Trip Start Jul 24, 2009
Trip End Jun 30, 2010

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Felt I needed to get out of Chiang Mai for a few days before I headed back to Bangkok so decided to take a trip up north. I wanted somewhere quiet and relaxing so despite me reading that Pai had ' well and truly hit the tourist trail' I headed off for some escapism. The bus journey took 4 hrs but the scenery was fab, rolling northern Thai hills and villages went by. Arrived in Pai and I was a little surprised at just how geared up for the tourists it was. Upon getting off the bus I had a wander and found some accommodation (lots of the lovely riverside bungalows were closed due to the low season) then settle for a coffee. The only way I can describe the place is it felt like a mixture between a Levellers convention (met someone who upon me asking what he did tossed his tie-dye scarf over his shoulder and said he hated people asking him that and gave the irritating reply of 'loving life', what a lot of crap), Whitstable (due to the art gallery's and cafes around) and the Khao San road (there were mainly western tourists on scooters whizzing around).

Saying all that, if you got out of Pai and explored the countryside it was wonderful. Full of lush green hills and friendly villagers. The night life was fab as I went to Be-Bops which had a live band covering classic Nirvana, Cream, Foo Fighters etc. Then went on to a bar called Ting Tong (means crazy in Thai) which has to be the most amazing bar I have ever been to. You cross a bamboo bridge to get to an outdoor bar with candles and really stylish decor.
Ting Tong, Pai, Thailand by Mickipedia.

The funky Thai bar men were so amusing and happy hour occured every 20 mins! Needless to say as I came back at 4am I realised I had taken no photos so I stole the one above to give you an idea.

Pai is great for a low key, chilled party scene but it is a tourist town and to see the real Thailand you have to get out and explore.

Going back to Chiang Mai soon to get an overnight bus to Bangkok then a plane to Cambodia. As a 2 of you know, it will be a small physical challenge!! ;)
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