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Top Things to Do in Pai, Thailand

by Chasing a Plate
Pai, Thailand

Pai is a must visit for those looking to explore a bit more of the Thai countryside and if you’re looking to escape the city it’s the perfect place to relax. The town is laid back, the people are friendly and there are lots of natural sights to explore. Here are our Top Things to Do in Pai, Thailand…

1. Hire a scooter and explore your surroundings

To make the most out of your time in Pai, you really need to hire a scooter. Having your own set of wheels means you’ll be able to visit all the natural wonders which are located just outside of Pai town as well as explore the beautiful countryside at your own leisure. Plus, if you’re staying just outside of Pai it makes it easy to whip to the market for breakfast or to the walking street for dinner.

Pai, Thailand

Stunning Pai countryside

2. Pai Walking Street

In the evenings, the main street in Pai becomes a walking street. Lots of food stalls where you can get anything from bruschetta and kebabs to the more traditional Northern Thai snacks like sai oua (Northern Thai sausage) line the streets together with vendors selling arts and crafts.

3. Chase waterfalls

There are two waterfalls in Pai to visit- Mor Paeng which has a couple of shallow pools to swim in and Pam Bok waterfall which is surrounded by high cliffs and is a great place to escape the heat.

4. Pai Canyon

Pai Canyon is said to be beautiful at sunset, but really, it’s spectacular at any time of the day. It’s a short uphill walk to the canyon and there are a few vantage points where you can look out over the Pai countryside. It’s breathtaking!

Pai Canyon

The view from Pai Canyon

5. The Land Split

On the way to Pam Bok waterfall, the Land Split is a huge chasm in the land, which was caused by a couple of earthquakes in 2008 and 2011. The ‘split’ is on private property which the family has opened up to the public. The family grow all sorts of fruit on the land including roselle, papaya, bananas and tamarind- they even make their own roselle wine. After checking out the ‘split’ you’ll be offered a taste of the fruit, roselle juice and wine in exchange for a donation. The family are super friendly, the snacks are delicious and sitting in the shade sipping on wine is pretty enjoyable!

The Land Split, Pai

Exploring the chasm at The Land Split

6. Sai Ngam Hot Springs

Why pay 300 baht to visit the hot springs in town along with every other tourist when you can scooter 20 minutes to the Huai Nam Dang National Park and visit the crystal clear waters at Sai Ngam Hot Springs. You will be amazed at the clarity of the water, the temperature is really comfortable (34 degrees celsius) and it only costs 20THB per person plus another 20THB for your scooter. It can get busy in the late afternoon so come in the morning or when everyone is lunching.

7. Eat at the day market

If you want to eat where the locals eat, then the day market is your best bet for breakfast and lunch. There are food stalls outside the market serving congee and noodle soups and stalls inside the market serving made to order dishes like pad kra pao. We ate some of the best chicken on rice we’ve ever eaten in Thailand at the restaurant which runs alongside the market (you’ll see a lot of locals eating there so it’s easy to spot).

Chicken on rice, Pai

The best chicken on rice in Pai

8. Bamboo Bridge

About 25 minutes out of Pai you’ll come across the bamboo bridge. About 1 kilometre long, the bridge winds its way through rice paddies and ends at the entrance to a Buddhist temple. The temple was closed on our visit but the walk was well worth doing. It’s peaceful and the surrounding landscape is lush and very photogenic!

Bamboo Bridge, Pai

The bamboo bridge

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Julia 21/12/2016 - 1:37 am

I love how green it is there!! So pretty! 🙂

Chasing a Plate 26/12/2016 - 3:27 pm

We loved exploring Pai! It was such a breathtaking part of Thailand!

Lena Elzayn 21/12/2016 - 2:05 pm

It sounds like SO much fun to be able to scooter and walk all around Thailand! Also, those hot springs seem amazing!!!

Chasing a Plate 26/12/2016 - 3:27 pm

They were truly incredible Lena! And yes- scootering around the countryside with the wind in your hair is one of the BEST ways to explore Thailand!

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