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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 :-)

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local Londons eye :-)
local "London's eye" :-)
somewhere in a Chinesse village
somewhere in a Chinesse village
Luciana tasting a sausage... I con…
Luciana tasting a sausage... I co…
the river at Pai
the river at Pai
Who would want to ride an elephant…
Who would want to ride an elephan…
egg boiling at hot springs
egg boiling at hot springs
my cooking master
my cooking master
Pai
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