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Ban Pa Kham

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  • Day2

    Exploring Pai

    May 20, 2017 in Thailand

    Today was a heavy sight seeing day visiting all the main spots around Pai. The first place we visited was the Viewpoint which allowed us to see all of Pai and beyond, being able to see for miles. Since it was slightly cloudy however, we couldn't see quite as far as there was potential to see but oh well.

    Our next stop was Lod Cave. We spent an hour being guided around the cave by a local Thai lady only by lantern light which made the experience eery and mysterious. Travelling around the cave there were a lot of stairs and by the time I finished I knew the next morning my legs would feel it. To finish in the cave we got a bamboo raft all through the cave. I even got pooed on by a bat, what a treat. Can't say I was too impressed but hoping bat poo brings me luck like bird poo does when it lands on you. Finishing at the cave we sat down for lunch which was fried rice and fresh fruit, which was very much needed after the energy exhausted from walking through the cave.

    Next up was the hot spring and what a shock it was a spring with hot water. Being so hot outside I think I would have preferred it to be a few degrees cooler but it was still very enjoyable and nice to be in water after sweating out most of the fluid inside of me. After drying off we made our way to the waterfall, which was enjoyable but nothing on the one we had seen in Luang Prabang, that one will be almost impossible to beat. Nevertheless it had a lovely view at the top and was nice to see.

    Finally, the last stop was the Pai Canyon. The views were absolutely stunning, as long as you didn't look at the sheer drop down. Not being quite as grand as the Grand Canyon, it was still very impressive and was a beautiful backdrop for when the sun set.

    To finish the day, we indulged in a yummy meal at night market which I believe was thoroughly deserved after our full on day. Getting myself accustomed to the local cuisine I decided to try coconut pancakes which were an acquired taste but all the same I thoroughly enjoyed them. After spending another hour strolling the night market we decided to call it a day and get some sleep after a very good day.
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  • Day227

    Pai Nr. Zwei

    March 3 in Thailand

    Ich bleibe noch bis Dienstag im hübschen Pai & was soll ich sagen, meine Tage bestehen hauptsächlich aus chillen (am & im Pool), Yoga, Essen, Bier und Party 😁.
    Ein klein bisschen Urlaub vom reisen...

    Aber ich lern auch etwas dazu. Gestern hab ich das erste mal Acro Yoga ausprobiert & fand es super!

  • Day45

    Pai - Die Stadt im Norden

    March 29 in Thailand

    Bevor es Richtung Pai ging redeten wir noch darüber den "Dom Inthanon Nationalpark" zu besuchen, doch das hätte uns eine Umweg von 6h gekostet und so beschloss wir direkt ich Richtung Chiang Mai zu fahren.
    Die Straßen waren so Steil das wir die hälfte der Strecke im 1-2 Gang fahren mussten.

    Nach ca. 3h Fahrt war unser Ziel noch 10min entfernt, so fragte ich nach der Adresse unseres Hostel.
    Die Antwort - noch 240km & 6h...

    Ich hatte vergessen die Adresse des Nationalparks durch die Adresse von Pai zu Tauschen, und so fuhren wir 3h in die Komplett falsche Richtung.
    Um den Schock ein bisschen besser zu verarbeiten stoppten wir an einer "Tankstelle" um uns etwas trinken zu kaufen. Die Leute schauten uns an als hätten Sie noch nie Touristen an ihrer Tankstelle gehabt.
    In dieser Gegend hatten wir das erste mal in Thailand keinen Empfang für´s Handy - wir waren wohl also wirklich ab vom Schuss.

    Uns blieb nichts anderes übrig als wieder die steile, kurvige Straße zurück zu fahren...
    nach weiteren 4h (Wir aßen noch etwas auf dem Weg) waren wir wieder zurück in Chiang Mai und so konnte die Reise nach Pai fortgesetzt werden.

    Nach insgesamt knapp 12h fahrt sind wir endlich in Pai angekommen.

    In der Stadt Pai und Umgebung gibt es eigentlich garnicht so viel zu sehen, aber die Stimmung der Stadt ist super entspannend. Wir trafen coole Leute und hatten eine tolle Zeit - Meine Absolute Favoriten Stadt in Thailand!

    Morgen, nach insgesamt 5 Nächten müssen wir (schweren Herzens) in Richtung Laos aufbrechen, um nicht zu spät in China anzukommen.
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  • Day19

    Da vi ankom til Chiang Mai forelskede vi os straks i Nordthailand. For lige omkring 40 kroner fik vi alle vi et måltid aftensmad med dessert. 40 kroner, alt i alt - tilsammen. Gaderne er mindre trafikeret (særligt i den gamle bydel i centrum af byen. Her ligger der over 200 templer (hvoraf vi nøjedes med at se cirka 10) alverdens fantastiske streetfoodboder, hyggelige barer og caféer, og en masse skønne mennesker.

    Chiang Mai havde også et relativt fint museum der forklarede hele Nordthailand historie. Vi valgte at købe en “combo-ticket”, så vi kunne se alle 3 muséer, hvilket viste sig desværre at være irrelevant da de andre muséers udstilling var nærmest identiske. Men når man af en eller anden mærkelig årsag får studierabat, så gør det ikke så meget.

    Som tidligere nævnt var vi på en to dags trekking tur i junglen, hvor vi sov i en lille landsby, og undervejs fik lov at opleve hvor store elefanter egentlig er. Da vi bestilte denne tur var det delvist på grund af, at guiden i bangkok solgte det som ‘very ethical’ - “no chains, no cage, no riding”. Om det så også passede helt er vi ikke sikre på. Mens vi var til stede var elefanterne ikke i kæder, kun ‘fanget’ bag et tyndt stakit som de nemt kunne rive fra hinanden (deres snabel alene kan løfte over 800 kilo), og der var ingen der red dem. I stedet blev de madet hvorefter vi gik en tur med ved siden af dem. Ligeså snart vi kører væk, kan vi dog se de to guides sidde på ryggen af elefanterne og ride væk - og hvis man ved hvordan elefanter trænes til at tillade mennesker dette, så var det ikke så fedt at se.

    Turen fortsatte til en papirfabriks, hvor man kunne se hvordan elefantlort blev lavet om til papir. En process vi selv fik lov at være med til. Det var ganske spændene. Turen fortsatte op i bjergene, hvor selve trekkingturen begyndte. Sammen med vores nye venner (2 hollændere og en tysker med navnet Lisa, som valgte at følge med os til Pai) vandrede vi op imod toppen af et bjerg. En hård tur, men den var det hele værd. Udsigten var skøn, og øllene i den lille landsby var kolde. Den lokale “innkeeper” var derudover en yderst morsom mand, hvis humor vist ikke hører hjemme på en rejseblog ;)

    Tilbage til Chiang Mai, hvor vi alle (os 4, de to hollændere, Lisa samt en anden rejsende fra Israel) tog til en Muay Thai bokseturnering. 8 kampe, hvor der var alt fra små 9-årlige drenge der slåsede, til store fuldvoksne mænd og piger, der kæmpede 5 runder i en blodig dyst. Undervejs var der endda en særturnering, hvor folk dystede med bind for øjnene. En kampsport ingen af os selv kommer til at dyrke, men en oplevelse var det i hvert fald at se.
    Efter en bytur på en karaoke-bar besluttede vi os for at fortsætte vores færd imod Pai, et mindre “Backpacker Paradis” nord for Chiang Mai.

    Fortsættelse følger i Part 2...
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  • Day8

    Pai

    November 18, 2017 in Thailand

    From Chiang Mai it was just a 3 hour bus ride to Pai, a small village that is equally famous among the backpackers as the Thais. The feeling is really special, laid-back, relaxed and open. While Julia had a nap I went out for a snack and to explore the surroundings. Afterwards we relaxed a bit at our room until the multi plug adapter exploded. Then we went out again for the night market and tried all kinds of different foods there we also met some of the people that were on the tour with us. We teamed up and went to a pool bar a bit outside of the town until late.
    For the next day we got up pretty early to rent a motorbike because the sights are all scattered within a 20km radius around Pai. There were a giant white Buddha statue, waterfalls, a deep crack in the earth with an organic farm, a bridge from the 2nd World War and a sunset viewpoint. Definitely enough to do for a day full of entertainment :) Oh, and in the evening we celebrated there my birthday 🎂
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  • Day29

    Boomelicious Breakfast and Coffee House

    November 1, 2016 in Thailand

    We had a nice relaxing day yesterday did some sight seeing around Pai. Found an amazing breakfast and coffee place to peruse our next chapter online and make some plans. The food here is amazing and suits our tummies well. We stopped by a bookstore and I purchased a neat little card/coin trick book to try and impress Beth with some sleight of hand action. Today we ride back to Chaing Mai to tackle some admin and prep for our flight to Kathmandu tomorrow morning.Read more

  • Day193

    Pai, Thailand

    December 16, 2015 in Thailand

    I figured that over the last six months, I had properly experienced what the term "touristy" meant. I was wrong. Seemingly surrounded by more European and Australian tourists than locals, Pai was always bustling with raucous parties and white people on motorbikes. This isn't to say that it hasn't been a great experience, but it has certainly been more reminiscent of college spring breaks than of my previous 193 days of travel. A typical day in Pai includes a late morning of meeting up with friends at Western cafes, renting a motorbike to explore the caves, waterfalls, and canyons that are just outside of town, and a long night out to the bars. Needless to say, I am exhausted.Read more

  • Day108

    Pai

    January 8, 2015 in Thailand

    After just one night, we left Chiang Mai for the time being and headed up north to the alleged hippie heaven that is Pai. And it truly is nice here. We would have liked to stay a little bit longer, but now that time has become a precious resource on our travel, it just isn't possible.

    Pai is embedded in beautiful mountain scenery and has lot's to offer. But the calm retreat that attracted many people years ago is no more. That doesn't necessarily mean it is a bad thing. Along with the tourists came a lot of nice cafes, bars and restaurants and Pai is still a very nice place with an arty vibe. It is just different, we guess. However, we pretty much had our best breakfast pancake in a garden cafe here!

    On the first day we explored the town and in the evening tried to show the folks here how to properly pub quiz. Not so easy though if you are the only team consisting of non-native speakers and only 2 people. Nonetheless we had to be cheated out of one point to finish 4th and not third and thus just shy of a bottle of locally burnt whisky. Damn them! On the other hand, we won't turn blind after drinking that stuff, so we got that going for us, which is nice.

    The second day here we just spent relaxing by the local pool, had some cake, relaxed in hammocks and capped off our stay with great dinner and couple of beers (which are quite expensive here). The weather wasn't so nice anymore and the day of our departure was a rainy on all the way to Chiang Mai.
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  • Day83

    Pai and attempting to reach Nirvana

    May 17, 2017 in Thailand

    "Go to Pai, it's really cool", "have you been to Pai? it's awesome", "Man you should check out Pai", "Dude you gotta head out to Pai, it's great". Numerous sentences to that effect flowed from quite a few people I'd met, so Pai, as well as sounding delicious, seemed a popular place, so I decided it was worth a look. Worth a look it was, although getting there was a bit mad - to say the road had a few twists and turns would be the understatement of the year. It's literally just 180 u-bend after u-bend for about three hours 🤢. It was like being on a roller-coaster that didn't go upside down.

    There's really nothing much to do in this hippy town, just a lot of good vibes and a chilled atmosphere with beautiful surroundings. I rented a moped and visited a couple of waterfalls but I've been spoiled by the one in Laos so they wern't quite as stunning - still pleasant though. Pai does have a large canyon which is pretty cool and randomly there's also a land split (basically a big hole that cuts the land in half). It just appeared one day so it's become a place of interest - anything for a tourist attraction. The other thing Pai had is a couple of hot springs, you could visit. I went to one and the water looks freezing but when you step in it's pretty warm which is unusual for a what is effectively a small brook.

    I took the roller-coaster journey back to Chiang Mai. It decided to rain heavily on the way so the road was even more precarious. It continued to rain hard in Chiang Mai for 24 solid hours - I ended up playing quite a few games of cards that day! ♠♥♣♦

    Whilst I was in Chiang Mai I decided I'd try something a little different to the typical backpacker activity. I embarked on a taster Buddhist meditation retreat for two days. Basically it was an introduction to Buddhism and meditation run by Thai monks. It consisted of learning a little about Buddhism in Thailand and around the world and practising different meditation techniques. It was also a silent retreat so you weren't allowed to speak while you were there (except when you were chanting). It was strange being silent for that length of time and this was just a taster, the full retreats are for a minimum of ten days! They are supposed to be really good for you though so maybe I can progress to it one day. Shhhhhhhh. 🤐

    Anyway, despite the constant rain, it was really good. Buddhism is a fascinating and admirable philosophy (it's not a religion either, so whatever you do/dont believe, you can still practice). Like myself, most people in the group hadn't really done much meditation so we all learned it together. It's a simple concept but it is quite hard to keep focus. We did sitting meditation initially for ten minutes, by the end I could just about do a half hour although I still can't sit in the full lotus position, I'm not flexible enough, so it was more the school assembly crossed legs look for me!

    We also did walking meditation which is as ridiculous as it sounds, but surprisingly calming - you have to walk stupidly slowly and concentrate on your placing. It focuses your mind on just one thing - you definitely look like an idiot but there's something to it. Finally we did lay down meditation, it's quite difficult as you find yourself falling asleep which isn't the objective.

    The retreat was held in purpose-built centre, with simple meals and accommodation. It was run by a young guy who for a monk was very cool. He was calm (naturally) but also really engaging to listen to. On the second day we had an hour's break where we were allowed to ask him questions.

    When we finished the retreat it was slightly odd to start chatting again. Getting back to the hostel I was greeted with a wall of sound which was a bit much initially but got used to it again pretty quick. I'll definitely try and incorporate some of the meditation in day to day life though as I feel it could have some benefits. Might struggle to reach enlightenment mind! We spend a lot of time taking care of our bodies but not our mind. As the monk said "meditation is the medication of the mind"... food for thought!
    Ohm☮☯
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  • Day94

    Day 93: Still in Pai

    September 17, 2016 in Thailand

    Again, nothing happening! Just relaxing, taking it easy and recharging batteries. Went to the same nearby cafe for lunch (Lemon Thyme), and then for dinner we went to a nearby restaurant called Blue Ox. They were having an Oktoberfest special (it's not a German restaurant or anything, they just had the deal on!), so I had a pork schnitzel with saurkraut and mashed potato, while Shandos had a pork knuckle and we both had steins of beer. Good fun.

    Absolutely mammoth thunderstorm came through in the late afternoon but that was about it for the day!
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