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One-day Pai by scooter itinerary

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If you have only one full-day in Pai then time is tight. Here is our wrap on how to get the most out of a single day by scootering around to the main outlying sights.

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You’ll see a bewildering array of attractions listed on Pai tour operator sightseeing programmes, and if you tried to include every one it’d probably require a two- rather than one-day tour. If you are confident in hiring your own two-wheel transport, then the following would be our recommendation for a single day tour of the best sights near Pai.

You do have a license right? Photo taken in or around One-day Pai by scooter itinerary, Pai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

You do have a license right? Photo: Mark Ord

Before we go any further, please bear in mind that aside from being potentially dangerous to yourself and everyone else on or near the road, riding a scooter unlicensed in Thailand will in all likelihood void your travel insurance—any insurance the rental shop offers you in Pai will only cover the bike—not damage you do to yourself or anyone else. Always wear a helmet. Always. Don’t ride drunk or stoned.

After an early breakfast on Chaisongkran—I’m Fine or Barista Corizon would be our picks—head past the hospital onto the bypass and take the lane leading uphill towards Nam Hoo. (Grab a free local map from the coffee shop if you don’t already have one.) The attractive Lanna-style wat and grounds are worth a peek as is the historic Buddha image contained within.

Start the day right. Photo taken in or around One-day Pai by scooter itinerary, Pai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Start the day right. Photo: Mark Ord

A short distance further up the lane you’ll arrive at the old KMT village of Santichong. Do some tea-tasting if you’ve time but don’t miss a recreated section of the Great Wall of China behind the supposedly traditional mud hut souvenir stalls. We’ll guarantee it’ll be one of the most novel and kitsch spots you’ll come ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,000 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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