Chiang Mai is boring. It really is. And I always knew it. Thats why I did not want to go there in the first place. But whatever. After yesterdays scooter ride into the mountains of Chiang Mai (and crashing), and another 2 hour scooter ride early this morning, I really found all my bad expectations confirmed, and really did not want to stay longer. So, even though I had planned to stay a couple of days until my broken lens is fixed, I decided at 9AM today that I instead want to use this week to explore the surrounding cities in the hilly area around Chiang Mai. And since Pai was recommended to me a couple times, I decided to start there.
Vee, the owner of my hostel booked me a minivan ride through aYa that would even pick me up at the hostel, and off we went. The trip from Chiang Mai to Pai was intense…not in a good way. The road is really unbelievably steep and curvy, and the driver of the Minivan drove as if he wanted to win a cup. Honestly, I am not having problems with travel sickness, but this was tough. The only bus ride I can remember that was worse, was one that I did during a class trip to Wales. Other than that, this one is close second.
So, without losing any time, and with only two or three times of feeling like having to vomit every moment soon, we arrived in Pai after around 3 1/2 hours. The owner of my prebooked hostel picked me up, and quickly I was enjoying a really spectacular panorama of Pai and the surrounding mountains from up in the hills.
The only problem: it was very important for me to book a dorm room, because I have been on my own much too long in the past weeks. After arriving in the hostel it turned out that I was the only guest. So yeah, quite boring…again. I will change my hostel tomorrow, hoping for something more crowded.
But Pai itself definitely made a very positive first impression on me. I am really looking forward to exploring it by scooter tomorrow.
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