Week 22 – Pai and Mae Hong Son – Winding roads and a wave goodbye

It’s the last week in Thailand (at least for a while), and we’ve ventured further into the north-west to the town of Pai for a few days.

Pai is a tiny town located near to the Myanmar border, and after a 4 hour journey through the beautiful, but amazingly twisty mountain roads we were in desperate need for a lie down, a rest, then a beer!…..Seriously, there are about 800 sharp twists in the road on that journey! When you get out of the bus, you feel that you have been in a 12 round boxing match!

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Smile! You’re in Pai!

The town was very touristy. Known as a little backpacker haven, there are no shortages of bars and we didn’t have to stumble top far to get a drink and a game of pool.

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The next day or so were fairly relaxed. Hired a scooter (the most flimsy one yet!), took a few rides around the town and surrounding mountains. We even saw two of the towns main attractions – The land split in Pai and the famous ‘Dancing tree’……which didn’t dance…..even when following the instructions to shake it!
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Wont be Dancing!

Wont be Dancing!

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Land Split

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Not quite finished with the twisting roads, our last stop in Thailand was the town of Mae Hong Son.   An extremely chilled out town, very similar to Pai but a bit more quiet and far less tourists. Also some amazing, Myanmar inspired, food!

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Even the most chilled of religions has a bit of sexism

Even the most chilled of religions isn’t immune from a bit of sexism

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Geckos, manning teh police station at night

Geckos, manning the police station at night

After a single day stop dong, it was time to pack up for our journey back to Chiang Mai and flight out of the country. I came back to this little visitor, waiting outside of my door.

I'm waiting!

I’m waiting!

Fantastic month in Thailand and leaving with the feeling that 30 days wasn’t enough. Think a little loop back may be in order before this trip is out.  Next stop, Laos!

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