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Um Phang or Pai in Thailand?

Travel Forums Asia Um Phang or Pai in Thailand?

1. Posted by Nikki3905 (Budding Member 25 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I am travelling to Thailand in September and want to go rafting/elephant trekking - which is better to go to for scenery, less crowds and generally better out of the two? What is the best way to get to Um Phang?

2. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Nikki,
where will you be before you hit Um Phang?
Well,if from Phrae,there are lots of pickup trucks,minivans and buses to Um Phang.
if you are going from Bangkok, you can take a bus to Mae Sot.
From Mae Sot,take a local truck or songthaew to Um Phang since there is only 1 highway which is connected to the small town.
For me,Um Phang will be less crowded if compare to Pai.

Sometimes you can find that there are accommodations offered for tourist at the local homes or the Border patrol campsites at Mae Klong.

Just change enough money at Mae Sot before you leave for Um Phang since there is no bank or moneychanger there.


3. Posted by RFritz (Inactive 38 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I would definitely go to Um Phang - its such a beautiful place and the three day trek includes a visit to a waterfall which is amazing. If you have time you could just drop by Pai.

4. Posted by Aug7 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

About bank in Umphang, There are 2 banks opened, since 2005. One is Government saving bank (GSB) with one ATM. Another is Bank for agriculture and cooperative. I think GHB should be more commercail, but I didn't contact yet.