I was going to make this post about the town of Pai itself, but I think I’ll save that for when I actually leave this Thai hippie haven. I want to give it the full treatment. Anything less would be un-Thai-like.
Instead, I’m going to put you through a boring slideshow, and tell you a wee bit about the scooter trip I did yesterday. (Not to be confused with the biking trip in Ayutthaya I did a few days ago.)
First off, scooter rentals are cheap here – only 100 Baht (about $3.30 USD) for 24 hours. I spent more on gas today that I did on the rental. But I think that’s pretty much the case wherever you are these days.
Since it was almost noon by the time we (yes, I’m still in the company of those Canadians) got our scooter on, we decided to just do the southern Pai loop.
Our first stop was Pai Canyon which is a bordered by a high eroded cliff. The ridges are narrow. Too narrow for this clumsy fella’s liking.
Yes, this is my foot.
But the view is pretty amazing.
Not far from Pai Canyon is the Memorial Bridge. Built by the Japanese in 1942 to transport supplies to Burma during World War II.
Further down highway 1095, acres of rice fields span the horizon.
A popular spot to grab some great photos at sunset is the aptly named Sunset View.
At the top of the hill is Wat Mae Yen. Disappointing to say the least. I had visions of some grandiose temple, monks in deep meditation, virgins being sacrificed. Wait, I’m pretty sure Buddhists don’t do that. In any case, a little more wat and a little less yen would have been nice.
Our final stop was the Mo Paeng Waterfall. It’s no Niagara Falls, but still worth a stop.
On the way out, we spotted this little black furry caterpillar. Apparently if you touch it with your hand, they give you a rash and cause your arm to swell up. Or so the owner of our guesthouse says. I will do some digging in the coming days and get to the bottom of this one.
And I am just now noticing I don’t actually have a photo of the scooter. Stay tuned, I’m pretty sure I can pull that one off in the coming days too…