Pai is one of Mae Hong Son’s most well-known towns, as well as a peaceful and fascinating place to visit. Simply seeing a captivating valley and breathtaking scenery for two days is very worthwhile, and then returning to Chiang Mai.
Discover Pai by going on a sightseeing tour. Enjoy an experience on the mountain road. If you don’t have anything else planned, I recommend coming here. It’s also a good idea to include this trip in your itinerary for the north loop of Thailand.
Visit some places along the way. Take a lunch break in a stylish restaurant. Stay overnight in Pai City, shop on Walking Street, and enjoy the colorful nightlife. Below is an example of the routes we have taken so far.
Experience the Pai’s natural beauty and the long, winding road to Pai. Visit an interesting stop along the way and the majority of the tourist attractions in Pai.
A Sample Journey
Day 1: Chiang Mai–Pai
Starting from your hotel in Chiang Mai, drive on Highway 1095, which leads to Pai and has an interesting sideroad to visit, and stop for coffee or a meal at any time. The lists down below are the places where we have to travel ahead to Pai.
Choose a place where to stop.
- National Park
- Mok Fa Waterfalls
- Pong Duet Geyser
- Huai Nam Dang National Park
- Coffee & Foodies
- Green Food Coffee
- Pankled Coffee
- 32, Coffee Hill & Resort
- Coffee We The Witch’s House
Continue to Pai in the afternoon, stopping along the way to see the Pai River Memorial Bridge, Pai Canyon, and the lovely flower garden, as well as a cup of coffee at Yellow House & Coffee in Love, a cute little coffee shop.
Alternatively, you can check-in at the hotel first and then go out and find your own dining, drinking, and shopping on Pai’s unique walking street.
Day 2: Back to Chiang Mai
We may visit a few places in the morning before leaving Pai around noon for a drive back to Chiang Mai, where we’ll arrive at 4 p.m. So take a nap and watch for three hours.
Things to do in Pai
Pai has a lot of things to do that are made by well-behaved tourists when they have nothing to do. You can choose your favorite activity and extend your travel dates to visit more places. It can be categorized by our experience below.
- Bamboo Bridge
- Chinese Village
- Wat Nam Hoo
- Wat Phra That Mae Yen
- Pai Memorial Bridge
- Pai Canyon
- Tha Pai Hot Spring
- Sai Ngam Natural Mineral Spring
- Bamboo Rafting
- Mae Yen Waterfall
- Mo Paeng Waterfall
- Pam Bok Waterfall
- Elephant Riding
- Massage and Spa
- Walking Street
- Ride a Scooter
Actually, we do nothing in Pai. Just eat, read, and sleep like Pai’s character. A young backpacker told me years ago. Pai is constantly changing. I cannot update everything all the time. But it is as amazing as the earth’s rotation. Awesome, we will see what’s going on.
- The entrance fee to the National Park is 400 THB for adults and 200 THB for children.
Once the entrance fee has been paid, it is possible to visit the national parks multiple times in one day. That is the status of the permission within one day. Just show the ticket at the check point when you drive through the next one.
Car with driver
The most common way to get to Pai is by minivan from Chiang Mai; these are relatively inexpensive and quick, but they also appear to be a little crazy because the road has over 800 curves and sitting in a cramped minivan for three hours can make you sick.
Suggest: Avoid taking a back seat row.
Before booking transport to Pai from any hostel or agency in Chiang Mai, make sure you won’t get car sick. You can adapt this journey to your preferred mode of transportation. I delight in dedicating and granting permission for use. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require a private car for a smooth journey on the twisting roads.
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