Things to do in Pai

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Little known outside the backpacking circle, and located bit isolated up north, this small Thai town has become a hot favorite of solo trippers in last few years. The town is filled with natural beauty and there are many hiking opportunities including visits to some of the stunning waterfalls. There is no doubt that charms of Pai are not to be missed, surely one of those place that needs to be on every first time Thailand itinerary

1. Waterfalls in Pai

Waterfall, Pai, Thailand

Waterfall, Pai, Thailand

Who doesn’t love a good waterfall? Good news is, Pai has numerous waterfalls to cool off in and they stay flowing most of the year.

Mo Paeng is the most popular one to visit and even has a natural slide for you slip down and into the pool below. Pam Bok is quite beautiful too. It’s set in a little canyon and you can clamber around the rocks. This one does dry up easily in dry season, so be sure to ask around before making the effort of going out there.

Mae Yen is also a popular choice but you’ll need to work for it by hiking through the jungle to get to this waterfall. Considering the efforts to get here, It’s often pretty empty! All you do to get here is follow the stream for a few kilometers.

And lastly, Huay Chang is my favorite waterfall but it also takes some effort to get to, which is why it’s my favorite. You’ll likely have this waterfall all to yourself. It’s about 20 minutes driving outside of town, including taking your motorbike over a few streams and then takes about 30 minutes to hike to on unmarked trails. If you can find it, you’ll be in a slice of heaven. You’ll need a motorbike to reach any of the waterfalls or at the least be willing to pay for a taxi to take you to them.

By: Nina from whereintheworldisnina.com

2. Pai Canyon

Pai Canyon

Pai Canyon

Pai Canyon is one of the lesser known places to check out when you visit this stunning village in the North of Thailand. Most visitors come for the stunning waterfalls and the chance to learn Muay Thai, both of which I also tried, but visiting the canyon was my favourite place to visit in Pai.

The Canyon is located 8kms outside of the town on the road to Chiang Mai. Visiting the canyon is a perfect time to rent your first moped if you have not already, otherwise you can get a tuk tuk to bring you, just check what the price should be before you go. If you do decide to rent a moped the road is quite safe, but you should always be vigilant. On the road you will find sign posts directing you to the canyon, making it quite easy to find.

Pai Canyon 2

Hiking in Pai Canyon

I found the best time to visit was just before sunset, try to arrive half an hour early so you can take some great pictures without a huge number of people obstructing your view. There is a huge number of pathways crisscrossing the canyon and you can spend a little time exploring them before a truly wonderful Sunset. Remember to be careful on these paths though as they have no barriers and the paths can be quite narrow with drops on either side.

Pai Canyon View

Pai Canyon View

It is stunning for sunset but should be visited more than once as you can spend an entire day hiking and exploring the trails throughout the canyon.

By Eoin from dollysquest.com

3. Walking Street

Night Market, Pai, Thailand

Night Market, Pai, Thailand

Walking street in Pai consists of the typical tourist oriented market selling souvenirs, clothing and food. Even if you are not interested in shopping visit the Pai Walking Street for people watching.

4. Wat Phra That Mae Yen

Wat Phra That Mae Yen, Pai, Thailand

Wat Phra That Mae Yen, Pai, Thailand

Pay a visit to The White Buddha, which is located on top of the hill near Pai. Needless to say the view from top of the hill are magnificent. The hike to the top is easy and requires one to climb 350+ steps. Start your hike late in the evening to witness an amazing sunset over Pai.

5. Take a dip in one of the Hot Springs

Hot Spring, Pai, Thailand

Hot Spring, Pai, Thailand

One of the top things to do in Pai includes visiting a hot spring. There are many natural hot spring in the area, and thus not difficult to find one within your reach. The Sai Ngam hot springs, maintained by Karen hill tribe is a favorite pick. Also known as the secret hot spring, costs only 40 THB for entrance. You can also take a mud bath prior to dipping in the Sai Ngam.


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