Even though you’re not good to read map when you travel but believe me you won’t get lost in Pai. There’re less than 10 streets in the town and it runs like a circle. If you get lost you just keep riding and you’ll find your place easily unless you’re going out of the town for special trip. So, riding here is nice and good fun.
Please don’t forget to keep driving on left lane as Thailand rule.
This market seems to be only local come to have a walk. We call Talad Nad, meeting market, where it held only on Wednesday. In the evening of Tuesday before this market start, there?re many trucks drive into this village and start to setup their shop and stay over night there.
Early morning on Wednesday around 06.30 until 10.00 a.m., there?re many people come to shop in this market as it?s only once a week. I imagine that it?s like a supermarket or Wall mart for some of you who go for good and cheap things. You can find real of people life and the way of their shopping style. There?re many products is brought from China and Burma to this town as well.
Yunan is small migrated group from China. They speak Chinese and also Thai language. I take a ride to north part of Pai, same route as Wat Nam Hoo. Glad to find this place because it?s not different as visit China. You can feel the way of their living, building with soil or clay, food and traditional cloth that they wear. I heard that there?re many local use this place to have a party and meeting. How nice?..
You may not agree with me about this tip if you don?t like coffee but I do. I?m like a big fan of coffee drinker as at least once a day. All about coffee is the name of this shop that I love to go so much. There is small little teakwood house with 2 floors and they have a little gallery to enjoy watching them. There?re some nice good books, both English and Thai language for all of you. Nice small collection of picture and cute souvenir from here as well.
I found this place where is about norhern area from the town to the Thai-Yunan cultural center. Just only 300 meters far from that center, you can see nice view of the river Pai and the mountains surrouded. Nice feeling to see sunset here.
Would be nice to be with someone. other wise, you'd be too lonely!!!!
As Buddhism way, offering food to monks for their breakfast is actual life that people here do. You will see simple life in this town when you try to wake up a little bit earlier than normal.
Make your alarm clock for about 06.30 a.m. and come to the main road of Pai town. You can feel another kind of peaceful and good fresh weather.
"Pai" is the name of the river. So, it seems to miss something if you visit Pai but never seen the river. This river was such nicer in past 10 years ago but we had such a bad flooding last year and it wiped so many things and had left some ruin thing. However, it's getting back to alive again. "Pai" river is small but calm and gentle like feeling so peace when you stay in this town.
The hotsprings in Pong Sak are a little more outside to north, and the more popular in the east of Pai, through the elephant ressorts, where you can rent them for 2 or 3 hours, but i didn´t try.
They usually are cooling from top to the bottom down a little, and there´s a pool mixed with cold water, so start there first....
The water is at least 38 or 45 degree, so your body just heats and heats, don´t stay too long in there!
Since all of the hot springs I've seen in asia have been pumped into swimming pools and not much different than a hot tub back home or a sauna in Korea it was nice to see the natural phenomenon. At the source it's so hot you can boil an egg (an people do) but there is a stream area further away where you can soak if you like. They have recently raised the admission price- can't remeber how much.. maybe 300-400Baht?
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.
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.
Situated in the centre of Pai. This temple is one important temple of this area. The significant buildings 're Chedi or Thaat in Mon style with lion statue sitting on 4 corners and Jong or sermon hall with multi tiered foofs.
This was the first time I have been in a cave with a guide who has only a lantern to guide us. You can actually appreciate how dark it is in there and it was much better than having discreet lighting and concrete floors.
If you need some time to relax for an afternoon after a trek, head to the Pai Hot Springs. Located right outside of Pai, these hotsprings are beautiful. You can feel hot water! And just relax and enjoy the rice patties and mountains.
Don’t eat before or after you go to the market! The smell from all the entrails and other strange meat products is revolting! In the picture large frogs have their back legs tied so they don’t jump out – nice and fresh!!