The hippy town of Northern Thailand Pai is a must-see if you’re sick of the island life of Thailand. It’s a perfect spot to chill out and centre yourself again.
In this town you’ll be able to meditate with monks, do some yoga and as cheesy as it sounds find yourself again.
1. Walking street markets
The town of Pai is relatively small, but the walking night street in centre is really a wonderful treat. You’ll be able to try so many delicious foods for really cheap.
2. Running in the mountains
Pai is a pretty active city, locals get on their bikes and go jogging with the backdrop of the mountains. The scenery is very picturesque.
Watching the sunset at the canyons is a favourite past-time for travellers. It’s free and you’ll be able to walk all around them. Just be careful and walk around at your own risk.
There are so many caves to explore in Pai, my favourite one was the Lod Cave. It as huge and you could also do the bamboo raft through it. The ride up to the caves is pretty magical too.
4. Hot springs
If you miss the water you can head to one of many hot springs that Pai has. Just be warned that it is hot! So try and go on a cooler day.
5. Scooter up to the mountains
Beginner scooter drivers will feel confident in Pai. The roads are bigger and there aren’t many cars on the road. Take a ride up the mountains and just sit there, clarity will come to you and your mind will thank you in the end I promise.
6. Meditate with monks
For those who are on the spiritual side there are several of classes, or days that you can do meditation with monks.
7. Brush up on your yoga
There are loads of yoga classes in Pai that you can attend. If you’re staying at Circus Hostel in Pai they hold free yoga in the mornings.
There are many waterfalls in Pai and they are free. Bring your swimmers and take a dip in the falls. Don’t forget to bring a towel to dry off.
9. Enjoy the quiet
While Pai is touristy you’ll be happy to know that no-one really hassles you like the rest of Thailand. The locals are super sweet and friendly and they tend to keep to themselves. Thai people from other regions also come to Pai as a holiday destinations so there is a mix of travellers and locals bonding between each other.
10. Stunning views
The roads in Pai are pretty good, so if you can ride a bike/scooter than you should. The views on top of the mountains are stunning. Just remember to take a breath.
Where to stay?
I stayed at Baan Aomsin Resort in Pai, relatively cheap private rooms and only a 10 minutes walk from the markets.
How to get there?
Depending on what direction you are coming from you can fly straight into Pai. If you’re coming from Chiang Mai you can get a mini bus for 150-80 baht. Alternatively you can rent a soccer and driver up there yourself.