So my favourite place has changed from Hoi An to Pai.
Pai is just so incredible. My favourite thing to do was to hire scooters and drive around the countryside through little villages and stumbling upon waterfalls. The countryside was absolutely stunning. Remember to put on suncream though because I didn’t and I don’t think I’ve ever been more burnt in my entire life. No word of a lie.
I spent a day at the Conserve Natural Forest which was absolutely fantastic. I wanted to do an elephant sanctuary type thing except I am very aware that a lot of them mistreat the elephants and I didn’t want to pay for something I would be uncomfortable attending. I stumbled upon the Conserve Natural Forest on the Internet and so I researched it and it seemed quite good because it also involved learning about plant conservation so I booked onto the Eco Tour.
It exceeded my expectations. It was such a great day and very educational. I was very happy that the elephant seemed very well treated and would be released to the wild once she had gained the necessary skills to survive. I was also very confident that the donation I gave went towards the care of the elephants and plants.
The second part of the day was planting trees to encourage regrowth of jungle which had been removed due to soya and garlic farming. We helped plant seeds of rain trees and then we planted an orchid tree.
We were also given loads of fruit from the garden to snack on and have a cheeky gin and tonic complete with passion fruit fresh from the garden.
There are loaaaads of cool restaurants in Pai but in my opinion the night market is the best. The night market on Walking Street had hundreds of food stalls selling all sorts for as little as 25 pence and it was incredible. The night life in Pai was actually pretty good. Bars close at 12 but you can pay the bar a fee and it will stay open for you which is class.
Overall I was so gutted that I only spent a couple of days in Pai. It’s definitely a place where I want to come back to. Next time I would like to stay out in the country surrounded by nature and hire a motorbike again to get around. Maybe next year …