Photo: Plenty to see and do.

Day tours

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If you don’t have a lot of time to spare or don’t fancy hiring your own scooter, then the popular one-day sightseeing packages offered by guesthouses and travel agents are a practical and cost-effective means of taking in all of Pai’s sights in a day.

Every agent will have a choice of at least a couple of day tours on offer, with slightly varying itineraries and prices going from 400 to 600 baht per person, depending upon sights included. Programmes that take in slightly further afield spots such as Tham Lot in Soppong district, for example, will be a bit more, and rates may also reflect an upgrade from pick-up truck/songthaew to an air-con minibus.

Cool off at Mor Paeng waterfall. Photo taken in or around Day tours, Pai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Cool off at Mor Paeng waterfall. Photo: Mark Ord

A sample classic around-town trip might be this one offered by Pai Let’s Go: Mae Yen Buddha, Tha Pai hot springs, Mor Paeng Waterfall, Yun Lai viewpoint, Santichong and Pai Canyon. A slightly busier programme from Aya has all the above, with an additional stop at Coffee in Love on the way to Pam Bok Waterfall. Both include lunch, water, pick-up and drop-off at your guesthouse, and run from 10:00-18:30 for 500 baht per person. In addition—and they’re obviously paying local rates—this includes entrance to Huay Dam Nang National Park. When you consider that if you turn up on your own the fee is already 300 baht, then the day tour represents exceptional value for money.

Some tours seemed to have minimal guide service standards, while others we came across appeared to have more informative and enthusiastic ones. Frankly for the price, it doesn’t matter too much and you get to see all the sights and can read the signs yourself anyway.

Wide open spaces. Photo taken in or around Day tours, Pai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Wide open spaces. Photo: Mark Ord

Slightly more expensive versions extending to Soppong district’s famous Tham Lot are also unbeatable value. For instance, Aya’s 600 baht (500 baht in low season) version includes a drive to Tham Lot, with stops at Mor Paeng and the Kiew Lom viewpoint on Route 1095, entrance to, local guide and bamboo raft in the cave itself and a sunset visit to Pai Canyon on return. Pai Expert Travel, also on Chaisongkran, and Pai Let’s Go propose pretty much identical itineraries at identical prices.

Another bunch called Pai City Tour advertise a day trip to Mae Hong Son including stops at Kiew Lom and Tham Pla (Fish Cave) plus visits to Mae Hong Son city sights and nearby Huay Sua Tao Kayan village. This is priced at 1,000 baht per person by minivan including entrance fees and lunch, with a guaranteed departure for a minimum of four participants. We strongly recommend visiting and staying overnight in both Soppong and Mae Hong Son but if you are pushed for time and can’t stretch to a private taxi then this again represents an excellent deal.

Aya Service, Pai: 22/1 Moo 3, Chaisongkran Rd, Wiang Tai; T: (053) 699 940; (053) 699 888;; open Mo–Su: 07:00-22:00.
Pai City Tour: Chaisongkran Rd, Wiang Tai; T: (081) 796 4125, (093) 039 1599;; open Mo–Su: 08:00-20:00.
Pai Expert Travel: Chaisongkran Rd, near the junction with Tesaban Rd, Wiang Tai; T: (052) 041 201, (087) 204 9709;; open Mo–Su: 09:00-21:00.
Pai Let’s Go Tour: 69 Moo 1, Rungsiyanon Rd, opposite Katsikorn Bank, Wiang Tai; T: (053) 064 426, (086) 455 1567, (084) 485 0044;; open Mo–Su: 08:00-21:00.

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