PAI

"This is our kind of place, up in the mountains exploring on a motorbike, the roads are steep and winding, the ride an adventure in itself

 

The vibe is funky over at the Pai Circus, acro yoga, juggling, and beers 

 

Make sure to cruise over to the canyon for a hike and then sit back during sunset

 

You can stay in a wood hut by the riverside with a hammock to chill 

Walk into town, have your fill of fun, great live music and some tasty street eats"

 

STAY - 

  • Huen Muang Resort - a great place for peace and quiet a few miles outside of town. We loved the morning jogs through the property and yoga at their deck. The bungalows are lovely looking out over the rice paddies. After staying here a couple of nights, we moved closer to town for the convenience.

  • Pai Loess Resort - a balcony and a hammock by the Pai river was the perfect combo. We loved staying by the river and still so close to everything in town. There are several other charming accommodations around here - we just walked around and picked our favorite. 

  • Hotel Des Artists - staying in Pai for us was all about the simplicity of the bungalows and hammock life... But Hotel Des Artists is the go to place to splurge a bit and enjoy a charming traditional house decorated with local art, Chinese wooden furniture, and antiques. Their outdoor cafe is equally lovelly.

DO - 

  • Conserve Natural Forests - a community committed to re-planting forests in Thailand and rescuing elephants. We joined a couple of their fundraiser events and helped spread awareness. Hanging out with the elephants and seeing them roam freely was an unforgettable experience.

  • Pai Canyon - unique landscape and great trails on the ledge of the cliffs. Such lovely views! We were there at low season so it wasn't too crowded. Sunset is the most popular time so early in the morning we could have the place to yourself. 

  • Lod Caves - the cave was amazing and huge, and even better was our ride to get there. A 1.5 - 2 hour scooter ride loaded with beautiful scenery and a couple viewpoints along the way. At the cave we took a bamboo raft and explored the formations. 

  • Guided Meditation @ Good Life in Pai - there is so much going on in Pai... meditation, yoga, open mic, cooking classes, even a circus school. There are tons of events posted around town to choose from. We really enjoyed the meditation at Good Life in Pai, it was a great way to break up the week and experience what the town is all about. 

  • Hypnosis Therapy with Ethai - why not? I read about Ethai at one of the cafes in Pai and gave him a call. After venturing out through the rice fields, I found Ethai's spacious house furnished with nothing but two chairs and a side table by the window. It's hard to explain, a little strange at first, but something to try for yourself. It turned out to be a great experience as Ethai was uniquely insightful. 

  • Pai Circus - a backpacker hostel and circus school with a pool atop the mountain. We didn't stay here as the accommodation didn't seem very well kept, but it's an interesting place to go hangout. We chilled by the pool, jumped in an acro-yoga session and attempted some juggling.  

  • Waterfalls - there are a few waterfalls around Pai, not too big but nice on a hot day.

  • Art in Chai - a small little shop inside an indian inspired cafe with live music and spoken word nights. Their home-made yogurt was also great!

EAT & DRINK - 

  • Earthtone - little gem restaurant and shop with an extensive creative healthy menu, delicious food, in a nice natural environment.    

  • Nas Kitchen - Nas makes delicious Thai food, a must visit in Pai. 

  • Om Garden - a lovely garden cafe with great food and service. 

  • Fat Cat - cozy cafe with delicious organic food and fresh fruit shakes. 

  • Silhouette (Reverie Siam) - upscale hotel and restaurant with a mix of Mediterranean and Thai flare in a beautiful setting. After lunch, we sat at the terrace by the river with great cocktails while attempting to play the harmonica.     

  • PM Spirit - tucked away behind the main street shops; a tiny alley leads to this open air hippie bar with good drinks and live music.  

  • Mary Jane (On Earth) - we love this place! Made of bamboo and tree trunks, this bar/restaurant by the river is a great chill spot for drinks and live music.  

  • Edible Jazz - a great little place with open mic nights, live music, and great vibe. Good for both food and drinks.

  • Thien Art Space - cool atmosphere, a mix of bamboo hut style - with mediterranean influences. It has a great terrace with cold beer outlooking the rice fields outside of town.

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