To the hippie town of Pai...
Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
55Trip End Jul 22, 2008
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I arrived in Pai aboot a week and a half ago now, took the 4hr (but only 120 km) bus ride of very winding mountainous roads with an aussie bloke from the hostel that was going the same way. I arrived there and absolutely loved it.. very small with a few main streets, lots of hippies, a river, lots of shops and lots to do in and around the area. Found myself a bamboo hut to stay in across the river away from the streets and hoop-la...very basic but lovely with a mattress, mosquito net, my own loo and wee bamboo porch out front.. can't complain for 200 Baht/night ($6.30 or 3.15 pounds). Anyways so me and the same aussie bloke rented motorbikes for a couple days (100B/day - crazy cheap!) and scooted around, saw some waterfalls, hotsprings..
That night i went for a wee wander, there was a free music carnival but not much happening so was on my way home (aka the hut) aboot 9pm as i was very tired maybe from all the elephant riding and this mad (in a good way) Malaysian hippie stopped me, maybe i looked down or bored and said i couldn't possibly be going home.... he seemed like a laugh so i decided to go along for the ride (must seize the moment when traveling) and followed him to this Raggae bar. And certainly glad i did..talk aboot seize the moment!! ...never exprienced a bar like it and i suspect i never will. It was brillant!! Everyone and by everyone i mean aboot 10-15 peeps, is sitting around a fire and everyone introduces themselves and makes me feel very much at home, amongst friends right away and it really was like that. People bring their drums, guitars and sing their own personal tunes..solo or amongst others..
After that i'm afraid..it started to go downhill rapidly. It's a shame cuz i had so much more that i wanted to do in Pai but my time was up sort of speak. I got very sick all of a sudden and was constricted to my wee bamboo hut that i did love, for 5 days and 5 nights, moving was a real struggle, needless to say my love for my hut quickly disappeared. It's so interesting as how your experience depicts your impression of a place immensely..
My Thailand visa runs out in a week (you only get a 4 week visa on arrival) so i will be on the move within a week and very anxious to do so... looking forward to more adventure, new places, new people and new fullfilment! Til then just chillin like a villain...