Remote Pai Pai District Mae Hong Son 58130 Thailand Published on: 08-06-2016

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Pai is a small town in Mae Hong Son Province, near the Myanmar border, about 146 km north-west of Chiang Mai on the northern route to Mae Hong Son.

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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?

By plane

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.

By bus

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).


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Pai Pai District Mae Hong Son 58130 Thailand

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Tips for you

  • If you're a little adventurous, rent a motorcycle in Chiang Mai and make the ride up to Pai.
  • Make sure to take some warmer clothing on your bike, as it tends to get a bit chilly in the higher portions of the ride.
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  • Be warned that Pai has a reputation for causing people to fall ill when they stay there. Numerous instances of food poisoning have occurred.
  • Renting a bicycle or motorbike to ride around the countryside seems to be the most popular activity.
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