So there is a little town called Pai about a 3 hour drive from Chiang Mai. Its sort of known as a backpacker party town. But there are also a lot of interesting things to see and do in that area. I’d heard a lot about it, and was happy when a chance came to go check it out with some friends.
Luckily I was able to just tag along again while other people organized everything. Big thank you to my Chiang Mai friends for being cool like that.
Anyways, we rented a car for 3 days and decided to make a weekend of it.
The drive was quite pretty and interesting. I had heard that some people just drive their scooter or motorbike there but we found that there was a lot of dusty, dirty, construction areas, and it was hard to imagine a motorbike being a good idea.
None of us really knew what we were going to do once we got to Pai so on the way we looked up some of the sites. One of the attractions mentioned repeatedly was something called the “Land Crack.” Basically there was this farmer who’s land randomly developed a large crack due to some strange soil erosion. So he decides to turn it into a tourist attraction. Anyways, this Land Crack was on the way to Pai so we decided to check it out.
The crack itself was a little underwhelming. But what made this experience cool was they provide some food and snacks that they grow and make there on the property. These included fresh papaya, banana chips, passion fruit, sweet potatoes, peanuts, and this juice and jam they make out of a plant called a roselle plant, which I had never heard of.
Overall it was a nice and relaxing time. The farmer and his staff were very friendly. They also don’t actually charge anything for the snacks or to see the Land Crack. They just ask for you to make a donation of whatever you feel it was worth.
While we were in the area of the Land Crack we checked out a little waterfall.
Off to Pai.
We stayed in these cute little bungalow things.
So since there were 6 of us and only 3 beds we all got to double up, but everyone kept their hands to themselves as far as I know, so it all worked out fine.
We had a fun and long night out in the town.
The next day we decided to check out the Pai canyon.
Then on the way home we checked out some hot springs. I didn’t get hardly any pictures of the hot springs. Basically you can walk up to the hottest ones that is, according to a nearby sign, about 80 degrees celsius. And apparently you can boil eggs in them. They have these long sticks with baskets on the end that you can use and you can also buy eggs somewhere.
Anyways, the hottest springs then flow down over this wide area and the water cools down. Then it gathers in these little pool areas that you can swim in. As you get farther away from the top the temperature gradually gets lower. The ones we swam in were about 32 degrees celsius if I remember right.
Also on the way to the hot spring we randomly saw some elephants on the side of the road.
So, overall it was a really fun trip. I had an amazing time with some amazing people. And if you are ever in Chiang Mai, be sure to checkout Pai.