Pai & The Bakery

Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
Trip End Sep 26, 2010

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Please forgive me for the terrible pun in my blog post title, but can you really blame me?

First of all lets rewind back to Chiang Mai on the night of my departure. I went to the muay thai boxing exhibition and it was really good. Very spiritual and all the fighters were very religious and the fights were quite intense and interesting to watch. I had a very good time watching something very traditional to Thailand. The knockout of the night went to a small little English fighter who was being pummeled for an entire round and a half by his slightly larger Thai opponent, then out of nowhere unleashed two leg kicks that put the Thai down. I've never seen a match end with leg kicks and it was pretty spectacular to watch.

The next day I woke up early to catch my minibus to Pai. Pai is a very small town in the far north of Thailand and known for being very relaxed and a good place to just chill out. Sounded like a good place for me to go. Pai is also famous for having 762 curves on the road between it and Chiang Mai. The ride there was quite unpleasant as I felt every single one of those curves and my stomach was doing flips when we arrived 3 hours later. 140 km in 3 hours. On a highway. Let me reiterate how upset my stomach was.

I digress. Eventually we made it and I found a cheap guesthouse relatively quickly that had hammocks and a movie lounge so I booked in. I spent the afternoon walking around town and visiting the river. It is a very small town indeed so this did not take long. I found a couple of great eateries as well. I've spent every night here at a place called the Burger House, which serves up fantastic western food which I was really in the mood for after non-stop Thai for the last two weeks. I also found an amazing bakery which has kept me coming back day after day for more baked treats.

I've done a lot of reading and hammock-swinging and movie watching while I have been here and have enjoyed sitting down by the river at nighttime just enjoying the sounds of nature. It has been a very peaceful 3 days here and I'm glad I came up here to check it out. I only have 1 week left in Thailand so I'm heading back to Chiang Mai tomorrow before making my way further south to Bangkok.

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