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Apr 2, 2011 - Pai

Up at 7.30am today to get the bus to Pai! We stopped off at the train station to check prices back to Bangkok on our way. Was very expensive so think were going to catch a bus. We never slept on the train anyway! Weighed ourselves today, have both lost 1 stone! All the walking is paying off! Waited for the bus at 10.30am. The bus!!! It was mental. The first hour was ok, just going through town. Then we hit the mountains! Apparently there are over 700 bends on the road to Pai! We can definitely believe that. It was like a road you see on the...

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Mar 1, 2011 - Pai again

Sorry we destroyed our Map. We hope we can reAIR IT any time. Pai ias, as we said in the title from this Entry in the It's very hot in Pai. North-ThAILAnd's hot season is starting. We have a bungalow - they called it the honeymoon-suite and the young receptionist was smiling as she told us. So we ENJOY our secon honeymoon in the mountains from Northern Thailand. Lilo bought a walking stick for Peter. Since any days he had problems with his legs but we belive, with more training it will be better.

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Jan 8, 2011 - Love in Pai !!

Our next destination was Pai, a small village in the mountains about 3 hours north-west of Chiang Mai ! In the past, the village had a population of about 3000 people where a few hippies and backpackers went on jungle treks or canoe trips and/or just hung out in bamboo A-frame huts along the local river. The town is now booming with local tourists as it was recently used as the setting for two popular romantic Thai movies and the population has increased to 25,000 over the last 10 years. Hundred's of resorts, guesthouses and campings have...

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Nov 24, 2010 - loi krathong & hippies

Sam and I had a wonderful time in Chiang Mai the past few days. Sunday night there was a street festival in town with all kinds of delicious and strange Thai foods, hand made crafts, and all kind of goodies to buy. It was awesome. The festival, Loi Krathong, or lantern festival, began the day before and continued into Monday night. After the market on Sunday, we watched the parade through town complete with beautifully made up Thai people, bright floats, and lanterns. The parade led everyone to the river in town, where people brought...

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Feb 11, 2010 - Pai.

11 February. After a night of good sleep and once again a very cold morning, it is time for me to continue my trip out of the Mae Hong Son Province, today’s trip will be the 44 km long trip to Pai. Pai have during the last years became some sort of a “Khao San Road” of the north of Thailand, a huge meeting place for backpackers. Despite that Pai is a rather small town and itself rather uninteresting; there are plenty of hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and bars. For sure Pai have a lot of charm and very much worth to visit.

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Sep 18, 2009 - Peaceful as Pai

Whiled away the first part of the day with my book and a delicious breakfast after a morning run. My initial plan to do a bit of a walk was initially thwarted by heavy monsoon rain. Once that cleared I headed out of town to the (inspired by my great experience on the river Khong earlier in the week) Mae Yen waterfall, about 7km away.. But it was not to be. No signs anywhere and not being even remotely able to use a compass I had to go back after 3 or 4 kms. Instead I visited the local Pagoda or Temple on the Hill. It would be very easy to...

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Susan ar Strae 2009

Sep 17, 2009 - Mud in your eye in the river Pai

Today was white water rafting down the Khong and Pai rivers. It was good fun and not as scary as I had imagined. I believe we were on Level 4 (there are 6 levels) rapids. No one went over.. En route we had lunch at some Hot Springs. The mudbaths were great. We ended up the day close to Mae Hong Son in the National Park. We were driven back to Pai for 6pm. I had a nice meal and decided to spend the evening chilling (as one does in Pai) and read my book til the wee hours. One of the joys of travelling.. never having to interrupt a good read!

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Susan ar Strae 2009

Sep 16, 2009 - Adventures in Pai

I booked an Overnight Trekking Plus White Water Rafting 2 day trip with Pai Adventure. They picked me up at 8am (I was feeling remarkably fresh and no major hangover despite the late night the night before so I figure the Sang Som rum does not have a Jameson Whiskey-like punch to it..thank Buddha). We were all ferried to a place about an hour away and there I met my trekking companions - Sarah from US and her boyfriend Jamie from Oz. Fortunately for me I had a pair of thin anti-blister running socks with me. The 'hiking shoes' we were...

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Susan ar Strae 2009

Sep 15, 2009 - Pai by day and by night

So far I have found it easy enough to find places to run since arriving in Asia. The roads are usually well surfaced and enough signage to know where I am going though they don't tend to put distances in many places. What is more difficult is to find the inclination but I seem to be managing to do something every 2-3 days which is not bad I guess. This morning I ran about 8-9 km. Most runners dislike dogs as they tend to take particular interest in having a go at our ankles. The Dogs here (of which there are many) are all very placid. A bit...

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Susan ar Strae 2009

Sep 14, 2009 - Pretty as Pai

It was very warm in CM so I took an early morning bus to Pai. I'd heard alot of good reports about Pai. It is a pretty town northwest of Chiang Mai famous as a backpacker chill out spot.. Reputedly it was on the seventies hippie trail and its laid back atmosphere continues today. I arrived in the afternoon rain and got a place by the river Pai - a bungalow. Most of the guesthouses are down by the river. In keeping with the hippie atmosphere I bought some long hippie trousers and a crisp white shirt at the market - part of My Anti Mosquito...

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Susan ar Strae 2009

Jun 12, 2009 - Pai :)

We're leaving Pai today :( We have a slow boat booked to Laos leaving at 8 tonight and getting to Luang Prabang God knows when. All I know is that we get to the Lao border at 3 am later tonight. I can imagine it will be about as pleasant as 2 trips from Chiang Mai to Pai. Not looking forward to it, especially since our bags are being kept with all the other people bags who will be doing the same trip and we saw about 8 sitting there... We've been having really great weather in Pai, which is nice after the monsoons of Chiang Mai. Yesterday...

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Jun 11, 2009 - Chiang Mai and the road to Pai...

Hey everyone! I wish I had time to reply back to everyone's messages individually, but as it turns out internet is getting slower and slower as we move along! Chiang Mai was awesome! So much culture and so many nice people. That's what Garreth and I have really noticed here in Thailand: the people are so nice! Even with a language barrier, the people still go out of their way to help you out as much as they can. Last night we were looking for a gas station and couldn't find one, so we asked a Thai couple on another scooter, they couldn't...

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