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Pai

ปาย
Northern Thailand
897 km from Bangkok
Province of Mae Hong Son
Population : 3 000
Thai prononciation : Baï

Budget

Recomm. stay
2 jours minimum

Visits

General Information about Pai

Charming small town in the North of Thailand, near the Burmese border, Pai is halfway between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son. Its valley with its often foggy landscapes of mountains, rice fields and the surrounding nature are its main assets. It is also the starting point for treks to meet the hill tribes, or simply the lush nature. It is a place for relaxation for lovers of nature and authenticity.
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Accommodations in Pai

Pai has many accommodation options but in high season finding a room to sleep if you did not book in advance can be hard. The city is very popular, very touristy. Many accommodations are located on Thesaban Soi 1, this is where you will most likely find a bed if you have no booking. In Pai, there are many places offering basic bamboo huts at a rate of less than 250 baht per night. They are part of the image that travelers have of city. It is not easy to find a place in those bungalows. They are located across the river from the bus station, there is a small bamboo bridge to cross to the river, on left in the street going down. But you will find other more comfortable resorts too of course. On Soi 1 and Soi 2.

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My recommandations

People often ask me what accommodations I recommaend in Thailand, here are my recommandations in Pai.

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Practical information about Pai

Nights can be cool, make sure you take warm clothes.
There is a smal airport in pai with 2 daily flights from and to Bangkok. Otherwise you can comme her by minivan or by bus from Chiang Mai (online booking available here)

How to get around in Pai ?

Pai is a small town, there is no transport. But there are motorcycle taxis almost opposite the bus station that can take you to the main points of interest in the surrounding countryside. A sign indicates the rates for each destination. But renting a scooter is the best option to enjoy Pai surroundings. Renting a bicycle is also possible but prefer mountain bikes with gears or you may suffer because Pai is in the mountains and have hilly roads.

Festivals in Pai ?

Here is a list of the main festivals taking place every year in Pai. I mention their dates as soon as they are official on Thai Festivals page.
pai jazz & blues fest

Pai Jazz & Blues Fest

This festival generally takes place in the month of July

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How to ask in Thai to go to Pai ?

I want to go to Pai / Yak paï ti Baï.
Where is Pai ? / Baï you ti naï ?

Must-visits in Pai

Pai Canyon

กองแลนหรือปายแคนย่อน
My opinion :
It's not a gigantic canyon but it is enough to impress those who have a bit dizzy and above all, it offers superb views of the surrounding mountains. This is one of the most popular places to watch sunsets in Pai (well, actually 8 kilometers from Pai to be precise).

Pai Big Buddha

พระใหญ่
My opinion :
This large white Buddha is very recent, it is located on a hill overlooking the Wat Phra That Mae Yen which is already somewhat high. The visit is interesting for the Big Buddha certainly but also for the temple. Ddo not expect to see one of the finest Big Buddhas in Thailand, it is modest in size and quality.

Lod Cave

ถ้ำน้ำลอด
My opinion :
This big system of caves is one of the must visits to do from Pai or Mae Hong Son in Northern Thailand. Besides the magnificent and impressive caves, it is the bamboo rafting part on their interior river which makes it a very nice and fun little adventure.

Weather & climate in Pai

Mae Hong Son has a tropical savanna climate but is in the mountains so the morning temperatures are cooler. It is not uncommon to see the summits around the city in the mist in the morning. Winters (from November to March) are dry and warm. Temperatures rise until April, the hottest month of the year when temperatures can occasionally exceed 40 °C. The monsoon season extends from May to October, with heavy showers and cooler temperatures during the day. Mae Hong Son has the record of the highehst température ever recorded in Thailand with 44.6 °C. Surprising for a city perched in the mountains.

The best time to come to Mae Hong Son is from November to the end of April. July and August are the rainiest months but there is no time when it is particularly unrecommended to go to Mae Hong Son.

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