pai thailand travel guide

Pai Thailand is a very small and beautiful town and about 130km north of Chiang Mai. If you fell in love with Chiangmai Old Town, when you come to Pai, you will be completely cut down by the sweet, romantic and romantic that Pai gives for you only.

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The best time to visit Pai is from January to April. If you are in Loy Krathong with the ideal season, Chiang Mai and Pai are the best.

How to get to Pai Thailand


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There is a direct line to Pai, but few visitors go this way because the Pai airport is so small, with one runway only and the price is very expensive.

You should fly to Chiang Mai and take 3-hours for going by bus.

The road from Chiangmai to Pai is very simple; you can buy bus tickets at any travel agent or buy at your hotel. The bus price at the hotel is about 5 dollars. Tickets you buy directly at the bus station are 1.5 dollars.

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If you enthusiasm to drive the motorbike, you can not miss Chiangmai – Pai Road. The scenery along two sides will make you wonder and enjoy. The rental rate is from 3 dollars to 5 dollars excluding car insurance. The most reputable car rental company in Chiang Mai and Pai is Aya service. They also provide Chiangmai – Pai bus service.



You can take a bus to Chiang Mai and take the next line to Pai.



No having the direct train from Bangkok to Pai, you can only take the night train to Chiang Mai and pick up the earliest bus to Pai at 7:30.

Hotels in Pai Thailand



If coming to Pai once, you should definitely experience in the beautiful bungles along the river, the beautiful, romantic and peaceful Pai River, seemingly all busy things will slip into the line of memory.

Bungalow prices in low season are usually ranging from 6 dollars and higher.


The cheapest is bungalow Family’s hut. The price 6 dollars/ bungalow consists of 2 beds with toilet inside. In high season, the price can double to triple.

If you like the beautiful view and good price, you should choose Baan riverside resort. This is the ideal resort which has space to rest and it closes to the river with a large balcony to drink beer with friends or simply watch the sunset on the Pai River. The resort has swings and very nice white tables and chairs.

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The bungalow in low season with price is about 12 dollars/night including simple breakfast with sandwiches and tea. High season, bungalows with river view about 6 dollars



The Dorm in Pai is quite plentiful; the price is ranging from 2 to 6 dollars in low seasons.
3 hostels have dorm crowded and best service is common ground, Spicy Pai, and Circus School.

The Common Ground has quite a wide area for having a rest and relaxation for travelers. If you are traveling alone, you should definitely not miss this hostel. A plus mark in Common Ground is a central location behind Pai Bus Station. Only 1minutes for walking and there are dining areas around. The price at Common Ground is dollars/person/night.


Spicy Pai is a chain hostel located in many famous tourist destinations of Thailand, so the service of Spicy Pai is very well. The dorm area has many beds, is a good place to make new friends. However, the disadvantage of Spicy Pai is very far from the center, walking away at least 15 minutes at night and dark in the night. The price about 4 dollars/person/night

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The Circus School, the location is on a hill, enjoy the beautiful sunset. Circus school is a hostel with many relaxing zones, beautiful resort, where teaches circus for guests also. Just spend from 12 to 18 dollars; you can study unlimited with basic circus lessons here. On weekend, School Circus School usually organize BBQ party, circus, fire dance … gather a lot of young people to participate. However, the room in Circus is not good, about 4 dollars/person.

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Things to see and do in Pai

Pai attracts tourists because of unspoiled wildlife like South of Thailand, in Pai you just rent the motorbike for getting to the tourist destinations near Pai within 15km.


Pam Bok Waterfall in Pai Thailand

In Pai, having two famous waterfalls, there are Pam Bok and Mo Paeng Pam Bok
Pam Bok is constructed like a cool stream of cool water which the slope falling down.

Mor Paeng Waterfall in Pai, Thailand

On the way to Pam Bok waterfall on the left-hand side, you will stop at a detention center to eat garden fresh fruit, drink wine, strawberry juice, jackfruit and dried banana … they will serve for you to eat until you full. No, you can pay a lot of money for them if you want
In Mo Paeng, you can play a waterfall game with a huge rocky for you to slide into the lake.

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All of these waterfalls have not been touched by human hands, no having entrance fees as are most of the other tourist destinations in Thailand. That is also a unique point in Pai.

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Hot springs in Pai Thailand

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In Pai, there are also 2 hot springs, a very famous, many tourists located in the spa area and is called Tha Pai Hotspring. To enter this stream, you have to pay about 6 dollars/ person.

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There is another stream located on the way to Mae Hong Son, about 10 kilometers from Pai on the big road and turn right about 5 kilometers with the land road, you go up and down a lot, very slippery and easy to fall. The price is about 1 dollar/person, if you drive a motorbike, the charge is 1 dollars/car. This hot spring is located in the middle of the forest, cool water, clear water and very empty. This is one of most special and beautiful hot spring. If you are afraid to travel long distances, you should go to Tha Pai. However, when going to the land line, you should careful, the downhill you should use brake pedal in many times instead of braking one time will be failed immediately.

Grand canyon Pai Thailand

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If you have heard about the famous Grand Canyon in the United States, in Pai, you will see Canyon similarly; this is the unique place that you can not miss. You do not have to pay any fees to visit that majestic nature masterpiece. But surely in the future when Pai is put into tourism, it will not be free anymore. Let’s coming to Pai before it’s too late. The most beautiful Canyon is sunset, You should choose a good time to see this marvelous moment.

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Get a Pai panoramic view from high viewpoint

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In Pai, there are several places where you can watch the sunset on the hill that covers a beautiful town.

The highest place is about 10-kilometer with Pam Bok waterfall, from the waterfall, you can see a large signal of directions to get there.

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The second place is at Coffee In Love, a European-style cafe with a beautiful view. If you love photography, this is really an ideal place.

Nearly opposite Coffee in Love, there is a similar place but look is not as beautiful as Coffee in Love.

Explore Pai Thailand caves

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Located about 45 kilometers toward Mae Hong Son has a beautiful cave called Tham Lod. The road to this place is quite slippery, if you are a good driver or had experience, you can rent a motorbike for saving and initiative.

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Otherwise, you can choose to buy tour at travel companies.

If you go with a crowded group, you should rent a taxi to these places, the price of the taxi divided into 10 people, you will get a cheaper price than buying a tour.

To visit the cave, you have to pay for a raft; this raft can take three people/ time. Price is about 6 dollars/ raft.

There are also other caves… But Tham Lod is still the most beautiful.

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Chinese Pagoda

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The pagoda is situated on a lovely hill, with a circular swing that looks pretty and lovely. The temple is also located in the tourist attractions. If you do not like a tour, you can rent a motorbike.

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Pang Ung Lake

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In fact, Pang Ung is located in Mae Hong Son, far from Pai 147 kilometers, the lake is wide, the lake is most beautiful in the early morning when the mist is covered and gradually evaporates in the dawn. From November to October is a great time to admire the blooming flowers around Pang Ung. You can prepare food for camping near the lake as local families.

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Trekking, cross the adventure waterfall…

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Chiangmai is famous for trekking tours in the forest, homestay in the village and adventure trekking. So in Pai, you also find similar tours. These tours can be purchased at any agency around Pai town.

Pai tour schedule can be viewed at the Chiangmai, Pai, Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai Vacations.

Enjoy food in Pai

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Pai is a food paradise for street food enthusiasts. All are the focus on the same road. Here you can find all kinds of dishes from Thai, Chinese, Western food. Especially vitamins here are extremely delicious and having cheap price. It seems that this way of eating is an invisible connection between backpackers. Everyone loves Pai so much that they can stay here at least 4-5 days, everyone is familiar with each other and become a close friend. Pai not only brings happiness to tourist town but it is also a cord that connects friendship among dust tourists.

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Nightlife in Pai

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Although Pai is a peaceful small town, but nightlife is no bad with other tourist cities. The backpackers usually follow the bar route as below:

Sunset bar or Yellow is from 9 pm to 12 am. These bars often play Regae music, there are bar games like billard, ping pong also.

After 12 am, people move through Don’t cry bar. This bar is nothing special, just a place for guests to sit and talk.

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In addition, Pai has many other tourist destinations that Livingnomads can not list in this article, however, these points are the most beautiful and easiest places in Pai.

If you travel to Chiang Mai, you should spend more time in Pai. Because in Pai, there is cheap and easy to travel by motorbike and Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand, often traffic jam at peak hours, the destinations are very far, and you have to buy the expensive tour.

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