Pai II

Pai is truly wonderful. I can see why people get stuck here for months. We were considering doing a border run to Burma for a few extra days here but it wouldn’t be worth the hassle and we could equally love places elsewhere and not get to see them.

One of the reasons Pai is so great is Burger Queen. The best burger in Thailand and proper chip shop chips! The logo is not a rip off at all.

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On our first full day here we went on a massive trip two hours away to the largest cave in Thailand. First we had to go up a mountain then down again and it was pretty cold on the way back because we were in the clouds! The view was fantastic.
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When we got to the cave, we had to get on a rickety bamboo boat with water coming over the edges in the dark, I was so scared!
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The guides had lamps in the caves and it was like being in Gringotts!
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As we left, there were a lot of fish under the bridge fighting each other! image

Yesterday we went to Pam Bok waterfalls. It was beautiful there. Once again there was another rickety bridge to cross!
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We swam in the water and some of us climbed up the rock face to jump in. The first time I climbed I was scared but soon got over it and did it lots!
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When we’d dried off, the whole group made our way to the “land crack”. A landslide happens once a year and has ruined the land the Thai people cultivated so they’re not allowed to sell their produce anymore.
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However, they still have some food from the land. You turn up and sit down and they bring you bowls of their food. Potatoes, peanuts (which were white), bananas, passionfruit and tamarins with juice and wine. At the end you donate money in a box. It made us all feel so welcome eating there.
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In this photo I had just tried the tamarin, it was weird!
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The view from the land crack was beyond anything. We felt like we were in Hobbiton!
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Last night we had a party and played Twister on a board that Louise and Martin made from scratch! We also got the UV paints and were covered in it!
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Even Rambo the dog got in on the act and came out with us too!
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This evening we went up to the Buddha on the hill to watch the sunset. We’d tried yesterday but didn’t get up there in time. Today it was perfect. There’s a giant Buddha being built so the scaffolding is still on it. Some people climbed up the Buddha but I don’t think it’s right to, it’s a religious symbol (and the scaffolding was not safe!).
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The sunset from the viewpoint was outstanding.
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I went into the temple alone and listened to the monks chanting, it was so peaceful. I got a bracelet made of cotton, a one baht coin and seeds for a small donation. When they were done, a monk came and banged a gong which set all the dogs off howling!
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So I’ve written alot! Here’s a picture of some chickens we saw.

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2 responses to “Pai II”

  1. Peter. says :

    Well, you’re certainly seeing plenty of life – trust you to find a burger joint!
    Hope the ‘slow’ boat trip goes well, and talk to you when you get to Laos.

    • chelseatravelsfar says :

      It was the most amazing burger ever! There was an American at the hostel who only ate there and at lasagne way! We are safe in Laos after one day on the boat, another tomorrow to get to Luang Probang. More passport stamps!x

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