Hope you’re all wonderful, and that April is starting well.
Had a REALLY great week in northern Thailand and Laos. I’ll take a few days of posting pics to go over it.
The trip started on a train ride from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, and the only photos I have from the train ride were taken right after our table collapsed and our drinks spilled all over Alanna (and then created a river down the train car).
As having cleaning supplies readily accessible is not a top priority on trains, our lovely kathoey train attendant Natalie helped us clean up our mess with toilet paper posthaste.
Here are Rachel and Alanna after the cleaning was done:
We got into Chiang Mai, and met up with Meg and Costa. We had a tasty lunch at a juice bar/ organic sandwich shop, and then got on a mini-bus to get to Pai.
The ride to Pai was through the mountains, and very green, winding and pretty.
Pai is a backpackers haven, and very geared towards things foreigners might want/ will buy (eg: hamburgers, lots of fruit shakes, motorbikes, bars that play exclusively Bob Marley and Jack Johnson).
We decided to give motorbikes a go:
And three incidents, and one flat tire later – we were still all able to walk away from the experience.
We also found a music festival:
and played some balloon darts:
I should mention that Pai is beautiful. I should also mention that all of these photos were taken by Meg.
Pai was soso great, and unfortunately I had to say goodbye to Costa who went back to Austria…
…and also to Meg, who left for a month in the US on Monday — but not before she won the Only Member of Trip Competent Enough on a Motorbike that She Should Consider Investing in a Vespa Award.
Love to you all and please visit Pai when you come to Thailand!