This small backpacker town with some 2,200 residents is quite simply fantastic. Tucked in the northern mountains, it greets one with a perfect mix of cool evenings and warm tropical days. Also, lots of rain. The two main roads close each night creating a strolling market; yet scooters constantly scramble through the crowd. A few minutes walk beyond town and one finds bungalows, countryside and farming. The commotion of our previous two cities behind us, we hop amongst the cafés and used bookstores lining the streets. Reading and writing fill quiet afternoons.
Thailand: Bangkok < Chiang Mai < Pai. [caption] Rice soup with chicken[/caption]