On our way back to Chiang Mai we stopped in Pai for a few days, which turned into a week. First order of business, after about 5 weeks of rice and rice noodles I started craving Western food, especially bread! We went to Burger Queen (no relation) three times this week, mmmm. The burgers were decent, but the fries with homemade mayonnaise were the real winner.
My love affair with the Land Split continues. This time I brought a book and enjoyed several hours of (relative) solitude before any other visitors stopped in. And, yes, I am wearing hippie pants. First I promised I’d never buy them because they look ridiculous, then I got eaten alive by mosquitoes and these help protect my legs at night. Next, I said I’d never wear them in public, well its hot and these are lightweight and protect me from the sun. Still not a huge fan, on this occasion it was laundry day so I didn’t have much choice.
|I have been binge reading biographies for the last several months. Nothing like Daughter of China with a side of hibiscus tea.|
|Passion fruit trellis decorating the walkway to the toliets|
|Soybean fields turning golden brown as the rainy season tapers off|
On the way down the hill from the Land Split Tee stopped and talked with some women harvesting peanuts. They suggested visiting the nearby Muang Pai Stone Forest.
|Hibiscus growing on the left.|
This little visited park is home to ferns, orchids and a beautiful view.
|My plant terminology is escaping me at the moment….these have very long ??|
|I stopped to photograph the previous white beauty and found this orchid tucked away behind a huge leaf.|
|Ferns, moss, and lichen, a plant taxonomists paradise.|
|Checking out the view below|
While out for a walk we stumbled upon the artsy corner of Pai; home to a mircobrewery and The Fruit Factory, which I was a bit disappointed to find was an upscale restaurant, not a fruit stand. It does have great ice cream, including the most amazing passion fruit ice cream that caused my taste buds to scream with delight. I would expect to find these buildings in Berkeley or Seattle not in a mountain town of 2,000 in northern Thailand.
I celebrated my 31st birthday in Pai, a much mellower affair than last year. Yoga overlooking the Pai River, passion fruit ice cream, a bruising Thai massage, a surprise birthday cake, spicccccy curry, and a giant passion fruit mojito.
|First birthday abroad, this year should be an interesting one|
|Tasty passion fruit mojito at Almost Famous|
“Oh, we haven’t been down this road yet”. This often uttered phrase is usually followed by us bouncing down a rutted road to see ….
|Rice harvest starts next month|
|Rice hay used to feed livestock during the summer.|
Then, just one more stop at the Land Split to round put our time in Pai.
|Cheers to our next adventure|
Next stop: Chiang Mai, round 3.