Welcome to Pai, a small town in the North of Thailand, 3 hours drive from Chiang Mai, perfect location to escape the heat of Bangkok, especially in October when the southern beaches are still receiving some rains but the northern plans are still lush green and one can enjoy a swim in the river during the day and the comfort of a blanket at night!
When it comes to Thai tourism Pai is a great destination for couples and honeymoon makers, as well as a favourite location for TV series and movies.
But the main reason why Pai turned from a sleepy mountain village into a backpackers hub, is mainly because of the hippies who discovered this haven of tranquillity more than 20 years ago. Here one can enjoy great walks and sport activities, but new age folks and tree huggers will find it a great place where to enjoy organic food, massage and natural fermentation classes at a fraction of Western prices.
Fresh coconut water and plenty of organic brown rice were a steady element of my diet!
Spent the first 3 nights at my usual place as its cheap and has got a genuine village feel to it. Despite the great vibe and nice views, we eventually moved to a quieter place.
For less than 10 euros at night you can get a wooden bungalow right next to the rice paddies, with plenty of space to work, read and relax.
One of my favourite ways to spend the time is to ride a scooter everywhere i can. Everywhere in the town one can get a proper bike for about 3/4 euros, but we were lucky as we got a good deal all inclusive with the last room we moved in.
Of course, at the end of the rainy season some roads can be off limits for a scooter!
Nothing stopped us from visiting this beautiful cave, full of bats.
Sunset is pretty short in this part of the world, so it’s always good to drive back to town before it gets too dark as Thailand roads are known for their very low safety levels.
Once you know how good Thai food is supposed to taste like, it’s easy to stick to those few restaurants where you can eat proper genuine dishes, Thai mama style!
Teaching paper planes and origami to the little girl while we wait for our order to be ready!
A coffee addict like me always needs to score a proper breakfast place: in this case we found a great organic restaurant where we spent hours sampling the amazing fares and drinking very cheap and healty kombucha.
The last place we stayed in was a very good deal: we could get a room with a great view, a comfy bed and hot water for a tener a day including the bike. The place is just by the river, and from the pool one can relax admiring the sun setting on the rural landscapes. Plus the garden was a great add on as i love being surrounded by giant bamboos and frangipani flowers.
Some other days we would enjoy breakfast and before it gets too hot go to say hello to the elephants at the camp and to ther big white Buddha up the hill!
Once the temperatures go back to normal, the Pai canyon is another great spot to check out.
What’s better than a refreshing dip in the natural pool of a waterfall to wash away the dust?
Every year, during the last 2 weeks of October, everywhere in the country people celebrate the Vegetarian festival. Being very close to the Chinese border, we found this amazing place where they would serve Thai-Chino vegan food for a free donation!
One of my best games at the moment is backgammon, even though i manage to win just once in a while!
Travelling very light i have to deal with barefoot hiking in the jungle as i can’t fit proper shoes in my luggage. A total of 5 hours walking in the deep green led us to a very secluded waterfall. Once we got there, the last tourists left and we managed to enjoy this place in peace and solitude. The oinly friends were the beautiful yellow butterflies flying around us.