People who visit Pai like to ask “what is there to do in Pai?”. The answer is nothing. Do NOTHING.
Do not come here expecting to be entertained. Don’t fill your day with activities. Just get a nice room with a view and do NOTHING. Get a motorcycle, ride around and soak in what ever view you see along the way.
Don’t go to the touristy Chinese village. Don’t go to the touristy Coffee In Love because their coffee is terrible, just go take a photo of the view and leave. You can consider going to Pai Canyon but only from 5pm onwards.
Denizens of Pai
During one of my cold nights, I hung out with my friend X. He is from Bangkok and he decided to chill out here. We started a fire, had some music at the background, looked at the stars, talked about life. His girlfriend arrived back from selling vegetarian samosa at walking street, then she cooked some noodles for supper. This is Pai life.
There are artists hiding in this little town too. Really talented people who should be exposing their works to the city. One artist I had the privilege to meet was P’Chan. He loves Gentleman Jack and I love his works.
Beautiful Lanna paintings, love the shadings
Card holders made from wood
Paintings by P’Chan found at Le Reve
The artist P’Chan showed me what he did in the past. He made customised dog houses! If there is anyone who wants to buy some of his stuff, just let me know.
I got to meet a few resort owners while I was there. They didn’t have decent photos of their resorts, mostly taken by Agoda staff or their hobbyist friends. I didn’t have my lighting equipment or tripod either so I had to make do with what I had. The results are better than what they had previously but not up to my standard.
Plernpai Boutique Hotel
Baan Nern Khao View
House of Love @ Pai
Pai Vieng Fah
I brought 2 batteries, no charger and by the end of the trip my batteries were almost flat. I didn’t expect to be taking photos for people and their businesses. I did the opposite of what I said earlier. But ultimately, I enjoyed my time in Pai.
To end this series, here’s a plate of bugs I had for snacks.