There are no songthaews as it is right up in the mountains!!
Mel: there are two types of ways to get there.
1, by public bus, this costs about 80BHT, but is quite slow and chuggy!
2, by private minibus. All the gueshouses in Chang Mai will provide these, posters are up everywhere, or just go into any travel agent. (200BHT)
Pai is a very popular place (deservedly) and it's well catered for tourists.
Alternatively you can hire a motorbike from a place in Chang Mai - can't remeber the exact name but it starts with A.... AYO maybe? You can then leave the bike at their other shop in Pai, or drive back on the bike again. Or do the trip the other way round (bus to Pai, bike back).
When we went we got the minibus there and the public bus back. the bus is quite a laugh actually, and over half the price so you may aswell get that if you're on a budget
Thanks very much Beckiboo
When exactly were u there?
I hope to to in August or September. That is the only time my child has a few weeks off school.
Do u know what the temperatures are like there in August and September?
Hi Mel - I remember asking you for Thailand advice around this time last year
I went there in Jan/Feb this year, the weather was perfect, nice and sunny in the day... but it does get very cold at night!! I think if you went in August / Sept it would probably be quite a similar climate. I'm not sure about the rain though at that time, maybe check online.
[ Edit: Edited on Sep 14, 2007, at 8:10 AM by Beckiboo ]
Somebody told me that the road to Pai is very windy and that you might need to take travel sickness tablets before taking the bus. Also, if you are heading to Chang Mai, I can give you the name of a lovely guesthouse (kitchen for guests, tree house, lovely family running it) if you want. Chang Mai is one of the friendliest places, irrespective of the weather.
Dont worry, I have an iron stomach, so wont be needing travel sickness pills.
I wont be staying at all in Chaing Mai. I will go straight to Pai. But thanks for the offer of suggesting a guesthouse.
lol, you wont need travel sickness tablets!! Unless you have a really weak stomach.
I done a 12hr bus ride on the Cambodian roads... now THAT was rough
Also, if you are heading to Chang Mai, I can give you the name of a lovely guesthouse (kitchen for guests, tree house, lovely family running it) if you want. Chang Mai is one of the friendliest places, irrespective of the weather.
Could I get the name of that guesthouse off you please? I am heading to Chiang Mai in a couple of weeks & that sounds lovely
It is called Tip Top Thai, and the lady who runs it is called Noi.
hey Clarife ill give you another guesthouse that is very nice in chiang mai, "thaphae garden" guesthouse. its near all the bars and has not been opened for long. the food is good and the staff are very helpfull, plus it has a swimming pool! me and a friend are paying 150 baht each a night for a nice room with 2 beds. they can organize trekking aswell, cheaper than average.