I arrived in Pai on the 10th and got here by bus. I booked through my hostel and was picked up by Aya service. The journey to Pai took about 3.5hrs with 1 stop. It was quite a windy drive but we had AC and there wasn’t too many on the bus. From Pai, I rang my hostel to come pick me up. I’m staying at The Famous Pai Circus Hostel and it’s like nothing I’ve experienced before. I was booked in. To a dorm but due to maintenance I was upgraded to a hut. The hut has a futon, bamboo flooring and walls, a roof made from straw and leaves, a mosquito net and fan. There’s gaps in the floor and you can hear chickens from dawn. I absolutely love it! The hostel itself is so charming and they’ve always got something going on. There’s yoga twice a day, Circus training, a slack line, pool, restaurant and bar. The view is incredible looking over the country side.
The first night there was a family dinner (all you can eat buffet) and a fire show. After the show a few of us headed down to the village to check out some of the bars. We ended up in ‘Don’t Cry’ which was really good! It’s a really busy spot with lots of neon, outside sitting areas and LOTS of reggae!
The following day I was up early to do a trek to the Mae Yen Waterfalls. This is about a 2.5/ 3 hr walk through the forest and you cross over many streams and up the side of a steep hill but once you get there, it’s all worth it! The waterfall has two pools that you can swim in. The water is pretty cold as well so it’s really refreshing after the hike. For the evening, I grabbed some food in the hostel and made my way back to the village to meet a couple of people. The nightlife in Pai is brilliant, with a more relaxed vibe than Chiang Mai. The only thing you have to watch out for are scooters – which are everywhere! You can rent these in the village for really cheap, all you have to do is leave your passport with the company and pay when you return the moped. When you walk around Pai (and Chiang Mai for that matter) every other person has battle wounds from falling, crashing or being run over by one of these bikes. My one regret is not getting one myself, I’ll know for next time! 🙂
On Tuesday I met up with Jaap (from Deejai’s in Chiang Mai) and we grabbed some Street food and had a walk around the market. The vibe in this place is so nice, you could easily stay forever! Today I’m going to head back to Chiang Mai, a day earlier than expected. It’s Songkran at the moment (traditional Thai new year) and there’s water festivals on all over Thailand until the 16th. There’s literally water fights everywhere! Wish me luck!!
I’ve uploaded pictures in the Gallery!