Mid morning in Pai, to go out country side, renting a motor bike is essential or a push bike if you have thick hamstring muscles.
Among 20 or more rental shops in town, the AYA rental is problem free choice as all their bikes have uncountable scratches, cracks or dents, so you don’t have to worry about making another one to it, and this guys don’t bother checking anything when you return the bike.
They will keep your passport as a deposit and 100 Baht for a helmet, and the bike costs 100 to 140 Baht for 24 hours with an option of theft/damage cover for extra 80 Baht.
Don’t lose this docket or your passport will be theirs.
No trip to Pai is complete without spending some time at this world famous cafe ‘Coffee in Love’. It’s 2km away from downtown Pai toward Chiang Mai, and the view from the table is spectacular and calming.
But this guys don’t know how to make a good coffee. I tried two different coffees and all tasted SHIT, or crap-a-chino, so rubbery and instant-y, just shitty. Don’t spend your money for coffee here, but enjoy the view and photographing.
For a stamp collector ‘I was here’
Cups look great not the contents.
Look at this roof top annual garden.
I liked this toilet inside and out, so characteristic.
Now further up by 10 km or so, there is another themed cafes called Strawberry and Container.
Pai canyon looks a bit like a walking track but it is seriously dangerous if you combine walking and drinking.
This bridge is not on River Kwai. Most bikers turn around here back to Pai.
Now the north western area from Pai has a small scale Chinese village and a view point. Be careful when you drive up your motor bike, most bikers get themselves injured here when they go downhill.
You will get charged 20 Baht and it comes with a banana and a jug of oolong tea, tasted mean. I mean good.
No Climding, the Chinese way.
On the way back to Pai, we came across this petite old school wagon that still goes well.
Lovely Pai has changed a lot but it still has got a feel to it. Art, food or just scenery whatever you are after.