“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins
I stumble to figure out how to begin to capture the immense beauty of Pai via words. If you had met me in Thailand, you would have experienced me rambling for thirty minutes on why you must cancel all your plans and go to Pai immediately. And I apologize to the few reading this who I did that to, oopsie 😉 No apologizes to you Cleo, I am going to keep at it until you go.
I have been truly fortunate enough to experience the immense beauty found throughout this world; if you would have asked me where the most breathtaking place I have ever visited was, I would have said South Africa without missing a beat. However, after spending two short days in Pai, it is now hands down the most alluring and breathtaking place I have ever visited.
I stayed in this absolute darling hostel made up of two very comfortable rooms, and an incredibly helpful and lovely Thai local who lived on site. His family owned the hostel and he ran it for them, and he was one of the most generous and kind person I’ve ever met. He carried my pack for me on his scooter so I didn’t have to carry it on mine while heading to the bus station. Gush Gush!
The hostel was located right in town, which made walking to the night market, and dozens of bar, cafes, and live music spots very convenient. It also made for traveling around town to be very easy, being that it was right off of the main road leading to all the fun sights to see! It’s a must stay for a night in Pai!
I could write a novel on all the sights to see in Pai, and all the things you must do. But I will go with the top must do, and leave the rest for you to explore on your next trip… to Pai!!
A really helpful map of Pai, for you from me! <~ click me!
I hopped on a scooter for the first time in my life, and spent 5 hours scooting around the town from top to bottom, with so many breathtaking views along the way! I couldn’t go more than 10 minutes with having to pull over to capture the beauty of the mountains engulfing the town. I indulged in my inner hippie for two days straight, and couldn’t have blended in more. It was glorious really!
Pai is full of natural hot springs, and even with it being 95 degrees with 93% humidity, you best believe I was not skipping out on a chance to relax my body in that glory! Getting to the hot spring was a true experience in itself, and was as a common occurrence in Thailand, a test of my deep bravery.
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to
yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
For thirty minutes straight I had to drive my scooter up and down a mountain, the only way to describe this drive would be to have you imagine the first incline and drop on your favorite roller coaster. Now imagine making that drive on a scooter, five times. I was terrified, every time I got to the top and couldn’t see what going down looked like. I think I almost threw up like four times. But man, was the hot spring even more enjoyable knowing I didn’t turn around even though I was petrified.
Two other sights that were breathtaking to visit, the Pai Canyon and the Land Split, truly blew my mind. I filled my soul with such beauty in two days, and might have spent $25 all together. It was beyond rewarding.
Random finds along my drives
White Buddha with breathtaking views
My favorite attraction in Pai was the Land Split. It was a piece of land owned by a Thai family, who was unknown to the fact that their land was on a fault line. They had a large garden, that has since downsized, being that their land is split in half. One day,
there was a large earthquake that split their land right down the middle. They now use it as a tourist attraction and feed you their fresh fruit for donations only. I had the best fruit and hibiscus juice I have ever eaten at the Land Split!
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta