After arriving back in Thailand, Charissa and I made our way to the bamboo school to pick up my bike and say hi to everyone. After just one night there, we made our way up the country over 3 days. Our bottoms could only take so much on the hard bike seats! Suuuper uncomfortable. We spend 2 nights in Chiang Mai and only dined at the yummiest vegetarian restaurants in town. We were only prepared for good food at that stage. The weather was lovely every day. And I trimmed a fair amount of my blond locks off! So everything is a bit cooler now. And yes it’s winter time in Thailand. So night time can get down into the low 20’s!
We headed up to Pai with its 762 corners! Fun times on the bike. We stayed in a bamboo hut in the hills behind the town. Really peaceful and quiet. While trying to find food our first night we ended up going to the best restaurant in town! Spectacular food and service.
Didn’t do too much when we were there as we were still exhausted from all our running around in Myanmar. So it was quite nice to relax in the peaceful sleepy town that is Pai. We went to a yoga class on our 3rd day there which was.. interesting to say the least. We did get to do some head stands and other funky moves, but left feeling a bit tender I must say. We had paid for a session the next day but felt we might benefit more by resting our sore muscles!
We headed back down the country after 4 days in Pai. Charissa taught herself how to ride a motorbike while traveling Vietnam, and learnt how to ride a manual on my bike in about 2 minutes! She rode the 762 corners from Pai back to Chiang Mai. And I have my suspicions she is a descendant of the great Valentino Rossi with her skills. We stopped over in Chiang Mai 2 nights staying at 7 Days hotel which was very well priced and brand new. Lovely place. We decided to take 1 extra day to get back as we really couldn’t bare the thought of sitting on the bike for so many kilometers!
All photos courtesy of Charissa Verbeeck. ^^
Although our last day we managed to some how stomach a 500km ride to the bamboo school then on to Bangkok!! It would have been a struggle on any bike though to be fair! After Charissa left to Bali I headed back to the school and was given the task of building a bathroom for Momo and the kids to use.
Narget (one of the students) and myself cracked into it straight away. Smashing the old shower out and creating a slab for the new bathroom.
Momo did an amazing job of the garden. Narget worked like a spartan to help get it done before Momo’s birthday and the bath and tiles were donated by a really nice english expat living in Kanchanaburi.