Oh Pai how I adore you.
When I last wrote I was just leaving the city of Ayutthaya to head for the second largest city in Thailand Chiang Mai. Some plans had changed in the process and I ended up in a little town fours north of Chiang Mai called Pai.
The reason for the switch was my long 10hr bus ride to ChiangMai was a very uncomfortable one. I had taken the government bus and by the time I got on a little Thai lady had reclined her seat in front of me all the way. This is not like the reclining on greyhound buses. Much worse. They recline pretty much at 75% of a laying down position. This caused me to basically hang in the isle of the bus the whole trip. Ending in very little sleep.
Once I arrived in Chiang Mai at the bus station in the wee hours of the morning. Aka 5am I was slammed instantly as I got off the bus by tuktuk and taxi drivers to get my ride. It’s a little much to handle first thing in the morning. So I made the rash decision to see if I could just hit up Pai right off the bat - and awesomely it worked out. I ended up boarding a local bus to Pai in under 15mins! Huzzah!
The ride to Pai was incredible. You literally zigzag they the mountains. Sharp turns and all that wonderful was that it actually made a little nauseous after 3 hours of it.
The first thing to normally do when you arrive in a new place is to find a place to stay. Not really Having any place in mind to begin with I just started to wonder. My legs needed a good stretch anyways. After wondering for 15-20mins I seen some girls that took the bus with me up here come from this sort of alley way and I thought to myself. Hmm what’s down this way. Away I went to go explore - and came up to a little rickety bamboo bridge that lea across the river to a few places.
The next thin I knew I was booked in a cute place that had bamboo bungalows an wonderful staff.
I kept my first day and well many of the days to follow pretty low key.
My first night I had the pleasure of helping the owner - ms. Sarah prepare a meal for the guests of Indiana Cottage - as well as meet many if them. By golly can that girl cook. Se made sooo much food. Super spicy green curry (nom nom) stemmed rice, spring rolls, massaman curry, a noodle dish and something else that I can’t remember right now. All I it was so good. She does this for no cost - for the love o cooking and sharing with her new friends.
There was a really cool crew at the place that we ended up hanging out for the evening till the wee hours o the morning drinking - sharing stories and laughs. Probably the first time I’ve met a large group of people that just instantly jived together.
My second day I just lingered about. Hanging out in different shaded areas. Ate more yummy food. Talk to me moms gave her an update. Walked thru the night market. Oh got a message. Just a really chilled day. Also ate some amazing pumpkin spring rolls. I realize I talk bout food lots. But there is an abundance and they are all so good!!
After my lasting about for two three days I thought it was time to hit some action and I made my way back to Chiang Mai on the local bus I came on. To my surprise they will pak that bus silly. Before we left there was over 50 people for a 30 seat bus. Yes there had to be people standing. And yes I was one of them. Let me tell you after standing for three hours sitting never felt so good. Don’t forget the path back is super zigzaggy!!! Oi vey.
Needless to say I made it into Chiang Mai - had some small issues finding a place before dark but luck is on my side a little as I found this small gem to stay at.
I have no luck with buses here tho. :( might hit up a train next to see if that’s any better. Haha.
Lots of new adventures already had here which I’ll share on another day. Must go book a cooking class and I get to spend a day with elephants tomorrow !! Eee exciting.
Till next time!
P.s. if you’d like a postcard send me an email! My time is coming to end soon! So hurry!!