Escape To Pai, Thailand

27 Jul 2018 11:38

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One of my favorite places to visit in the north is Pai, Thailand. It's a destination where many other expats and retirees head for to relax in its beauty. The sleepy, hippie town is situated 350 kilometers north west of Chiang Mai. I've driven there many times up the mountain road that meanders towards the town. You head down into a large green valley which nestles alongside paddy fields and fruit groves. Mountains shelter the town which is named after the beautiful river that runs through it.

Pai is a small town with only four main roads. It does however offer a different kind of atmosphere to most of the towns and cities I have been to in Thailand.

There are plenty of charming guest houses, vibrant bars and relaxing restaurants catering for western and Thai palates. It's a thriving multi-cultural town which has managed to retain its down-to-earth feel.

I've stayed here quite often, always finding the prices to be cheap which attracts backpackers and free spirits that wander in and out of the area.

If you wish to have a lazy day, try a hammock. There are many near the river where you can just enjoy the day, lie back and admire the mountains over the river.

Many people head for the hot springs in the area. Some are nestled in the forests about seven kilometers outside of the town. I've been there and found it's a great way to unwind. The springs are very warm and deep enough to swim in, however I would recommend going early in the morning to avoid the crowds.

There are plenty of elephant camps nearby too with several tour operators offering visitors the opportunity to ride bareback down the river. I've seen many people enjoying this unusual day out. If it's rafting you're after then this is available too. Just after the rainy season white-water rafting is a favorite on the river. If you want something a little tamer then there is also bamboo rafting which travels at a much gentler pace. Westerners travel to Pai as it makes a great base to trek from into the surrounding mountains to visit the many hill tribes. If you are up for it, why not try a two or three day trek which departs daily to the Karen, Lahu and Lisu villages. Some of the tours are self-guided so make sure you take a map and any necessary provisions.

With Pai predominantly being a tourist orientated town in Thailand, try making a reservation during the quieter times. It does have around 200 guest houses and hotels; however these can be booked up relatively quickly during the peak season.

There are many souvenir shops in the town and package tours available to visit different areas within the region. One way to see more of the sites is to hire a bicycle. I did and saw so much more of this fascinating little town.

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