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Pai Chan Cottage

Cute and well located

191 Moo 1, Mae Hee T: (081) 180 3064

Pai Chan Cottage

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Pai Chan Cottage offers a picturesque and tastefully decorated restaurant and chalets set in a great garden with a small swimming pool.

The location is a good one, with a just out of town spot providing peace and quiet yet requiring only a short walk to access the delights of downtown Pai. Set just on top of a rise overlooking paddy behind and across the valley to Pai in front, Pai Chan is found up a driveway close to the junction of the Mae Yen and Wiang Nua roads to the east of the bridge over the River Pai.

Rooms are decorated with a flourish.

Rooms are decorated with a flourish. Photo: Mark Ord

The dozen chalets are scattered randomly around the garden instead of being in rows, which does mean some have better views than others while others are tucked into gloomier corners. (If you’re booking in advance, ask for one with a paddy-field view.) They are well constructed using a mixture of modern and traditional materials, including teak floors, striking thatched roofs and pleated bamboo wall cladding.

Interiors are also pleasantly decorated, with hot water ensuite bathrooms and small balconies featuring some well-executed murals, brightly painted walls and polished concrete. Decoration efforts extend to the bathrooms, which are also done out in buffed cement and bare brick. Furniture is kept to a minimum in the smallish rooms but beds do have an accompanying mosquito net. Singles are tiny, and doubles better, but their best rooms are the larger, air-con ones; these go for double the price of the fan flavours.

An almost jungle setting.

An almost jungle setting. Photo: Mark Ord

Aside from the view and cute pool, the resort’s strong point, and indeed almost unanimous reputation locally, is their exceptional kitchen. Imaginative, tasty, copious and inexpensive, their Thai dishes in particular are some of the best you’ll find anywhere in Pai at a resort or restaurant. Even if you’re not staying here it is well worth stopping by for lunch or dinner.

In addition to reputed chefs, the owners also have something of a reputation as being bon vivants and evenings can get noisy (from staff and friends rather than guests), and early morning service occasionally has a somewhat hungover feel to it. We found them very helpful when we passed by, but staff and service feedback is patchy. WiFi works well in communal areas and certain chalets but doesn’t extend so effectively to the more distant ones.

Pai Chan has a good little swimming pool.

Pai Chan has a good little swimming pool. Photo: Mark Ord

Pai Chan Cottage is very pretty without being twee or over the top. It's an excellent deal for most months of the year but, with only a dozen chalets, it means that even in low season it can be full. Make sure you reserve plenty of time in advance at any time of the year.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Bungalow fan private bathroom
450 baht
600 baht
Peak: 1,000 baht 300/500 baht for a one-person bungalow
Family room
900 baht
1,400 baht
Peak: 2,000 baht
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: 450 baht, high season 600 baht. Notes: Peak: 1,000 baht 300/500 baht for a one-person bungalow
Room: Family room, low season: 900 baht, high season 1,400 baht. Notes: Peak: 2,000 baht

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Where is Pai Chan Cottage

Pai Chan Cottage
191 Moo 1, Mae Hee
T: (081) 180 3064
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º26'48.71" E, 19º21'19.44" N
Room rates: Under 600B

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