The bohemian town of Pai, named after the river Pai upon which it sits, is set within a fertile valley. Pai’s permanent residents are an exciting blend of local Thais, Chinese immigrants, Western expats and Muslims, giving it a uniquely cosmopolitan feel. This laidback town is quite compact and can be easily explored on foot, as you admire the Burmese style temples and stop by markets and bars.
The main reason travellers usually base themselves here, though, is to venture out further afield. Highlights include making a trip to the Pai Canyon, a narrow set of red ridges with steeply sided valleys and impressive views over the countryside. Or, at the Pai Hot Springs, you can enjoy some therapeutic bathing. Being surrounded by jungle and mountains, Pai is also a hotspot for hiking and swimming in waterfalls.
Life here in Pai moves at a languid pace, and due to the increasing number of backpackers that visit, it has become somewhat westernised, with plenty of western restaurants moving in. Despite this, it is still possible to have a relaxing and adventurous stay.
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