Days in Pai-Radise

2017-03-27 at 09:30

Only a few more lazy days till 2017. Wow that year was another fast one. Here are a few more pictures from the Pai-Paradise:

Who are you - the latest addition to Twin Hut
Who are you? Meet the latest addition to Twin Hut. When I came to Pai the first time Dream was a child and now she has a baby.

Yellow-Green-Blue
Yellow-Green-Blue

Another sundowner
Another sundowner

Dinner with Konstantin
Dinner with Konstantin

Another Khao Soi
Another Khao Soi

Happy cat - happy me
Happy cat – happy me

Looks like they have a new owner. I did like the old place better. More green - now it looks like same same but different!
Looks like they have a new owner. I did like the old place better. More green – now it looks like same same but different!

Sleeeeeeep cat sleeeeep
Sleeeeeeep cat sleeeeep

She was there every day to back up photos and snatch a coconut
She was visiting every day to back up photos and snatch a coconut

The cat is not impressed
The cat is not impressed

Sometimes everybody is gone - I have the place for myself - win!
Sometimes everybody is gone – I have the whole place for myself – win!

Lazy afternoon at #8Lazy afternoon at Twin-Hut bungalow #8

Another new place downtown Pai. From your room right into the pool.
Another new place downtown Pai. From your room right into the pool.

Who could imagine that 15 years ago?
Who could imagine that 15 years ago?

Sunset from bungalow #7
Sunset from bungalow #7

Lunch at Hellas
Lunch at Hellas

Today she fixed my shirt - thank you!
Today she fixed my shirt – thank you!

And some happy new year dinner
And some happy new year dinner

31st of December at Irie Bar

31of December at Irie Bar

31of December at Irie Bar

31of December at Irie Bar

There are a few live videos at my facebook page

For example the last 2 songs for 2016 and the countdown to 2017

Peng - thank you!!!
Peng – thank you!!! Once a year she does cook a Khao Soi for me 🙂

Hmmm special Khao Soi lunch

Hello again!
Hello again!

Lazy January - the girl is waiting for the data back up
Lazy January – the girl is waiting for the data back up

Another one of the spectacular ones
Another one of the spectacular ones

The Twin Hut gang
The Twin Hut gang

View from Bungalow #7
View from Bungalow #7

He likes my bed....
He likes my bed….

German visitors from China
German visitors from China

Vegan green papaya salad
Vegan green papaya salad

And two more videos from ->
The Band at Irie Bar: Pancakes in the Morning or Tennessee whiskey & a Harmonica

Pai-Land in Thailand – Winter 2016/2017

2017-03-19 at 10:28

The farmers in the north start to burn the fields and mountains every year a bit earlier. And I do not like to sit in the smoke all day and night. The particles are super small and go really deep into your lungs. And with plenty of places to choose it is easy to avoid. So I took a 2 months visa only – that leaves about 7 weeks for Pai.
Still I will bring a proper mask next year. It is also very useful in other places where it is dusty and smoky here in Asia and back home. Garlic after the rice
Like every year: garlic after the rice in front of the bungalow.

Bungalow # 7
Bungalow # 7

Terry was here for a quick visit
Terry was here for a quick visit

Fire in the night at Twin Hut
Fire in the night at Twin Hut. A strange winter this was. Most of the night I went out with the thin fleece jacket but only needed it 3 or 4 times. Most of the nights a T-shirt was enough. The last years it was more like a fleece jacket, a down jacket and the hard shell as well.

They get more expensive every day
They get more expensive every day! Last year it started with 190 for 10 and went up to 240 in the end. Now they did start with 220 and went up to 390. Thank you very much – but that is a bit too much!

Boon Ko Ku So Bridge

Another bamboo bridge – and it was built so the monks can short cut to the village in the morning to collect offers from the folks of the village. Hmmm to me it looks more like one more tourist stop on the way to fill the day tours. Some even say it is the longest bamboo bridge (mostly steel and concrete underneath!) and there are little huts to rest and a few restaurants on the village side. On the temple side you find one place for food and refreshments.
It is somehow a copy of the Su Tong Pae bamboo bridge in Mae Hong Son
It was a gray day – another new addition to the winters in Pai – we even had rain this winter!! – and I had only the iPhone to take pictures. I was not even aware that this place was build – the last time I passed it there where only rice fields. Hope they compensate the villagers for the lost crops.

The newest attraction in Pai - A bamboo walkway for the monks....
The newest attraction in Pai – A bamboo walkway for the monks…. so they say!

Bamboo walkway

Bamboo walkway

Left or right?

That took quite some space from the fields
That bridge took quite some space from the fields

Rice harvest here too
Rice harvest here too

Lunch break - nobody is working
Lunch break – nobody is working

At the other side of the bridge
“At the other side of the bridge

And the view towards the end of the bridge
And the view towards the end of the bridge

And from the end of the bridge
And from the end of the bridge

End of the line - the door is closed
End of the line – the door is closed

Modern house
Somebody put a modern house in the village.

Music at the Saturday Market
There is a new Saturday Market KAD BODHI (next to the Wednesday Market) every Saturday afternoon. Some food, second-hand and new stuff and music as well.

Nice Crema
Nice Crema

The keeper of the bridge
The keeper of the bridge

Breakfast at Twin Hut - Fruits with Müsli sprinkle and black organic Hill Tribe Coffee
Breakfast at Twin Hut – Fruits with Müsli sprinkle and black organic Hill Tribe Coffee

Cats awake
Cat awake

Cat sleeps
Cat sleeps

Flower Power at Twin Hut
Flower Power at Twin Hut

Aliens next to my bungalow
Aliens next to my bungalow

Isara Cafe
Isara Cafe

Homemade Ice Cream at Isara Cafe
Homemade Ice Cream at Isara Cafe

Back in Pai – Winter 2016/2017

2017-03-15 at 13:40

After a few days in Bangkok it was time to go up north. The night bus to Chiang Mai and the mini bus to Pai.

The bus to Chiang Mai
The bus to Chiang Mai

You have about 4 times more space than on the Swiss flight!
I had about 8 times more space than on the Swiss flight!

Pai river with the big Buddha in the mountain
Pai river with the big Buddha in the mountain

The first Khao Soi this winter
The first Khao Soi this winter – many more to follow!

A misty morning at Twin Hut
A misty morning at Twin Hut

A misty morning at Twin Hut

The Twin Hut cats
The Twin Hut cats

The mountains on the other side
The mountains on the other side – with the 200mm

A very happy Scottish Mark
A very happy Scottish Mark

Sunset from my Bungalow at Twin Hut
Sunset from my Bungalow at Twin Hut

Hi Leo!
Leo is back – great to see you my friend!!

Rice harvest all over in the valley
Rice harvest all over in the valley

The boss of Sapah Muang makes it a bit different every day. This is the special VIP portion. See how big the bow is? Still 40 Baht :-)
The boss of Sapah Muang makes it a little bit different every day. This is the special VIP portion. See how big the bow is? Still 40 Baht 🙂

Bungalow #7
Bungalow #7 at Twin Hut – still the best place in Pai!!

Construction Thai style. You take 9 people and fill 2 big tubs
Construction Thai style. You take 9 people and fill 2 big tubs

Now you take the little bucket and fill from the tub - the curved thing. Instead you could drive slow with the truck and fill it from there??
Now you take the little bucket and fill from the tub – the curved thing. Instead you could drive slow with the truck and fill it from there??

Some of them do come without seeds
Some of them do come without seeds

And some of them do come with seeds
And some of them do come with seeds

Morning at Twin Hut
Morning at Twin Hut

Evening at Twin Hut
Evening at Twin Hut

Another Khao Soi
Another Khao Soi

Trip to the highest Mountain of Pai – Doi Thong

Bike trip with Sapah Muang
A bike trip with the Sapah Muang Gang

Bike trip with Sapah Muang

The Pai valley in the back
The Pai valley in the back

100 cc are not enough to go up steep mountains. But the bike is over 30 years old.
100 cc are not enough to go up steep mountains. But the bike is over 30 years old.

Pai - you can see the White Buddha on the mountain in the middle
Pai – you can see the White Buddha on the mountain in the middle

Up up - goes the Sapah Muang Boss Lady
Up up – goes the Sapah Muang Boss Lady

Staff following swift
Staff following swift

Lunch
Lunch before the final approach

No smoke - nice blue sky
No smoke – nice blue sky

Up there is the little temple
Up there is the little temple

Doi Thong
Doi Thong

View from Doi Thong

View from Doi Thong

View from Doi Thong

View from Doi Thong

Back in Hanoi or Hà Nội if you like

2016-06-07 at 21:08

Wanted to stay at my favourite place in the Old Quarter of Hanoi – the North Hotel No 2 at 5B Ngo Tam Thuong Street. But they where complete full – good for them – bad for me! More information about the hotel here!
So I did need a new option. The Hanoi Blue Star Hostel it was. In a very small alley next to everything in the Old Quarter as well. If you book here – make sure you book the Superior Double or Twin Room – since the Standard does not have a window. Usually the price with my link above is the same.
The master plan was to walk to the places I was years ago and see how they do look today. But it was hot and Gray all the time so I did skip that and walked only a bit round the hotel.
That has to wait till next time 🙂

Flower Seller
Flower Seller

Mulberry Seller
Mulberry Seller

Plastic Household Goods Seller
Plastic Household Goods Seller

Meat Seller
Meat Seller

Vegetables Seller
Vegetables Seller

Preparing the shrine
Preparing the shrine for a good day of selling in the shop

The local butcher at work
The local butcher at work

Bia Hoi Delivery Truck
Bia Hoi Delivery Truck

Headstone Shop
Headstone Shop

An Evening at the Hanoi Backpacker District

Hanoi’s backpacker district is located just north of Hoan Kiem Lake in the city center. Of course there is a lot to do in the evening. But I was only here for 3 nights and to lazy to wander far. So I walked a bit in the area that has a lot to offer. Live music in bars and on the street. Performances of all sorts as well as lots of open air Bia Hoi bars that sell cheap but really drinkable beer. You can sit here all night and do the people watching thing. But most of the times you end up with a table full of people from all over the world and talk about everything and nothing for the rest of the evening. And from a quick snack while walking, a street food stall with chairs and table, simple Vietnamese restaurant or more expensive international places – you will find food you like!
If you visit Hanoi – make sure to roam the streets one evening. Forget about the market that goes up all the way from the traffic circle at Hoan Kiem Lake in Hàng Đào street. Full of people so you only have to dodge them all the time and almost only cheap Chinese shit. Better roam the streets left and right and make your way up towards the north!

Some sort of temple theatre
Some sort of temple theatre

Close your eyes now!
Close your eyes now!

Did work for her
Did work for her

Where is my date??
Where is my date??

Waiting for customers
Waiting for customers

Hanoi Backpacker District
Hanoi Backpacker District

Quite full and most of it are bars
This street was full every evening – on the left and right almost only bars and restaurants

You find live music on a few different corners
You find live music on a few different corners

Most of the people are still Vietnamese
Most of the people are still Vietnamese which makes it very different from KS road in Bangkok.

Not sure what that is - but I am a Vegetarian anyhow :-)
Not sure what that is – but I am a Vegetarian anyhow 🙂

One of to many coffee and tea shops
One of to many coffee and tea shops

The restaurant next to the house
You see half the kitchen and the open air part of the restaurant. Wonder how they do it in rainy season?

Roasted corn cobs
Roasted corn cobs

Another band
Another band

Shoes
Shoes

 
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