The Pai Valley
Pai sits on the banks of a river and is surrounded by stunning natural beauty. It is home to several of Thailand's hilltribe communities and attracts a mix of foreign and Thai visitors throughout the year.
Pai has a wide range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. The town also has a great range of restaurants serving high quality Thai and international cuisine at some of the cheapest prices in Thailand.
Small local bars provide an easy-going nightlife - many with live music.
For the adventurous, a variety of activities are available, such as white-water rafting, jungle trekking and elephant rides.
But with its waterfalls, hot springs and rice fields, Pai is also the perfect place to relax and enjoy 'being' rather than 'doing'!
Getting to Pai
Pai can be reached in around 2.5 hours by road or 25 minutes by air from Chiang Mai, the main city and cultural capital of northern Thailand.
Frequent public buses and private minibuses make the trip from Chiang Mai to Pai several times daily.
The journey takes you through breathtaking mountain scenery, including rice fields, fruit farms, local villages and temples before you descend into the Pai Valley.
The plane - a small, 12-seater - arrives from Chiang Mai once or twice per day depending on season. It flies at relatively low altitude which, on a clear day, gives you a stunning view of the mountains below.
Chiang Mai is a one hour flight or overnight bus/train ride from Bangkok - the main port of entry for international visitors.
It is also possible to fly direct to Chiang Mai from a number of other Thai cities and islands, including Phuket and Koh Samui.
Direct international flights to Chiang Mai are limited to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Kunming (China), Luang Prabang (Laos), Singapore, Seoul (South Korea), Taipei (Taiwan) and Yangon (Burma).
Please contact us for further information about the logistics of getting to Chiang Mai and Pai.
When to come
Pai receives visitors all year round, but the high season is between November and January - particularly for Thai tourists, who like to experience the cold evenings and nights here compared to the rest of Thailand. Daytime, however, is generally hot and sunny.
It tends to be hot and dry in Pai from February to May, but still relatively cool at night, and less humid than in Bangkok or further south.
The rainy season lasts from around June to October with frequent showers which quickly restore the green scenery after the hot, dry season. It is a cooler time of year to come as long as you don't mind getting wet occasionally!
Accommodation in Pai
There is a wide variety of accommodation in Pai to cater for all requirements, including traditional guesthouses, mountain bungalows, spa resorts and western-style hotels.
Prices vary according to season but are generally cheaper than equivalent accommodation in Bangkok or on the islands.
Most overseas visitors find accommodation when they arrive, except during the high season when it is advisable to book in advance.
Please contact us directly for further information on accommodation and prices.