Pai is another example of a town taken over by foreigners....Not my cup of tea, therefore I stayed there only two nights and allowed myself one full day of exploring the surroundings....by my favourite transportation, a mountain bike... that I rented for a surprisingly low charge of 70 baht a day. In the morning I went to a waterfall, about 9km from the town, whose name I don't really remember but there's nothing to regret as the waterfall was rather a river flowing on a slope than something more waterfally :-). However, the countryside along the road was pretty nice and when I was passing one village old women sitting outside their houses gesticulated to me as if they wanted a cigarette from me but later I realized they wanted either to sell or give me some opium.
local "London's eye" :-)
..because... I'm now in the region which was not that long time ago famous of growing poppies...Then I went back to Pai where I met Luciana, a friend from Argentina, who had supposed to go to the waterfall with me but somehow missed our morning meeting :-). We then cycled together to hot springs, some 9 km from Pai. The entrance fee for entering the hot springs was 200 baht for a person (foreigner) but I told the park ranger that the weather was hot, hot springs were also hot, and asked him where was the benefit of paying 200baht ...and politelly asked him for a discount. He agreed and that's how we paid only 100baht each....Hot springs were really hot, the first pool was heated at 80 C and people were boiling eggs there...Some 50m down the stream we had a nice bath...
In Pai, I also met a very nice guy, a cook from Laos who showed me how to cook few Thai meals....and this is how one's get a cooking lesson for free :-)