I learned about Pai when a hostel in Pai liked a photo of mine on Instagram. It was a circus school hostel and decided I had to visit. From a quick Google search I learned it would be a perfect long weekend trip.
Like most things in Asia buying a bus ticket was easy and “getting there was half the journey.” I can’t remember if I didn’t know or read and didn’t care but the road to Pai is a twisty one. It is so grand that you can buy a shirt saying you survived all the curves. I get car sick pretty easy. I can’t even look at my phone in a taxi. This road was brutal- just insane curves. I got horrible motion sickness and thought I would be throwing up on the two monks besides me. Thankfully I made it to Pai barf free.
I started walking to the hostel. It wasn’t in the main part of town but I always prefer that. I kept walking. And then walked over a hill and still couldn’t find the place. I was exhuasted and decided to go to a place I passed along the way: Twin Hut Guesthouse. It was perfect and quiet. I got my own little hut with a view of a rice field and a hammock. It also included breakfast in the morning. It ended up being way cheaper than the other place so I was super happy to save some cash.
I walked around in the evening and decided my best option was to book a tour. I picked a place without much searching thinking they are all around the same price. They were impressed I spoke Mandarin so they gave me some food.
I woke up early the next day, got some banana pancakes with coffee, and was picked up on a motorbike.
The first stop was Sai Ngam Hot Spring. The water was warm and clear.
The next stop was Nam Lod Cave which was so incredible it will get its own post. Its my second cave I have visited so far (the first is in Laos). Just look at it!
Last we swam at a river as it was super hot and we wanted to cool off. There was some water buffaloes near by.
I am super happy I did this half day tour as it let me see the surrounding area. There was no way I would have been able to go any of these places on my own. And this company charged so very little. It was a great deal.
The next morning I took some pictures of the scenic landscape. I rode back on a bus to Chiang Mai but this time with motion sickness medicine. It was a much better ride.
Overall, I enjoyed my time in Pai. It was a super hippy town with lots of backpacker and tourist but once I got over about belong I just enjoyed my time there eating smoothies and relaxing