Pai Part 2 » Accomodation

Ok, so you’ve arrived into Pai. (If you want to know how, check my previous blogpost about Pai)
After hours on a motorcycle or sitting in a van, it’s time to look for a bed to rest your head.
Pai is not very big but there is lot’s of accommodation that you can choose from.

Sure it’s hostel galore here but there are also some pretty amazing luxury resorts around.
Most resorts are a little further out of town but the the nice walk is worth it.

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The map of Pai city

When I was traveling to Pai, I travelled alone so I was happy that I received a recommendation from a friend as I wouldn’t know where to start searching!
I ended up staying at Jan’s Guesthouse.
It’s a fairly simple hostel but the bungalows are equipped with a bathroom,tv and I had my own porch.
It’s tucked away in a quiet side street so its perfect for relaxing but it’s also very close to the main district of Pai. (3 min walk)

You can sit in the nice garden where, if you are lucky, you can find the signal for free wifi. (whoopwhoop!)
It will cost you about 250 bath per night which is about 7 euro’s. (I know right?!)
Make sure that you are packing something warm, because Pai can get very cold at night. (I was freezing!)

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Panoramic view over the Pai river, where you can find many budget hostels

Walking around Pai, you come across many hostels and resorts.
All top recommended resorts include Montis Resort, Phu Pai Art Resort and Pai Hotspring Resort and Spa.
My favourite resort has to be the Oia Resort & Spa. I discovered this place when I was on a stroll towards the white Buddha. I simply walked in and ordered a glass of water and I just sat there for an hour staring at the beauty of this place..

Overlooking the mountains, the resort is fairly new and cost about 100 euro’s per night if you go for the room with the best view. It’s expensive if you’re a backpacker, but ey, you can always walk in and ask for a glass of water like I did 😉

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The amazing Oia resort in Pai

For best value for money accommodation, check these out:

» Baan Pai Riverside Sleep in cute bamboo huts on the Pai river bank where you are bound to relax. 600-800 bath.
» Rim Pai Cottage Great for couples! Clean, comfy rooms and breakfast is included from Oct. until Feb. Available from 400 bath.
» Darling view point resort Gorgeous views overlooking the river & mountains with a restaurant, swimming pool, and hot showers. 400-500 bath.
» Spicypai Backpackers This place is well known for the great atmosfeer rather than the comfy beds but nothing beats making new friends! 150 bath for a dorm.

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The infamous Spicypai Backpackers Hostel in Pai

So wherever you might stay when getting to Pai, it’s bound to be fun, relaxing and special.
Let me know if you’re heading up there!

Love,

Elke

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The road to Pai, Thailand

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.

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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. 🙂

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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!

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Sipping on herbal tea in Pai

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!)

Love,

Elke

Want to know where to stay in Pai? Check here!
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