Remote Pai Pai District Mae Hong Son 58130 Thailand Published on: 08-06-2016
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Why Pai is special ?
Pai was once a quiet market village inhabited by Shan people (ethnic Tai) whose culture is influenced by Burma. Today, Pai primarily thrives on tourism. Well-known among backpackers for its relaxed atmosphere, the town is full of cheap guesthouses, souvenir shops, and restaurants.
As Pai lies at the foot of the mountains, many tourists use it as a base for trekking and visiting hill tribes like Karen, Hmong, Lisu, and Lahu. Another notable attraction is the town's excellent Wednesday Market which brings large and colorful crowds of local villagers and tribal people from all around the Pai Valley.
How to get to Pai?
Kan Airlines operates flights between Chiang Mai and Pai in a twelve seater Cessna Caravan. The frequency varies with demand according to the season. Flying time is 25 minutes.
Buses and mini-buses depart from Chiang Mai (Arcade station - tel:053304748) and Mae Hong Son. From Chiang Mai, regular public buses (no a/c) take around 4 hours and charge 78 baht, and there is only one bus at 7am daily (November 2014).
Pai Pai District Mae Hong Son 58130 Thailand