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The Long and Winding Road

November 17th, 2009 at 19:34

Reporting from Pai, Thailand:

I arrived here Monday, hearing that this was the the party town for foreigners up in the mountains. But I also heard that the scenery was breathtaking and the waterfalls, refreshing. The later is what I was searching for, and found.

Tired from my hiking on Sunday and the van ride out, my first afternoon was spent briefly walking the city. After finding a dirty blue guest house close to a main drag, I took in a few Wats and small street markets, sat down for a bite to eat, and had a Chang.  The rest of the night was spent planning my next day and next week of travels.

a photo

a photo

Tuesday, I rented a bicycle so that I could get to where I wanted to go. I passed on the motorbikes that everyone gets due to environmental concerns, exercise, and the fact I was scared.

The first trip was the most grueling ride of my life, all uphill about 10 km one way. I made stops to see another Wat and some rock that all the Thai tourist where getting their picture taken in front of. Mo Paeng waterfall was my final destination and it was worth it. Not really for its size or beauty, but more for the many pools available for swimming.

Beaver Dam

Beaver Dam

Above: I was able to capture this shot of my human body fully engulfed in one of the rapids. All of my pains from the ride were washed away.  I spent almost 2 hours exploring every pool before the highly enjoyable ride back down to town.

Back in town, I proceeded up the other side of the valley to check out a Wat on a hill. Wat Phra That Mae Yen was a short ride from and then 356 steps, which I chose over biking up the road. On top, a nice panoramic view of the city and a decent temple, I had mostly to myself.

Pai is on the right

Pai is on the right

Lounging Buddha

Lounging Buddha

An ice cream cone helped me through the walk back down the stairs and gave me the energy to try to find another waterfall. Although I turned down the wrong road and didn’t see the falls, I enjoyed the ride. I doubt my legs could have gotten me up there anyways. Discovering my directional error, I turned around and headed back to town, returned my bicycle, and sat down at an eMac in a store called Apple Pai, to write these words.

I don’t think I will be able to walk tomorrow, so it is a good thing I have a bus lined up to take me to Mae Hong Son in the morning. Another mountain town, about 120 km SW of Pai, I hope to find more waterfalls and peace. A bid you all “la-gon and chok dee”. นิยาย เกี่ยว กับ วีรชน ต่อ


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One Response to “The Long and Winding Road”

  1. Nick Says:

    Holy Cow! What an adventure! I’m so glad the downhill ride was on the way back. I’m sure it made the uphill part more rewarding.