Pai is located in Northern Thailand and is about 140 km from Chiang Mai. It is a relaxed town and has become a popular destination for backpackers and nature lovers.
- Quick Information on Thailand
- Best Time To Visit Pai Thailand
- Things To Do in Pai Thailand
- Explore Pai Canyon
- Visit Lod Cave
- Admire Pai’s Waterfalls
- Walk Pai’s Walking Street
- Visit Memorial Bridge
- Relax At The Hot Springs
- See The Land Crack
- Visit Thom’s Elephant Camp
- Where To Stay in Pai Thailand
- Wrapping Up
While Pai is off the the beaten track, that doesn’t mean that you should skip visit Pai as there is a lot of interesting things to do and see there.
Quick Information on Thailand
- Currency: Thai Baht
- Language: Thai
- Population: Over 68 million
- Capital City: Bangkok
- Best time to visit Thailand: Visit Northern Thailand is between November to February with temperature rises up to 33 degrees. And southern Thailand is between November and March.
- How to get there: You can enter by land or Sea through Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia. Or fly into Thailand as there are flights to most major cities in Thailand.
Best Time To Visit Pai Thailand
The best time to visit Pai in Thailand depends on if you want to avoid the crowds and burning season then visit Pai between May and November.
Plus as it’s the low season which is the same months of the rainy season, accommodation is cheaper.
Things To Do in Pai Thailand
There is a lot to see in Pai and we have compiled a list of 8 of the top things to do in Pai Thailand.
Explore Pai Canyon
The Pai Canyon is a must see place while you are in Pai. It’s a place to go and to see the sunset view or for its spectacular view but so be sure to check the sunset timing before heading over.
Remember you will need a moped/scooter to get to the Canyon as its 13 km from the town.
If you are interested in hiking or feeling active you can spend hours climbing and getting lost in the woods.
Remember get there early for a good seat before the sunset if you love sunset scenery.
Visit Lod Cave
Getting to the site is done via bamboo raft. The bamboo raft ride is reasonable short with fishes zipping in the water.
You will see ancient wall paintings, antique wooden coffins and stalactites in interesting shapes hidden in the cave.
This cave is only 400m long and during wet season (until December) you can only visit the first cave (Lod Cave) but in December onwards the water should have gone down enough to visit Doll cave and Fish cave.
Admire Pai’s Waterfalls
You can jump off the rocks but don’t dive obviously be sure to check the water depth before taking the leap otherwise you will break your neck.
Amazing setting overall. There is a bamboo bridge about 3 kms further up.
Pombok Waterfall is a little more secluded, the pool tends to be in the shade most of the time due to the high cliffs around it.
The Mor Paeng waterfalls can become fairly busy with tourists. There’s a lower pool with a stair case leading down to a bigger pool which is quiet.
I would recommend visiting the waterfalls early to enjoy it more, by mid day they can be super busy with tourists.
Walk Pai’s Walking Street
Like must walking streets in Thailand, it fills up with food vendors and market stalls selling everything from your t-shirts and jewellery to personalised post cards. It happens every night.
Visit Memorial Bridge
The memorial bridge is located over Pai river. It’s just another bridge but has become a popular spot for visitors to Pai.
It more the fact of its history when it was built by the Japanese to transport weapons to Burma during the second world war.
Relax At The Hot Springs
In Pai, there is several hot springs that one can visit. This includes Tha Pai Hot Springs and Sai Ngam Hot Spring.
The Pai Hot Springs is located about 7 km from the town itself. It is 60 Thai Baht (40 for the bike and 20 for entrance). It is worth the ride from Pai. The water is not too hot, there are changing rooms and toilet.
The water is clear and the ground is covered with little rocks.
Sai Ngam Spring is located on your way to the Cave. This spring is really nice, the water was hot and there is bamboo changing rooms you can use for free.
It’s worth getting up early to avoid the crowds. The pools are well maintained making it even better.
See The Land Crack
In 2008 the land began to split and crack due to some weird soil erosion. So the inventive farmer turned his property into a bit of a tourist attraction.
The farmer today offers juice, wine, fruits and snacks. Just for the juice the ride out there is worth it. It is completely for free, but you can donate something and buy something from the farmer.
Definitely one of the more unique things to do in Pai.
Visit Thom’s Elephant Camp
Thom’s Elephant Camp is the Oldest Elephant Camp in Pai and the first camp that wants to let you interact with these beautiful, sensitive animals in an ecologically responsible fashion.
The camp opened up in 1992 and takes great pride in her little sanctuary. One of the key reasons to their success is that the elephants are treated as one of the family.
Thom’s elephant camp can also provide accommodation if you are interested in your own private bungalow with mountain views.
The Bungalows come with free breakfast, A/C, Porches, Satellite TV, Refrigerator, Natural fed Hot Spring Tubs, free WiFi and much more.
And there is rooms available that are equipped with a number of amenities to make your stay comfortable and memorable including free WiFi, Private Bath and Fan.
Accommodation prices range from between 350 – 1800 Baht per night depending on time of year and which ever you choose between room or bungalow.
The elephants hang by out the front of the property and the staff encourage you to play and feed them. There is other activities to do at the camp such as elephant trekking, bamboo rafting and sightseeing.
Prices range from between 800—7000 Baht depends on which tour and activities you want to do. For more details on the tours, checkout the website.
Getting a package from local travel agents will make things easier to get to the cave.
Where To Stay in Pai Thailand
Pai has a good variety of guest houses, hostels and hotels. Here are a few places to check out and give you an idea of what is available in Pai if you are planning to visit Pai Thailand.
Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits you interests while traveling.
D2 Pai Resort
Rating 8.0, Double rooms start from $38
D2 Pai offers comfortable accommodation and free Wi-Fi throughout. Guests can enjoy camp fires in the evening as well.
Rating 8.0, Double rooms start from $37
Lilu Pai offers bright, air conditioned rooms come with cable TV, a safe deposit box and a minibar. Each room has a private bathroom with toiletries and shower facilities. Provides free WiFi.
Finally, Pai is definitely a must visit place, even if it is off the beaten track. With so many different things to do in Pai, that you can do with your friends or family. All you have to do is to choose the stuff you prefer and start enjoying what Pai has to offer.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on things to do in Pai Thailand has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.