Pai is an ever-popular destination in Mae Hong Son province, yet it still retains a small-town charm. Pai is the most accessible town in Mae Hong Son province from Chiang Mai and has many great food and accommodation options.
Pai Night Market
Open every night, the Pai night markets are a hive of street food and live music venues. When choosing your accommodation you need to decide whether you will stay in the heart of the action, within easy walking distance, or outside town in a peaceful resort with views of rice fields. Most outlying hotels have a shuttle service with on-demand transfers into town and schedule pickup times & locations.
While it is easy to explore the center of town on foot, there are also many attractions just outside of town within the same valley.
Yun Lai Viewpoint
Mae Yen Temple
Sai Ngam Hot Spring
Pai Memorial Bridge
Pai Private Tours – Multi-Day Itineraries
If you would like to travel to Pai as part of a multi-day private tour itinerary, we have several standard tour options to choose from. As always, we are happy to customize these itineraries for you.
Accommodation in Pai
If you want to stay in the middle of all the activity, we have used Pai Village Boutique Resort. The Quarter is good if you want to be further from the noise, but still within walking distance of restaurants
and night market.
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Pai Village Boutique
4-star value in the center of town
4-star relaxation in a quieter part of town
The Oia Pai Resort
Unique 5-star concept with shuttle transport to night markets
Reverie Siam Resort
5-star comfort with shuttle transport to night markets
Pai Bus Service
If you plan to travel independently to Pai, there is a bus service available. See the timetable below for information regarding the bus service from Chiang Mai to Pai, and return journeys.
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|Bus Chiang Mai - Pai ฿ 200 3h|
Halal food is easy to find in Pai due to the large local Muslim community. The Al-Israa Masjid Mosque is located in the center of town, so you will see many restaurants and street-food vendors advertising Halal food in this area.
For one of the best vegan restaurants in Northern Thailand, Earth Tone is at least on par with the very best vegan food in Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai. It is located a little out of town on the way to Mae Yen Temple – but close enough to walk and well worth the trip.
There are some vegan street food vendors in the walking street district, and many restaurants in this part of Pai have vegan options on the menu.
Charlie & Lek restaurant is worth mentioning – not vegan but they have many great vegan options on their menu and have a good understanding of allergies and other dietary requirements. Good food, good value, and in the center of town.