9 places to see in Pai
Pai is a small town in the north of Thailand. For years it’s been popular with yoga, Thai massages, vegetarian cuisine and nature enthusiasts, who value healthy lifestyle and relaxation over the noise and chaos of a city.
However, Pai is so much more than a town hidden in the mountains and if you love adventure, new and exciting places and would like to see how the real, unspoiled Thailand looks like then you won’t be disappointed by coming here. There are many places to see in Pai and I gathered a couple, which I think are the most interesting.
1. Most Boon Kho Ku So, the Bamboo Bridge
Boon Kho Ku So is a peaceful and calm place, where you won’t see anyone.
There are many waterfalls around Pai. The most famous ones are Pam Bok and Mo Paeng. The first one is my favourite. From a small parking lot you need to make your way up a hill, along a very narrow, forest path. At the beginning the waterfall might seem unimpressive, but it’s enough to step into the cool water and walk on some slippery rocks to reach a very pleasant waterfall and a pond, where you can go for a dip.
Mo Paeng is a bigger place and is more popular among backpackers. During my stay I stumbled upon a large group of people, who were swimming in the cool water. It is a good place to see in Pai if you want to hang out with other travellers, or you want to meet someone new.
3. Stone Forest
There are many caves in Pai. The most famous is Lod Cave. It is located an hour drive from the town and I think it is one of the most stunning places to see in Pai. The cave is huge and it is easy to get lost here. That’s why hiring a guide is a must. For 400 Baht you can see the whole place and go on a short cruise inside the cave on a small, bamboo boat. The main entrance is impressive and it is best viewed from the inside. The light that gets in the dark cave creates a very mysterious and beautiful image. Everything is even more amazing with birds and bats flying everywhere. During your visit, look around carefully. I had a chance of seeing a snake, sleeping on one of the rocks, and a spider, which decided to go on the boat cruise with me.
5. Yun Lai view point
6. Pai Canyon
Pai Canyon is a well known attraction in Pai. I visited it a couple of years ago and I must say that it was an exhausting experience. I was totally unprepared for the climbing steep walls. At a few places I went down and I couldn’t climb up. Everything took place in 40 degrees heat and I wouldn’t say that it was the best adventure I had ever had, but nevertheless, I would add the Canyon to the list of places to see in Pai.
7. Walking Street
8. Santichon Village, the Chinese village
The Chinese village consists of nothing more than one street, which swirls around small houses and shops. There is one temple and one Chinese monument. It’s a good attraction for Asian tourists, who like to come here to take photos, but I decided to stop here for a few moments to soak up the atmosphere of this quiet place.
9. Restaurants and Cafes
Source Joanna Szreder
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