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Welcome to Pai: General information about Pai

Pai, for nature lovers / How to get to Pai? / Population of Pai / Occupation in Pai / Climate in Pai / Tourist Attractions in Pai and around / Activities in Pai / Culture in Pai / Facilities in Pai

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Pai, for nature lovers

(Mae Hong Sorn Province, North Thailand)

Pai district is situated about halfway between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Sorn, the misty town on the Burmese border. At about 600 meters above sea level, surrounded by high mountains. Pai offers one of the most fertile and beautiful nature in the North of Thailand, clean air and no pollution. People from many different tribes live here peacefully together and still maintain their traditional way of living.

Pai River, Photo 1  (7.1 K)

The serene Pai river runs from the northern border with Burma through Pai town and along virgin jungle to Mae Hong Sorn. Hardy adventurers use this route for exciting rafting.

How to get to Pai?

Start from the main tourist hub: From Chiang Mai on route 1095 towards Pai it is 132 kilometer. The bus from Chiang Mai Arcade bus station takes about 4 hours.

Buses from Chiang Mai to Pai:
7.00, 8.30, 10.30, 12.30, 16.00

Buses from Pai to Chiang Mai:
7.00, 8.30, 11.00, 12.30, 16.30

From Mae Hong Sorn town: Along this route pine trees and wild vegetation line both sides of the gently rising road passing nice scenery along the way. In Mae Hong Sorn are motorbikes and jeep available for rent.

Population of Pai

Mainly Thai Yai (from Burmas Shane state) and hill tribes (Lisu, Lahu, Karen). In town mainly Thai, Thai-Chinese, some Thai-Muslim and some foreign residents.

Occupation in Pai

Agriculture - mainly garlic, rice, fruits, lychee, cotton

Climate in Pai

Cool season: 12º C - 28º C from November - March

Hot season: 24º C - 35º C from April - June

Rainy season: 24º C - 32º C from July - September

Tourist Attractions in Pai and around

Old temples:

Wonders of nature:

Pai River, Photo 4  (10.0 K)

Activities in Pai

Pai River, Photo 5   (7.2 K)

Culture in Pai

Both local Thais and hilltribes still keep their traditions alive by their traditional dressing, house style, food and entertainment.

Here are some of the highlight festivals:

Facilities in Pai

Pai is a small town but can offer enough facilities such as a post office, hospital, long distance call and fax service. Accommodations and food are good and cheap. Most of the guest houses are in town and the scenic most beautiful ones are along the river. Local restaurants and western style restaurants are available (e. g. Chez Swan Restaurant, Thai Yai Restaurant) with home made brown bread.

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