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Daniela & Diogo ( @relaxandwander )
Nestled in the middle of a mountainous region filled with natural wonders, Pai is considered a haven for backpackers from all over the world. The long road that separates Chiang Mai from this northern town located near the border with Myanmar has 700 turns (apparently someone has counted them), and by the end of it your first instinct will be to grab your smartphone and search online if there’s any airport nearby so that you don’t have to make the return drive.
The entire town has a very western vibe. A few hours wandering around its streets is enough to realize that it’s much easier to find a good bruschetta or pizza than a good Pad Thai. Most of the travellers who come to Pai either spend their time smoking weed during the day and partying during the night, or simply exploring the beautiful caves, rivers and waterfalls that exist on the surrounding area.
Pai is also is famous for offering its visitors two different ways of attaining nirvana. There’s the slow way, which requires visiting a local monastery and staying there for a few days on a meditation retreat, and there’s a fast way, which simply involves buying hallucinogenic mushrooms sold all over the town.
Finally, Pai is also well known for its canyon, which resembles a big labyrinth full of narrow pathways and orange cliffs. We’ve heard some people saying that it is as impressive as the Grand Canyon at the United States, but after visiting it we’re pretty sure that these people belong to the group of travellers who tried the fast way to attain nirvana