Pai Travel Guide

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Pai Highlights

  • Pro
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    itsCharlie says…

     The nice people, the lazy days 

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     Some areas are overly dependent and effected by tourism 

  • In a nutshell
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    AMOQUE says…

     Beautifull landscape, very nice and chill people, ideal place to get rested 

Pai Things to Do

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  • Klang temple

    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.

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  • Tungpong Temple

    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.

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  • Watch the Sunset while sipping a cool...

    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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Pai Hotels

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  • Baan Pai Village Resort

    88 Moo 3, Vieng Tai, Pai, 58130, Thailand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Montis Resort

    358 Moo 5 Viengtai, Pai, 58130, Thailand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • The Quarter

    245 Moo 1 Chaisongkram Road, Tambol Viengtai, Amphur Pai, Mae Hongson, Pai, 58130, Thailand

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

Pai Restaurants

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  • A tranquil Peace of Pai

    On returning to Sunset View Restauarant @ Pai a warm welcome greeted me from the owner.The choice of Thai and International dishes freshly cooked was of a very high standard a good size portion and most importantly tasted really good.The ambience of this restaurant owes itself vey much to the fact that it is set on a hill below a temple overlooking...

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  • Shark (2004: Mandala Bar)

    opening in 2004... have a look at http://www.mandalabar.com Good music everytime: ambient, chillout, ethno, brazil, sometimes trance

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  • so much food!!!

    a terrace surrounded by lush gardens, and a little creek. this is where the restaurant of the inn is located. Scenic! the food was really good: we asked for a selection of whatever they wanted - never in my life have i seen so much food! the chicken and peanuts was particularly tasty. the stir-fry veggies too. all came with tons of rice

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Pai Nightlife

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  • Good Live music

    A small bar in a little arcade of shops, Lun Laa is a popular place to hang out, enjoy some drinks, and watch Nong and his band bang out some blues, funk, reggae tunes.Live music nightly from 7pm till 11pm, with jamming some nights.A good place to warm up, before heading off to BeBop Bar. If you get there early enoug you can score the comfy sofa,...

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  • ''Crazy Bar''

    Apparently Ting Tong means crazy. However it was not that crazy when I was there. It was rather a nice relaxing bar. The whole bar is more or less outside amongst nice trees. You can sit on the floor on cushions and watch the stars and candle burning while listening to some dance music. They have some fire shows on every evening as well.They open...

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  • Blues, Jazz and R & B

    This is the biggest bar in Pai with air con. But that isn't the only reason to go there. The live music is great and makes a change to your evening. The band were fantastic. Makes a good night.There is food available outside, so you can have your late night snack. No dress code

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Pai Transportation

  • Moped/Motorcycle or car

    To see more of Pai than just the town, get yourself a set of wheels. But only do this if you feel confident enough to drive. Don't be tempted to drink and drive, as people still do. We paid 120B a day for a 125cc moped. Try the places near the bus station. They should give you a helmet for free.

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  • Admire the View-Minibus from Chiang Mai

    We had heard that this is an uncomfortable ride. We had heard that from December 2006 you could get a Golden Dragon half bus from Chiang Mai's arcade bus station to Pai and that it was alot more comfortable. We went to the bus station, no sign of the bus only a small mini bus. So we booked a mini bus from a travel agent in Chiang Mai for 150B. It...

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  • Rent a motorbike

    You can rent a motorbike in Pai's main shopping street. It is a great way of exploring Pai's surroundings and some other villages, where they aren't really used to tourists and still wave when you're passing by. The landscape you'll see is of breathtaking beauty.When you rent a motorbike make sure to drive on the left, where a helmut and take a...

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Pai Shopping

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  • Hill tripe cloth

    There’re lot of hill tripe people live in the northern part of Thailand. Even Thai people who live in this country, still get excited to buy a tradition dress of hill tripe to give to people as souvenir or for themselves. There’re plenty of them especially for young children. It would be nice idea to see them in this dress. So, colorful !!! On...

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  • Handmade souvenir from hill tripe...

    Visit Northern part of Thailand is like you must come to see hill tripe villager. It will be perfect if you buy some souvenir from them. They’re so colorful and beautiful neat hand work. You can find them everywhere along the footbath.

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Pai Local Customs

  • Chicken farm

    Thai people keep the chickens under a bamboo basket.The chickens can eat everything that lies beneath them,the basket gives shadow allows air to pass.Nice environmental friendly way to keep poultry.

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  • Riding a bike in Pai ??

    Pai has a muslim community .I found it very strange to find them over there.At several times a day you'll hear the speakers calling to pray.Personnaly I find it a pity to see veiled women amongst this openminded society.

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  • Pai River

    what you see is Rimtaling Guesthouse, brandnew, trees just 3 ft.high, with very laid back atmosphere, excellent thai citchen and lots of sun & fun...

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Pai Warnings and Dangers

  • Mam's yoga horror!

    This is without doubt the worst yoga experience of my life! Value for money 5/10 (and only because this is Thailand and it was so cheap!):The 2 hour class that I paid for took 1 hour including: pick up and drop off back in Pai town, the class and a dreadful lunch.The yoga class 2/10:Mam was disinterested in the class in every conceivable way. Spoke...

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  • Drugs in Thailand

    Yes it is easy to find. But you always run the risk of scams being run on you. Such as, someone will offer or you'll ask someone that you THINK you may trust, they'll sell it to you and the next thing you know is the police will come calling on you. Remember, your rights and the police search and seizsure laws are different. They don't need to ask...

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  • Drugs in Thailand

    Where in the world did you hear that??? NO. How could the police make you do that? All it would take is one tourist to undergo the police MAKING Them take a drug test and not another tourist would ever go near Pai, maybe even anywhere north. Not to mention that Pai is not the only place to get drugs should one want them. Bangkok and all points...

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Pai Tourist Traps

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    Hot springs

    by gib157 Written Feb 6, 2005

    When we rented out our motorbikes we decided to go and visit as many local attractions as possible including the attractive sounding hot spings. When we got there (after riding past horribel looking elephant camps that I would advise people to avoid) the hot springs were just shallow pool of almost boiling water and they of course stank of rotten eggs. I dont know what I was expecting really. I wanted to be able to go in them if possible. Some local Thai's were cooking some sausages in the water. On the way out we noticed a monky tied to a tree wiht a bit of rope about 1m long. I saw this a few times in Thailand actually but it was always distressing.

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Pai What to Pack

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    don't leave home without it

    by call_me_rhia Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: sturdy shoes to visit the caves DO make sense!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: This is one of the two areas of Thailand where there'a a high-risk of malaria, so it makes sense to stock up with good repellent. it's also a good idea to use malarone (or to have it as emergency-treatment at least).

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: a swimsuit is recommended for hotmineral baths, especially those in the "wildreness" - and maybe a sarong too, since locals bathe in sarongs!

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Pai Off The Beaten Path

  • surrounding countryside

    Me and Staurt rented out motorbikes from aYa Service in Pai for 120b including insurance. This is the best way to get around and visit other areas around Pai. We went to the hot spings, the temple on the hill, soem waterfalls and then got incredibly lost twice, but that was the best part. We rode past Pai airport which was just a strip of grass...

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  • White Water Rubber Rafting

    SaNookDee!! Good fun!! Rubber rafting is so much fun is Pai, you all must do it if in Pai. The best trip you can do is going down the Pai and Kohng river, starting in Pai and ending up near Mea Hong Son, near the Myanmese border. Pai rafting did a great job. The trip was 9 hours, but not boreing at any time. You stop for lunch in a small hilltribe...

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  • Akha Hilltribes

    Many of them not yet have experiences with money and touriss, what´s following a natural unspoilt consciousness...You should ask before you make a photo of the people!

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Pai Sports & Outdoors

  • Yoga in Pai

    Mom's yoga in Pai I attended a yoga class which was supposed to be 2 hours today. But she started it at 10:20 not 10 o'clock. But she didn't apologize at all and first half an hour was a meditation then streching for 30 min again then she taught yoga, real yoga only 10 min. She'd never corrected a students's posture or let the students know for...

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  • Rafting in Pai river

    One of very good memory on this trip for rafting in Pai River. For the one who think of going to MaeHongson as the next stop. This activity can be a good one to get there by the river. you can choose a short trip or stay over night in a jungle with hilltripe people which it's cool. the tour company provide for you all.

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  • Looking for the green crested lizard

    my suggestions is to go hiking in the forest, not to reach any particular place, but to observe the magic of nature. After seeing one green crested lizard in the grassland surrounding the place where I was staying, I went for a forest walk to see more of them. They are shy reptiles with a green body and a blue-ish head that can be found in...

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Pai Favorites

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  • Insects and creatures appear to be...

    Whether it be lizards, moths or butterflies. They all appeared to be larger than normal. It was almost as if a nuclear accident had happened that only effected the insects and lizards.

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  • general info

    This town is very bibbly bobbly and full of alternative magic healing stuff. It therefore attracts that crowd. Coming out of the bus station the further east and south you go the quieter and less bibbly bobbly the town is.it is however a nice place to hang out. Many very nice bungalows by the river. Left out of the bus station then lefy at the...

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  • Waterfalls

    Waterfall: really cold water for cooling down...Sun until early afternoon, to reach by motorbike through Lahu and the hilltribe villages on the mountainMae Yen Waterfall :This waterfall is Pai's most beautiful and can only be reached by a fairly difficult hike of about 3 hours. The total drop is about 30 m and most times of the year significant...

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