On the last day of Songkran in April I spontaneously flew to the North, to spent a few days in Pai and Chiang Mai. It was my first longer trip out of Bangkok, since I live in Thailand. In consideration that I am definitely not a person who belongs to big cities, this break to nature was more then needed.
After landing in Chiang Mai I straightly went to the bus station to meet Linda and Lise, my travel buddies for this short trip. We know each other from our exchange time in Malaga. I remember their last night at the beach there, sitting all together, sad we might not see each other again. To meet again in Thailand, already two years later, was for sure not in our minds back then.
Pai is simply a very beautiful place located just in the middle of the mountains. We had a pretty hostel, which had the look of a giant tree house, just at the border to paradise.
Scooters are best way to get around and discover your surroundings. I have the feeling that I am the happiest on one of them. Probably I have some sort of addiction going on there, but I can’t help it but smile all the time when I am driving around new places with the wind in my hair.
Totally unexpected we bumped into this local party. The Thais have set up strapped little bamboo floats, just in the middle of the river. I got into a splashing fight with some kids (lost the fight, but it was me against 4, I had no chance!) and drank some cheap whiskey with the local momma’s. (They were actually even older then my mom. And they wanted us to drink way more, but either way, it was more then a lot of fun!)
Back to Chiang Mai for a day: exploration of the old city. Wandering around in the immense heat of around 40 degrees Celsius was hot but definitely worth it.