Pai-Land in Thailand – Winter 2016/2017

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

Last Morning at Chez Beo Homestay

After a few good days here at the Chez Beo Homestay it was time once again to move. Wanted to spend a few days on Cát Bà Island and a few days in Hanoi at the end of the trip. Today the sun was out so I took a few pictures of Chez Beo Homestay with blue sky. And some with the same old gray gray.

Good Morning Cat!
Good Morning Cat! Still at the same place as last night.

Good Morning Cat!
Good Morning Cat! Looks like she will sleep a bit more

From the Temple to the back
From the Temple to the back of Chez Beo

From the Temple to the back
And further back into the canyon

Towards the Egg and the two Water Front Bungalows
Towards the Egg and the two Water Front Bungalows

The Egg!
The Egg! A lot of space for one but two will work as well.

One of the bungalows in the back of Chez Beao
One of the bungalows in the back of Chez Beao

Back to the Reception
Back to the Reception

Bridge to the Reception
Bridge to the Reception from the Temple

View from the Reception towards the Temple and back of Chez Beo
View from the Reception towards the Temple and back of Chez Beo

The right bungalow in the front
The right bungalow in the front

The left bungalow in the front
The left bungalow in the front. They do not look so big here in the pictures but they are really big compared to the standard bungalow you have somewhere else.

Lotus field in front of Chez Beo
Lotus field in front of Chez Beo – to bad they are not open 🙁

Mai and her friend
Mai and her friend – thank you for taking care of me and the gooood food!

Mr. Viet
Mr. Viet – he takes care of biz here and if you have a question or problem – he is here to help!
See you guys and the Chez Beo Homestay again!!

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Daytrip to the Cuc Phuong National Park

Another gray morning at the Chez Beo Homestay. But it looked like it will stay dray today. Decided to go for a ride to the Cuc Phuong National Park to look for the 1000 year old tree.
I gave the girl from Google Maps all the freedom and she did choose a really nice road all the way!
If only the sky…

First stop on the way: Hang Mua Temple – or lets say down at the temple. To get there you pass some ducks!

Baby Ducks
Baby Ducks in the water

Baby Ducks
Baby Ducks on the land

Grave in the rice field
Grave in the rice field. It does look nice but the more graves you put the less rice is there for the rest…

Hang Mua Temple in the mist
Hang Mua Temple in the mist. Would be super nice to go up and enjoy the view – if there would be one!
Ok let’s get back to the road. The Google woman is complaining as well…

Mountains in the mist
Mountains in the mist

Ducks - again
Ducks – again!
Finally I did reach the park, did pay entrance and continued to the parking lot further inside. After pay for bike parking (why is that not covered in the entrance fee??) I did start the hike to the tree. If you ever been in a forest in Asia this is nothing special. It was quite warm and humid so after 30 minutes you are wet – a lot! And finally you reach the tree.

Finally - the 1000 year old tree
The sign is prove: I present you the 1000 year old tree

Not a lot left but it is an old tree
Not a lot left but it is an old tree – and nothing more. Since I did see really old trees in California I was not to impressed by this one and continued the walk back to the parking lot. They made it into a wide circle so you see new green stuff and not the same that you saw on the way to the tree.
Back at the bike my shirt was so wet I had to put it under the seat in the “trunk”. Told the Google woman that we go back to Chez Beo. She was super happy to guide me again and off we went.

Following Google Maps
Following Google Maps does lead you to all sorts of roads in Vietnam. Sometimes I was not sure about the girl. She thinks I have a car – that is why she want me to go on the highway when she finds one but you are not allowed with a bike. And sometimes she thinks I have a 4 x 4 or a dirt bike when she sends me to roads like this one. Girl – you have to learn a few things! But I have to say – most of the times she does a god job.

Electric rod fishing
Electric rod fishing

Until the ducks come home
Until the ducks come home

Herding with the hat
Herding with the hat – very popular with the North Vietnamese duck farmers!

The big Mussels hunt
The big Mussels hunt

Peaceful valley
Peaceful valley

Bái Đính Temple in the back
Bái Đính Temple in the back

Propaganda
Propaganda

Looks like they have big plans with that road
Looks like they have big plans with that road

Ship yard Vietnamese style
Ship yard Vietnamese style

More ducks
More ducks on the way back

Evening in the Chez Beo kitchen
Evening in the Chez Beo kitchen

Plenty of food: Dinner at Chez Beo
Plenty of food: Dinner at Chez Beo! All you can eat for 50.000 Dong

Good Night Cat
Good Night Cat

 
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