So if FINALLY got to go to Pai, a town about 2 -2 1/2 hrs out of Chiang Mai. It's a place where everyone always say they want to go, but most have never been. So last week, there was a 2 day public holiday on the Tuesday and Wednesday. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to go there since usually weekends are a no go with church, cell group and church music practice, then during the week, most of my friends have to work. So the midweek public holiday was awesome, since we could go somewhere overnight and take our time and feel like we actually got a break.
However, i didn't think that i'd have to battle the problem of 'rain' and the issues it brings up with many Thai's who just don't want to travel or go anywhere when it's raining, cos it's too dangerous! So even tho we had discussed and planned it for 2 weeks before, we didn't know if we didn't actually make the final decision until the tuesday morning whether or not we'd go. Unfortunately the indecision meant that 7 of the 10 people that were going to go pulled out, but that's cool, it meant that i was able to have a really good time with Jai and Ang, 2 of the teachers from school.
It was a great time away to rest, see more of the countryside and more importantly, i had some good opportunities to chat with Ang about the gospel as we drove to the 7hrs all up (we took a few detours on the way - not cos we were lost like in the past, but to see hot springs, lookouts that were so foggy we could only see about 10m in front of us).
Here are a few happy snaps from the trip:
3km to Pai
view from our room at Pai
me & nong Jai
Day view outside our room
Night view outside our room
is this sign banning 'odd' days
check the view at this lookout
this mountain reminded me of the mountain at the beginning of Indianna Jones
the chocolate waterfall from Willie Wonka's chocolate factory at the hot springs
the path to the hot springs
at the hot springs
At the chinese village in Pai
With Ang at the chinese village
the manual ferris wheel at the chinese village
132km back to Chiang Mai
the manual ferris wheel in action