09.12.2011 - 13.12.2011 26 °C
Pai is a little village in the moutainous north of Thailand. Although it does not have much more than guest houses, restaurants and souvenir shops, it has a lot of charm. There is the setting in the valley next to the river but Pai is also a bit arty. All guest houses, restaurants and souvenir shops seem to make style a competition and that is a very nice change from the rest of Thailand.
Every night on the main street of Pai traffic makes place for souvenir and food stalls and the Hell's Angels!
Pai is an ideal place for 'dolce far niente' for a couple of days but I could not sit on my arse for long, so I went rafting on the river Pai for two days. Although the river is really low, hence the rafting quite slow, because of the dry season, I was lucky enough to get the craziest captain of the four rafting boats. Captain Chicken still managed to flip over our boat on the first day. He liked hitting rocks and going backwards through rapids which sometimes resulted in man or men overboard, so good fun.
If you would ever drop by Pai and look for accommodation, do not worry, there is plenty of it!