I know this is a little late, since we are now in Hoi An-Vietnam, but better late then never right?! I wanted to blog about Pai, because it was our favorite stop in Thailand. Pai is about 3 hours north of Chaing Mai through the mountains. I think one of the reasons why Pai seems to be off the beaten path is because to get there you have to endure 3 hours of non stop windy curves back and forth on the narrowest road i have ever been on. After a VERY long bus ride where everyone was carsick. We made it to charming quaint Pai (pronounced bye). We had a cute $9 dollar a night bamboo hut which had a hammock and an Asian toilet. In order to get to our hut we had to cross the Pai River on an old rickety bamboo bridge, that felt like we were going to bust through with every heavy step we took!
Our first night there as we were wandering through the streets we bumped into our friends we had met a week before at a bus station in Bangkok (they are from Washington)! We ended up spending the 3 days with them, which really made our time in Pai even more exciting. We had mojitos at a bar called Almost Famous decorated with movie memorabilia. Every girls favorite movie!
The next day we all rented mopeds and decided to explore Pai by bike! On our way to see the hot springs, we came across a lone elephant (chained up of course). We were able to buy bananas right there and spent a good deal of time oogling over this gentle giant!
Pai reminded us of California. There were lush green valleys and mountains all around us, organic health food stores, coffee cafes, artsy bohemian craft shops, and loads of dreaded, grungy hippies that looked like they just came from Burning Man. It was a great way to end our Thailand portion of this trip!