped. So with this in mind I decided to leave Pai this afternoon and get the same bus back to Chiang Mai. Jenna and i spent a relaxing morning finding somewhere nice for breakfast and having another walk through the town to take some photos. Booking a hostel back in Chiang Mai for tonight we got the tourist minibus at 14.30. Sitting next ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Pai February 10th 2015

Anders als erwartet lief die Busfahrt nach Pai von Chiang Mai. Statt mit einem gewöhnlichen Linienbus zu fahren, bekamen wir einen kleinen Van, der von oben bis unten mit Gepäck und Menschen besetzt war. Die Fahrt ging drei Stunden durch Straßen, die nichts im Vergleich zum Höllental waren. Angekommen- erst mal wieder was essen. Wir schickten einem Freund aus Deutschland den Standort, wo wir gerade waren und er kam wenige Minuten später vorbei. Zu unserer Freude hatte er uns schon ein Platz in einem Bungalow reserviert. Das Bungalow war mehr eine Strohhütte auf Stelzen, aber immerhin hatten wir ein eigenes Badezimmer. Die Bungalows sind die populärste Unterkunft in Pai, überall findet man solche Hütten. Als wir unsere Namen in das Gästebuch eingetragen haben, fanden wir auch prompt ein paar Namen von Bekannten aus Chiang Mai. Abends ... read more
Schönstes "Hostel" in dem wir bis jetzt waren

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Pai January 26th 2015

I have never experienced freedom such as this. After phitsanulok I took the train to Chiang Mai. I stayed in a popular guesthouse and met some fantastic people within minutes - there was such a strong social vibe there. We went clubbing a couple of times and I had a few too many Chang beers. We also chilled with some locals and hippie types outside a clothing store. Had some really interesting conversations. I spent the rest of my time in Chiang Mai exploring, eating the most delicious (and cheap!) vegetarian food and lounging in one of the most beautiful city parks I have ever had the pleasure of going to. I also chatted to a couple of monks beside a temple. They hold 'monk chat' sessions which are designed to give monks an opportunity to ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Pai April 25th 2014

After being informed that I was going to have to remain in Chiang Mai a week longer than I had planned, I started talking with a Kiwi who works for an NGO in the Chiang Rai area. I asked him if he had been to Pai, Thailand recently and he said that he had. In fact; He was there just last week. I asked him how the town was and he replied, "Parched." Sounded good to me. Chiang Mai's a good spot but it does have some air quality issues though they're not as bad as Bangkok's are right now. I was in Bangkok on Sunday. When my plane landed we couldn't see the ground until we got below 500 feet due to all the engine exhaust the city produces. The air in Bangkok is extremely ... read more
My Ride; The Public Bus
My Buddies
The Lap of Pai Luxury

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