Zen and the Art of Scooter Maintenance

Turning left onto Route 1095 in Northern Thailand is an unforgettable experience. Chiang Mai’s insane traffic is soon forgotten, a large green sign announces the distance to Pai, and a perfectly paved straight road stretches out in front of you. The throttle...

Driving Motorbike From Chiang Mai to Pai

First, I apologize for writing retroactively, but such is the life of someone with too many irons in the fire. Walking home from lunch in Chiang Mai I saw a sign for motocycle rental: rent for two days and get one free. I knew what I had to do. Back in 2006, I sat on...

Journey Back to Pai

It’s hot. Too hot to think in fact. 97F here today and no proper place to swim. uggh. April is the hottest and driest month here. I passed numerous forest fires on the trip today from Mae Hong Son back to Pai. In the cool early morning air, the smoke stayed in...

Journey to Pai

I decided that I would leave Chiang Mai early and come back in a week for the big water festival — a Mardiz-Gras-style event with three days of street parties and people hosing each other with giant super soaker waterguns. I’m excited, I get to be a kid...