Crisis over - Pai is awesome! really beautiful little mountain town.
I arrived here 3 nights ago and managed to squeeze myself in the town's only dormitory at a place my Alaskan fiend recommeded, a little guesthouse called Happy House. It's a really cool place kept by this Dutch guy, Frits, who has the most amazing life story! Everyone who comes in town should have a chat with this guy.
I met quite a many Dutch people, some Brits plus a Swede and an Israeli and went out with all of them on the first night. There are quite a many bars compared to the size of this place. The next day we went for a motorbike trip to this huge-ass cave about 50km out of town. Really impressive, the ceiling was like in a catedral! There we're so many bats but I didn't see them, I cvould just hear them squeeking around me. We walked in the caves for at least an hour.
The next day I had enough courage to rent myself a bike (the day before I rode on the back of Frits) to go around seeing some hilltribe villages and a really cool canyon with the Swede and the Israeli (Jens+Dan). I was really scared and I know this is not the best place to learn to ride since the roads are not so good and there is often sand on them as well but I figured it's about time and it's better to learn it the hard way. And I'm loving it! makes me miss my dad, I know he'd love to ride around here:D And so far I've no broken bones. But I gotta always go together with others. A lot of the people from the various hilltribe villages originate from Burma and have no rights here, no money. So they'll take on any opportunity they can to get anything, quite dangerous people. And there are lots of figths between different tribes and I've heard too many horror stories.
Today we went around again and finally visited this amazing hot spring, a place tourists know nothing about (thank goodness for Frits), where the locals go to bathe. The road there was really a struggle though, such steep ups and downs, some on sandy roads. It was totally worth the struggle though. Tomorrow we'll still go around to see villages, waterfalls and a mountain temple.
This is my las post about Thailand, I'm heading towards Laos with Dan tomorrow. Thailand was all I expected it to be with the tourists, temples and beachbars with christmaslights curling up the palmtrees. But it was also beautiful and I met great people, not so many locals though. Nevertheless, I'm happy to move to Laos. Gonna take a 2-day slowboat on Mekong river towards Luang Prabang.
I might get even more lazy updating the blog but I'll do my best!