Right, so here we are in our own bungalow style room, our biggest and nicest (budget) one :). When we came into pai we started noticing the tourists, lots and lots of tourists.. All very friendly, we chatted to a few on the bus. People from America, Canada and holland too... It seems pai brings in people from all over, so it was our turn to see what all the fuss is about.. The guidebook told us that there wasn't much to shout about in pai, but one of my friends who has been here before said that this was one of his highlights.. The three hour bus ride along the weaving, winding road had our heads spinning a bit but soon enough we were here.
It is cooler here.. Much calmer too.. No one really hussling us, all the locals are chatty and jokey.. Some of which are westerners too.. We soon came to realize how you could get lost here.. The incredible rural scenery.. Just breathtaking, the luscious bamboo houses, the paddy fields and plenty of exotic fruits.. The best and only way to see pai and it's surroundings is by bike.. So we rented one for around 6 pounds for two days.. And wow.. Once you get just a few minutes out of the centre the scenes just get better.. We saw men fishing in the small waterfalls along the river, workers in the fields and even a weekend football tournament at the local school.. We will put some pictures up but they do not do it justice..
So today we wanted to explore the sights, pai canyon amongst many others. All a short bike ride away.. Some incredible waterfalls and other sites later we stumbled upon a man who due to a land slide had to shut down a large portion of his farm.. So he could no longer use it all.. So instead he created a stop off point near a waterfall where he brought you their home made wine, roselle juice, and a large assortment of fruits and snacks.. Delicious as a little top up on the go! He only asked for donations so we gave him 100 baht for his lovely service and friendly explanations.. And off we went .. After wandering the markets and streets this evening looking at the wares on offer, we are feeling worn out so it's not a late one tonight. However, we are up early tomorrow and back on the bike to do some piranha fishing at a lake nearby.. Should be fun we have a wager on to see who catches the first fish :)! Looking forward to it a lot.. Hope all is well at home x