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Other places in Thailand => Chiangmai, Chiangrai, Pai, Mae Hong Son => : admin December 15, 2011, 03:37:25 PM

: A small trip to Pai, in Northern Thailand
: admin December 15, 2011, 03:37:25 PM
Pai is a wonderful place in Thailand and it was my first time there. We didn\'t have much time but I spend an enjoyable time and would like to go back one day.

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Have a look on a map. It\'s about 130 km from Chiangmai but the road between ChiangMai and Pai is not easy. In the mountain, narrow, it takes about 3 hours. We went by both ways, from Mae Hong Son to Pai, and then, Pai to Chiangmai.

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How was Pai?

Fantastic. You feel in between Chiangmai, Vang Vieng (Laos) (http://www.isaan.com/en/about/laos/vang-vieng.html), Yangshuo (China) (http://www.isaan.com/en/about/china/yangshuo.html). I mean it is small. But you have Mexican restaurants, a lot of guesthouses, it attracts backpackers and all kinds of people.

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The market is beautiful and quite large at night. It is nothing like Pattaya, Hua Hin or Phuket. It is very special.


The most interesting activity seems to be rafting between Pai and Mae Hong Son, which take 2 days.

The scenery is awesome, guesthouses are cheap. Food is good.

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Some of our pictures are here:

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: Re: A small trip to Pai, in Northern Thailand
: admin December 15, 2011, 04:28:42 PM
Here\'s the Pai river from Pai. There are few guesthouses beside:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r57igQP6tVE


One hotel on the corner was \"Hotel des artistes\" and looked VERY comfortable:
http://www.hotelartists.com/pai/

That one was just in the corner of the street that you see after the bridge. It goes to the night market streets. There are many bars, guesthouses, bars, hotels there.

While you also have \"huts\" at \"Baan Pai Riverside\" (You can see that one on the video).
: Re: A small trip to Pai, in Northern Thailand
: buadhai December 15, 2011, 07:14:16 PM
I remember when Pai was just a small village, in the middle of rice fields, on the way from Chiangmai to Mae Hong Son. A restaurant or two. A few guest houses. Moslem farmers selling their produce from simple stalls on the side of the road. A handful of backpackers.
: Re: A small trip to Pai, in Northern Thailand
: admin December 17, 2011, 06:55:53 AM
I am not sure if the pictures or my text are clear. Of course, it is not a small village anymore. But it isn\'t a big city either. There are tons of backpackers but this is not Khao San road. I imagine the place to be the same size of the old Korat, around the 4 city gates. It means you can easily do all streets walking in about 2 or 3 hours.

The night market is a kind of square. You just walk around from a street to another. In probably 1 or 2 hours, you saw it all. But it is nice. Some Thai friends liked it a lot, and told us to go.

To what I understand, Chiang Khan and Pai are now popular touristic places for Thais. Just like Khao Yai is now also quite popular. 20 years ago, I doubt there were many resorts in Khao Yai. Now, they are every where.

I think Pai will be the same and will develop very quickly. It is still nice, peaceful, not too commercial. I would recommend people to visit it before it becomes too big.

Yes, there are foreign restaurants, menus in English and people from all around the world. But no Mcdonald, no KFC, no shopping center. I loved it.

I do not remember the last time I visited a place in Thailand and I was very surprised, excited, and like it that much. I think I liked it because it was different from Isaan, and here, I more or less went everywhere and travelled a lot around Isaan. I really felt Pai was like a different country.

But the place that surprised me the most is a Burma camp near Mae Sot.
I will talk about it in another post.