762. That’s the number of turns along highway 1095 to get to Pai from Chiang Mai. There were all kinds of turns from sharp, narrow ones to long, curvy ones; both up hill and down hill; steep and shallow. We drove, choosing to make our own way and take our own time rather than take a bus or mini-bus. We had wanted the freedom to stop when we chose and be able to drive around Pai once we got there.
We had also heard that those riding the buses, or even driving themselves, to Pai often suffer cases of motion sickness and that the bus drivers will rarely, if ever, stop for those vomiting. We can certainly see how one would get motion sickness being on a bus. Not only are the roads winding and full of hairpin turns, the buses we saw drive past did not look like they were taking their time.
After one particularly curvy stretch of road, we noticed the above sign, indicating a vomit stop. We took a break to snap a photo of the sign and happened to have stopped at just the “right” time. We could hear someone suffering from motion sickness, loudly, in the bathroom of the pit-stop nearby.
If you’re looking to visit Pai, we’ve written a lot of information on where to stay, where to eat and what to do and have also compiled our posts and some added information and tips in our Free Ebook: A Guide To Pai.