Major backpack community. Views are breathtaking. There are tons of cool bars.
We got a free motorbike rental for an hour to look for a place to stay. Check out the gas station we stopped at for gas.
Paiburee is where we landed. It says hostel on the big sign, but there were separate hut guesthouses. The A/C didn’t work well and there were tons of bugs. Thank god for my 50% deet spray!
We motorbiked up one of the mountains and pulled over and hiked up to a beautiful view of the mountains of Pai.
On the way back we stopped by a random river and crossed a bamboo bridge to rice fields. Bright red dragon flies hovered over the water and beautiful butterflies flutter around.
Next we went to the Muang Pang Waterfall. There are three pools/levels. You can sllide down on the second and third level. I did the second level. The limestone slabs of rock were very slippery when wet. There was a local boy, about 6 years old, who instigated people to go down from a high point, which was really scary.
On the way to the waterfall, woman would gesture with their hands and lips in a smoking manner, basically letting us know we can buy weed from them.
Next we Mini-bused from Pai to Chiang Khong. It left at 7pm and we didn’t get there until 2:30 am. We were told we’d arrive at 12 am. The hotel is right on the river where you can take a slow boat to cross to Laos. It will take two days.