After spending 10 lazy days in Chiang Mai, I arrived in Pai with hopes to go out, see and do! I was determined to see all that is to see in Pai! After all, it’s a small place but with lots of natural beauty around it, not expensive and all accessible by scooters.
Add to that, there isn’t traffic at all so it was the perfect place to learn riding a scooter!
On the first day I rented a bike with one of the friends I met in the hostel and off we went together to Mo Paeng waterfalls.
Yes I admit, I was taught to drive the scooter by a girl. I am man enough to admit that! 🙂
The waterfalls were beautiful. Not quite as big as I had imagined them, but still, I was so happy to be there and enjoy this amazing view, specially that there were not much people around.
It was intimidating though that there were people above the waterfall. We tried climbing the rocks but that seemed not possible, specially with flip flops, and eventually we gave up.
As we were leaving, however, the bright idea of exploring a bit further down the scooter’s parking lot hit me, and there we found the small walking lane through the trees, just to drop you off above the waterfall!
I can take the picture of my dreams from above there.
Walking, cautiously, just to get closer to the edge. Little did I know that any slightly wet rock on that waterfall is extremely, EXTREMELY, slippery.
One wrong step on a wet rock, and off I went, uncontrollably for about two meters sliding on my back with the thin water stream, just to be dropped in one of the pools.
Here is a list of some of the thoughts that raced through my head in what seemed like a 15 minutes slip, which I guess lasted 5 seconds:
– “OMG this is so embarrassing!”
– “Will the water be cold now?”
– “Shit, I have my tshirt on, now I’m going to be wet for the rest of the day!”
– “Holy NO! My Camera is in my hand! Not again!” (at this point you must know that my last camera slipped from my hands into one of the lakes in the desert in Siwa, though rescued from the water, it never worked again)
– “Think quick! Act! Ok, I’ll hold the Camera up high and hopefully it won’t get wet!”
Nope, didn’t work, the pool was deep enough to let me all, with my high held hand, inside the water.
I quickly stood on my feet, turned the camera off, was surprised it actually turned off, took out the batteries and the memory card, and then started thinking of how on earth am I going to get out of this pool.
To my luck, a nearby couple offered to take the camera from me, and try to dry it. While I tried to climb up the slippery rocks, which didn’t exactly work from the first try. But eventually I was out.
Tried to dry my t-shirt, the map that was in my pocket along with the 1000 baht bill, all while the couple were trying to figure out if the camera will survive or not. After a while, they told me the obvious, it has water inside and I better not try to turn it on until I’m sure it’s dry.
On the bright side, the guy had a similar camera, he tried my memory card on it and the pictures were still there! So at least I didn’t lose the pictures. This was a relief.
For the Egyptian and Arab readers, that kind couple that were the first to run and give me a hand were actually an Israeli couple, and they didn’t stop trying to help me after they asked me where I’m from and I said Egypt – That’s just a beside point.
By now if you’re wondering, the camera survived! 3 days later I tried it, it worked for a while then stopped working, one more day and it started working perfectly!
The only downside is that I had to keep taking photos by other people’s cameras during my whole stay in Pai. But it was a good excuse to keep tagging along with the people 😉
What are the unexpected accidents that happened to you while traveling? Did they end up with some body injuries and/or gadget or money losses? (Hopefully not)
Entertain me, and make me feel less embarrassed and better about myself 🙂