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Things to see and do

One-day Pai by scooter itinerary

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 ... Read more about One-day Pai by scooter itinerary .

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Three days in Pai

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 ... Read more about Three days in Pai .

Tubing and rafting

The picturesque Pai River presents contrasting scenes, ranging from bucolic views as it winds its way past the farms, paddy and chalet resorts of the Pai Valley, to spectacular jungle-clad mountains as it slices through limestone hills beyond. ... Read more about Tubing and rafting .


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. ... Read more about Trekking .


Pai is home to several markets worth a browse, particularly for those who enjoy sampling the delicious and varied local food found in these parts. ... Read more about Markets .

Mae Yen village and waterfall

In addition to being a cute little Shan village with a collection of chalet resorts and cafes, nearby Mae Yen also has a couple of noteworthy sights of its own. ... Read more about Mae Yen village and waterfall .

Nam Hoo and Santichong villages

While most of the villages in the Pai Valley are quite modern, a clutch of three adjacent villages to the northwest make for an interesting trip. While they are a key feature of any of Pai’s touted day trips, this makes a good side-trip to do yourself if you have your own ... Read more about Nam Hoo and Santichong villages .

Hot springs

Sulphurous hot springs emerge out of the ground at numerous spots across north Thailand and Pai district is no exception. The most conveniently accessible ones are around 12 kilometres southeast of town in Mae Hee district. ... Read more about Hot springs .

Thai cooking lessons

Taking a leaf out of Chiang Mai’s book, several spots in Pai offer half- and full-day Thai cooking classes. ... Read more about Thai cooking lessons .

Pai Canyon

Pai Canyon is a picturesque area of eroded red sandstone, comprising deep gullies and ochre-coloured sharp ridges dotted with stunted pines. Photos of it feature on many of the town’s tourist brochures and a convenient location makes for an unusual and attractive place for a ... Read more about Pai Canyon .

Day tours

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 ... Read more about Day tours .

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Pai? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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