I had this post ready since over 10 days ago but I was reluctant whether to post it or not…On one hand I loved that the place is not known, still beautiful with authentic hospitality, and the next time I visit I don’t want to see a 100 tourists flashing their cameras, and maybe by then there is a full menu and they charge money for the food!
On the other hand, I really loved the place and I feel it is my duty to help those beautiful and kind people to get some more money. At the end, obviously, my better half got the best of me, and I decided I will post it, with the hopes that it will help them a little bit.
One day following the Mo Paeng waterfall accident, I went to see another waterfall, this time I had my trainers on so I would have some more grip and not slip.
Useless, couldn’t get above them and actually had to take the trainers and socks off and walk into the water to get a little closer to the waterfalls.
There was nothing much to do in the waterfalls, brownish waters that wasn’t very inviting for swimming, so we head back and decide to stop on one of the small restaurants that were along the way for breakfast.
By chance, we stopped at the place called Land Crack. This was one of the best incidents to happen in Pai!
As soon as we got in we got directed to a table and they started putting food on the table. Fruits, fruits and more fruits, some boiled potatoes and peanuts, hibiscus cold juice. Without asking for anything we were given food that made the 5 of us full and couldn’t even finish it.
Land crack is owned by a Thai guy and his wife, they owned the land for so long and used to cultivate it on a commercial scale, until one day in 2008 when they woke up and there was a crack in the land.
The land crack made the land the land useless to some extent; they cannot use it on a commercial scale anymore.
Instead, now they just have some trees, enough to put that food we had on the tables. They do not ask for money in return. All they have is a donation box where you can out in whatever you feel is worth the feast you just ate.
You are also allowed to walk along the land, go a little bit high on the mountain, see the land crack and get some beautiful views of the lake and the surrounding lands and mountains.
I have never felt so welcomed in any place in Thailand, even though so far my experience with Thai people is an amazing one, they are some of the nicest people I have ever met, but in Land Crack it is even more welcome, you feel the hospitality at its most.
I kept recommending the place for everyone back in the hostel, and I still feel it’s my job to tell the story of this place and recommend it to everyone who might be in Pai.
Just a fast stop for breakfast/lunch in Land Crack on your way to or back from Pam Bok waterfalls; you will definitely not regret it! For me, and this is just a personal view, stopping in Land Crack was even better than visiting the waterfalls themselves!
Have you been to Pai and to the Pam Bok waterfalls? Did you see and/or stop at Land Crack? What did you think of the place and the people there?