Vintage Coffee House
This journey itself was a long, windy yet beautiful one with a record of 762 spirals leading up to Pai itself. Sounds dizzy enough to make you puke right lol? But trust me this is really worth it, coming from a person with a super weak stomach that can’t even stand the normal Bangkok jam without feeling like throwing up lol.
There are a few stops you guys can consider stopping by to get pictures of the nice scenery and have some good coffee while enjoying the cool peaceful weather.
Typing it out just makes me miss drinking it already lol wished they sold pre-pack ones so I can bring the back to Malaysia. From there onwards it’s best to bring along a jacket of sweater as the higher you go, it’s get really..REALLY cold. Colder than Cameron highlands, anyway that place isn’t that cold anymore compared to 10 years ago. While making this coffee break, you can get some souvenirs from their shops, but overall it’s the scenery that I would like to bring home instead of shirts *cough lol*
Huay Daeng National Park
From there you can en-route to visit Huay Daeng National Park, even if you are not so much of a nature lover you would appreciate this place. I can seriously live here forever as it’s really peaceful, great place to meditate & do yoga if you ask me; and if you are lucky, you might catch sight of some monks visiting the area too.
Photos are mostly taken with my faithful Samsung Note 2.
That's just the beginning of our Pai journey, from Huay Daeng Memorial park we headed back down to town where their famous ‘Coffee in Love’ stop where you can send out beautiful postcards to your loved ones through their old fashioned classic mail box.
Boy the coffee and cakes there are superb! Not to be missed, yea ate pretty much throughout this whole trip but it’s okay because at least my tummy is happy haha! Plus that day itself was Violet’s birthday! She was one of the journalists in our group, It was a great surprise indeed as it was a first time out on the field plus getting to celebrate your birthday in a beautiful country (+ yummy food lol)
This blogpost definitely has more photos than words but as the quote goes "A picture speak a thousand words" :-P
So i am just gonna let all these beautiful photos take your through the journey i had in Pai.
Phew…the day isn’t over just yet @_@ after that short coffee break @ Coffee in Love, last stop of the day was Satitchon Village.
This village itself has a very interesting history on how it all started, the villagers themselves aren't exactly of Thai origin but from Taiwan. That is why their main staple language there is Mandarin, if you speak mandarin there won’t be a problem for you to communicate with the village locals.
The history of Santichon village all started during the war when the Taiwanese settlers fled their country to take refuge in Thailand, but after the war when it’s time for them to leave, they refused to do so as they have grew to like this amazing country (after all it's Amazing Thailand lol) and decided to stay as permanent residents. Thailand government however grant them the permission to stay as long they protect the borders of Thailand in return for allowing them to stay here. It is quite interesting to see how Thai cultured has infused harmoniously together with the Taiwanese, from their way of living, language and even clothes.
Also while in Pai don’t forget to enjoy their night market that stretches up to 1km each direction, that doesn’t include walking back to where you started lol.
But here is a friendly shopper advice I have learnt from my kor kor Baki <3 from the start, try not to purchase a lot of things as you would end up logging along extra weight and that could tire you out easily before you even reach the other end. Be smart to compare prices but in general most of them are pretty affordable (like the locals like to say "Same-same"), the more quantity you purchase the more discounts you can ask for :-P
Within those long night market stretch there are many kinds of hawker stalls selling a large variety of street food. In my honest opinion, I would gladly skip dinner and eat all these yummy street food as I walk lol. Their food is so unbelievably cheap, fresh and also plenty of fruits and vegetables, seems it is easily available in Thailand. Especially their sweet Watermelons, Glorious Pineapples (doesn’t cut your tongue at all!) and cute bananas, that are literally the size of my finger.
For this particular Night Market in Pai, i was told to on a look out for a 'Jack Sparrow' impersonator that is quite famous among the locals and tourists who visit this particular night market. Didn't really expect to bump into this fella though lol, as i wandered away to explore the place guess who i found?