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May 30, 2006 - Pai

I followed my friends advice and I went all the way up to Pai in the very north of the country! Pai is just a small town in the middle of the montains and it is very relax! The landscapes are totally amazing. We rented scooters and drove around the area! That was loads of fun despite the fact thast we got caught in the rain... Anyway today is my last day in Thailand (for the moment) and tonite I am taking the bus to the Laos border and from there I will get on a 2 days cruise down the Mekong river till the city of Luang Pragan... New...

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Apr 26, 2006 - From beach to hills - Chiang Mai #2

Wow, just in the nick of time. Things in Nepal seem to be heading in the right direction and we're due to fly there on Friday, 2 days from now. The BBC report I just read says that Friday will be the day that Parliament will be re-instated in Nepal. So, it seems, that we will be arriving on a rather historic day. Well, maybe not that historic - the country has a long history of political turmoil and monthly general strikes, but maybe this time democracy will have a chance to develop some staying power. We had been watching the goings on in...

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Apr 3, 2006 - The Motor Scooter Diaries Part 2 : Tham Lod and Cave Lodge

Straight out of Pai and the road twisted and turned for 30kms and then we coasted all the way down the next 10! Green hills, not burned and very scenic! Heading along the road another 10kms to a small Chan Village called Ban Lod near Soppong which was our stop for the night (or 2? read on...) We had read about an Ozzie who moved out here in the 80's and married a local Chan Woman. An avid Caver, John Spires is famous in the caving world and has written for Nat Geographic and lots of global magazines. The lodge rests on the edge of the Pai...

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Apr 1, 2006 - The Motor Scooter Diaries - Part 1 : Journey to Pai

Rented a scooter and we are doing the Mae Hong Son Loop (600km) famous in Thailand for a REAL look at how the Burmese and old Thai tribes live amoung the Karst mountains. A well paved road over two mountain passes lead us towards our first night on the loop. People were warning us that the road was dangerous but it was a doddle...we even got rain for 5 mins (a relief when it's 40 degrees). The scenery was nice and no evidence of massive burning so the horizon was clear and the views...nice. Rolled into Pai and you can see that it is a...

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Mar 30, 2006 - 3 day Elephant Trek on the Burmese Border

Having settled into the CM way-of-life we decided to go into the surrounding countryside and do a bit of walking and to ride some elephants. We booked with a great group of people we had met in our guesthouse (Chileans, Swedes and a French Mademoiselle). First day was very diluted and we started walking at half one in the afternoon (the hottest part of the day) and at first glance the whole countryside is burning or burnt! It would appear that just before the wet season the native villagers slash and burn the forests? This is so that they...

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Mar 20, 2006 - Pai

Mon 20th March: Slept in again today, But we managed to catch the 2pm bus to Pai. This was a pretty layed back trip. There were only 4 people in the mini bus which ment we could spread out and have a bit of a snooze. Got into Pai at about 5:30pm found a nice bungalow (the first one we looked at) and headed out for a bit of a exploration. It workes out the restaurant attached to our guesthouse is very cheep and has great food. night of cards and beers and to bed. Tues 21st March: Today was a scorcher about 45 degrees, But we decided to hire...

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Feb 24, 2006 - PAI - hippies and hammocks

We're now in Pai in the far north of Thailand. Its our fav place so far - Pai is full of hippies, stoners, artists and musicians and is very chilled and laid back. I've heard Bob Marley playing in about 5 diff places now. We're staying in a bamboo/wooden hut right next to the river with hammocks and wooden jetty lounging areas everywhere.

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Feb 20, 2006 - Northern Thailand

Up in the Chiang Mai area and headed North and West from there. Most of the cave pictures are from the first entry are from the Northwestern district up near a village called Mae Lana, NW of Pai. I stayed there 5 days hiking and exploring caves and the forest, or what left of it in the north near the Myanmar border. Decided for now not to visit Myanmar as there is still a military dictatorship and a tourist boycot, but its very tempting, (only because I know I could support local villages with my money) but now I'm heading to Lao via the...

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Itchy Feet

Feb 18, 2006 - Elephant River Ceremony in Pai

Travel guides describe Pai ( Bye ) as one of the most beautiful destinations in Thailand, with the friendliest people ( hard to keep one uping this category ), great food, arts, music and versatile extra curricular activities. We have sampled a bit of everything here which has always included a good dose of friendly locals. It's a growing little community with a huge valley to expand into, hopefully it will be able to retain it's charm and tranquility. The local restaurants specialties combine Burmese and Northern Thai cuisines featuring...

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Feb 17, 2006 - Pai (03/02/06)

Pai est une petite ville un peu endormie qui accueille pas mal de touristes, de passage et de plus longue durée... On apprécie Pai pour son atmosphère décontractée, son climat agréable car un peu en altitude, et son cadre, une vallée au milieu des collines ou coule une petite rivière. Pai ist ein verschlafenes Städtchen, das ziemlich viel Touristenbesuch bekommt, die meisten für kurze Zeit, einige auf Dauer... Pai ist angenehm aufgrund der entspannten Atmosphäre und der Umgebung: ein Tal inmitten der Berge, durch das ein Flüsschen fliesst.

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Jan 27, 2006 - Luonnon helmassa pohjoisessa 16.-21.1.2006

Kapea ja pelkkia neulansilmamutkia taynna oleva tie vei meidat Chiang Maista Pang Ma Phahan. Jo bussissa saimme ensimakua vuoristokansoista, silla istuin 5 tuntia litistyneena Lisu-naisten, seka heidan lastensa ja pussukoidensa valissa. Pang Ma Phasta huristimme 8 km mopotaksilla Bat Tham Lodin kylaan, josta loytyy Cave Lodge. Halusimme kauas pois luonnon helmaan lahelle vuoristokylia ja siihen Cave Lodge on otollinen paikka. Se sijaitsee joen rannalla korkealla vuoristossa, eika ymparilla ole yhtaan matkamuistomyymalaa, nettikahvilaa tai...

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Jan 24, 2006 - Pai

I took the train to Chiang Mai and got directly on a bus to Pai. I arrived in the early afternoon and all I wanted to do is take a shower and eat. I found Baan Tawaan guest house after several times asking and settled myself in. It looked nice, sitting right along the river. There were hammocks, a deck and swings. After walking around for a while I felt good about this town. It is smaller than the other towns I had visited, and much more laid back. No tuk tuks, no streets filled with food stalls. There are plenty of restaurants here, and...

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