Things To Do In Pai

Pai has gained in popularity in recent years and draws crowds of backpackers, yogis, and artistic types from all over the world. Pai is located in Mae Hong Son province, 4 hours drive from Chiang Mai city.

Pai Canyon

Pai Canyon

One of the most impressive natural sites in Mae Hong Son is the Pai Canyon. Located less than 10 kilometers outside the main town of Pai, this scenic canyon offers sweeping views of the surrounding landscape. What makes it so unique are the natural ridges that zigzag through the canyon, which formed after thousands of years of soil erosion. What’s left are narrow pathways and steep drop-offs that visitors can explore on a modern hike and enjoy 360-degree views of the rolling hills, unique cliff formations, and jungle trees and shrubs.

Pai Memorial Bridge

Pai Memorial Bridge

This bridge spans the Pai River and is a popular tourist attraction just outside of the town of Pai. Built during World War II, this steel and wood bridge was used by the Japanese to transport weapons to Myanmar. Although the original bridge was burnt down at the end of the war, the Thai locals depended on it for their daily life and rebuilt it years later.

Pai Coffee in Love

Pai Coffee in Love

This quaint roadside cafe is a beautiful stop just outside of Pai. It is well known for its coffee, sweets, and picturesque views of the valley below.

Mae Yen Temple

Mae Yen Temple

Also known as “The Temple on the Hill,” this temple is best known for its big white Buddha statue perched on top of a hill. After a modest trek up 360+ steps, visitors are rewarded with scenic views of the Pai valley below.

Pai Walking Street

Pai Walking Street

One of the best-known attractions in the heart of Pai is the Pai Walking Street. This food and craft market is open every evening from 5 pm to roughly 11 pm and stretches along Chaisongkram and Rungsiyanon Roads. In addition to the permanent shops that line these roads, you’ll find a colorful shopping scene of mobile vendors selling souvenirs and handicrafts. There is also a large variety of street food stall selling tasty Thai food such as grilled meats, noodle and rice dishes, and desserts.

Pai Yun Lai Viewpoint

Pai Yun Lai Viewpoint

The Pai Yun Lai Viewpoint overlooks the town of Pai and is incredibly scenic thanks to the rolling mountains in the background. Here you can enjoy the views while sipping a pot of Chinese green or oolong tea.

Santichon Chinese Village

Santichon Chinese Village

Step into the past at this small but educational Yunnan cultural village. Located on the outskirts of Pai, this historical site was once a Chinese settlement. Today, it’s a cultural center where travelers can learn more about the Yunnan way of life. Stroll by homes and souvenir shops that are made in the traditional Chinese style using clay and straw and taste test a variety of locally grown tea such as green tea, jasmine tea, or oolong tea. Enjoy a feast of delicious Yunnan food, dressing up in traditional Yunnan clothing and taking pictures near a replica of the Great Wall of China, riding a pony or donkey, or spinning around on a wooden Ferris wheel.

Wat Nam Hu

This peaceful Buddhist temple sits alongside a serene fish pond and is home to a sacred Buddha image. Nearby is a special stupa that houses the ashes of the Thai Princess Suphankalaya.

Private Tours to Pai

If you’re interested in taking a tour to see the exciting sites of Pai, browse our private tours.