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  • Tubing
    3 stars

    The Pai River is scenic and one relaxing way to travel along it is on an inner tube. The Pai river is scenic and one relaxing way to travel along it is on an inner tube. Many guesthouses and travel agents around town can organise tube rental. Generally, a tuk tuk or pick-up will take you upriver a ... read more

  • Bamboo rafting
    4 stars

    A relaxing way to see the Pai river and local countryside, bamboo rafting takes you at a slow pace downriver on rafts made of bamboo poles lashed together. Between two and four passengers travel with a guide who propels the raft along with a long pole. Even without splashing, it's highly likely ... read more

  • White-water rafting
    4 stars

    White-water rafting on the Pai river on a scenic stretch towards Mae Hong Son has become very popular, with plentiful rafting or combined trekking-rafting programmes offered by tour agents and guesthouses. There are day programmes, two-day rafting trips going all the way to Mae Hong Son or combined ... read more

  • Trekking
    4 stars

    The surrounds of Pai offer some lovely scenic landscapes for trekking, but be warned this area has been trekked for decades now, so you won't find any "rarely visited" villages. Walking straight out of Pai town gives you only fairly limited options as a lot of the surrounding area is ... read more

  • Markets
    3.5 stars

    Pai is home to several markets worth a browse, particularly if you enjoy snacking on delicious Thai food. Walking Street The town’s best known market as far as visitors go is the daily Walking Street market which sets up along Chaisongkran and the northern end of Rungsiyanon Road from late ... read more

  • Waterfalls
    3 stars

    Pai boasts a couple of waterfalls that are worth exploring if you're keen on getting out and about. While they are pretty, they are not spectacular. Mae Yen waterfall is the best and most accessible waterfall to reach on foot from Pai town. Head east over the road bridge and take the second left ... read more

  • Villages surrounding Pai
    3 stars

    Most of the surrounding villages in the Pai valley are quite modern now, but some have pleasant Shan-style wats worth a peek and they can be pleasant spots for a stroll. You'll usually find a village noodle shop too if you need a change from Walking Street tourist food. Wat Nam Hoo in Nam Hoo ... read more

  • Hot springs
    3 stars

    Sulphurous hot springs emerge out of the ground a few kilometres southeast of Pai. They're heavily promoted -- but nothing much to write home about. A pleasant diversion especially during the cool season is to head to Pai Spa Exotic Home Resort and pay 80 baht per person to bathe in their well ... read more

  • Thai cooking lessons
    4 stars

    If you love Thai cuisine, why not spend a day or two learning how to make it yourself? Pai offers several solid schools to choose from. Taking a leaf out of Chiang Mai's book, several spots in Pai now offer Thai cooking classes -- one-day or two-day and more if you're keen. They all run fairly ... read more

  • Massage and massage courses
    3.5 stars

    Pai is home to a stack of massage joints -- none are particularly recommended more than others, as it can just depend which masseuses are working on the day. Most are okay and all are straight massages -- no funny business, this is Pai! Apart from the ubiquitous massage establishments around ... read more

  • Pai to Mae Hong Son by motorbike
    4.5 stars

    We reckon it’s easier, more practical and above all safer to just take the bus up to the Mae Hong Son township, hire a bike there then head out on the much more do-able and picturesque Mae Hong Son to Pai road. ... read more

  • Fluid pool and gym
    4 stars

    Fluid's well-maintained pool is one of the best and largest in town; plus there’s a gym, table tennis, cosy sitting area, decent bar, good music, great grub and friendly staff. ... read more

  • Pai Canyon
    3 stars

    An unusual and attractive place for a stroll is Pai Canyon, an area of eroded sandstone creating deep gullies and ochre-coloured sharp ridges covered with scattered pine trees. It's very scenic, with a wooden viewing platform and plenty of trails. Be warned that they can get very slippery and ... read more

  • Pai Stone Forest
    2.5 stars

    Just a couple of kilometres north of the national park entrance lies the much publicised Pai Stone Forest. We saw signs for it from at least 25 kilometres away, yet on arrival we couldn’t help but feel it was a waste of signage -- let alone time. A rough dirt track leads a couple of clicks ... read more

  • Memorial Bridge
    2.5 stars

    The preserved old bridge makes for something of a photo stop, and is bookended by souvenir stalls and food stands. The original Memorial Bridge was made of teak by local workers conscripted by the Japanese during World War II. It was built to help transport supplies and manpower across northern ... read more

  • Day tours
    3.5 stars

    Many guesthouses and travel agents offer day tours around the Pai area as well as further afield to Tan Lot, Pang Mapha and Kayah ("long-neck") villages (the latter we don't recommend) near Mae Hong Son. If you don’t have a lot of time to spare or don’t fancy hiring your own motorbike then ... read more

  • Other distractions
    3 stars

    Pai offers the opportunity to do loads of other activities, such as ATV-riding, rock-climbing, kayaking, horse-riding, mountain-biking and mini-golfing. Phu Pai to the north of town has ATV vehicles, as does Jeeper ATV to the south (near Pai Phaya Resort, just past Coffee in Love). Phu Pai also ... read more


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