Pai (I wanna be a hippy and i wanna get high) 05/04/2012-10/04/2012
I wanna be a hippy and I wanna get high.... our lonely planet guide book says this little hippy town in the hill is a must place to visit if you want a party so we thought why not.... after a four hour bumpy mini bus ride we got to Pai and we was dropped off right in the middle of a market, we darted down the nearest soi (alley) and found a nice guest house with a fan and a balcony for 200b £4 not bad, we planned on staying for 2 nights but ended up staying for 5. The place is a bit of a hippy overload though, its full of hippys, yanks and Canadians. The hippys are ok but sometimes the yanks can do your head in with their rudeness and the fact that everything is super cool and AWESOME. I think the fact that is was so cheap compared to other places in Thailand we decided to stay and have a chill out until we headed for the border to make our way to Laos. To sum Pai up it's a very small place that is pretty touristy but in a hippy way, no kfc no mcds but lots of guesthouse which are basic huts scatters around feilds in the montains with lots of far out free loving hippys gathering around the fire singing kum by arrrrrr or something like that. The bars are pretty cool though and nothing here is stressful, it's all very chilled out. Aftert riding mopeds for the first time in Chiang Mai we decided to rent one for a couple of days and head off into the mountain in search of some waterfalls. We managed to find one which was fun but the weather changed and we headed back to Pai gettting caught in a huge thunder storm and when it rains in Thailand it pours! Luckily for us we were just passing a bar so managed to miss most of the heavy stuff. I (Dai) was finally getting the hang of riding the bikes and could almost take corners properly. For some some reason turning right is harder than turning left but by the end of the 2 days I think I've mastered it. Our plan was to go out on the night when our rental was up with the bikes and just chill the day after but it didn't happen! The night after the first day here we met up with a couple from sheffield who we had met in Chiang Mai at our guest house and got pretty drunk continuing the party back at our guesthouse which to be fair pissed our European neighbours right off. Oh well we didnt like them anyways...
The next day was a right off so we decided to get up early the day after as we had the bike until midday. We visited the hot springs payed 200 b to get in and to be fair felt ripped off after it. 6 pools you could boil eggs in and then a warm bath further down steam really wasn't worth £4 each but it was still an experiece. Having done the hot springs a waterfall and a few other sights of Pai there really wasn't much to see so we found a nice guest house with a pool that they let you use for 50B each £1 so we stayed by the pool for the remaining days. Some good things we've enjoyed about Pai is the fact that the room price was so cheap weve been able to have a few treats like eating steak 2 nights on the trot and not having to worry about our budget which was pretty cool. All in all we really liked Pai the place has got a nice buzz about it and if your into your hippy stuff then there is loads of things to do and likeminded people for you to meet and get to know, for us it was just nice to chill out for a few days after a busy few weeks.