A small town of about 2,300, Pai is located in the Mae Hong Son Province in northern Thailand near the Myanmar border. Pai is situated on the Pai River about 50 miles north of Chiang Mai.
Pai is found on Route 1095, the highway that links Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai. Route 1095 is known for its scenic view of rolling mountains, as well as its 762 curves that travel up, over and through those rolling mountains. The Pai airport was shut down in the 1980s, but was rebuilt and reopened on February 1, 2007 when it started offering flights to Chiang Mai International Airport.
Tha Pai Hot Springs
The Pai Hot Springs can be found in a well-maintained park about 7km (4.34 miles) southeast of Pai along a paved street. A stream circulates through the park and mixes with the hot springs to create enjoyable areas for swimming. Some of the water is siphoned to feed some nearby spas.
The Pai Canyon is found 8km (5 miles) down the road to Chiang Mai. The canyon features paved stairs that end in an towering observation area with a view of rock cliffs and the Pai Valley. The valley has a dirt trail that is best hiked in the morning or evening due to a lack of shade.
Wat Phra That Mae Yen
Wat Phra That Mae Yen is a temple on top of a hill with gorgeous views of the valley. It can be reached either by walking 1km (0.62 miles) east over a stream and through a village and up 353 steps. It can also be reached via a 400 meter (0.25 miles) sealed road.