Ok, where do I start.. This place is very special for the both of us. Pai. Pai is a small town tucked away in the most northern part of Thailand. Sarah and I have both been here and we both felt the same; we didn’t want to leave. But getting to Pai is a small adventure on it’s own.
How to get to Pai
First you need to travel to Chiang Mai, the largest city of Northern Thailand. I advise you to stay in Chiang Mai for a couple of days so you can get used to the climate difference depending on where you’ve started your trip. After all, you are in the mountains of Northern Thailand. Depending on where you’re staying, you can often book your trip to Pai via the hostel or hotel your staying in. If not, make sure you book an air-conditioned minibus because it’s a long drive. Another option would be by motorcycle or scooter. A lot of people do this because the scenery along the way is pretty amazing. The downside of this option is that there is only one fuel station along the way and the road has quite a few bumps so it’s not the safest option. But traveling is all about risk right? 😉
I recommend you to hire your scooter here. This company is well known and you can leave rent your scooter in Chiang Mai and leave it in Pai if you like. When I traveled through Thailand, I was alone and without a licence so I didn’t want to take the risk. So I took the minibus. The trip takes about 3 hours and you have one stop to use the toilet and to buy a drink. (don’t expect a fancy toilet, and don’t look back is my advice) You will notice that the landscape will change the more you drive away from Chiang Mai and up the mountain.
Tip » is to take a carsickness tablet because the road doesn’t have many straight paths!
Along the way I saw a lot of people selling warm colorful hats, which I love, but didn’t quite understand..
This became clear to me later in the day, but for now I just enjoyed seeing them. 🙂
When you finally arrive, it feels like you’ve entered a new world. The van will drop you off in the main street where you will see cute shops and bars on each side. The air is clean and the valley in the distance is amazing. Welcome hippy town!
What did cost me to get to Pai?
» By minivan: from 150 bath (one way)
» By Scooter: From 100 bath per day inclusive of insurance (yes, it’s that cheap!)
Want to know where to stay in Pai? Check here!