Day 11 (continued)
Having arrived in Pai safely (just), we tried to find our pre-booked guesthouse "Breeze of Pai" but it wasn't shown on any maps at the bus station. Then we spoke with a few locals who asked where we were going, rather then trying to sell us something as we had a lot in Bangkok & Chiang Mai, they all just pointed us in the correct direction! A good start, also there were no Tuc tucs around here, everyone was on mopeds or bikes, even better! We find our guesthouse & check in. Our accommodation is great, a lovely bungalow next to the river with bamboo weave interior. We head out for something to eat and to check out the small town of Pai, we stopped off at a place called the "Witching Well" which was a witch themed restaurant with a well, dusty books, potions and cobwebs - guess its a good excuse not to clean! The food was good and we could tell from the menu that the prices in Pai were even cheaper than Chaing Mai (Bonus).
Later in the evening we head out for a few "quiet" drinks and plan the next few days.
Yeah so it turns out that the "lovely" bungalow described earlier has a very hard mattress and gets extremely hot at night, not a good nights sleep! Anyhow we have a lazy day, look,around and visit the river. We also agree to hire bikes tomorrow to visit the waterfall.
In the evening we find a steak house (win!) where a man is also playing a guitar/singing all the "classics", such as You're beautiful - James Blunt. Fast car - Tracy Chapman and when you say nothing at all - Ronan Keating. We can't complain though as it was very entertaining plus we both had steak, vegetables, mushroom soup, a warm roll and a salad for £2.40 each! (I told you this town was cheap!) halfway through the meal a blazing row erupts (not between me & Hannah, I know what you are thinking) but between an old English guy who looked like Herbert from Family Guy and a young Thai woman. This woman was going berserk, we couldn't quite make out what had happened but the gist seemed to be Herbert complaining about her having a boyfriend and the Thai woman felt she was too young for him (you think!). Anyway, she storms out leaving him to pay the bill - no surprise there and we continue to listen to the Thai musician sing "leaving on a jet plane".
We stop off at a jazz bar on the way back to our hotel and have Thai mojitos which go down a treat, new favourite alcoholic drink!
Alarm goes off early and we pay £1 each to hire a bike for the day. As we go in search of the "Pam Bok" waterfall I feel a bit rough as we hadn't eaten so we decide to head back and get some food before attempt number 2. Being midday the temperature is now 34 degrees plus and after 1 hour of cycling up extremely steep hills we are feeling the "burn" to say the least (no pun intended). We see some amazing views on the way, then see a sign for the waterfall which gives us motivation to continue cycling for another hour before giving in and heading back to town. The amazing views were then painful to see as the salt from my sweat was stinging my eyes, this was a rubbish idea! Both exhausted we return the bikes in defeat and head back to the bungalow for a cold shower. I'm still not sure how we had the energy to cycle back - we both agree that it was the most exhausting thing we have ever done. After the shower we look in the mirror and "Oh, Wow!" SUNBURN! That's gonna hurt in the morning!
A few hours later we head out for dinner feeling surprisingly good and even have a few beers with our 80p Kao Soh dinners before retreating to sleep.
Day 14 (write off)
Well we both wake up feeling amazing and the sunburn has gone....no that was never going to happen was it, we are burnt to a crisp and feel awful. The full effects of yesterday's Tour de France have kicked in. To make things even worse we have to carry our heavy backpacks to a new guesthouse, luckily we are staying at a place called "Pai Country House" which is a restaurant, our room is located above. This was our favourite place to stay so far. After settling in, I really feel ill and suffer from sunstroke for the rest of the day, Hannah doesn't feel 100% either. Too ill to day anything, we stay in bed the whole day! Hannah also points out that it is our 6 1/2 year anniversary which we celebrate by popping to the local pharmacy and purchasing some Berrocca to see if it will hydrate us. Yesterday was the most exhausted we have ever been and today was definitely the most ill I've ever felt.
Feeling slightly better we are able to pop downstairs for some breakfast but decide to take a day off and relax. We enjoy our lazy day and return to the steak house for dinner. As we go to pay we are only charged for the drinks and not food....until Hannah points this out to them and we pay the full bill, too honest this girl! We also listen to a new singer who plays Yellow by Coldplay, however it came out as "Jellow" and "I wrote a song for Jou (Jew)" we will blame this on the language barrier. So funny though!
Feeling back to ourselves (nearly) we head to a bar to watch the Liverpool vs Southampton game (1-0 saints) which I wind Hannah up about....until we get back to the hotel room and see that Pompey also lost 1-0 but to Fleetwood town. Cue Hannah winding Adam up for the remainder of the evening!
We go for pancakes at the Witching Well and the food is delicious - chocolate sauce, nuts, fresh fruit salad, pancakes and an ice cold fruit shake to wash it all down with! Being 36 degrees we decide to hire a bike and look for the waterfall.....not. We head down to the river, play some pool and have a chilled out day then catch some of the Arsenal game at a bar, have a few beers and play cards. It is extremely quiet everywhere at the moment being low season, hopefully in a few weeks more people will be around.
We realise that the only way to get to our next destination "Chiang Rai" is to get the mini bus down the windy roads back to Chiang Mai and then a second mini bus for 3 hours up north. So we book accommodation in Chiang Mai for 2 nights at £3.05 each per night (cheapest yet) and board the minibus. The trip down you would think is quicker....wrong, it was faster but then we hit traffic in the close heat which was quite unbearable and we understand why the anti sickness tablets/sick bags were on the previous bus now. We then arrive back at Chiang Mai bus arcade station...