As a small town in the countryside, there's tons of adventurous activities to do in Pai.
Things to do
1) Pai Canyon
Located 8km south of Pai, the canyon is accessible by scooter, biking or by hiring a taxi for the day. The canyon offers picturesque views of the mountains. Be careful, as it has steep 50 metre drops on either side. The best time to visit is at sunset!
2) The Land Split
The Land Split is a unique spot, not because of the attraction itself, but for the hospitality you'll receive from the owners. The moment you walk in, they shower you with fruit, snacks and drinks all for free. You can just leave a donation in the box for them!
The tourist attraction was created in 2008 and 2011, when the land split 11 metres deep, making it unsustainable for farming.
There are two main waterfalls in Pai.
Pam Bok Waterfall: You can ride a bike, rent a scooter or hire a taxi to get there. Many go to swim the falls. Just note that it does dry up if there hasn't been too much rain. Also, the Land Split is along the way to this waterfall.
Mae Yen Waterfall: Take a 4-5 hour hike (round-trip) to this waterfall. The hike should take you up the river to the falls.
4) Natural Hot Springs
Located south of Pai, the hot springs are great on a cool morning or evening. There is a 200 baht entrance fee.
5) Wat Pra Tat Mae Yen (Temple on the hill)
East of Pai is the Temple on the Hill. Climb up the 300 or so steps to the top to see the big white Buddha. You can get a great view of Pai from the top!
6) Other Activities
There are other activities like fishing at Pai Pirahna Fishing Park, visiting the Memorial Bridge or taking cooking lessons.
Where to eat
Every night, there's a night market along the main street in Pai. It's really hard to miss. There's a ton of carts that offer different foods, snacks and drinks. Try the cart with the tea in a bamboo cup!
Where to stay
Happy House Pai
We stayed at Happy House in a private room which was fine. Just know that roosters will caw in the morning. The washroom is not great. It's better to use the one that's upstairs. The common has couches and a pool table.