Hippies, Art, Waterfalls, Mountains, Motorbikes... and everything inbetween!!
Hello my beauties!!
So I have spent the last few days in a little hippy villiage called Pai in Northern Thailand, and I know I said Chiang Mai was my favorite, but now its Pai!!
We took the trecherous journey by bus up the winding roads up the mountain down again and arrived safe and sound! Found our hostel which was in the middle of a rice paddy field in a bamboo hut! Well all for the experience hey! the shower was a bamboo hut with the shower curtain as the door, which kept getting blown up with the wind! Pretty challenging shower! Me and Flin (the girl I met in Bangkok) then went for a walk around the villiage, which didnt take long because its very small! But the have hippy bars, gorgeous coffee shops and lots of arty things about! When walking down the street in the evening a scooter started beeping at us and it was another girl I met in Chaing Mai called Suzy! She had ridden all the way from Chiang Mai to Pai! Brave girl! We then sent to a cute little restaurant to have some food and the owners little girl decided she took a liking to my Pad Thai and so she started eatening it! So funny! I was finished with it anyway so i didnt mind too much! she was super cute! Her dad told us she would never eat it when he cooked it for her but she seem to love it from my plate! and the she wanted to drink my drink .... go for it! Then she ate Flin's dessert! Such cuteness!! We went for a couple of cocktails in one of the bars, and me and Flin decided to get an early night because we wanted to have a big explore the next day!!
So we walked back to our hostel, greeted with a full on party happening... right next to our dorm! Now, the walls are made of bamboo, and its not all sealed, so nothing stopping the noise! We went into our female only dorm and were greeted with a guy in there! Not happy!! Cockroaches! DEFINATLY NOT HAPPY!!! The earplugs went in and we tried to get some sleep on the rock hard beds! My bed was very bouncy... only because the guy had brought a girl into the dorm and was having a bit of love!!!! NO GOOD!!!! Plus it was absolutly freeeeeeeeezing at night!! Honeslt its so bizarre how te weather changes from place to place, it was boiling in the day but baltic at night (well not that bad but there was a chill in the air!) So we checked out the next day and went to a lovely place where our mate Suzy was staying.
So much better! Our bed it just a mattress on the floor, but its a big, sealed room with our own bathroom!! We went for some breakfast, met a german guy called Micheal and the hopped on the back of their scooters and drove around! I was slightly scared at first but it was amazing!!!! We headed to some hot springs, which was great apart from when your already hot from the weather, ou dont really want to go into a hot spring do you ah well we did anyway! Only after changing into our costumes and running away from 100's of spiders in the changing room!! AHHHH! We also walked up to the top of the spring where the water was 80degrees! On the walk back down we notice things moving on the ground, and it was thousands upon thousands of these spiders covering the floor!! What did we do? SCREAM AND RUN! Got back to the main bit of the springs and loads of people were laughing at us!
After the springs, we headed to the Japenese world war 2 memorial bridge which was pretty cool. Its where the japenese made the people of Pai build a bridge over the river to the could attack Burma easier! Something like that anyway! We then went to the Pai Canyon which was beautiful! Suzy decided to walk around it, it only took her 20 minutes so it was a teeny canyon, but all the same, i wasnt going to walk around it! It then took us a while to find a waterfall, there are so many in the area but we couldnt find one! No worries, the ride on the bike was exciting enough! We finally found one after going through some small villages, whos residents were trying to sell us weed or opium as we drove past! Hilarious! We reached this gorgeous waterfall which had about 3 tiers to it. Surrounded by smooth grey rocks, it was a place you could waste the day at! Lush!!
We headed back to Darling View Point (where we were staying) for a quick rest before going out for something to eat at night. Pai is such a small place, and we just kept bumping into people we had met in Chiang Mai, before we knew it, instead of 4 there were about 10 of us all going out for a meal. Good thai grub and interesting conversation followed, as well as a few cocktails
The next day, Suzy left to go stay on a farm with a host from couchsurfers but me and Flin had got the bug for mopeds!!! Hell with it! Lets rent one! After a yummy breakfast at our favorite cafe (we went every morning!) and bumping into another guy, Robert that we had originally met in Chang Mai (love Pai!) we headed back to our guesthouse where the lovely owners let us use their pink moped (natching pink helmet!) and showed us how to drive it! I was being a bit of a scaredy cat! Went a few meters up the road, stopped, everyone shouted at me to carry on and i was like "I dont want too!!" haha! Flin was much more of a natural than me!! Then a couple we had met in Chiang Mai and again in Pai, Cassie and Tres, appeared, so we showed them how to ride it! SO funny!! We got the hang of it after a couple of turns, so all rented our own! Madness I know, but it was so good! The only way to see Pai and its surrounding beauty! Me and Flin tried to find a nearby waterfall, only to get there and realise it was a 7km walk! HELL NO!!! But we decided to explore the river and jungle around, but Flin disappeared and I was left on my own, ankle deep in river not know where to go!! The suddenly a one eyed dog appeared and showed me how to get to the other side of the river. He then showed me the way to go until we reached a bend in the river and even the dog got confused! "Lets go back" I said, so we went back the was we came and waited for Flin to appear only a couple of minutes later! I kid you not, that dog saved me from getting lost in the jungle! We then turned our moped round, well I tried, but souldnt so a very kind stranger man pushed it through the sandy, dusty road till it got smoother! Flin needed no help, she was a natural at this after all! We then went for cake at a gorgeous coffe shop with a stunning view! Found another waterfall! Then just drove, not knowing where the hell we were heading, but the country roads are so quiet, and the countryside gorgeous! Little Thai school kids leaving their school and waving at us when we drove past! We then decided to try and find a temple of a hill that was sign posted and ended up goin up a steep hill practilly made of gravel. I only made it half way up, then stopped because i couldnt bare it anymore! How was I going to get down? Flin being the superwoman that she is with no fear whatsoever kept going, returning 5 mins later saying it had only got worse! She coached me back down the steep hill and Im alive to tell the story! hahah!
We then drove aimlessy again, just because we could! Found some poor elephants at the roadside chained up waiting for tourists to ride them. It was a sad sight poor things! The sun was starting to set so we headed back into the villiage to wander the nightly market there, and eat lots of street food! Here we bumped into Cassie and Tres again, went around with them for a bit, then go a couple of drinks and headed back to the guesthouse where there is a bonfire burning so we sat around it having a few drinks and telling tales of travels! Cassie and Tres have been to so many interesting places and have so many amazing stories to tell, they tell their stories amazingly well, i was in awe of them!! The after a few beers, Cassie started singing and performing that dance song from Sonique.... "youre loving feels so good, and that what makes me high!" Ah you had the be there. But their humour is hilarious!!! A little Thai woman called Darling (who owns and works at the guesthouse) arrived and oh my god, she is the cutest woman ever! I dont know how to describe her but she gets so excited, jumping up and down! She wasnt feeling too good because she has a bike accident earlier in the day, but we told her we loved her and that go her jumping
The Next day, we set of early to get some breakfast in the usual place, bumped into cassi and Tres AGAIN! and we all went riding around together! Another cake at the gorgeous coffee shop? Yes please! We drove and drove, where to? we dont know! But it as amazing being on the road, taking everything in, seeing the countryside and the small villiages, waving at the locals. Seriously I felt like I was free! Amazing experience, one I think Il keep with me forever... or Ill just get a moped when i get home Flin and I had to get the bud back to Chiang Mai in the afternoon, so we gave back our moped (SOB!) and hitched a ride on Cassie and Tres bikes back to the guesthouse. Darling was there telling us about how she started the guesthouse, how her bar and shop in the villaige was destroyed by the floods, so she came uphill, camped on this mad until some backpackers came and camped with her, and she said they could stay for free if they built their bungalow. SO the did! and it went from there! She was even saying we could stay for free if we helped out and that there are people that have stayed here for months helping her. She was showing us how she had no money whatsoever, and she doesnt buy anything for herself, just for other people. She goes to villiages and looks after the elderly an the young children. The clothes on her back is what someone gave to her. She then gave us girls all a bracelet nd wanted nothing in return. She is such an inspring lady, does so much for everyone and expects nothing in return. But whilst we were there, some guy had stayed for like 10 nights, and ate there everyday and got his laundry done, then just left without paying! She doesnt understand why someone would do that and she got upset! She just wants to be loved, so we told her we loved her and off she went, jumping up and down, her smile as wide as it could be! What a beautiful human being. Makes me smile just thinking of her.
So yeah, Pai has been amazing. Done so much in such a small space of time and met (and re-met) some amazing people. Me and Flin didnt really want to leave, but I need to get back to Bangkok for my flight to Vietnam, and Flin wants to see some elephants! So all I have now is some unbelievable memories, and some helmet hair that just wont go away! hehe.
Until The next time,
Peace and Love!!