I can officially say that the bunk beds of Spicy Pai are not the most comfortable, but you probably could have guessed that. I woke up nice and early, unable to sleep any longer and the first thing that popped into my mind was that I needed to get spring rolls for breakfast. So we did.
We accidentally ordered double when the woman didn’t understand us and ended up with 18 spring rolls! As we were sitting contemplating how to tackle this situation one of our Chiang Mai friends, Orry, rode up on a motorbike. We flagged him down and found out the boys were moving into our hostel.
We couldn’t conquer the enormous plate so we made friends by sharing our extra spring rolls back at the hostel. Turns out we aren’t the only ones who love spring rolls for breakfast.
Our goal was to go find the waterfall slides and the land split, but since Pai is a motorbike town, we were a little stuck. Neither of us felt like we could drive one, especially not up a mountain for our first try. We walked to town and found a tourist trap looking place that offered day tours. We figured they could help us get to Mor Paeng, our waterfall of choice. We got the man to agree to take us to the waterfall for an hour, 200 baht each way.
He somehow got his SUV up the tiny roads to the top and we headed into the woods in the direction he pointed. The rock is very slippery and quite a few people, Maggie included, slipped while walking around on the top. The good news is you just end up sliding into a small pool of water.
We finally worked up the courage to go down one of the bigger slides after watching a few people and then were immediately coaxed into sliding down the biggest rock. For this one, we actually had to splash water down the side of the rock to make it a slide. You go flying off at the end into the shallow pool below. Its pretty safe minus a few scraps on your backside from sliding down a rock, but the guy who went down after us landed knees first and had to go to the hospital.
When we got back to town we stopped at a restaurant we had visited fora drink the previous night and I had the most delicious green curry.
It is pretty hot in Pai so we walked to a popular spot the Fluid Pool to cool off. So many people were there that we actually ran into the boys again.
Later we changed and went to dinner at a “Texas steakhouse.” The place even had the waiters decked out in cowboy boots and hats. I wasn’t much interested in testing out Thailand’s take on Texan dishes but I did try someone’s fish and chips.
Right down the street was the Yellow Sun bar so we hung out there before taking the motorbikes to Sunset Bar. When we finally got back to the hostel everyone stayed up for awhile longer so even if there is a curfew, things don’t really stop. Yep, I love Pai.