Location: Pai, Thailand.
Highlight: Cycling to waterfalls.
Pai is a lovely town situated 3.5 hours from Chiang Mai by bus, and the road there is windier than a… than a… I can’t think of anything with as many twists and turns as this road did, maybe Google can help me out:
Anyway, the road had many twists and turns, and after our bus driver skillfully navigated it we found ourselves in a peaceful community. Another heap of lovely street food options to choose from:
Delicious bamboo fungus.
We had been recommended to visit some nearby waterfalls, so like all the other badass travelers we hired some scooters.
Ok that’s not true; neither of us wanted to drive scooters like everyone else (1% partly because we love going against the grain, 99% because we have both tried and failed to ride a scooter and the roads are mad in Thailand…), so onto our humble bicycles we got.
So the ride began.
Now readers, I am giving you two options from this point on. If you have this dreamy image of the two of us being in peak physique and don’t want that to be ruined, read story 1. If you want the truth, skip to story 2.
We got on our bicycles in the heat of the sun, ready to undertake a 9km cycle there, have a rest swimming in some waterfalls, head onward to some caves another 4km away and then return for a well earned beer and Pad Thai. What’s that Google Maps? It’ll take 2 hours + break time at the caves and waterfall? Challenge accepted.
Sure it was a little hot (38 degrees), but we battled through the heat, up and down the mountainous terrain, scooters passing shouting “right on guys, you’re so extreme.”
We got to the waterfall, splashed around for a while, headed to the caves and then back, all in 1 hour and 45 minutes – take that Google Maps.
A great day out, would do it again in a heartbeat.
We got on our bicycles in the heat of the sun, ready to undertake a 9km cycle there, have a rest swimming in some waterfalls, head onward to some caves another 4km away and then return for a well earned beer and Pad Thai.
It was burning hot (38 degrees), we stopped after about 2km having consumed half of our 3 litres of water already, staring up at a gargantuan hill, scooters passing laughing at us and shouting “idiots!”
After walking our bikes for around 2km we stopped for a 1 hour rest break, took on more liquids and lay down (Pad Thai was also had for extra energy).
On we went again, spurred onward by the wonders of the waterfall. Spirits were not the highest they have been. “Why are there so many up hills if we’re going to a waterfall, surely it will be at the bottom.” Faultless logic.
We carried on, and music to our ears we heard the gushing of water. We made it! And we met an Austrian guy who took a scooter there and fell off on the way, in our eyes justifying our decision to take a bicycle.
The waterfall was great fun, video will be in the mailer & Instagram as I can’t upload on here.
And back home we returned to our hammocks just before darkness set in.
Time for a well earned cold Chang.
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