Top 14 Things To Do In Pai

Looking for the ultimate Pai guide? Dive into our top 14 must-do activities in Pai, Thailand! From hidden waterfalls and hot springs to the trendiest cafes, we've got the inside scoop on all the best spots.

Best Things To do in pai

Ever heard of Pai? No, it’s not something you eat (that’s pie!), but a slice of Thai paradise you absolutely can’t miss! Nestled in the mountainous regions of Northern Thailand, this tranquil town has morphed into a haven for backpackers, nature lovers, and anyone looking to escape the urban hustle. From cascading waterfalls to boho cafes, I’ve got the scoop on the top 14 must-do things in Pai.

Wat Phra That Mae Yen: Big Buddha 

Known as white buddha, I suggest motorbiking or taking a bicycle here before walking up 353 steps to the top. Bring a hat and some water to keep cool. Be sure to bring appropriate clothing, by having your knees and shoulders covered. Take your shoes off once you reach the top. For you drone lovers, there are no rules against using a drone here… yet. 

Spend time in the town’s many cafes 

Set Sail Pai Cafe

Coffee In Love is a charming cafe located in the heart of Pai, Thailand. The cafe serves a variety of specialty coffee drinks and freshly baked pastries. The cozy and welcoming atmosphere of Coffee In Love makes it a popular spot for both locals and tourists to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Thai Pai Memorial Bridge

The Thai Pai Memorial Bridge is significant because it is a major transportation route in Thailand, connecting the northern and southern regions of the country. It is also a symbol of unity and national pride, as it was named after a popular Thai nationalist leader and was funded by the Thai government and private donations. The bridge has also had a positive economic impact on the surrounding area, boosting trade and tourism.

Pai Canyon

a dirt path in the middle of a forest

Called the grand canyon of thailand, it’s not as grand as its comparison, but its still a beautiful spot to go watch the sunset. Just a short drive from the main town, there are plenty of food stalls, to enjoy sunset and a quick dinner here. The initial hike isnt too bad, but bring a small towel to sit on, as this place fills up in the evening. Come early to secure a spot, or just for a hike.

Chinese Village/Santichon Village

Checkout this ethically chinese village, you can buy souvenirs, ride a horse, shoot bb guns, shoot a bow and much more. Drive yourself here to take your time, or go on one of the day tours that include this stop.

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Pam Bok Waterfall

Less touristy than some of the other waterfalls, and has some shade. Come check out the lesser known  waterfall behind this main one, by following a path up the mountain.

Land Split

On the way to Pam Bok Waterfall, this tourist spot was caused by earthquakes and some soil erosion.  Enjoy an orchard, as you walk to the split, and enjoy the fresh jams, fruit and wine they sell.

Pai Bamboo Bridge: Kho Ko So

Be impressed by the strength and length of this bamboo bridge. There are a few cafes and places to grab a snack.  A great spot for a digital nomad to do some work, bring a wifi hotspot, as I am not sure about the wifi strength of the  cafes. Come during the wet season, to enjoy green rice fields. Follow the bridge all the way down, to discover a  Buddhist monastery.

Pai Night Market

Make your way to the main street, to find this night market. There are all sorts of vendors for food,drinks  and souvenirs. For those who enjoy the hippie scene, you can get clothing here. Walk around, grab a snack and  make your way to one of the local bars for a drink.

Sai Ngam Hot spring or Tha Pai Hot Spring

Thai Pai Hot Spring, about 7 km from town, visit during the cooler months and enjoy the soothing warm water. You will  find many backpackers here. Bring some sandals.

Sai Ngam Hot spring is north of town, about 25 minutes, this hotspring is another great option.

Tham Lod Cave

Tham Lod Cave is a popular attraction in Pai, Thailand, known for its stunning stalactites and stalagmites. Visitors can explore the cave by boat, and there are also several smaller caves within the complex. The cave is also home to a variety of wildlife, including bats, fish, and birds.

Pai Circus Hostel

Not only does his hostel have a nice pool overlooking town, but they also have daily activities. Become a member to enjoy lessons from experienced teachers, learn juggling, staff, and more.

Take Muay Thai Class or Watch a Fight

Details coming soon

Get A Massage

There are many local providers of massages in town, just take a walk around and shop for the best price!


Pai is a digital nomad hotspot. Don’t just travel, live the Pai vibe! Perfect for backpackers, nature enthusiasts, and chill seekers!

Common Questions

Most travelers head to Pai from Chiang Mai. You can take a minivan, rent a scooter, or even hop on a local bus. The journey offers scenic views, but be prepared for winding roads!

Pai is known for its laid-back vibe and friendly locals. Many solo travelers find it welcoming and safe.

While some visitors make it a day trip from Chiang Mai, many recommend staying at least 2-3 days to fully soak in the ambiance, visit attractions, and relax in the natural beauty.

The best time to head to Pai is during the cool season, from November to February. It’s less rainy and not too hot. However, it’s also peak tourist season, so expect more crowds.

Yes, Pai has several ATMs and money exchange services, especially in the town center. However, it’s a good idea to carry some cash, especially when heading out to more remote areas.

Start Planning Your Thailand Trip Now!

Book Your Flight:

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flights. A travellers favorite way to book flights, as it searches websites and airlines around the world with one click.

Book Your Bus or Transportation Within Thailand:

There are two ways to book your transporation, ask your hotel or hostel, go to the local bus terminal, or book online, for a less stressful trip using Easybook or

Book Your Accomodation: 

Find the best hotels or hostels at HostelWorld,, Perks include with no upfront payment. Pay when you check out and Free cancellations.

Dont Forget Your Travel Insurance:

Two popular choices are SafetyWing and WorldsNomads. A traveler should buy traveler’s insurance to protect themselves against unexpected events such as trip cancellations, medical emergencies, and lost or stolen baggage. It provides peace of mind and financial protection in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Useful Apps?

Grab/Uber – Local Transportation

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Whatsapp – Communication

Want More Information On Thailand?

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