I planned to stay in Pai for 5 days and 11 days later I am still here.
|Basic, yet sufficient|
|All I need in life: mosquito net, hammock and a bamboo hut overlooking Pai.|
This small quiet country road is where I practice riding the scooter. The soybean fields and rice paddies are so lush during the rainy season that it is hard for me to keep my eyes on the road.
|Soya fields outnumber rice paddies in many areas around Pai|
|On my 10th day in Pai I finally learned how to ride a scooter|
More often I am on the back of the motor bike as we tour the back roads around Mae Hong Son looking for hot springs, waterfalls, caves and other adventures that require hiking many kilometers, in flip flops of course.
|Touring the countryside with Tee|
|A beautiful meditation center on the way to Mae Hong Son|
|Looking for teak coffins in Tham Phu Man Caves in Pang Ma Pha|
|Ginger near the Tham Phu Man caves where a monkey scampered up the side of a cliff to keep an eye on us|
On the road to Pembok Falls is a unique tourist destination, The Land Split. Here you are served delicious fresh hibiscus tea, passionfruit, longan, banana, peanuts, potatoes, tamarind jam and banana chips. All he asks for in return is a donation and for you to sign his guestbook.
|The generous and tasty spread. I can’t wait to go back.|
Visiting the newly constructed White Buddha that looks over Pai and can be seen from miles away.
|Three loooooong sets of stairs take you to the top|
At the Pai Hot Springs, bamboo poles and baskets are provided for boiling eggs in a pool that bubbles at a toasty 80 C.
Bamboo and teak are the building materials of choice in northern Thailand. Bamboo bridges and ladders are very common and you will find huge beautiful teak tables at the tiniest roadside noodle shops. The road from town to my place includes crossing this bamboo bridge over the raging Pai River
Hiked for several kilometers crisscrossing a creek and killing a pair of flip flops before giving up on the Mae Yen waterfall.
|Crabs moving to higher ground as the creek floods|
|Many types of ginger are found in the jungle outside of Pai|
|This vine looks like a stairway (to Heaven)|
|My favorite find of the day|
|Lovely orchids on the way to Mae Yen waterfall|