Touring Pai – Part 1

Pai is a small town in Northern Thailand, near the Myanmar border and is a very bumpy 146km ride from Chiang Mai.

There are a number of different attractions in Pai, and if your doing the ‘SE Asia banana route’ it’s worth heading here for a couple of nights before moving West into Laos.

In the two days in Pai we had, before I got food poisoning, we see 4 different attractions that Pai has to offer. There are about 12 or so altogether, most of which are drawn on this map..

  
Most tour operators in Pai do different day trip and packages that allow you to see multiple of these attractions in just one day/afternoon etc.  

  At first, I thought it was cramming too much in to do a package, so we decided to do the attractions on our own at our own pace.

On the afternoon we arrived, we headed to the World War II Memorial Bridge and then over to the Pai Canyon to watch the sunset. It cost 200 baht in a one way taxi just to get to the bridge. It was then that we realised that organised day trips are much cheaper! 

WWII Memorial Bridge 

The bridge was built during WWII by Thai prisoners of the Japanese Army in order for Japan to invade Burma, which at the time was a British colony. 

   
 
 
   Since then a new accessible bridge has been built alongside for transport. I would be surprised if you need more than 20 minutes here to explore. 


We then walked 1km to the Pai Canyon from memorial bridge. It’s a pretty straight and easy walk but be careful of the cars (there are no pavements in true Thai style, just gaps at the side of the road)

  
Pai Canyon

  This was my favourite. The Canyon is unreal and you can walk across most of it, at your own risk of course. 

  
    


   
  


   


  
  
   

  

 Both attractions could be done in under 2 hours, but as we got to the canyon at 4.30pm we stayed much longer just to watch the sunset. 

Luckily on this occasion we managed to jump onto a tour taxi heading back to the city centre for 50 baht each. No such luck in part 2.

To be continued..

LwL X

Advertisements

Chillin’ in Koh Lanta

Hi all, to be honest for the last 3 days and nights we’ve done absolutely nothing here in Koh Lanta. Though after 2 weeks of full on activities I think it was definitely overdue!

We’re staying in the Riviera Resort which I will post about tomorrow.

  Koh Lanta is a lovely chilled place. It has a beautiful beach, bars and restaurants along the beach front and a lot less tourists than the other places we’ve been.

  To be honest though that’s about it. Koh Lanta is somewhere you come to do absolutely nothing. All we’ve done is eat, sunbathe and swim. I got a bit carried away today though and burnt my forehead

  
Bad times. Oh and I found a swing..

    This place is full of beach huts and reggae bars creating some seriously cool vibes. 

Here’s the great sunset we witnessed last night  while sipping on a Caribbean sunset (de-lic-ious  by the way, grab yourself one from Freedom Bar)

  
 

  
 
  For our last night tonight we went out for a lovely dinner along the beach. I ate this..

  A real fish staring at me on a plate and I didn’t even scream, haven’t I progressed?! 

Then we went to, yes you guessed it, a reggae bar.

 All the pretty lights make it feel quite christmassy, we even found a Christmas tree yayy!

   
  I have this wicked app called maps.me which pinpoints everywhere you go.. So here’s my Koh Lanta trip

  Next stop, Krabi! 

LwL x 

Koh Phi Phi: So many activities! 

On our second day in Koh Phi Phi we booked onto a sunset tour that started at 2pm to see the best of what’s around the island. So many activities! 

Our package included Monkey Island, cliff jumping, Maya Bay,  (where The Beach was filmed), lunch and free water, Snorkelling, Viking Cave, watchig the sunset on the boat, then hit a cave to see glowing plankton before getting back for 7.30pm.

I would 100% recommend this tour, you can get normal sunset tours for 350 or so baht but they don’t do cliff jumping or the plankton. We paid 500 baht our package. (About £10).

I’m going to show you our day in pictures 😊 

Monkey Island   
  
A baby monkey! Too cute..  
We met 2 lovely Ozzie girls too, April and Amelia. This monkey really wanted Aprils sunglasses..

   Monkey selfie..

    

Cliff jumping   

  
It went up to 15mtrs but I only jumped at 3 was too scared haha. All the boys went off the top though! 

Viking Caves

Apparently Chinese lease this protected area at 2 million baht per year! They make special soup out of bird nests that people pay lots of money for.

  
Snorkelling   

     

Maya Bay (The Beach)

After lunch we headed to the island where the famous Leonardo DiCaprio movie was filmed. Now just to warn you, to swim in this area of water and step foot on the island, you have to pay 400 baht.  

 The agencies don’t take it the Government do and it’s compulsory. If you don’t pay this you have to stay on the boat. Of course we paid and went on the island  

  
  
  
  

  

How amazing is this natural formation of this mountain.. Can you see the Elephant?

  
Sunset in the water 

  

  
  
After dark we went to a cave to see the glowing plankton. Unfortunately I couldn’t take any pictures as the flash ruins the glow.

Unfortunately, sunset on the boat in open water resulted in lots of pain for me.. The mozzies annialated me, so if you ever do a sunset tour, trust me DEET up!

  

  
I have at least 30, itchy times! I have now bought tiger balm and incense to keep them at bay and I’ve turns into a mozzie paranoid maniac. 

LwL x 

Patong in Phuket – Thailand

So we’re spending 4 nights and 4 1/2 days at Patong Beach, Phuket. 

It’s quite a main tourist town so everything is much more expensive here. By much more expensive I mean 3-4 pound for a meal instead of £1. So technically not expensive at all to the western world, just more expensive for a traveller.

Here’s the Phuket club/bar strip, its called Soi Bangla and it’s a lively place

     
 
We watched a Ping Pong Show the first night, to be honest I think it has scarred me slightly. It was definitely an ‘experience’. I would not recommend it to anyone at all as I think it highly derogatory to women. Watching women pull needles and real live turtles out of themselves is definitely not my idea of entertainment. No photos to show I’m afraid as you weren’t allowed.. I’d never have posted or took any anyway to be fair!

The sunset here is beautiful and the beach is lovely 

   
   
 We’ve had a couple of beach days as our first week was jam packed. Keep an eye out for my recommendation posts.

We’re off on a snorkelling and fishing trip tomorrow, I hope I can catch something!

LwL x 

  

Hellfire Pass: Kanchanaburi 

After lunch we headed to Hellfire Pass. The museum of the railway built by Thai prisoners of war during World War || to enable Japanese soldiers to travel to Burma to fight their enemies from there.   
  The location holds a contrast of feelings. The backdrop is beautiful but the reality of the pain and suffering that people experienced is overwhelming. There is even a memorial area for Kiwis, Australians, British and American troops that were taken as prisoners.

  
I have to say, as we didn’t know we was spending the afternoon here we did not come prepared at all. The 2.5km walk was painful considering it was all rocks and steps and I was wearing my flip flops! Lesson learnt – always wear walking shoes. 

  
  
Our last evening at Kitti Raft was spent drinking beer, watching the sun go down and lots of drunken beer talk. The scenery was so beautiful, and it was a nice feeling to know that this is my life for the next 4 months. 

   
 3 days ago I hated beer, but the options here are pretty much beer or water. So sober or drunk. Considering that I hadn’t had a great nights sleep since we got here because I’ve been ill, opted for the beer in the hope id pass out in bed drunk. To be fair, the more you drink the better it tastes. I will be a beer drinking pro by the time I get home, my brother will be thrilled ha. 
It worked – slept straight through! Well until 5.30 but it’s an improvement for my 1am interruptions. 

Bed time and early start ready for the Erawan Waterfalls 

LwL x