Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Since they are so numerous we’ve divided places to stay into three sections: in town, and east and west of Pai.
At last count Pai district had 400 or so resorts, guesthouses, hotels and homestays including those in town itself, scattered along the river bank or situated in outlying villages. High season from November to February gets very busy and popular options will be full despite many spots doubling, tripling or even in some cases quadrupling their prices from the low rainy season price.
Many locations east and west of town have short cuts through the fields to reach town – even if the access roads seem lengthy - but some more distant locations can be a problem if you don’t have your own transport.
Finally, since there is such a huge surplus of rooms for much of the year, guesthouses and resorts -- often the remoter ones -– can close at short notice and get pretty rundown with minimal facilities out of season.
Classy in a lush, riverside garden99/1 Moo 3, Wiangtai, Pai
T: (053) 699 133; F: (053) 699 234
During low season this is three-star accommodation at budget prices and with a prime location is well worth considering -- though prices decidedly shoot up during high season. Beautifully decorated ... Read the full review of Rim-Pai Cottage.
Cheap and cheerfulRungsiyanon Rd, Pai
T: (053) 699 388, (086) 188 0039;
A relatively new guesthouse as of 2015, Pichai’s winning formula of a good location, clean rooms and low prices has made it an instant hit with budget travellers and even in low season is often ... Read the full review of Pichai House.
Simple and comfortableRungsiyanon Rd, Pai
T: (053) 699 085, (081) 031 6026;
Pai In Town has set up right next door to Li Lu with clean and comfortable, though simpler, rooms at substantially better rates and without such a huge low and high season disparity. It's set in a ... Read the full review of Pai in Town.
Great low season dealRungsiyanon Rd, Pai
T: (053) 064 351-2; F: (053) 064 353
Li Lu falls into the great deal in low season but forget it during high season category. This mini-hotel just near the junction of Rungsiyanon and Raddamrong roads is tastefully decorated in a kind ... Read the full review of Li Lu.
Quiet garden setting68/6 Tesaban Rd, Pai
T: (053) 699 951;
A little bit hard to find lying as it does down a side street off Chaisongkran Road, Mr Jan's is well worth the effort to seek out. Chalets are dotted around a delightful garden which is decorative ... Read the full review of Mr Jan's Guesthouse.Under 600B 5 votes Backpacker
Excellent value for moneyBetween Chaisongkran Rd and the Pai river, Pai
T: (081) 998 4597;
The popular and long-standing Breeze of Pai offers clean, decent-sized rooms; simply decorated, comfortable and, very unusually for Pai, excellent value for money in both low and high seasons. ... Read the full review of Breeze of Pai.Under 600B 11 votes Backpacker
Small, friendly and excellent value35/3 Moo 3, Chaisongkran Rd, Pai
T: (053) 699 859, (086) 180 4443, (084) 807 8563;
Baan Sang Heaun remains a peaceful spot despite being set smack bang in the middle of town. You'll find it at approximately the halfway mark on Chaisongkran Road, right next to Wat Pha Kham, and set ... Read the full review of Baan Sangheuan.
One of the best in the budget range3 Rungsiyanon Rd, Pai
T: (098) 786 8520;
For a budget guesthouse, Palm House is great value. It boasts clean, generouly sized rooms and bathrooms with hot showers for once not directly above the toilets. Balconies lead out to a small but ... Read the full review of The Palm House.Under 600B 4 votes Backpacker
Plushest in town476 Moo 8 Wiangtai, Pai
T: (053) 699 870;
Reverie Siam is a relatively recent addition to Pai’s upper range selection and possibly the plushest within the town itself, yet they do offer some quite reasonable low season rates and internet ... Read the full review of Reverie Siam .
Central and hugely popularChaisongkran Rd, Pai
T: (087) 988 155;
This two-storey wooden building at the river end of Chaisongkran, near the junction with Tesaban Road, is a very popular spot both in high and low seasons. There’s not much to the place: a small ... Read the full review of Huan Saran Guesthouse.
Great low season option123, Moo 3, Wiangtai, Pai
T: (053) 699 796;
Pai River Valley is another opportunity to stay in an upscale resort at budget prices -- as long as you're there during low season, though their high season rates are better than many of their ... Read the full review of Pai River Villa.
Popular and central99 Chaisongkram Rd, Pai
T: (053) 699 368, (086) 189 4533;
Pravee has a great garden and a good central location. It is another fairly cramped spot but their efforts with the garden, decoration and friendly atmosphere result in more of an overall impression ... Read the full review of Pravee's House.Under 600B 2 votes Backpacker
Another good low season deal96 Moo 3, off Chaisongkran Rd, Pai
T: (053) 699 840, (085) 529 5430 ; F: (053) 699 929
Down the lane from Wat Pa Kham leading to the river and just past Edible Jazz, Sylvana has a good central, though relatively quiet, location. This used to be the location of Family House which has ... Read the full review of Sylvana Pai Boutique Resort.
Centrally located and friendly16/1 Chaisongkran Rd, Pai
T: (093) 181 9291, (095) 698 1719, (085) 865 9589;
Conveniently located Abodaya just eight large, clean wooden rooms set in a cute but cramped garden. The location is close to the bus station, just off the main street down the alley before the ... Read the full review of Abodaya Guesthouse.
Great deal in town centre88 Tesaban Road, Pai
T: (053) 698 152 ; F: (053) 699 057
Located at the Chaisongkran end of Tesaban Road, Pai Village is an excellent spot and within its price category one of the best deals in the centre of town. It's central but quiet with good rooms, ... Read the full review of Pai Village.1,500B to 4,000B 3 votes Midrange
Elegant and simple55 Moo 3, Viengtai, Pai
T: (053) 064 337, (081) 992 3786;
Family House Guesthouse had been around a while in Pai as a half-decent backpacker spot but in its new location reinvented itself as a smart little midrange resort — and added an @ to its name. ... Read the full review of Family House @ Pai.Under 600B 2 votes Backpacker
Another popular longtimer9 Rungsiyanon Rd, Pai
T: (053) 699 039, (081) 881 5022;
Being one of the oldest and best known guesthouses in town, renowned Charlie's has seen better times but remains very popular. It does have a central location and some of the cheapest rooms in Pai, ... Read the full review of Charlie's House.Under 600B 3 votes Backpacker
Simple but clean117 Moo 4, Pai
T: (053) 698 116, (081) 883 1083; F: (053) 698 117
Set down a quiet lane off Raddamrong Road, Bantawan is well signposted and easy to find -- just walk past the school on the way to the bridge and take the first right. Rooms are pleasant, but the ... Read the full review of Baan Tawan Guesthouse.600B to 1,500B 5 votes Flashpacker
West of Pai
This starts from the edge of town on the Mae Hong Son Road, where there’s a string of riverside resorts plus an eclectic collection of spots out by, and past, the airport. Up the hill there’s Nam Hoo and Mor Paeng villages, both of which have a variety of accommodation, plus south and north of the Mae Hong Son Road large 'country resorts' scatter the mostly bare hills. We've left aside most of the latter since many cater mainly to Thai tourists and are not awfully attractive. (All are pretty much in the middle of nowhere and lack decent gardens.) A couple of the more farang-orientated guesthouses aren't bad though if you want to get away from it all in the sticks.
On either side of the Chiang Mai road between Pai town and the Memorial Bridge you’ll also find a variety of resorts, though again many are targetting the domestic and Asian market, so their aesthetic may not be to Western tastes. The cute Mountain View deserves a mention though. Some of these options are a long walk from town, with the busy main highway to cross or walk along, so we’ve concentrated on places within a shorter walk of town -- the remoter ones are perhaps only worth a look during very busy periods or if you have your own transport.
Great chalets on the town's edge132 Moo 1, Wiangtai, Pai
T: (053) 699 366;
Chalets at Brookview are set in a beautiful garden which extends out to the rear of the resort with lawns stretching as far as the Pai River. Two types of chalet are on offer, six brick ones ... Read the full review of Brookview.
Quiet country hideawayBan Nam Hoo, Pai
T: 053) 698 172, (087) 189 3044;
You won't find much more peace or quiet in these parts than at Ban Nam Hoo, where a half-dozen or so chalets are scattered amid a well-cared for garden. The chalets are well spaced out and come with ... Read the full review of Ban Nam Hoo.
Worth a splash out113 Moo 6, Huay Poo Rd, Pai
T: (053) 698 226-7; F: (053) 698 228
Belle Villa is a great resort with a splendid garden, very comfortable restaurant serving decent food and a good pool, so if you are feeling lazy, it's a good spot to decamp and just hang out. Rooms ... Read the full review of Belle Villa Resort.
Great river view garden117 Moo 1, Pai
T: (053) 699 499;
Very friendly staff and a delightful location overlooking the valley from a pleasant garden setting make this an address to remember. Baan Mai Konmuang is slightly out of town on the Mae Hong Son ... Read the full review of Baan Mai Konmuang.
East of Pai - Over the bridge, by the river
This is the area to the east of the Pai River. It starts with the riverside resorts immediately opposite town and extends north to Wang Nua village and south towards the hot springs area.
Crossing over the bridge at the end of Raddamrong Road and turning left along the river bank will bring you to a string of mostly simple bamboo hut guesthouses lined up one after the other, with a second row behind jostling in vain for a riverside position. (Some of these are more easily reached by crossing the footbridge at the end of Chaisongkran Road.) Most of the bamboo hut locations -- generally in the backpacker range -- have been around for a while. While they are all fairly similar in layout, design and price, a couple do stand out mainly by virtue of better maintenance and service. If our suggestions are full or you don't quite agree, just toddle along the riverbank footpath to the next one. This is certainly a good location, with easy access to the town and plenty of splash-about-in-the-river spots around, but at worst it can get very crowded with a lot of huts, and backpackers, crammed into a relatively small area. Being convenient and riverside they are also the first to fill up.
To the right of the bridge are a couple of new and very large village-style resorts, which mainly cater to local and Asian tourists. If you follow the road rather than turn left to Wiang Nua, sidetracks lead up to a low ridge that separates the river valley from a raised plateau of farmland that stretches off to the foot of the hills. This is traditional farmland but is now dotted with resorts and guesthouses. The sealed road, upon running into the ridge, makes a T-junction with the right fork, parallel to the river, leading to Mae Yen village and on to the hot springs, while the right turn also runs parallel to the river in a northerly direction towards Wiang Nua. Both eventually swing round to meet up with the Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son highway on either side of Pai. Take any of the several dirt tracks leading across the farmland from the T-junction and you'll hit a whole range of guesthouses that don't stop until the foothills are reached. Sticking a few chalets in the midst of flat bare paddy can produce desolate results, so the best ones up here are the ones where more effort has been made with their gardens. There are a couple of excellent spots up here.
Small, cosy and great chalets190 Moo 1, Mae Hee, Pai
T: (087) 779 6541, (088) 261 2760;
Heading along the riverbank from Baan Pai Riverside is a string of mid-range guesthouses. Among the second row of guesthouses, slightly set back yet just a stone's throw from the river, Pai Country ... Read the full review of Pai Country Hut.
Cute and well located191 Moo 1, Mae Hee, Pai
T: (081) 180 3064 ;
Pai Chan is such a good spot and a good deal, but with only a dozen chalets it means that even in low season it can be full. Set just on top of a rise overlooking paddy fields behind and across the ... Read the full review of Pai Chan Cottage.
Treehouses103 Moo 3, Wiangtai, Pai
T: (053) 065 727, (081) 911 3640, (081) 373 1820; F: (053) 065 729
Pai Tree House boasts an array of accommodation types to suit most budgets, spread across a well kept garden with Pai River marking the edge. A bewildering range of room types and prices are on ... Read the full review of Pai Tree House.
Classy yet cosy65 Moo 3, Vieng Nua, Pai
T: (089) 635 7556;
This Dutch-Thai-owned spot has excellent chalets in a very cute garden with good service, sharp organisation and bargain low season prices. The resort is found before Vieng Nua Village on the road ... Read the full review of Pura Vida.
Upmarket paddy-set chalets199 Moo 1, Mae Hee, Pai
T: (083) 304 3300; F: (053) 699 938
Chalets at Pai Klang Na are about as expensive a bamboo hut as you will find in Pai but they are very stylish indeed. Just seven of them are set in a line with paddy behind and in front and while ... Read the full review of Pai Klang Na.
Good chalets and nice garden169 Moo 1, Mae Hee, Pai
T: (089) 691 3367;
Not far down the lefthand fork after the bridge and next door to Pairadise, Pai Lanna is well situated with a good view over the river and valley and a mere 10-minute walk from town. The garden is ... Read the full review of Pai Lanna.
Not a typo, and stunning98 Moo 1, Mae Hee, Pai
T: (053) 698 065, (089) 431 3511, (081) 595 4974;
Pairadise Resort -- it's not a typo, but rather the owner's joke -- boasts attractive individual chalets laid out around a large fish pond and small swimming pool. The accommodation, all with ensuite ... Read the full review of Pairadise.600B to 1,500B 3 votes Flashpacker
Well run and a good deal90/2 Moo 1 Mae Hee, Pai
T: (053) 698 133, (087) 172 6632;
The Countryside boasts unusual octagonal chalets, each with a rooftop sunset viewing deck reached by ladder. Though this was formerly a fairly bare patch of paddy they have done a good job with their ... Read the full review of The Countryside Resort.600B to 1,500B 4 votes Flashpacker
Backpacker guesthouse -- with frillsT: (085) 144 2662;
A relatively new and unusual entry to the Pai accommodation scene, the hugely popular Pai Circus School (and Resort) is neither a school nor a resort, but basically a cheap backpacker guesthouse with ... Read the full review of Pai Circus School & Resort.
Great riverside location190 Moo 1, Mae Hee, Pai
T: (088) 404 9211, (088) 672 8406; F: (053) 69 9057
There’s a long string of bungalow resorts stretched along the east bank of the river and Pai Riverside is our favourite in the backpacker to flashpacker ranges. It's a large resort, so it may get a ... Read the full review of Baan Pai Riverside.
One of the cheapest deals in townMae Hee, Pai
T: (081) 028 0843, (081) 035 2013;
Set back from the river somewhat means Twin Hut has a quieter location than other places to stay, albeit without the view. There are only eight or so huts, so it's never going to get crowded here and ... Read the full review of Twin Hut.
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