A Scenic Relaxing Tour Day!
18.11.2019 - 18.11.2019
I skipped yoga for the tour day with Reinier, my new “ young friend” that I met in Chiang Mai.
We met at AYA services in town at 10:00 AM. We had a plan of what we wanted to do & asked to hire a car and driver. By 10:30 AM, Lin was there with a nice car with seatbelts! And we were on our way. First stop was the Bamboo Bridge.
It’s a kilometer long bridge over rice paddies, & ends up at a forest temple. It was so beautiful and relaxing that we stayed more than an hour! We WERE careful not to walk together as we did not want to break the bridge with our combined weight!
Next we stopped for a quick hike to the Pam Bok waterfall. It’s a small one for this area, but it was worth the stop because we were right near the trailhead anyway. The caves formations were interesting.
Here’s Reinier’s photo of a bigger waterfall from his Pai Canyon Bike the day before.
The next stop was really interesting. It’s called the Land Split!
On a farmers land not far from Pai city, the land literally split in an earthquake in 2008. The splits got larger in another quake in 2011.
The lovely farmer shares this geological wonder with visitors and does not charge a fee. He has a donation box. His fruit and vegetable farm is lovely and it’s designed to be educational also. He has a stand with fruit shakes, pumpkin & banana chips, homemade jam, and a few other things. There’s a donation box for visitors and the prices for the delicious fresh goodies are really reasonable. It’s wonderful what this farmer has done to share the spectacle of the land split. It’s definitely worth the trip. And I encourage you to stay long enough to relax with a fresh snack.
This month is the roselle harvest. For about a month and a half the flowers are harvested. We picked some and they were all full of ants, like peonies at home. But in Thailand the flowers are dried and they are used to make tea and jam. It’s a very powerful antioxidant, as good as mulberry and açaí, & I’ve been lucky this year in Thailand to be introduced to this healthy drink and fruit.
Next we stopped for a few minutes at the Memorial Bridge. It’s an impressive wooden bridge built during World War II by the Japanese using prisoner of war labor, just like the bridge over the river Kwai in Kanchanaburi closer of Bangkok. The entire steep curvy road across the mountains from May Hong Son to Pai to Chiangmai was constructed by the Japanese with prison labor during the war. Many died and it’s a very sad moment in history. It’s why we have the road to Pai today.
We capped off the day with a stop at the Hot Springs. There are a few different Hot Springs in this area to choose from. We chose the national park spot called Tha Pae Hot Springs. They charge foreigners a 300 Baht ($10) entrance fee. Thai’s pay less. It was my first time there and it was by far the best that I’ve been to. It’s well worth the fee to see the source of the spring, the beautiful clean and well maintained park setting, & to have the choice of bathing experiences there. Each area is well marked with the water temperature. As the water spreads out from the source and trickles down stream, it cools. So the pools closer to the source are the hottest and the lower pools are cooler. I stayed in a pool that was probably not more than 90°. Reinier tried the hotter ones too. The mineral water felt so good and it’s very healthy.
We both were glad to drink our Royal D electrolyte water afterwards.
What a wonderfully relaxing and stimulating perfect Pai day. Thank you Reinier, my new friend for sharing your vacation time with me.
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