Photo: Pai valley views.

Accommodation

Since they are so numerous we’ve divided places to stay into three sections: in town, and east and west of Pai.




Pai town

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.


132 Moo 1, highway 1095, Wiang Tai
600B to 1,500B
Brook View
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
132 Moo 1, highway 1095, Wiang Tai
T: (053) 699 366

The commendable Brook View has always been one of our Pai budget to flashpacker favourites and didn’t let us down on our latest visit. Comfortable chalets are set in a spectacular garden which extends from botanical garden tropical style around the entrance and chalets to wide, mature tree-dotted lawns stretching down to the Pai River. Possibly the best garden we’ve seen at any resort and... Read our full review of Brook View .

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35/3 Moo 3, Chaisongkran Rd, opposite the entrance to Wat Pa Kham, Wiang Tai
Under 600B
Baan Sangheaun
Backpacker - Under 600B
35/3 Moo 3, Chaisongkran Rd, opposite the entrance to Wat Pa Kham, Wiang Tai
T: (086) 180 4443

Small, cosy and friendly, with an unbeatable location, Baan Sangheaun (the ‘Light House’) is one of our clear budget faves in Pai. Every time we visit we half expect Baan Sangheaun, (or Sang Heaun), to have been converted into some boutique style garden resort but it’s still going strong with bargain priced, old-style backpacker chalets laid out around what must be one of the most sort... Read our full review of Baan Sangheaun.

117 Moo 4, off Raddamrong Rd
600B to 1,500B
Baan Tawan Guesthouse
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
117 Moo 4, off Raddamrong Rd
T: (053) 698 116

These days more of a low-key resort than a guesthouse, the upwardly mobile Baan Tawan, is firmly in the flashpacker range in terms of quality and pricing. Set down a quiet lane off Raddamrong Road, Baan Tawan 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 fantastic garden is the guesthouse’s main... Read our full review of Baan Tawan Guesthouse.

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9 Rungsiyanon Rd, next door to the Krungthai Bank, Wiang Tai
Under 600B
Charlie’s House
Backpacker - Under 600B
9 Rungsiyanon Rd, next door to the Krungthai Bank, Wiang Tai
T: (053) 699 039

Our previous write up suggested the very longstanding Charlie's House had clearly seen better days so it’s good to see the old family run Pai institution has received a much needed and successful makeover. Goodbye grungy dorms and gloomy huts and hello cute garden and airy courtyard rooms. It is still tucked away and easy to miss with just a concrete driveway leading off Rungsiyanon to the... Read our full review of Charlie’s House.

68/6 Moo 3, Tesaban Rd, between Chaisongkran and Rungsiyanon Rds, Wiang Tai
Under 600B
Mr Jan's Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
68/6 Moo 3, Tesaban Rd, between Chaisongkran and Rungsiyanon Rds, Wiang Tai
T: (053) 699 554

Another of Pai’s long standing, classic style, backpacker guesthouses Mr Jan’s lies off the main drag down a side lane between Chaisongkran and Rungsiyanon Roads. It is well worth the effort to seek out if you’re on a tight budget as you won’t find many alternatives in town with 150 baht price tags these days. The slightly eclectic collection of chalets is dotted around a delightful... Read our full review of Mr Jan's Guesthouse.

94 Moo 3, Chaisongkran Rd, Wiang Tai
1,500B to 4,000B
Pai River Corner
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
94 Moo 3, Chaisongkran Rd, Wiang Tai
T: (053) 699 049

The long-running Pai River Corner is still going strong in what has to be Pai’s prime location and while it may just be starting to show its age around the edges their rates are far more competitive than some of the similar but newer alternatives. Not only is their centrally located riverbank site—at the far end of Chaisongkran—a top piece of real estate, their sprawling garden and... Read our full review of Pai River Corner.

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88 Moo 3, Tesaban Rd, Wiang Tai
1,500B to 4,000B
Pai Village
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
88 Moo 3, Tesaban Rd, Wiang Tai
T: (053) 698 152

Located at the Chaisongkran end of Tesaban Road, Pai Village is an all-round excellent spot and within its price category one of the better low season deals in the centre of Pai. The location is central but quiet with good rooms, friendly staff and excellent facilities. The reception area is spacious and well done out with a teak finish and they have one of the town’s more popular and well... Read our full review of Pai Village.

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3 Moo 4, 3 Rungsiyanon Rd, Wiang Tai
Under 600B
Palm House
Backpacker - Under 600B
3 Moo 4, 3 Rungsiyanon Rd, Wiang Tai
T: (098) 786 8520

The long standing Palm House is still going strong and still providing very good value fan and air-con rooms in a quiet but central town setting. It boasts clean, generously sized rooms and bathrooms with hot showers—for once not directly above the toilets. Balconies lead out to a small but pleasant garden, all set far enough off the road to provide some peace and quiet. Palm lies between... Read our full review of Palm House .

99 Chaisongkran Rd, Wiang Tai
Under 600B
Pravee’s House
Backpacker - Under 600B
99 Chaisongkran Rd, Wiang Tai
T: (053) 699 368

Simple, effective and somewhat retro in feel Pravee’s is another of those basic but comfortable bungalows scattered around a cramped but cute garden joints that Pai does very well. As you’ll guess by the old-style but well-maintained chalets this guesthouse has been around for a while but then how else would they get such a well located yet quiet plot? Despite the address on the card... Read our full review of Pravee’s House.

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476 Moo 8, riverside, behind the Wednesday Market, Wiang Tai
1,500B to 4,000B
Reverie Siam
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
476 Moo 8, riverside, behind the Wednesday Market, Wiang Tai
T: (053) 699 870

Reverie Siam is a relatively recent addition to Pai’s upper range selection and probably the plushest within the town itself, yet they do offer some quite reasonable low season rates and internet deals so if you have a bit of cash to splash it’s worth consideration. The hotel is very smartly turned out, with white-painted, two-storey buildings looking out over manicured gardens including... Read our full review of Reverie Siam .

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99/1 Moo 3, Chaisongkran Rd, Wiang Tai
1,500B to 4,000B
Rim-Pai Cottage
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
99/1 Moo 3, Chaisongkran Rd, Wiang Tai
T: (053) 699 133

At Rim-Pai Cottage you’ll find beautifully decorated and well-appointed traditional style wooden chalets which are set in a lush riverside garden where shaded paths wind through ornamental ginger and heliconias. Staff are 3-star resort standard—efficient, helpful and friendly and they run a very pleasant restaurant and bar serving up Thai and Western favourites at sensible prices.... Read our full review of Rim-Pai Cottage.

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96 Moo 3, off Chaisongkran Rd, Wiang Tai
600B to 1,500B
Sylvana Pai Boutique Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
96 Moo 3, off Chaisongkran Rd, Wiang Tai
T: (053) 699 840

Sylvana Pai has a good very central yet relatively quiet location with swish chalet rooms set around a mature garden and offers decent low season rates. Set down the lane aside Wat Pa Kham and leading to the river, Sylvana is just a stone’s throw from Walking Street but without the noise and through traffic. This used to be the location of Family House, which has re-invented itself as a... Read our full review of Sylvana Pai Boutique Resort.

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Soi Wat Pa Kham, between Chaisongkran Rd and the Pai River, Wiang Tai
Under 600B
Breeze of Pai Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
Soi Wat Pa Kham, between Chaisongkran Rd and the Pai River, Wiang Tai
T: (081) 998 4597

The popular and long-standing Breeze of Pai offers clean, decent-sized rooms; simply decorated, comfortable and, unusually for Pai, excellent value for money in both low and high seasons. Breeze of Pai has a block with rooms along with detached bungalows in the garden to choose from, with either fan or air-con and all come with private bathroom and hot water. The place has something of a... Read our full review of Breeze of Pai Guesthouse.

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55 Moo 3, unnamed riverside track, Wiang Tai
1,500B to 4,000B
Family House @ Pai
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
55 Moo 3, unnamed riverside track, Wiang Tai
T: (053) 064 337, (081) 164 2200

“Elegant simplicity” is Family House @ Pai’s motto and for once it’s pretty accurate. The garden is lush and well maintained without being fussy, while the rooms are simply decorated and uncluttered. Family House Guesthouse had been around for a while in Pai as a half-decent backpacker spot but in its new location it has reinvented itself as a smart little mid-range resort (and added... Read our full review of Family House @ Pai.

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117 Moo 3, Chaisongkran Rd, Wiang Tai
Under 600B
Huan Saran Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
117 Moo 3, Chaisongkran Rd, Wiang Tai
T: (080) 805 3780

The smartly run two-storey wooden Huan Saran Guesthouse sits at the river end of Chaisongkran, near the junction with Tesaban Road, and is a hugely popular spot both in high and low seasons. There’s not much to the place: a small reception area with a few tables outside, an upstairs row of wooden rooms and a downstairs row of concrete dorms, but in this case simple is effective. The very... Read our full review of Huan Saran Guesthouse.

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Rungsiyanon Rd, near the intersection with Raddamrong Rd, Wiang Tai
600B to 1,500B
Li Lu
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Rungsiyanon Rd, near the intersection with Raddamrong Rd, Wiang Tai
T: (053) 064 351

As with numerous other establishments in the area, Li Lu falls into the “great deal in low season but forget it during high season” category. This in-town mini-hotel near the junction of Rungsiyanon and Raddamrong Roads possesses a classic wooden exterior housing reception and cafe behind which a newer two-storey modern construction contains the rooms. Decoration is clean, sharp and... Read our full review of Li Lu.

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15 Moo 4, Rungsiyanon Rd, Wiang Tai
Under 600B
Pai in Town
Backpacker - Under 600B
15 Moo 4, Rungsiyanon Rd, Wiang Tai
T: (053) 699 085

Pai In Town has set up right next door to Li Lu with equally clean and comfortable, though simpler, rooms at substantially better rates, though oddly while they claim no high season supplements they do add on a huge extra whack for peak periods. It's located in a good position on Rungsiyanon but set slightly back from the road behind their substantial reception and cafe building so it ought to... Read our full review of Pai in Town.

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123 Moo 3, unnamed riverbank track, Wiang Tai
1,500B to 4,000B
Pai River Villa
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
123 Moo 3, unnamed riverbank track, Wiang Tai
T: (053) 699 796

Pai River Villa is one of the resorts which flips from flashpacker in low season to mid-range in high season but has a very pleasant setting and convenient location so gets our vote among several similar operations. The small resort has been around for a while, though originally under a different name until the owner presumably deduced that River Villa rolled off the tongue a bit better than... Read our full review of Pai River Villa.

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Outside of Pai


98 Moo 1, Mae Hee, Pai
600B to 1,500B
Pairadise
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
98 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 bathroom and hot showers, is well designed and maintained and comes in standard and deluxe flavours. Both are a mixture of teak and concrete and all have small balconies. The service is friendly and... Read our full review of Pairadise.

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113 Moo 6, Huay Poo Rd, Pai
1,500B to 4,000B
Belle Villa Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
113 Moo 6, Huay Poo Rd, Pai
T: (053) 698 226-7

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 are spacious, tastefully decorated and come with all the fittings and services that you’d expect for the price. There’s the option of rooms in a small hotel-style block or individual private... Read our full review of Belle Villa Resort.

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191 Moo 1, Mae Hee, Pai
Under 600B
Pai Chan Cottage
Backpacker - Under 600B
191 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 valley to Pai in front, it’s a short walk from the bridge and access to the delights of Pai town. A very tastefully decorated restaurant and chalets set in a great garden with a small swimming pool... Read our full review of Pai Chan Cottage.

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199 Moo 1, Mae Hee, Pai
1,500B to 4,000B
Pai Klang Na
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
199 Moo 1, Mae Hee, Pai
T: (083) 304 3300

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 they may appear somewhat basic from afar, get closer and you’ll notice the thoughtful touches of decoration and craftsmanship, plus the interiors are spot on. They come with air-con, fridge, cable TV,... Read our full review of Pai Klang Na.

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169 Moo 1, Mae Hee, Pai
600B to 1,500B
Pai Lanna
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
169 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 immaculate, with lovely sitting areas, and the wood, bamboo and thatch chalets are well designed and comfortably fitted out with great little balconies. Pai Lanna is firmly in the flashpacker range... Read our full review of Pai Lanna.

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65 Moo 3, Vieng Nua, Pai
600B to 1,500B
Pura Vida
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
65 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 leading north from the Pai bridge and they will willingly shuttle you into town every now and then -- but if you’re going to spend any time out here you are ideally going to need transport or else a... Read our full review of Pura Vida.

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90/2 Moo 1 Mae Hee, Pai
600B to 1,500B
The Countryside Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
90/2 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 garden plus added a swimming pool. All chalets come with hot showers and are clean and well decorated. The downside is the location, down the lane running across the fields towards Mae Yen Waterfall,... Read our full review of The Countryside Resort.

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117 Moo 1, Pai
600B to 1,500B
Baan Mai Konmuang
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
117 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 road but far enough off the highway to keep the noise down, and close enough to town that a brisk 10-minute walk will bring you within reach of most destinations in Pai. They have fan-cooled wooden... Read our full review of Baan Mai Konmuang.

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190 Moo 1, Mae Hee, Pai
Under 600B
Baan Pai Riverside
Backpacker - Under 600B
190 Moo 1, Mae Hee, Pai
T: (088) 404 9211, (088) 672 8406

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 bit too much in high season, but it does have a great location right by the river and it’s at the end of the row of resorts, so it’s a bit quieter than ones in the middle. They offer quite a... Read our full review of Baan Pai Riverside.

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Under 600B
Pai Circus School & Resort
Backpacker - Under 600B
T: (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 frills -- lots of frills, including an infinity pool, trampoline, pool table, juggling and fire-breathing lessons. There are bamboo huts as well as a dorm, plus a cafe serving basic Thai and Western... Read our full review of Pai Circus School & Resort.

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