Catagorize: Village, Community
Contact: Pai, Mae Hong Son Tel. -
Enclosed in a lofty mountain range, Pai district is endowed with many forms of natural wonders such as waterfalls, gorges, caves and hot springs. The famous destination for adventurous travellers is Pai River, the longest river in Mae Hong Son which welcomes its visitors with a series of rapids dancing along its scenic gorges.
Pai remained one of Thailand's best-kept backpacker secrets until recently when an improved road, new airport, and even a popular Thai movie put it on the map. Today, Pai is busier than ever with a jump in tourism.
Aside from relaxing, meeting other travelers, and enjoying the scenic surroundings, Pai has a few simple attractions on offer.
The Memorial Bridge: Not quite as impressive as Kancanaburi’s River Kwai Bridge but worth a look none-the-less. Built by the Japanese during WWII, it offers some great photo ops and the river it crosses is gorgeous.
Waterfalls: Mo Paeng Waterfall is the most accessible of Pai's waterfalls; locals use a large, smooth rock which serves as a natural slide into a deep pool for swimming. Mae Yen Waterfall, slightly more impressive, is about four miles outside of town.
Huai Nam Dang National Park: Huai Nam Dang National Park is at Km. 65 on the Pai-Mae Malai route Highway No.1095, there is a turning leading to the headquarters of the Huai Nam Dang National Park.Visitors can spend the night in tents to wait for the spectacular views of sunrise and mist-shrouded mountain views in the morning. Cherry blossom during January adds charms to the attraction.
Tha Pai Hot Spring: this is another attraction in the area of Huai Nam Dang National Park. The hot spring is two kilometres off Route 1095 at Km. 87. It has an average temperature of 80˚c. Steam from the spring permeates the site in the morning creating fascinating sights. The area is also rich in teakwoods and suitable for overnight camping. To get there: take Highway No. 1095 Pai-Mae Malai Route, at Km. marker 87-88 turn left for 3 kilometre for Ban Tha Pai. The National Park Office, Tel: 0 5324 8491, 0 5326 3910, 0 2562 0760