A Trip to the Mountains
Pat wanted to take Brigitte for a ride to the Burmese border. He asked us if we wanted to come. Mailin went with Mark on his bike, Addye on her Scoopy, and I got a Yamaha for the day.
My ride today: A 115 cc Yamaha Semiautomatic
The beginning of “Fall” is almost the best time in Pai. It is dry and everything is green. The best thing: There is still not too much burning and the air is clean and blue!
Extensive farming cuts a lot of roads into the mountains
There is a small stream coming down the mountain – it does fuck the road
One pipe could easily fix this in the dry season
Some Bee construction. Not sure if the locals are farming honey here.
Burma in the distance
On the hill in the middle is the Myanmar Army base
The last Village before Myanmar
The last village before Myanmar
This is where the road ends. A small hamlet in the middle of nowhere. Last year the government build a new school for the kids from this village and the other ones around. For the opening, the Thai Princess flew in. Must have been the biggest day ever for this village.
There are a few basic shops and an army outpost on a hill next to the school.
They even have a solar field to generate some power.
Like everywhere here – dogs greet you when you enter a village
A solar field on the right and the new school up the hill on the left
Most of the houses look like this one. A super basic construction with a tin roof.
This woman is over 100 years old!
View from the Thai Army base. Pat knows a few guys here, so we could drive into it. Got some water and chilled a bit in the shade.
The new school
On the way back, some sad remains of the big trees that stand here before
It looks green and unspoiled, but some sort of farming is going on all over the place
More fun on the way back
The best time – blue sky and almost no smoke
Nice rocks in between the green
On the way back I stopped at the little temple
There was only one monk sweeping leaves. Quite peaceful.
More rocks and the start of all evil – cows
Time to head back before it gets dark. The light on the bikes are not perfect at night
Empty roads and Myanmar somewhere in the distance
Our trip today. I switched it on a few kilometers after Pai
Music Nights at Mojo
The new place in town if you want to hear loud, handmade music. The pictures are from a few evenings.
Back at Mojo – Supaporn Santi on the guitar
Wiriya Wiseatkun – the Pai Multitalent
Always nice to listen to her
She sang only one song
Open mic – everybody can come on stage!
Evenings like this!
And there was this guy! Tepraksa Aekchai
He is 110% full power all the time
There you go!
The bass players usually prefer this corner
Rock’ n’ Roll it is!
The other bassman in the back
The one and only KOB Drummer
Jason long hair
One of the house drummers
And the usual Pai Days
Breakfast is included with the bungalow at Twin Hut. They stop serving before 11, so you have to set the alarm at 10:50 and order at last. I have only a fruit salad and black coffee every day, and so the day starts.
You meet everybody at the breakfast tables, and sometimes you sit here and chat till way after midday.
After that, it is usually email and the internet, and before you know it is time for the sunset beer. From time to time somebody might visit, you might need something from town. The days fly and so do the weeks.
Evenings are usually filled with music or a birthday party or something like that. Some evenings we are too lazy to go out and hang at our campfire. If I am lucky, somebody does a BBQ.
At the beginning of the season, one is about 0,50€
Sundowner in the hammock
Fresh from the tree in front of the bungalow!
The Twin-Hut gang
Fat Cat Vegetarian Burger
Woah – even the filter is golden
Monster Khao Soi Tofu
Laundry day for Children’s Day. Great idea! The kids collect their old toys, and they get donated to kids that have no toys. Recycling at its best!
In the night they got moved under the roof
Khao Soi again!
White sleeps and sleeps