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Family House @ Pai

Elegant and simple

55 Moo 3, unnamed riverside track, Wiang Tai T: (053) 064 337, (081) 164 2200

Family House @ Pai

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“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 midrange resort (and added an @ to its name). It’s in a quiet location opposite the Pai River, just a little further down the same lane past Wat Pa Kham than the old site, so it's very close to the centre of Pai yet peaceful and with no through-traffic.

Modern garden chalets.

Modern garden chalets. Photo: Mark Ord

Thirteen concrete chalets are spread around the garden, so it can fill up quickly but at least they haven’t tried to squeeze too many into too small a place. Rooms are neither huge nor anything special but they’re comfortable and come with hot shower, air-con, WiFi, flatscreen TV and tea- and coffee-making facilities, though no fridge. Each room has a small balcony.

The communal areas are more eye-catching and a great garden, lovely shaded poolside and cafe are the resort’s real strongpoints. The pool is small but with only 13 rooms it doesn’t get too crowded, while the cafe has a covered area plus wooden tables on an outside terrace with a wonderful view overlooking the adjacent river and hills beyond.

Cool off in the pool.

Cool off in the pool. Photo: Mark Ord

Service is helpful and restaurant prices very reasonable. During low season it’s only open for drinks and breakfast (included in your room price), but for high season they knock up some Thai faves plus several Western options.

Family House @ Pai has a variable high season rate, so we’ve supplied just low season ones and high season parameters—but we would point out that our recommendation is based on low season rates or being able to dig up a decent online booking rate as, pleasant as the restaurant, pool and garden are, the charmless and fridge-less rooms aren’t worth anything like their published high season prices.

Smart and spacious rooms.

Smart and spacious rooms. Photo: Mark Ord

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Type of room, low and high season prices
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1,540 baht
1,980 baht
Up to 3,456 baht
Room: Standard double room, low season: 1,540 baht, high season 1,980 baht. Notes: Up to 3,456 baht

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Where is Family House @ Pai

Family House @ Pai
55 Moo 3, unnamed riverside track, Wiang Tai
T: (053) 064 337, (081) 164 2200
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º26'38.17" E, 19º21'36.57" N
Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B

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