A piece of Pai

Trip Start Jan 09, 2013
Trip End Jan 22, 2013

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Flag of Thailand  , Mae Hong Son,
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Unexpected turn of events.
The bungalow I stayed in last night turned out to be quite a shit hole (after all, I did pay less than $7). I didn't mind the shit hole actually, I've learned to adjust quite well to the backpacking standards. But the mattress was placed on the floor, which made it susceptible to ant invasion at night. The room also smelled like urine. After having a horrible night of sleep and having eaten crackers for dinner last night, I treated myself to a nice breakfast of Thai omelette platter with a banana-coconut shake ($4 total). Oh wow they were delicious!!

I was debating whether I should stay in the same room and suck it up for paying less than $7... But since I made a trip out here to relax, I allowed myself to splurge on a better quality accommodation for a couple of nights and moved to a bungalow for $19/ night. This is quite expensive for Thai standards but oh well. I deserve a bit of luxury every now and then!

At the new guesthouse, I ran into Brandon, a guy I shared a van with from Chiang Mai. We ended up having lunch together (had an amazing pumpkin salad for $4) and he invited me to hop on his rented motorcycle for a ride around Pai. I knew I eventually had to overcome my fear of riding motorcycles after the traumatic fall in the Philippines. So I decided to go.
My planned day of relaxing with a book went out the window but it was soooooo worth it! The mountain scenery was just so stunning. And Brandon turned out to be such a funny and interesting guy.
This is what I love about traveling - you end up meeting so many people - most of them are like-minded people, who want to explore, expand and learn. If I were in the States, I would never hop on a motorcycle with a stranger. But out here, we are all one of the same.
What a great day I had, filled with amazing food, views, company and laughs.
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Janel on

Whew, I finally caught up... I haven't been able to check on you in a while, but I see you are having a great time, while I slave away at my desk, this is a much needed escape! I am definitely living vicariously through this blog and showing it to everyone I know whether they want to see it or not! I am enjoying it and glad you are ok and having a great time.!!! this is the first blog I ever kept up wity, you are making me a believer !

Shana on

Please keep spoiling yourself!!

tak on

great pics!!

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