Pai is hippie paradise, about 150 kilometers from Chiang Mai. The chill vibe, the many hippies/tourists and the feeling of being in a little village make Pai a must-visit. So without further ado: a Pai travel guide!
Pai travel guide – take a scooter
The road from Chiang Mai to Pai is about 150 km, including 762 curves. There are a lot of busses and minivans going to Pai, but they give out bags at the beginning of the ride, just saying. The road is in a perfect state, there’s not a lot of traffic and most important of all: it is gorgeous. You’ll spend most of the time just looking around and sighing oohs and aahs. So yeah, rent a scooter (tip: Aya Services in Chiang Mai bring your backpack to Pai so you can have an easy ride).
Pai travel guide – Pai Canyon
Look, I’ve never seen another canyon so I don’t know how impressive this one is compared to other canyons but: neato. Go around sunset and it’s the most beautiful. Also the busiest, but since the place is go big, it’s okay. Room for everyone.
Pai travel guide – having dinner on the night market
No night market in Thailand that’s so adjusted to tourists in terms of food. I know I know, Thai food is life, but a burrito or lasagna or hotdog or falafel are a welcome change. This night market is cool because 1: it’s there every night and 2: it’s the only major thing to do in the evening.
Pai travel guide – hot springs!
Who is so clever to dive into hot springs in a country where it’s al-ways between 25 and 30 degrees? Check! But it was lovely, the water was about 40 degrees, the place wasn’t too crowded and it was the perfect end to a full day of sightseeing (oh, the entrance is about 300 baht!).
Pai travel guide – cooking class
Yes, we followed a cooking course, because I repeat: Thai food is life. All them coconut-curries are delicious, so I wanted to be able to do that at home. At Savoei (A Taste of Pai), we first went shopping at a local market and afterward we made five dishes of our choice. It turned out to be super simple. And fun! All that for 700 baht.
Pai travel guide – chasing waterfalls
There are two gorgeous waterfalls around Pai: Pam Bok and Mor Paeng. For the first one, you have to go through the water to have a good view. The second is famous for being the most fun slide of Pai!
Pai travel guide – land split
After an earthquake in 2008, the earth was simply split in two on this farm. That is kinda impressive, I know, but not the main attraction. When you arrive you get an assortment of local snacks. Think banana chips, roselle juice, peanuts, sweet potatoes, jam … All from their garden. There is no price, you just donate what you think it’s worth.
Much love for Pai.
More Thailand? YES PLEASE! How about a Koh Phi Phi travel guide, huh? On the other side of the country but definitely worth a visit.