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Location: Pai (district), Mae Hong Son (province), Thailand

Pai, Mae Hong Son, Thailand

PAI is a small and quaint hippie town nestled on the mountains of Mae Hong Son Province through paved winding roads 3 hours by van northwest of Chiang Mai. It has seen increased popularity in the last few years amongst backpackers looking for a chill and laid-back destination with a lot of country and nature to offer. The place itself is teeming with budget and trendy restos, cafes and hotels. The counter-culture ambience permeates throughout the town with it new age, tattooed and dreadlocked denizens. In the last few years, Pai has also seen the rise of Chinese tourists. The town has become a 3-language destination with signs and food menus in Thai, English and Chinese. Cost is cheap specially during the low season.



Pai Blogs by TheLoneRider

Exploring Pai, Thailand traveling
Exploring Pai, Thailand
(May 19-24, 2016) From what I hear about Pai from the travelers I come across with, it's a small mountain town that serves as a backpacker destination when in Thailand. More specifically, it's a hippie town. It's cheap, people are nice, and the vibe is very chill. With my Thailand sojourn coming to a close, it's a destination I had to experience. The 6 days I spent there has been memorable, fun and somehow hinted that I was traveling alone too long..more »»

Visiting the Land Split in Pai, Thailand traveling
Visiting the Land Split in Pai, Thailand
(May 23, 2016) In 2008, a farmer's land in Pai split 2 meters wide and 11 meters deep from an earthquake. Through the years, the split has become wider and longer as more earthquakes hit the area. How does a crack on the earth look like? Time to check it out....more »»

Trekking the Ridges of Pai Canyon mtn
Trekking the Ridges of Pai Canyon
(May 23, 2016) Pai Canyon is an interesting geological formation - narrow rock ridges with a deep vertical drop form an intricate web system where you trek and explore....more »»

Climbing up the White Buddha (Wat Phra That Mae Yen) traveling
Climbing up the White Buddha (Wat Phra That Mae Yen)
(May 21, 2016) Wat Phra That Mae Yen, more popularly referred to as the 'White Buddha on the hill' requires 353 steps up a hill offering a panoramic view of the Pai and the surrounding landscape. It's one of the nearest attractions from town, you can walk it. Admission is free....more »»

Google Maps Pai, Thailand

hotels in Pai - hotel
  • Medio de Pai Boutique Hotel - swimming pool, central location, gym, free bicycle use
    227 Moo 4, Wiang Tai, A.Pai, Pai City - 19°21'26.6"N 98°26'24.7"E


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Pai FYI / Tips

How to Get to Pai from Chiang Mai

  1. Pai is one of the most common destination from Chiang Mai and they have developed a system around it. At the Arcade Bus station in Chiang Mai, there are vans leaving for Pai through these transport companies - Prempracha and Aviabooking (3 hours of winding road, B150). You will be dropped-off at the Pai bus station. It's walking distance to the hotels from there.

Things to do, Places to go in Pai

  1. Pai Canyon Pai Canyon (Kong Lan) - 8 km from Pai with nature walk and open lookout with panoramic view
  2. Wat Phra That Mae Yen White Buddha on the Hill (Wat Phra That Mae Yen) - 353 step leading up to the White Buddha on the hill, overlooking the valley below
  3. Land Split in Pai The Land Split - in 2008, the land cracked and opened 2 meters wide and 11 meter deep...the widening continues through the years. Donation-based to the farmer who makes hibiscus drinks. Along the way to Pembok Waterfall
  4. Pembok Waterfall - drive out to kilometer marker 93, you will find a sign that points you to Ban Pam Klang on your right. If you take that road & drive for 8 kilometers you’ll find Pam Bok Waterfall on you right hand side just before reaching Pam Bok village
  5. Tha Pai Hot Spring - 8 km from Pai in the Huai Nam Dang National Park, just 2 kilometers off Route 1095. Water temperature at 80° Celsius. B200 for foreigners. Best to use the private spas for B100
  6. Charn Chai Muay Thai Gym - located within the city, the place to learn Muay Thai, Thailand's national sport. 174 m.1 Chaisongkharm Road, Pai, Thailand 58130
  7. Mor Paeng Waterfall - 3-tier waterfall with chance to slide off rocks into the pool...but be very cautious as the 2 tiers are not doable
  8. Nam Yang Kung Fu - study Kung Fu and practise meditation in a retreat format

Pai Cost Index

(US$1 = Thai Baht 35.691 = Php 46.791 as of May 22, 2016)
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