After three days of meditation in Pa Pae we are on our way to Pai, a nice small town in the mountain area of northern Thailand. We decide to hitchhike and it takes just around twenty minutes and a nice Thai couple is picking us up on the road coming from Chiang Mai. Looking for a place to chill out and think about the last days we follow a recommendation that guides us to the Sunshine Pai Resort. Seven also needs to do some work and we are happy with the nice, comfortable and cheap bungalow we will stay in for the next days. For some more flexibility we rent a bicycle and use it together. It’s fun to be the co-driver in the back and with some preparation a practical opportunity to save money.
The next days we do some sports, write new blog posts, Seven is working on different projects and we enjoy the place having delicious Thai food, drinking coffee on our balcony, driving around with the bicycle and go slow. Once a strange smell is attracting our attention. After moving some furniture Seven is sending me out of the room….and I know what’s going on. A rat was in the room and has been dying under the bed. We tell our host and he immediately does everything to make us feel comfortable again, like cleaning the room and offering another bungalow. But we feel good at our place and don’t want to change.
Pai is, as we would call it, a place for alternative tourists, maybe hippie style. So there are a lot of restaurants, shops, places that offer meditation and yoga, but also nightlife. At least you could spend a lot of money at different places. We enjoy to go slow, spending a lot of time on our terrace doing yoga and meditation on our own and try to stay around the tourist places as less as possible. Not far away from our accommodation is a small cozy restaurant, where two nice Thai women prepare delicious and cheap Thai food. Almost every day we go there for lunch or dinner.
We rent a scooter for twenty-four hours to get a little bit more around. First we do a trip through the nearby national park where we discover a small mountain village, in which the people still live very basic. Next early morning we go to the Pai Canyon to enjoy the sunrise. Nobody else is there and the view is amazing.
Now we prepare everything for our stay in Wat Tham Wua, another Buddhist monastery.