A slice of Pai

We arrived in Pai, Northern Thailand yesterday. It’s accessed via Route 1095 from Chiang Mai which is notorious for having 762 bends in its 132 km. We decided to take the plunge and hire a motorbike to make the journey. After several ‘numb bum’ stops, a Thai army checkpoint and a flash roadside fire, we arrived about 4 hours after leaving Chiang Mai

Pai has quite a chequered history having previously been being a Kuomintang-controlled area and an important opium transit centre. In addition it became notorious in 2008 when one of the local police shot two Canadian tourists, killing one and seriously wounding the other. Fortunately the necessary steps have been taken to address these issues and Pai is now one of the tourist hotspots in Northern Thailand

The area is filled with fascinating and beautiful flora and fauna, from beautiful plants and flowers to large multi-coloured butterflies and lizards

The latest urban development is the installation of the third set if traffic lights in the centre although judging by the manpower involved it’ll be a while before we see traffic light number four!

All things considered, it’s easy to see why visitors find themselves staying far longer than they initially intended. We’ll have to wait and see whether we fall under its spell as well!


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