Tucked away in the mountains of Northern Thailand, Pai is a small town with chill vibes. Each year backpackers, both young and old, flock here to kick back and relax. Located 150km north-west of Chiang Mai, getting to Pai isn’t difficult; but the journey isn’t for the faint of heart. The 3-hour mini bus ride between the two cities features 762 curves, many of which run along the mountainside.
We arrived in Pai on February 2nd, 2016. While we stayed in town four nights, two full days were spent in our hostel with a bad case of thai tummy.
Bungalows and Hostels
There are plenty of places to stay in Pai, but don’t wait too long to book a place as they tend to fill up quickly in the high season (November – January). We spent a majority of our time at Happy House Pai, a hostel on the edge of town, but unfortunately we were unable to meet too many people due to sickness. However, we loved spending a night in a bungalow (Pai Country Hut) and highly recommend staying across the river where it’s a little quieter and even close to all the action.
Exploring the Pai Countryside
We had planned on renting a motorbike during our time in Pai so we could visit some of the attractions outside of the city (such as Pai Canyon and the Temple on the Hill). But that didn’t end up happening thanks to our encounter with thai tummy. Even though we didn’t get to experience as much of Pai as we had hoped, we enjoyed the moments we were able to spend outdoors exploring on foot.
The Pai Walking Street
During our final night in Pai we spent the evening at the Walking Street. This is where you will find souvenirs, handmade artwork, and some tasty street food. You will also find several bars nearby to grab a drink and meet other travelers.