We visited Pai and stayed at lychee garden in 8-11 at Feb 2014.
On the positive side, rick the owner is very nice and was attentive to our needs. He recommended us places to visit and gave us a map with his hotspots. He also gave us lots of free bananas and was efficient in fixing the broken down t.v.
The place is beautiful.
It has strong wifi signal. The cost is not too expensive.
On the negative side:
- The room is very small (but you're out biking around Pai any way). It's basically a bed and a shower.
- It gets really cold at night. The airconditioning does not heat.
- There is a rooster in the yard that wakes you up a few times at night. The place is not quiet in general. Be prepared.
- The bed is not too comfortable. The mattress is hard.
- The shower is a bit tricky to handle.
- The t.v has hundred of channels but none of them speaks English.
- The place is not near any of the recommended places to see and it is outside of town. You must get a motorbike.
One word of warning. We wanted to take a taxi to the airport. Rick offered that his friend would drive us. We were thankful. But when we got to the airport this nice friend all of a sudden asked for money for the ride. We were strangers in a strange land and thought that cultural differnces has made this misunderstanding. We had no money available to pay. This "friend" offered to take us to a bank to withdraw money (when we have a plane to catch mind you) which finally made us take a stand and say that if the ride was to cost money, it should have been noted in advance. The guy mumbled something and left. We are not sure if rick knew about what we think is a scam attempt. Rick always noted the price ("breakfast 130 bat. Banana is free") so it's not likely he neglected to say it this time.
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