We booked through agoda and travelled up by bus from chiang Mai, so arrived a bit disorientated after 762 bends! We enquired after a taxi in Pai and the guy at the office called Noi (hotel owner) who came right out to Pai (4+km) pick us up! That would never happened elsewhere without prior arrangement. Noi felt like a friend from the start, she gave us a refreshing drink when we arrived at beautiful Pura Vida and asked if we wanted her to order us some dinner from a local restaurant as it was getting late. Noi's husband Add joined us for a beer after dinner and they're both great people. Helped sort a moped, hire car, everything! The cabin itself was perfect, exactly like the pictures and we had the one overlooking the pond with a back drop of mountains - amazing! Water Lillys came into bloom while we were there. Air con in the cabins which was great till we acclimatised to the temp. Breakfast fantastic, plenty of choice, freshly cooked and healthy. Cleaning was also spot on. There's even a cool cat called Lion (who thinks he's a kitten) who loves kids and a fuss and is entertainment in himself! It was so lovely that we decided to stay an extra 5 days but this hotel is pretty popular so for one night we were out of luck. No problem for super-Noi! She found us another hotel and arranged a lift for us as well as looking after our bag while we were away from what was beginning to feel like home! We stayed 10 days in all and it was the perfect chill time. Noi gave us advice on where to visit etc and by the time we left I truly felt I was leaving a friend behind - it was a bit emotional to be honest. Noi if you're reading this my invitation to come to England and stay with us stands, you will always be welcome in my home as I felt in yours. If you are considering this hotel consider no longer - just do it and please treat these lovely people with the kindness and respect that they'll show you. Enjoy it, we'll be back, suwadeeka
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