Goodbye Chiang Mai, Hello PaiWe woke up early Thursday morning (well early for us), packed our clothes and equipment. Before we left the UK we had researched various methods and manufactures of motorcycle luggage that would fit the Honda CRF 250L. Im my head I had images of this (Klaus' very organised bike, you can read his ride reports on Ride Asia).
I had brought my belongings in a backpack I used travelling in 2008 and a Lowepro
rucksack for my camera and important stuff. Neil was slightly better equipped than I with his waterproof Oxford bag containing clothes and dry bag for electrical items.
Using 6 bungee cords (purchased for about hmmm lets say £1.20) fixed this to the luggage rack that seems to come standard on the CRF over here. Never the less they were secure and remained in place for the journey to Pia.
We headed out of Chiang Mai and up the 107 and onto the 1095. We were in no rush to get to Pai, we just enjoyed taking up the views and the corners on the 1095 which makes up the Mae Hong Song loop.
We arrived at Pai Country Huts, luckily for us they had 2 rooms left. At 600THB a night (about £12) they seem to be the most expensive of the huts they have but my are they worth it.
Each has a hammock on the decking which is where I am now writing the blog. The air is warm and the sun is shining easily being 30 degrees today.
That night we headed across the bamboo bridge into town to get some dinner. In Pai they close the main road to traffic in the evening allowing local vendors to setup their businesses. Be it selling hand made custom flip flops to dim sum and quails eggs.
Pai is what you could call a hippy town, everything is very chilled out and the pace seems static compared to the hustle of the moat at Chiang Mai that we've been navigating over the previous week. There appears to be some people who came to visit years ago and haven't yet left. Dreadlocks and Thai pants are a common sight, mini vans full of tourists come and go along with the day trip trucks carrying people to the local sights and activities.
We had heard about a crashed Huey helicopter in the mountains at an army site. After a bit of research it seemed the was a differing of opinions about the difficulty level of the trails. We planned a trip using Basecamp and uploaded this into the GPS for the next morning, agreeing we would see how it went and turn back if there was anything above our level. It was going to be an early start so we went to bed to get some rest and boy was we going to need it.
Here are a selection of photos taken that night, I hope you enjoy them.