Getting around Pai

Pai town itself is compact and best explored on foot.

For exploring further afield, bicycles (40-100 baht/day) and motorbikes (from as little as 80 baht/day) can be rented from many agents along the main street. As the roads around Pai are steep and obtaining a decent mountain bike with fully functioning gears is surprisingly difficult, motorbike is definitely the better option if you can ride one. Suggestions in guidebooks that Ban Santhichorn and Lisu Village might be reached on foot are optimistic.

Motorbike and 4wd taxis are also readily available.

You’ll also want a motorbike if you’re planning on staying in some of the outlying bungalows in the valley around the town.

aYa Services offer an hour’s free motorbike rental to those arriving on their minivans to help them look for accommodation.
The town itself has no special sights; most people come simply for the relaxed atmosphere. Nearby attractions include hot springs and waterfalls, villages and a hilltop temple.
Chinese village (Santichon). Village settled by Yunnanese hill-tribes who crossed the border in the middle of the 20th century to escape Communist rule. Shops selling different Chinese teas with varying health properties, and other interesting oddities include a human-powered Ferris wheel. Well worth a look, even as a brief stop on the way to Mo Paeng waterfall.

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Posted on January 29, 2012, in Living in Pai Thailand and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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