Photo: You’ll have time to float down the river.

Three days in Pai

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Pai lends itself to a few days spread lazily around the middle of your travels. Enjoy a bit of laying around, some coffee drinking, a bit of sightseeing and perhaps a cold drink or two during the evenings. Here is a sample three-day Pai itinerary to do exactly that.





As you’ve taken the trouble to get all the way up to Pai, then we’d say a three-day stay is maybe the minimum length Pai deserves. After all, if you’re coming from Chiang Mai, by the time you’ve got to Arcade, driven to Pai, then checked in and freshened up it’ll be about time for a sundowner anyway. We’d recommend then another three days and three nights.

No helmet=no insurance—not even for the dog. Photo taken in or around Three days in Pai, Pai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

No helmet=no insurance—not even for the dog. Photo: Mark Ord

Before we go any further, as with our one-day Pai itinerary, 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. And of course, don’t ride drunk or stoned.

Day 1

Our itinerary’s first day consists of doing nothing very much at all: That’s largely what Pai’s about, really. Linger over one of Chaisongkran’s excellent, leisurely breakfasts at say Big’s Little Cafe or Barista Corizon, grab a few free maps from your guesthouse reception and perhaps check out a moto rental spot for the following day. In busy periods, it may well be worth reserving one a day ahead. If you don’t fancy two wheels then pick a day sightseeing tour for the following day from one of the myriad agents. You’ll see numerous slightly varying organised tours at similar prices so have a peek at our day tour review for ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Pai.
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