Pai is an unexpected find in a remote mountain valley. Twenty years ago the town of Pai used to be a few dirt roads and shops, as tourists soon discovered the natural beauty of the Pai River and it’s surrounding valley, businesses and development followed not long after and it turned into the little backpacker settlement that it is today. Popular amongst hippy and artistic types both Thai and foreign alike, the feel is very much new age.
This small town is filled with bohemian style cafes, restaurants, bookstores and guesthouses. During high season in the months of October until February, the nightlife comes alive and the tunes of Bob Marley can always be heard, during the day visitors take advantage of the hot spring, rafting and trekking opportunities in the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Located 8km southeast of the town are Pai Hot Springs. You can enter for free, but if you want to take a dip its 50bt.
A stream flows through the park and mixes with the hot spring so the temperature of the water is comfortable.
There are also small public bathing houses.
This temple sits on a hilltop offering good views of the Pai valley below. There is a 400m sealed road that leads to the top. You can walk to it bu heading 1km east of the main intersection in town, across a stream, village then the 353 stairs to the top.
One of the most popular activities in Pai.
Established local agencies are
Back Trax (053 699739) and Duang Trekking (by Duang Guesthouse)
From Chiang Mai, buses leave 5 times daily.
Fan approx 80bt, Air-con approx 150bt
Journey time is 3-4 hrs through steep windy mountainous roads
Pai town is easily accessible on foot. To get to the surrounds bicycles or motorbikes can be hired.
Bicycles approx 80bt/day Motorbikes range from 100-500bt depending on size and make.
|Darling View Point Bungalows||120 Moo T. Maehee A. Pai||Guesthouse||81|
|JAMJUREE Cottage @ Pai||136 M.11 Baan Na Jalong Mae Na Teong, Pai, Mae Hong Son||HOSTEL||-|
|PaiCome Hideaway Resort||327 Moo 5 Baan Namhoo T.Wiangtai, A.Pai, Maehongson||HOTEL||-|
|Spicypai Backpackers||291 Moo1,T. Mae Hee A. Pai Mae Hong Son||HOSTEL||85|
|Villa de Pai||87/1 Moo3 Tesban1 Rd. Viang Tai Pai||Hotel||78|
|Yawning Fields Guesthouse||155 M. 1 T. Maehee A||guesthouse||-|
|Yawning Fields Guesthouse||155 M. 1 T. Maehee A Pai J. Maehongson||GUESTHOUSE||-|
Tel: 053 699949
Has thatched huts on stilts, dorm beds and double rooms
Tel: 053 699162
Central location for nightlife
Tel: 053 69039
Very clean, cheap and in the centre of town. Rooms are simple
Tel: 053 699554
Plain and dark rooms set in a medicinal herb garden
Tel: 053 699101
Right in the centre of town in an old 2 storey building that has rooms and bungalows
Tel: 053 699 998
Motel-like rooms, little character but has a decent sized pool, restaurant, bar with big screen to watch movies
Tel: 053 699133
Has dark wood bungalows set in a lovely garden.
Tel: 053 699049
Exquisite rooms with design you would expect at this price. All rooms have river facing balconies, some have lounges and an interior spa pool.
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