Even more north is a smaller town called Pai. It was recommended by a couple people before I left, one being a complete stranger.... so we thought, why not? It's supposed to be a "Hippy Town," sounds intriguing enough. It was amazing! A little touristy, like most places on the beaten path, but small, personal, beautiful, alive, and accommodating. We splurged (for a whopping $10 a piece) for a gorgeous bungalow within a mini rainforest of green. An organic vegetarian restaurant/spa saw us every day at their riverside tables, where we spent more there than our accommodations. We rented a "scooter," which is dangerous there, but explored safely and went on a hike to some disappointing waterfalls, only to return triumphantly to find out we probably didn't go far enough. If I could live for a long time in one place, Pai would be at the top of my list.
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