Pai Things to Do

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    PAI HOT SPRINGS

    by davidjo Written Sep 22, 2014

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    When i first visited Pai over 25 years ago the hot springs were around 7 kms out of the town and actually consisted of 3 or 4 round concrete culverts tubs which could accommodate 2 people and back then i believe it was free. The temperature of the water was 80 C but cooler water could be diverted to the tubs. I visited the springs again in 2005 and there were no longer tubs, just a spring with a stream, but i understand that there are two spas now that cost up to 200 Baht.

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    CLIMB 353 STEPS & ENJOY THE VIEW

    by davidjo Written Sep 22, 2014

    Cross the bridge over the river and continue along the road for one kilometer or so and you will reach the steps leading up to Wat Phra That Mae Yen. Climb up the steps and you will be rewarded by a picturesque view of the surrounding countryside. There are two buildings at the temple with several small golden chedis, as well as a few statues of strange figures. There are some very interesting paintings inside the temple.

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    WAT LUANG and the CHEDI

    by davidjo Written Sep 22, 2014

    Wat Luang was constructed in 1803 but is not particularly interesting except you can see a Shan style Chedi which you can see in the center of the compound. The Chedi has some gold touches to it, and smaller Mon Chedis surround it. Some time after 1803 it became a deserted monastery with a Buddha statue on the grounds, but later when Pai became a community center the village administrator build the Chedi over the statue so it can no longer be seen. Locals believed that the statue protects the town.

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    EAT LIKE A LOCAL

    by davidjo Written Sep 22, 2014

    In Pai there are many restaurants catering for the foreigner's taste buds but you will find it much more adventurous and cheaper to eat from street stalls. You may not know exactly what you are eating but the chances are that you will enjoy the food. Stalls sell food from trays which the stall-holder will scoop a portion in to a plastic bag, and then buy a portion of rice and take back to your bungalow. In the morning their are many stalls selling noodle soup for around 30 Baht. One of my favorites are the sausages which are grilled right in front of you, and don't forget that they are very fresh as the pig was probably happily walking around the day before.

    PICK AND BAG IT SAUSAGES NOODLE STAND

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    TRY A ROTI

    by davidjo Written Sep 22, 2014

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    After your evening meal just wander the street where the market is and find a stall that sells rotis as it is a nice way to finish the evening off. A roti is a soft dough which is kneaded and stretched then slowly cooked in oil on a flat tray which can be filled with a variety of sweet fillers such as egg, banana, chocolate sauce, jam, cheese, folded into a square and topped with sweetened condensed milk. These range in price from a few baht to 20 Baht.

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    WANDER AROUND THE STREET MARKET

    by davidjo Written Sep 22, 2014

    The market comes alive late afternoon when stalls are set up selling fruit, snacks etc. Try some of the local fruits that may be in season such as lychee, mango and rambutan. If you are not familiar with the fruits the stall-holder will normally let you sample one before buying.

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    RIDE AN ELEPHANT

    by davidjo Written Sep 21, 2014

    If you cross the river at Pai and take the road past the hot springs you will come to several places where it s possible to take an elephant ride. We were lucky as we visited in the off season and there were not too many tourists around so we enjoyed a ride across some fields and up the river. One hour was enough, and i think it cost 500 Baht. Our elephant was called Hang Sen and often he would stop to nibble some leaves from a tree or grab some long grass to at. A wooden seat is strapped to the elephant's back and we had to climb on to the seat from a platform 8-10 ft high, then the mahout straddled the elephant's neck and we were on our way. It was a little boring after a while but the mahout let me straddle the elephant and try my hand at directing it along the trail.
    Conclusion---a one time experience, no need to do it again.

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    SLIDE DOWN THE WATERFALL or RELAX IN A POOL

    by davidjo Written Sep 21, 2014

    Mor Paeng Waterfall is 9 kms out of town and is well worth visiting if you like a little fun but make sure that there has been some rain around. The waterfall is to the right side of a rocky area and there is a chance you will see teenagers sliding down the rock into the pool at the bottom. Try this at your own risk! If you climb up the rocky cliff be careful as it is very slippery but towards the top there are several pools where you can immerse yourself in the cool water. Further upriver you will see that there are blue plastic pipes that supply water to the local residents.

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    MASSAGE, MASSAGE and MORE MASSAGE

    by davidjo Written Sep 20, 2014

    Because of the influx of so many tourists there are massage parlors on every corner, some of them good, others are not. There are several places offering 10-12 day massage courses if you are going to stick around for long enough.

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    Klang temple

    by pattayaraj Written Nov 28, 2011

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    One old temple in Pai with main building where housed Buddha images and dedicated one part as temple museum. In the temple located a local style Chedi with niches on the base. Each nich housed Buddha images as symbolic of each day. On the North part of the temple located some building and reclining Buddha image.

    The main building called Jong Chedi Reclining Buddha image
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    Tungpong Temple

    by pattayaraj Written Nov 28, 2011

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    Housed the remodel Buddha image named "Phra Jao Pararakhang", one of the most beautiful Buddha image in Mae Hong Son. In the temple area, you can also find "Shan Museum" which reflected people in this area.

    Phra Jao Pararakhang The main building called Museum
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    Watch the Sunset while sipping a cool beer

    by stoko42 Written May 17, 2010

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    A great place to watch the sunset and have a beer is the Sunset View @ Pai restaurant which is just below the Temple on The hill. They have a great terrace for watching the sunset and the owner is really friendy and makes good food. You can even view by at night from this spot.

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    Cool sunset watching place

    by Tusitala Updated Nov 16, 2009

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    Head up to Wat Pra That Mae Yen to catch the best Pai sunset, with a glorious panorama as the sun disappears behind the vast ranges behind. Great view of the town down in the valley in front.
    It is quite a popular spot, so you won't be alone with your thoughts.

    It would be perfect to pack some beers or a bottle of wine, but as this is a temple, no alcohol is allowed.

    view from the wat
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    Make sure you are prepared-Mae Yen Waterfalls

    by traceyspacey Written Aug 16, 2007

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    Mae Yen Waterfall. We tried to see this. Our friends had been told that you could take a moped part way and walk the rest. As it turns out you can only ride about 1km down a dirt track before it gets too hard. After crossing several streams, you reach a small footpath right in the forest. At this point we decided that we were not dressed for it and it needed more time. It is between 9-12km out of town. Nobody can quite decide on that one.

    We have since found out that it takes about 4 hours each way.

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    Relax for 50B-Hot Springs

    by traceyspacey Written Aug 15, 2007

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    In Pai, you can go to the National park and go in the natural hot springs there for 400B a person. Or if your budget is a little lower try Pai Spa Camp. It's about 8Km out of town so having a bike is helpful. There is a choice of pools, from cold, hot and even hotter. There appeared to be no time limit. So do as we did and relax and enjoy.

    There is acommodation available here.

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