After a whole day of butt-numbing motorbike trip around Pai, we retired on our bungalow’s open balcony. It was one hour past sundown and light drizzle enfolded the area. With stashed Chang beers and creepy-crawlies as our companies, we enjoyed that lull moment at House of Love at Pai.
Me and my buddy survived the 762 curves on the road to Pai from Chiang Mai (I dunno how they counted it). We booked beforehand and asked to be collected at the van station located at the town center. There’s this young lady who seemed to be lost and looking for someone, and then I realized that it was Kiki, the owner. I approached her and she immediately recognized us. She showed us around town before we settled at the resort.
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It took us a minute of leisurely walk to reach our cute little bungalow and the spacious and open balcony with cushioned local mats welcomed us. I relaxed a bit while my buddy explored our room and unpacked our stuff. I followed after a few and was surprised on the modernist bare design of our home.
It was enclosed in clean white walls with a strikingly black graphic wall design at the bedhead. The bedstead was cemented for an elevated look. There’s a TV with local channels, mini fridge, coffee and tea-making facilities, electric fan, individually-controlled air conditioning and a vanity mirror.
The en suite toilet and bath had this unfinished look to it. The cement wall surface was complemented with mosaic tiled floor. There’s a hot and cold shower, bath towels and toiletries that were all provided for (except for toothbrush).
I moved back to the balcony and lounged some more. The view from here was very relaxing. There’s a gazebo on one corner and the endless mountainous Pai way beyond. A coffee would be perfect at that moment so I requested my buddy to prepare some for us.
It was rustic, serene and lovely. A very different side Thailand compare to Bangkok. Good thing I didn’t choose to settle at the town center for we would never experience this certain tranquillity of Pai.
After the relaxing afternoon, we needed to go out and check out our food options. We asked the help of Kiki and she suggested that we should hire a motorbike so as to explore Pai. Luckily, there was an available scooter from the resort and at 100 Baht per day (US$ 2.81), I quickly asked for the keys and hopped on the bike. I filled it up with petrol for 60 Baht (US$ 1.69) which lasted for three days. Such a cheap option when you’re in Pai.
We explored Pai Canyon and Walking Street and were amazed on the chill vibe of the place. We grabbed some Chang beers and went back to our home. We slept pretty well for we had grand plans on exploring more of Pai for the next day.
My sleep was invigorating. We’re on the mid-part of our two-month backpacking trip around Southeast Asia and I’ve already mastered the art of deep slumber.
The soft light from the morning sun just rising on the horizon were touching our face. We woke up early as planned and we needed to fuel up for a very hectic day ahead. We walked towards the restaurant where the complimentary plated breakfast was served.
The complimentary breakfast depends on the availability. On our first morning, we were served with toasts, eggs and bacons. Fruits were also provided. On our second day, Kiki offered to have an authentic Pai dish which was a Thai and Burmese fusion. The cracked pork skin was remarkable and the right amount of spiciness of the pork. It was tasty and truly filling. Free flowing coffee was also served.
With our mighty scooter, we explored Pai’s hidden gems. We conquered waterfalls, canyon, bridges, and more. Road misfortunes and fun memories; we loved the chill and relaxed vibe of Pai.
We went back to our home feeling very tired. Again, with our stashed Chang beers, we comfortably lounged at the balcony and listened to the creepy-crawlies of the countryside until our tired and restless bods effortlessly retired on the loungers.
We dedicated our last day on lazing some more. We were asked by Kiki on a quick tour around the town center for some market errands and food tripping on local eateries. We asked for her favorite noodle house in town and gladly brought us there. We had fun exploring the town before we leave for Chiang Mai.
Sadness filled inside me as I pulled the door shut. Our bungalow had been our refuge for the fun three days and the parked scooter on our lawn was too hard to say goodbye to. A tight hug from Kiki followed after and a promise that we’ll be back the soonest, thoughts of extending our stay occupied my mind. It was hard to leave a place that felt like home and the people that felt like distant relatives. But we needed to move further, to the next chapter of our adventure.
House of Love will surely be our home in Pai. More than the beauty of the resort, it was the warmest reception from everyone that lingered on me till now. Oh, did I tell you that they have the cutest dogs ever?
House of Love at Pai (book online)
Thung Yao, Pai District,
Mae Hong Son, Thailand
Contact Numbers: (+66) 83.201.6886 | (+66) 83.153.6548
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