First impressions can be important and maybe the friendly smiles and artists selling their work set the tone for the rest of my time here, or maybe Pai is actually as cool as I think it is. The artist community has a noticeable prescence and seeing their handmade crafts on the road instead of the same mass produced wearables and souvenirs that I had seen in Bangkok and Chaing Mai felt good. I was also on the verge of getting car sick from the mini bus that hauled us through the bumpy switchbacks from Chaing Mai, so Pai’s welcoming streets could not have made me happier.
Pai is located in May Hong Son, it is the most mountainous region in Thailand and with that comes lots of adventures just waiting to be had. Adventure 1: Renting scooters, or ‘peds’ as the English say, and hitting the road towards the Pai Canyons. Not more than 20km out of town, the Canyons offer hiking, scenery and if you were to go mid day in April like we did, lots of oppressive heat.