Pai Journals

The Peace and Solitude of Pai

A travel journal to Pai by matttan

Quote: Ah, Pai. What a place. We were recommended it by a friend in Chiang Mai, and we were glad we went. So serene and peaceful compared to the hustle and bustle of life in Chiang Mai.

The Peace and Solitude of Pai

Overview

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Literally doing nothing!!! One of the great things about Pai is that you can keep yourself well occupied with elephant rides, rapid rides, treks, and so on; or you can just sit back and enjoy the charm of the place. We had just come out of 10 crazy weeks of work, and so our time consisted of reading some good books over great meals at one of the many restuarants, mixed with some of the best coffee we've had in Thailand. Maybe next time we'll get to the trekking! Quick Tips: Think about how you're going to get there. We took the motorbike, which was an event in itself. Unless you go by private vehicle (car or bike), the only other way I'm aware of is by bus. Takes about 3...Read More
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Overlooking a crook in the river, as it winds down from Mae Hong Son toward Pai town, the Brookview guesthouse is perfectly situated just 5 minutes' walk from town, and yet in beautifully tranquil surrounds. There are four river-frontage huts, and two cabins with two rooms in each. The huts pleasantly blend traditional Thai architecture with Chinese influence, as well as being very open and airy (which is quite rare in many of the accommodations we looked at), with all the basic creature comforts (private bathroom with flushing toilet and hot shower--also rare in Pai accommodation). Beds are a great size, though be prepared for a "solid" matress--these are traditional Thai coconut-husk matresses...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 2, 2003

Brookview Guest House
Thanon Khet Khe Lang
Pai, Thailand

All About Coffee

Restaurant

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One wouldn't expect some of the best coffee in Thailand to be found in the middle of the hills of Pai. But All About Coffee is definitely that. They make sensational coffees--which is oh-so-nice after the long drive out to Pai, across monster mountains and around hairpin bends. They also make very yummy open sandwiches--the chicken sandwich is the pick of the selection. If you do stop in for a coffee, it's also worth going over the road to the photography shop. The guys here are Pai locals who have a very creative eye, and who have made "cards with a difference"--also available in framed and other versions. It's mostly B&W photography, brilliantly capturing the feel of Pai. All Abo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 2, 2003

All About Coffee
Thanon Chai Song Kram
Pai, Thailand

Own Home

Restaurant

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Own Home is one of many great restuarants that line the streets of Pai. With an exhaustive menu that takes in many traditional Thai dishes, as well as a healthy supply of Western food, Own Home was a regular stopping point for lunch.

While all of the dishes we had were great, favorites included the chicken pizza and a number of the salads. Make sure you get a fruit baan (shake) here--cheap and very yummy.

The service is also quite good, and the location is very central to everything else that is going on. As a guideline, meals for four people (including drinks) cost around the 150B to 200B mark (US$5 or less) for all of us.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 2, 2003

Own Home
Thanon Rasdamrong
Pai, Thailand

Temple on the Hill

Attraction

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Wat Mae Yen (its full name is Wat Phra That Mae Yen), is more colloquially called 'the Temple on the Hill'. The temple is only a short distance from town - by motorbike it is 2-3 minutes, walk would be 20 minutes. As you get to the foot of the temple, the site of the stairs (353 of them) is daunting. But the walk up to the top is a pleasant one. If you take the stairs all the way up, you enter the temple past two ancient statues. The temple itself is quite small. There are 4 or 5 buildings, each uniquely decorated and painted. Outside of the main temple area is a building with a reclining Buddha, complete with murals of his life. While looking around the temple was enjoyable, pro...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 18, 2002

Temple on the Hill
Mae Yen village
Pai, Thailand