Go up high ... Go to Pai!!

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Pai board.

December 16-21, 2005

Just broke up with my ex so  I had to go to somewhere to help me forget about this. Pai is the best choice. A small town among the surronded hills in Maehongsorn province, northern Thailand. I decided to go there with other 3 friends who had quite the same situation. Pai is known of a romantic place, it would be better if we came with our lovers. But we played joke on ourselves. Went to a romantic place when we just broke up. Shame!

Goodbye a busy, crazy, noisy city  to an opposite living style. Moved from a tiny space to have a breath of fresh air in a large field. If it's not a happiness, which word would be better?

When i stepped on Pai, i felt pity for my last three winters which i stuck at home or just spent time in the nearest towns instead of come here.

Ban Tawan
Pai doesn't give me only  warm support but it's like my second home. Because of the inundation last year so Pai wasn't beautiful as it should be. Hard rain had flown the houses, guesthouses away and taken lives. It doesn't only break Pai people's heart but also mine and maybe yours. The flood disaster always happens without any sign. The city was resuscitated when i was there. Some houses, guesthouses, pubs had already rebuilded but some ruins remained to remind us of the disaster. We stayed at Ban Tawan, it's near Pai river. I was standing at the riverside, looking to the opposite side, it was questhouses overthere but at that time, all gone. 

Even though i didn't see the most beautiful Pai but i still can feel its spirit. People lifestyle was more beautiful than a lifestyle in a big city.

Before 6am
Waking up in the morning was a great gift i got from Pai. Very beautiful!!  

Each day in Pai with the nice feeling  have made me forget the someone that i ran away. Yeah, i shouldn't have been thought of that bad thing while the beautiful thing is standing in front of me. There has more thing to learn in the beautiful world, even in this small town was more interesting than one man.

Now Pai has more pubs, shops and more facility places to make it being more civilized but it's still different from a very very tourist city as Samui. Future of Pai would not be different from Samui Today if the inverstors are only looking for the benefits. Make it more civilization and forget the local custom? If the town changed, people changed too. Then desire will become the main thought, awful.

I hope there will still has the beautiful thing for you to see when you have a chance to go there. And i hope this little town which is the town of loving nature, loving peace people and people who wants to feel something different from wherever they came from might not become just another tourist town which only want to make money from travellers but still be a nice town which has the beautiful places and beautiful people forever.

siamesekiwi says:
I feel for Pai people. I hope everything is back to normal there by now. I agree that they should keep it rural. It's charming as it is. There are so many places in Thailand for tourists to entertain themselves. Great writing. Love all your pictures. It makes me want Nikon now, but I guess it will be useless without the great skill ;)
Posted on: May 15, 2007
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Pai board.
Pai board.
Ban Tawan
Ban Tawan
Before 6am
Before 6am
Pai road
Pai road
Thats where we stayed.
That's where we stayed.
wooden swing, favorite one.
wooden swing, favorite one.
Me at Phu pai coffee shop with tha…
Me at Phu pai coffee shop with th…
where we stayed, Ban Tawan.
where we stayed, Ban Tawan.
Foggy!!
Foggy!!
View from my place
View from my place
An early morning
An early morning
:)
:)
Ban Tawan
Ban Tawan
morning pai
morning pai
Lively kids.
Lively kids.
Road sign to Pai
Road sign to Pai
Thai custom
Thai custom
In the morning
In the morning
Uncle Aoz with his motorcycle
Uncle Aoz with his motorcycle
Laila, my best driver :D
Laila, my best driver :D
A painting at All about coffee.
A painting at All about coffee.
The opposite side of Ban Tawan.
The opposite side of Ban Tawan.
Exercise!
Exercise!
1-2-3 Jump
1-2-3 Jump
Came back
Came back
Me and younger brother.
Me and younger brother.
My broken heart friends, Uncle Aoz…
My broken heart friends, Uncle Ao…
Half way on the first day.
Half way on the first day.
Laila in the waterfall but too bad…
Laila in the waterfall but too ba…
Hot Spring, she did a local spa :)
Hot Spring, she did a local spa :)
Lai, in a bar
Lai, in a bar
The owners of the bar:)
The owners of the bar:)
cute!
cute!
Uncle aoz again,
Uncle aoz again,
Pai at night
Pai at night
Book store in Pai market
Book store in Pai market
Thai coffee and ovaltine
Thai coffee and ovaltine
..zzzzzzz
..zzzzzzz
The gang!!
The gang!!
Hes so kind!
He's so kind!
The real bridge was ruined by floo…
The real bridge was ruined by flo…
Ban Tawan
Ban Tawan
Ban tawan
Ban tawan
Thai dessert eat with hot coffee o…
Thai dessert eat with hot coffee …
Ban Tawan
Ban Tawan
Ban Tawan
Ban Tawan
Ban Tawan
Ban Tawan
Ban Tawan/ lai
Ban Tawan/ lai
Ban Tawan
Ban Tawan
Ban Tawan
Ban Tawan
Tob and Lai, it was very coldd tha…
Tob and Lai, it was very coldd th…
This can help.
This can help.
At Phu pai
At Phu pai
It said the truck cant drive thro…
It said the truck can't drive thr…
Flood Disaster.
Flood Disaster.
Thai post box
Thai post box
Another place, sib song panna if i…
Another place, sib song panna if …
Nice. But we didnt stayed here
Nice. But we didn't stayed here
Pai ..
Pai ..
In front of Mit THai shop
In front of Mit THai shop
A bus from cheingmai to pai
A bus from cheingmai to pai
VIP Bus from Bkk to Cheingmai
VIP Bus from Bkk to Cheingmai
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