Pai, Thailand

Major backpack community. Views are breathtaking. There are tons of cool bars.

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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.

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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!

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We motorbiked up one of the mountains and pulled over and hiked up to a beautiful view of the mountains of Pai.

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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.

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Red dragon fly

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.

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Bottom of waterfall

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Butterfly hanging out at the waterfall

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.

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