One of the popular things to do whilst visiting Chiang Mai in Thailand is to make the three hour trip north-west to the small town of Pai.
With a population of 3000 people, it’s just the CUTEST place and OH SO WORTH IT!
My sister and I actually went there as part of a two-day tour. We did an amazing natural elephant excursion before taking bumpy, windy, mountainous roads onto Pai.
It was a bit of a whistle-stop tour as we were on the clock to get back to Chiang Mai for early evening on the second day. Having said that, this gave us plenty of time to cover the key highlights of one of the prettiest places I’ve ever been!
Without further do, read on for 7 highlights of Pai, Thailand.
Pai Canyon is basically an elevated viewpoint overlooking the Pai valley.
However, don’t be fooled, it’s not the Grand Canyon (contrary to what the name has you believe.)
Having said that though, Pai Canyon is definitely super pretty on a sunny day and worth a little hike to get to the top.
This is the accommodation where we stayed for our one-night stay.
The best thing about it was that we had our own private bungalow with a king size bed and ensuite bathroom. And it was right on the river that runs through Pai, Thailand!
Peaceful and stunning, we couldn’t help but love it.
Did you know that the actual town centre of Pai is only a couple of streets long and wide? It’s very popular with backpackers and holiday-makers alike during the day. However, it only truly comes alive at night.
There’s a cool night market down the main street that is not quite as extensive as the Sunday Walking Street in Chiang Mai, but still fun to walk around!
DO IT and I guarantee you will enjoy yourself (and perhaps pick up a couple of bargains along the way!)
The White Buddha statue is situated halfway up a mountain overlooking Pai, Thailand.
Granted, it doesn’t seem like much from a distance. That said, as you get closer, it’s seriously impressive.
There’s about 38428 steps to walk up to reach the very top (okay, that’s a slight exaggeration). Although, once you get there, the view is simply breathtaking.
Another highlight of Pai, Thailand, Yunnan Village is an old Chinese settlement that has turned into a major tourist attraction in recent years.
Many people come from all over to experience the Yunnan food and way of life.
It’s not a huge area so it doesn’t take long to peruse – I’d say it was a nice little pitstop on the tour and so adorable that it looks like a postcard!
Usually, this waterfall is one of the tourist hotspots in Pai (well this one and Pam Bok, which wasn’t included on our tour).
Having said that, we were told that there hadn’t been any rainfall in weeks so the water was very sparse at Mo Paeng.
Even so, the surroundings were still incredibly rich and diverse – and I could imagine the waterfall would have looked ever lovelier if there had been a little more water!
Unfortunately, visiting the hot springs wasn’t included on our tour so we didn’t get to experience them. Although, if you get the opportunity, you must do this as I’ve heard great things about them!
To summarise, my sister and I just couldn’t help but love Pai. I think it’s largely due to the fact that it’s so small that it’s SUPER CUTE.
Plus, with it being nestled amongst the mountains up and down some of the most twisty, bumpy roads known to man, it feels a bit like a secret hideaway.
Furthermore, I can’t emphasise how picturesque it is in town centre – a perfect muse for artists needing a new subject! We were only there for one night but I fell madly, deeply in love with the place and I will never forget it!