Slice of Pai

Pai is a small town three hours north of Chiang Mai in Thailand.

We went on the recommendation of some friends we made in Bangkok.

Pai has three sets of traffic lights. It is a small and artsy little town high up in the mountains.

Most of the accommodation comprises of small bamboo huts, their roofs tiled with dried leaves.

Our accommodation comprised of this, in addition to being in a circus school… Here’s the hut.

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The first morning we were kindly reminded that we were not at the Hilton.

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All the huts in a row…

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We headed down to town and across the bridge for breakfast (which was more like lunch) with Jesse and Tim.

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Pai doesn’t have tuk tuks to get around, so you can walk around town but that’s pretty much it. To get to any of the out of town sights you have to rent a scooter, so for around Β£4 including petrol, we took some out for the day…

This cheeky fella was on his way to the belt shop.

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…anyway so we headed to the waterfall and got a bit lost. I fell off my scooter and grazed my knee and elbow – luckily a Dutch couple were there, of which one was a doctor – so bandaged me up.

On our way to finding the waterfall we saw lots of people congregating on the side of a hill, expecting to see fellow travellers it was actually locals picking garlic.

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We were told that it was the dry season so the waterfall wouldn’t be flowing at full force but there was a steady stream.

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Our next stop later on in the afternoon was to the natural hot spring. It was more like a series of pools down a river, that went from hot at the too to cooler at the bottom.

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I’m not sure if this was a command or a statement but it stank of rotten eggs (from the sulphur).

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The water was almost boiling…

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Went into the mineral bath, and it stung my knee a bit.

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The river…

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Dinner back in town, I had chilli chicken and cashew nuts.

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We spent the next day lazying around the circus school aka our hostel, swinging in the hammocks on the pagoda.

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Next stop, Luang Prabang, Laos.

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