Go for a float down the scenic Pai River
Published/Last edited or updated: 14th January, 2018
Head south out of town on the road that follows the Pai River and you’ll see signs for the pier, Tha Huay Dua, where boat trips down the picturesque river are on offer.
The village charges an entrance fee of 250 baht not included in the price of the boat. A second nearby Kayan village, Huay Sua Tao, is accessible by sealed road from town and you’ll find further details, as well as our overall take on the pros and cons of visiting the Kayan villages in our Huay Sua Tao section.
During high season you may be able to organise bamboo rafting from this pier too and the adjacent stretch of the river is scenic even if you don’t have a particular destination in mind. Certain tour and trekking programmes include bamboo rafting.
The Pai River is well known for white-water rafting but bear in mind that since the river flows from the east, these trips all finish rather than start in Mae Hong Son and consequently booking these trips in Pai will be easier and cheaper. Yes of course the river continues on towards Burma west of Mae Hong Son, but at the time of writing there were no facilities in Mae Hong Son other than some bamboo rafting (high season only). Be warned then that while rafting is offered by certain Mae Hong Son agents, they will take you almost back to ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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