Pai is not a number

Trip Start Jul 29, 2009
Trip End Jan 23, 2010

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Pai Country Home Guesthouse

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Josh got sick in Chiang Mai and while he recovered I took a side trip to Pai with our friend Gabby. Pai was the San Francisco of Thailand with a mixture of hippies, both locals and foreigners, country folks that must have migrated there from Texas, and a slew of other characters. We had a great time drinking buckets of rum and what they consider tequila - the bottle has a picture of an old Thai man with a sombrero on and says "made in mexico":) I informed them it wasn't! The second day there, we rented bicycles from this man who guaranteed us there were cool waterfalls just around the corner... his idea of the around the corner was uphill 8 miles on a one speed bicycle. We made it to a Chinese village and then gave up cursing his name. More cursing came when we headed downhill and realized the bikes had no brakes! We then headed out to the Cave Lodge to do some hiking and cave exploring. To get there we hitched a ride with the post man/errand runner for the village of Sappong. On our way we delivered gas to many locals (by we, I mean Gabby and I hauled the gas containers out while the driver collected $). Once at the lodge we met some Danish guys who we went kayaking down the river with and visited three of the largest caves in the area. One cave had teak coffins that have been there for ages, the safety precautions in the caves were non-existent but it just made it all the more an adventure. At one point, the guide told us to stand back while he tested a bridge made of bamboo about 10 stories up, he looked back and says... "Uhhhh... think it is okay". Not the most reassuring guide:) We spent two nights there hanging with other cave guests and then I headed back to Chiang Mai to meet Josh for the big festival going on this weekend.
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