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The surrounds of Pai offer some lovely scenic landscapes for hiking. Be warned though that this area has hosted organised treks for decades now, so don’t expect to get too far off the beaten track or to discover any rarely visited villages.

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Walking straight out of Pai town offers only limited options, as much of the vicinity is pretty but unspectacular open farmland, and you have a fair distance to cover before getting into the forests and hills. For an easy one-day stroll, your best bet is to head to Mae Yen Waterfall, though your guesthouse may be able to provide you with some other suggested walks. Huay Chang Waterfall to the east of Wiang Nua also looks promising, though we haven’t tried that route ourselves yet.

What to pack. Photo taken in or around Trekking , Pai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

What to pack. Photo: Mark Ord

Otherwise, you can get your own transport into the hills to more promising hiking areas if you can get hold of a decent map. Huay Nam Dang National Park entrance is just off the highway, around 40 kilometres to the east, for instance, while to the west the Lisu village of Ban Nam Rin on the way to Soppong has plenty of tempting hiking trails. (Pop into Lisu Lodge for brunch or a coffee, and the friendly owner will advise you.) Most Pai guesthouses will provide you with trekking info and booking assistance plus you’ll see myriad agents and operators around town. Note that many organised treks out of Pai will actually take place in the Soppong (Pang Mapha) or Mae Hong Son areas. If you’re planning on heading up that way anyway it could be better to just wait till you ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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