by Regin Reyno
I didn't know that place existed before, but it was referred to me by Lois Yasay , a travel blogger and backpacker from the Philippines. Knowing I am in Thailand, she told me to visit Pai as it is her favorite place in Thailand. So since then, I was curious and planned to visit that place in which many backpackers describe is as "laid-back" and according ti Lois, its "romantic". I even asked some of my students about it and some of them have been there and told me it's really beautiful especially in December where the temperature drops.
After an overnight bus trip, we reached Chiang Mai. My friends stayed in Chiang Mai as they are going to do an elephant trek while I went to Pai alone. I went to the bus station and there are the vans going to Pai.
Pai is a small town in Mae Hong Son province, northern Thailand. And vans in the Chiang Mai bus station go there every 30 minutes for 150 baht (US$4.83).
After 4 hours through zig zag roads with beautiful mountain and forest scenery, I finally arrived in Pai town proper. I departed Chiang Mai at around 4pm, and when I arrived in Pai, it was already dark, around 8pm. I immediately noticed a different atmosphere. I different aura. It's like a combination of the aura of touristy Banaue at night and Khaosan rd. in Bangkok minus the loud music and crazy people. Lots of backpackers line up the street.
A very beautiful guesthouse located on a hill overlooking Pai river. It is so relaxing, so serene with all the nature surrounding you. It has a balcony and hammock wherein you could relax and just do nothing. A perfect place for relaxation. A paid 300 baht (US$9.67) per night, no AC (who needs AC in Pai?), for a bungalow.
|view from the balcony of our bungalow|
|One of the hill tribes in Pai selling souvenirs|
|laid-back street of Pai|
eating mushroom barbecue along the streets of Pai
There are waterfalls nearby and you can rent a motorbike to explore them.
|the waterfalls near Pai|
from Bangkok take a bus in Mochit Station going to Chiang Mai or you can also take a plane. Airasia, Nok Air, Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways have direct flights to Chiang Mai from Bangkok
Bus fare: 350-500 baht one way (US$11.27-US$16.10)
travel duration: 8-10 hours
plane fare: 1,000-3,000 baht one way (US$32.22-US$96.65)
travel duration: 1 hour
In Chiang Mai, there are vans going to Pai in the bus station
van fare: 150 baht (US$4.83)
travel duration: 4 hours
300 baht (US$9.67)/night fan room(bungalow)
150 baht (US$4.83)/night dormitory
-Just take a motorbike in the town proper and tell the driver to take you to Darling Guesthouse
|this shirt says it all|
Have you ever had an experience wherein you had a vacation from your vacation? Where was it?