Things to Do
Bamboo Bridge: Long bamboo bridge that takes you through rice fields.
Rent bikes: Take them for a spin around town and check some sights!
Temple on the Hill: Hosts a giant white marble Buddha overlooking the canyon, very beautiful.
Waterfalls: Can slide down them, tables near by for picnics. Ask local hostel where nearest are located.
Pai Canyon: Great hiking. Not too challenging, but just enough to feel like you're putting in work.
Hot springs: Don't go to the ones that charge. There are free ones, just ask around.
Places to Eat
Art in Chai: Great coffee and teas. Perfect place to kick back and relax on any day in Pai.
Air Restaurant: Great, authentic Thai food.
Coffee in Love: Hit it on your way in or out of town, and sit in their fun hanging basket chairs while overlooking Pai's beautiful mountains. Get a coconut smoothie or Thai tea.
Ganesh: Some of the best Khao Soi we had in Thailand.
Good Life: Lip-smacking, healthy food. Fair prices, long tea list, and homemade kombuchas.
Fat Cat Restaurant: The breakfast bowl with coconut milk, fruit and dried fruits is incredible. Offers a wide range of salads, soups, sandwiches.
Pens Kitchen: Phenomenal penang curry. Get it.
Street food: Sample all the delicious stand on main market street - this night market is up every night!
Places to Drink
Cha Bar: Always a BOGO happy hour for Mojitos. First round comes with a shot.
Don't Cry Bar: Often has live music or DJs. Quality, cheap drinks. Great place to meet locals and fellow travelers alike.
Edible Jazz: See live jazz and bands, great drinks.
Hakuna Matata: Not lion king themed, but definitely bright and loud.
Sunset Bar: Local scene, live music.
Thien Art Space: A hip, artsy bar with incredible decoration on the road that leads to Sunset Bar.
Why Not Bar: Huge outdoor space, they often host events DJs and bands for entertainment.
Places to Stay
Oasis Pai: Find Connor. He owns it and will help you with everything.
Grounds Hostel: Clean, has AC, and is right in town.
Suandoi Hostel: Beautiful grounds overlooking the mountains with plenty of hammocks to hang out, free breakfast, and a bar.
Treehouse Resort: A bit out of town, but haven't you always wanted to stay in a treehouse? Very affordable, clean, and such a romantic landscape.
The easiest way to get around is by scooter - many sites are a bit further out of town.
If you decide to take a scooter from Pai to Chiang Mai and back, make sure you're comfortable riding on windy mountain roads. There's 762 turns, and you'll most likely encounter cops. And don't forget your helmet!
We recommend using Aya Service. Aya will actually take your bags for free if you use them, or for 150 baht if you use another service. They also have a location in both cities, so if you decide to only drive on direction, you can drop it off.
Make sure to take photos and videos of your bike before leaving to document damage (or lake thereof) so the shop can't say you wrecked it.
Never give anyone your passport. It's very popular for companies to keep tourists passports and hold them until they pay a hefty fine. Cops are in on this scam too, so calling them won't help. Only give copies!
There's almost always traffic stops leaving Chiang Mai and Pai, and they're tourist shake downs. Even if you have an international driver's license, they'll probably find something wrong with it and still fine you. Only carry some Baht on you (no more than 500), and never give them your passport or license - only give them copies.