Things to Do in Pai Thailand
Pai is located in Northern Thailand and is about 140km from Chiang Mai. It is a relaxed town and has become a popular travel destination for backpackers, nature lovers and active people.
There is a lot to see in Pai and we have compiled a list of 8 of the top things to do in Pai Thailand.
Explore Pai Canyon
If you are in Pai, the Pai Canyon is a must see place you will want to visit. It’s a place to go and to see the sunset view or for its spectacular view but so be sure to check the sunset timing before heading over. Remember you will need a moped / scooter to get to the Canyon as its 13km from the town.
If you are interested in hiking or feeling active you can spend hours climbing and getting lost in the nature. Remember Get there early for a good seat before the sunset if you love sunset scenery.
There are loads of waterfalls in Pai with Pam Bok, Mor Paeng and Pombok been the must popular.
At Pam Bok Waterfalls is a nice place to relax. Cool fresh water to either float or sit in. You can jump off the rocks but don’t dive obviously be sure to check the water depth before taking the leap otherwise you will break your neck. Amazing setting overall. There is a bamboo bridge about 3 kms further up.
Pombok Waterfall is a little more secluded, the pool tends to be in the shade most of the time due to the high cliffs around it.
The Mor Paeng waterfalls can become fairly busy with tourists. There’s a lower pool with a stair case leading down to a bigger pool which is quiet. Well worth the visit.
I would recommend visiting the waterfalls early to enjoy it more, by mid day they can be super busy with tourists.
Pai’s Walking Street
Like must walking streets in Thailand, it fills up with food vendors and market stalls selling everything from your t-shirts and jewellery to personalised post cards. It happens every night on the main street of Pai.
The memorial bridge is located over Pai river. It’s just another bridge but has become a popular spot for tourists. It more the fact of its history when it was built by the Japanese to transport weapons to Burma during the second world war.
The Land Crack
In 2008 the land began to split and crack due to some weird soil erosion. So the inventive farmer turned his property into a bit of a tourist attraction
The farmer today offers juice, wine, fruits and snacks. Just for the juice the ride out there is worth it. It is completely for free, but you can donate something and buy something from the farmer.
Definitely one of the more unique things to do in Pai.
Thom’s Elephant Camp
Thom’s Elephant Camp is the Oldest Elephant Camp in Pai and the first camp that wants to let you interact with these beautiful, sensitive animals in an ecologically responsible fashion.
The camp opened up in 1992 and takes great pride in her little sanctuary. One of the key reasons to their success is that the elephants are treated as one of the family.
Thom’s elephant camp can also provide you with accommodation if you are interested in your own private bungalow with spectacular mountain views. The Bungalows come with free breakfast, A/C, Porches, Satellite TV, Refrigerator, Natural fed Hot Spring Tubs, free WiFi and much more!
And there is rooms available that are equipped with a number of amenities to make your stay comfortable and memorable including free WiFi, Private Bath, and Personal Fan. Accommodation prices range from between THB 350—1800 / night depending on time of year and which ever you choose between room or bungalow.
The elephants hang by out the front of the property and the staff encourage you to play and feed them. There is other activities to do at the camp such as elephant trekking, bamboo rafting and sightseeing.
Prices range from between THB 800—7000 depends on which tour and activities you want to do. For more details on the tours, checkout the website.
In Pai, there is several Hot Springs that one can visit. This includes Tha Pai Hot Springs and Sai Ngam Hot Spring.
The Pai Hot Springs is located about 7 kilometers from the town itself. Its THB 60 (40 for the bike and 20 for entrance). It is worth the ride from Pai. The water is not too hot, there are changing rooms and toilet. The water is clear and the ground is covered with little rocks.
Sai Ngam Spring is located on your way to the Cave. This spring is really nice, the water was hot and there is bamboo changing rooms you can use for free. It’s worth getting up early to avoid the crowds. The pools are well maintained making it even better.
Explore Lod Cave
Getting to the site is done via bamboo raft. The bamboo raft ride is reasonable short with fishes zipping in the water. You will see ancient wall paintings, antique wooden coffins and stalactites in interesting shapes hidden in the cave.
This cave is only 400m long and during wet season (until December) you can only visit the first cave (Lod Cave) but in December onwards the water should have gone down enough to visit Doll Cave & Fish Cave.
Getting a package from local travel agents will make things easier to get to the cave.
Where To Stay In Pai
Kota Kinabalu is littered with guest houses, hostels, and hotels. Here are a few places to check out if you are planning to visit Kota. Remember to check reviews and book a place that suits you interests while traveling.
B2 Pai Premier Resort Hotel
Rating 7.7, Double rooms start from $50
B2 Pai Premier Resort Hotel offers rooms with free WiFi in Pai, ideally situated a 7-minute walk from Pai Night Market. Located around 700 m from Pai Bus station, the hotel is also 2.3 km away from Wat Phra That Mae Yen. The hotel features pool views, an outdoor pool and a 24-hour front desk.
At the hotel the rooms include a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. The rooms come with air conditioning, and selected rooms also boast a balcony. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge.
B2 Pai Premier Resort Hotel offers a sun terrace.
Pai Canyon is 6 km from the accommodation
D2 Pai Resort
Rating 8.0, Double rooms start from $38
Its just 5 minutes drive from Pai Airport, D2 Pai has comfortable accommodation and free Wi-Fi throughout. A free shuttle service is provided to Pai Airport and Pai Bus Station. Guests can enjoy camp fires in the evening as well.
D2 Pai is 700 m from Pai Walking Street. Yoonan Chinese Village and Yoon Lai View Point are a 10-minute drive away, while Coffee In Love is a 3-minute drive away.
Simply furnished rooms at the resort offer a fan, a TV and a fridge. En suite bathrooms come with shower facilities. All cottages feature a balcony.
An on-site restaurant, Lung Boon Choun Moa Thai Restaurant offers a variety of authentic Thai cuisine.
Rating 8.0, Double rooms start from $37
A 5-minute walk from Pai Walking Street, Lilu Pai is housed in a wooden structure. Providing free Wi-Fi throughout the property, it features a library and a tour desk.
Lilu Pai is a 10-minute drive from Pai Airport and from Yunan Village. It is also 10 minutes’ drive from the popular Coffee In Love coffee shop.
The bright, air-conditioned rooms come with cable TV, a safe deposit box, and a minibar. Each room has a private bathroom with toiletries, a hairdryer, and shower facilities.
Guests can relax in the reading corner, or use the hotel’s computers to surf the internet. Shuttle services can be arranged at an extra charge.
Pai Hot Springs Spa Resort
Rating 7.1, Double rooms start from $40
This property is well-known for its therapeutic hot springs, spa, health treatment, and ultimate relaxation. Eight kilometers south of Pai are the infamous hot springs of Thailand. This resort specializes in making you feel healthier and refreshed.
Within a short walk from your cozy villa, you will be stepping into the soothing, detoxifying mineral waters of the resorts private hot springs. Herbs and volcanic mud are used delicately for the skin and face treatment at the spa and health club. Don’t forget to enjoy an authentic Thai massage or two.
For anyone who needs a genuine holiday, the Pai Hot springs Spa Resort puts a smile on anyone’s face.
There is so must to do in Pai Thailand that offers loads of resorts, restaurants, activities and bars to keep you busy. Pai is the place to go if you want to hike or relax with much more to do.
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