On our first morning in Pai, our second day of being in the mountains, Mike and I woke up in heaven. It was quite a chilly morning but the sun was shining and it was so beautifully quiet up in the hills outside the town – just us and the roosters and the occasional motorbike on the main road. I hadn’t been this relaxed in a long time and it was amazing.
Take a look at the video above to see a quick account of our day, or take a look at the photos below of this town and its beautiful surrounds. Seriously guys, I don’t even have words to tell you how much I love Pai. It’s just lovely.
Once we were up, we walked into town to get some breakfast and took a different route to the road we’d followed to find our guesthouse the night before. Google Maps told us there was a back street that would take us to the bamboo bridge so we followed our noses down the most beautiful village path. For those new to my blog, I spent a lot of time volunteering in remote Thai villages in my teens and early 20s, and although Pai is much more busy and bustling that it apparently used to be, this quiet path reminded me so much of the hilltribe villages I’d spent so much time in.
Peaceful village life in Thailand is just something else. I’ve not encountered anything like it in the Western world.
To get to the bamboo bridge we walked through a beautiful resort called Baan Pai Riverside (which would be lovely and convenient to stay at I’m sure). We then made our way to the main street where we got a delicious breakfast at a place run by a family of gorgeous sisters and then decided how we were going to spend our day.
We had intended to rent some motorbikes to do some exploring but it didn’t work out (Mike wasn’t too comfortable on the bike so in the end we decided to just get transport to see the sights). So we chilled out in town for a bit and then hired a guy to drive us out into the hills, where we visited one of the falls close to Pai, Mor Paeng Waterfall.
After we came back from the waterfall, we spent a little bit of time chilling out in our lovely guesthouse and then headed back into town to get some dinner and explore more of the Pai Walking Street. During winter, Pai’s Walking Street is actually so big that it’s hard to see the whole thing in just one evening. So if you are there for a few days, multiple visits are a must!
Stay tuned to see what we did on our third day in Pai!
Have you ever been to Pai? Have you been to any of the locations I showed you in this post and vlog? Let’s discuss it in the comments!