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Top 10 Fun Things To Do In Pai, Thailand

Located 135 kilometers from Chiang Mai, Pai is a beautiful village and arguably one of the most impressive destinations in northern Thailand. Over the years it has attracted backpackers, adventurers, hippies, flash-packers, hikers and visitors with other interests. The picturesque village is full of stunning waterfalls, natural hot springs and plenty of attractions to explore. Pai is unlike any other place in Thailand, and once there travelers can spend more days than expected. It’s so beautiful that a few nights can turn into months. Although the town itself may be highly touted, the village’s hippie vibe is pulsating and there are endless activities for tourists of all ages and interests. Here are the top 10 fun things to do in Pai, Thailand.

ten Explore the Pai Canyon

Also called Kong Lan, Pai Canyon is Thailand’s version of the Grand Canyon, and a visit to the destination is well worth it. The Canyon is popular for its mesmerizing valley and sunset views, and tourists will find other visitors around 5:30 p.m., jostling for the best spots. The Canyon is not just for amazing views but covers a huge area to engage in fun hikes. Some of the Canyon’s trails are quite narrow, making it a perfect spot for adventure seekers. Driving a scooter is the only way to access the Canyon.


Pai’s main street turns into an amazing market every night, and visitors will find everything here, from amazing street food to jewelry to clothes. Spending a few moments here would absolutely pay off, especially when you feel like eating. There is a wide selection of street food in the market, from fresh fruit smoothies to Indian cuisine to grilled meats and everything in between. Even if you don’t like shopping, just being here is entertaining, especially watching people ride scooters for the first time.

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8 Walk through the stunning Pai Waterfalls

A visit to Pai cannot be complete without exploring its incredible waterfalls, some of which are in fact the most impressive in Thailand. Mor Paeng Waterfall is the easiest to access from town, making it the most visited of them all. For this reason, travelers will find the falls mostly overcrowded, as all the tourists stop there. But the waterfall is breathtaking, and its main draw is that you can slide down its slippery rocks and cool off in the pool below. Pam Bok Waterfall is another nice attraction, but less crowded as you can only get there by scooter. The waterfall is a perfect place to swim and enjoy mesmerizing views from the vantage point.

seven Soak in natural hot springs

Pai is full of natural hot springs, perfect for relaxing, especially in the afternoon. These hot springs are best visited in winter when Pai’s temperatures are cold. Pai, being a common destination for backpackers, travelers will find plenty near the hot springs, giving them ample opportunity to make new friends. Some of the most amazing springs are Pai Hot Springs and Sai Ngam Hot Springs. Pai hot springs are located on the south side of the city center while San Ngam hot springs are located about 17 kilometers north of Pai, about 25 minutes drive from the city center.

6 Visit Land Split

Located on the road to Pam Bok Waterfall, Pai Land Split is one of the most famous attractions in the area and well worth exploring. Surrounded by beautiful hills, the Land Split was once a working farm until it was damaged by two earthquakes. Now a unique destination in Pai, the Land Split allows travelers to experience both nature and Thai hospitality. Walking around here, tourists will meet the owner, who is friendly and greets everyone with a welcoming smile. Travelers will enjoy a lot in this place, including sweet papaya, Roselle juice and wine, Roselle jam and many other delicious snacks offered free of charge! It really is a magical place.

5 Learn to ride a scooter

Pai is undoubtedly one of the best places in Thailand to ride a scooter, thanks to its breathtaking scenery and peaceful roads. Additionally, Pai lacks public transport and a scooter is the primary means of getting around the quaint village. The fact that tourists won’t have to deal with traffic like in other places, like Chiang Mai, makes Pai the perfect place to learn to ride scooters. Visitors can rent scooters from some of the many shops that offer them at affordable prices. All you need to do is fuel up and enjoy the ride.

  • The price of renting a scooter:
    $5 per day

4 Don’t miss Wat Phra That Mae Yen (the White Buddha)

Also known as the White Buddha, Wat Phra That Mae is an attraction no one would want to miss. Located at the top of the hill, travelers can see it from many places in the city. It’s not just religious; it also offers some of the most impressive views in Pai. They can be reached by crossing the bridge out of town and walking further until they cover two kilometers out of town. From there, there is a path leading to the top of the hill, and it has 353 steps to get to the White Buddha. Getting there can be exhausting, but the breathtaking views from the top are worth it!

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3 Explore Tham Lod Cave

Visiting one of the most beautiful caves in Thailand is undoubtedly an interesting activity that should not be missed when visiting Pai. The cave is located about a 45-minute drive from town on the road to Mae Hong Son. The drive to the place is scenic, with roads winding through the incredible mountains, offering impressive views. There is a wonderful viewpoint called Kiw Lom, which is a must stop. On one side of the road, tourists can see across the Myanmar border, and on the other side are the beautiful valleys and mountains of Pai. Stretching for 1.5 kilometers, the cave is crossed by the Nam Lang River. Visiting this cave is indeed among the most fun things to do in Pai, Thailand.

2 Visit the Fluid Pool

Centrally located in the Pai Valley and a short walk from town, Fluid Pool is undoubtedly a must-visit entertainment spot in Pai. The pool has a bar and restaurant offering delicious Western dishes and is a popular scene for backpackers. Mornings here are always peaceful and relaxed, followed by busier afternoons. At the pool, travelers will meet new people and form great friendships. There’s no room for boredom here, thanks to the constant supply of delicious food, amazing cocktails and fruit shakes.

  • Opening hours:
    9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Admission fees :
    80 baht per adult person. Children are allowed to enter for free.

1 Learn how to make authentic Thai food

Pai Cooking School is the perfect place to learn how to prepare an authentic Thai dish, as it offers the complete experience one needs, from buying all the ingredients at the market to preparing the meals. The school puts more emphasis on Thai herbs and teaches how they can be used for cooking and as medicine. Attending these classes is a great way to learn a new skill while visiting Pai. Taking Thai cooking classes is indeed an experience that any traveler will savor!