18. Pai, Northern Ko Samui without beaches?

Pai (Pronounced  ‘Bye’  with strong B rather than ‘Pie’) is located North-West of Chiang Mai about 135 Km away, and the road to it is very windy, steep, and scenic with 700 sharp bends. The old local buses made the journey in about 5 hours back in late 1999 but now A/C minivans took the road over with 2 hours less traveling time.

When I recall Pai, there were only three guest houses in town with less than five restaurants. Muslims were selling the jungle honeys on the street, and it was dark and empty after 7 PM with lots of territorial stray dogs in the alleys.

Now more than 350 guest houses and hotels have changed the landscape of the Pai close to a paradise for hippies, artists, beach-combers, backpackers or yoga practitioners. In peak time of the year, it is hard to get a room here but in off season like this, accommodation outnumbers the visitors and you are on the winning side.

We got a nicest room in our whole trip  at just 200 Baht, with an en suite bathroom, a TV, a fridge  and the daily room service. This is not just a good deal but a steal.  Pichai guest house is the one.

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More than 200 restaurants are scattered around in Pai but the one we liked most and frequently visited was ‘Chew Xin Jai’ vegetarian/Vegan restaurant. This guys cook simple vege and mushroom based meal for as low as 30 Baht and  you can choose precooked food from the warmer or go alacarte.

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Here as usual I will show you around the town.

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a papaya and a mango fruits shake, 20 Baht each, crazy price and taste.

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House for sale, interested?

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A Mosque for a sizable Muslim people.

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School girls in their beautiful uniforms.

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Now, Pai when darkness comes over.

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Well, We have been eating vegan food all day, so to balance our diet out, we sat at all-you-can-eat meat buffet for 149 Baht.

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We are going to go out to country side of Pai on a motor bike tomorrow. Keep following us.

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