About 130 km northwest of Chiang Mai is the hippie city Pai, a little town with a lot of style and many things to do. For many people is the way to Pai just a journey that hopefully ends fast, for us it was the most enjoyable road trip! Our road trip to Pai started […]
About 130 km northwest of Chiang Mai is the hippie city Pai, a little town with a lot of style and many things to do.
For many people is the way to Pai just a journey that hopefully ends fast, for us it was the most enjoyable road trip!
Our road trip to Pai started at six am perfectly for the sunrise. Unfortunately it takes almost an hour to get out of the city Chiang Mai, but anyway the sunrise was amazing: one big red ball was slowly rising up.
After the first 25 km we noticed that our asses will suffer a lot during the journey. Although our scooter seems pretty comfortable, kilometre by kilometre we felt the bones of our bums more.
Have you ever tried Thai Tea? You have to when you’re in Thailand! It’s absolutely a taste orgasm. The tea was our safer of tiredness and the break at the orange box the perfect timing before heading up the mountains letting one bend after the other behind us.
Here we are – bends! Sharp and wide, small and big bends – everything! Even our small scooter made it up and down the mountain. We guess this road is the perfect spot for big motorcycles and bends lover. In total people say on the road from Chiang Mai to Pai there are about 762 bends. 😀
We are so happy to were pushed by our friends to make that trip by scooter. We wouldn’t have wanted to sit sleepy in a mini van hoping the trip will end soon, no! Driving the own scooter, stopping everywhere and whenever was freedom pure.
We stopped for taking pictures of the road construction workers, for the landscapes, for Yoga, for relaxing our asses, for recording, for drinking and eating.
Things you should know before heading to Pai by your own vehicle:
- People drive so crazy and might cutting the curves. So be aware!
- Stopping for having breakfast, lunch or dinner is almost impossible in the middle of the road.
- Be sure to put enough petrol. On the road there is hardly any gas station.
- The road is in good condition almost everywhere. But don’t get used to it! Now and then there are bad parts.
One day in Pai
Wat Phra That Mae Yen: In the morning the boys went to the big Buddha on the mountain for the sunrise. Many locals went there to pray. It was a nice ambience and a beautiful view.
Hot springs: After they came back it started to rain. Suddenly it was really cold so we decided to have a relaxing time in the hot springs.
There are several hot springs in Pai. Some ask for more some for less money. We paid 20 Bath per person for entering the National Park.
The spot we went to wasn’t unknown anymore. Many people joined us from time to time, so better you go there early or very late. But we enjoyed the crystal clear and hot water anyway.
One of the highlights was the path! Our Thai friend from the guesthouse gave us a ride with his jeep.
I think we never have seen such steep streets! In the car it seemed like we reverse, fortunately not! But it can happen that you have to drop of your co-pilot for getting up – we saw some, fun factor pure.
Pai Canyon: Just directly after our car trip we took our motorcycles and headed to the Canyon of Pai for the sunset. What an incredible place! The first steps are nothing for people with fear of heights. A narrow path leaded to the most beautiful spots of the Canyon. There are also places where you have to climb a bit, so take good shoes!
Flying the drone, taking pictures and of course living the moment of mother natures, that was Pai Canyon J We totally can recommend that spot, we loved it!
In the evening there are lots of bars in the centre that offer variety of things for everybody. Just have a walk you will find the perfect spot for yourself!
Our personal resume
The road to Pai was definitely our highlight of the trip.
In the town you will find many bars and shops with a nice ambience. Might be a bit more touristic but it just depends where you go.
The nature around the city is awesome. Can’t tell you more, you have to go there!
The trip to Pai and the trips in Pai worth it so much!
For motorbiker might be interesting the Mae Hong Son Loop. Discover the north of Thailand by motorbike and enjoy the 600km loop. We heart about that loop in Pai, unfortunately too late to do it.
We stayed in Pai two nights and headed back to Chiang Mai again. But we think there is a lot more to discover in that region.
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