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A Profile of Pai

Pai is a lovely town in the Mae Hong Son province around 150kms from Chiang Mai. Because of its natural beauty, and its proximity to mountains, rivers, lush forests and the Burmese border, it is often the base for trekking, river rafting and other recreational pursuits.

profile-of-paiPai is a lovely town in the Mae Hong Son province around 150kms from Chiang Mai. Because of its natural beauty, and its proximity to mountains, rivers, lush forests and the Burmese border, it is often the base for trekking, river rafting and other recreational pursuits. In Kiwi terms, it is around the size of Levin or Wanaka, but it now boasts 2 sets of traffic lights which are often manned by traffic pointsmen. If you look at the video clip on our website, you will see them in action as they direct traffic with grace and charm.

The road to Pai is magnificent from either direction. Approaching it from the South, we skirt the Burmese border and go over many lush mountain passes. We also visit (by boat) a village tribe of Karen Long-neck people in the same general area. This part of North Western Thailand is often referred to as the Switzerland of Thailand. The road back to Chiang Mai has 762 curves (u-bends) and the abundance of T-shirts attesting that fact are often seen on Pai visitors. You may be interested that in the book "1000 Places to see before you Die" this area features strongly.

We stay in Pai for 2 nights on our trips and take the opportunity to explore the area, swim in magnificent waterfalls with snakes sunbathing nearby, as well as sit and watch the world go by in the great cafes in this magic town.