VIDEO: Pai, Thailand

As a vacation from our residence in Chiang Mai we decided to take a serpentine road trip to the hillside country town of Pai (ปาย) where we relaxed, wandered around, enjoyed stunning scenery and visited a Hot Spring.

Scenic views of Pai from outside of our guest house

Introduction:

As we crammed into an over-capacity white minivan we began our journey to Pai which included a staggering 746 turns / curves in the road. I’m not normally the type to get sick on the road; however, I started to feel nauseous on this particular trip, so I ended up popping a couple of gravol pills to settle my stomach down.

For every twist and turn we encountered along the way we were rewarded as soon as we arrived in Pai where we instantly noticed the pace of life slowing down.

Our guest house was located in an idyllic setting which included hillside views, rice fields in our backyard and rustic thatched bungalows. To keep us company three pet cats would often sleep beside us as we swung on a hammock and the adorable Pugsley, a cute pug (who is actually named Faye) would wander over to us looking up at us with his big eyes and wrinkly face.

The cute pug dog sleeping at our guest house in Pai, Thailand

The three days in Pai were spent mostly relaxing and chilling out. In fact, it’s hard for me to fathom people coming to Pai and doing anything else but taking it easy.

The only thing I wish is that we had more time. If I ever base myself in Thailand again I think I’d prefer Pai over Chiang Mai to work on creative projects.

Video Transcript:

This is the hillside town of Pai. It is about 3.5 hours away from Chiang Mai and this is where we’ve been spending the weekend.

We are staying at the Pai Chan Cottages and this is our private little Bungalow, so let’s go have a look inside.

Hey! Come on in! This is our humble little room here. You can see we’ve got a nice big size bed and mosquito net over here. Fortunately this time of the year we haven’t had to be using it very often. It’s freezing at night! It is freezing so likely the mosquitoes have all died. The best part about this place are the views. Check out this: rice fields!

Am I interrupting your nap? You’re just too cute and wrinkly. Look at that little nose.

Meow meow!

We’ve only got a few days left here in Thailand and I’ve been hearing from friends raving about Pai for years and I’ve always put off coming here. This time I said ‘There is no way we’re going to leave Thailand without coming to Pai.” Now I understand what all of the fuss is about. This place is wonderful. It is one of the most relaxing towns I’ve ever visited and we’re going to show you around. You’ll get to see first hand why we love it here.

What are you doing? I couldn’t be anymore relaxed than in this hammock right now. At this rate, I don’t even know if we’re get into town.

One of the main reasons people come to Pai is to just relax and totally chill out. A lot of other destinations you go to visit temples, you go to do other types of things but here it is just enjoying the scenery, wandering around and swinging on a hammock. Those are the top things to do and I’m loving it so far.

We seem to have found hippy central just across the river. There is a cool little bar called sunset bar and it can be reached via a bamboo bridge. Shall we check it out?

Audrey Bergner examining the views from the crops in Pai, Thailand

That was awesome! We crossed that rickety old bridge and then we came to some really cool looking guesthouses and now we’re here in the fields.

One of the draws to Pai is being able to explore the countryside. Yesterday, I rented my very first scouter. It only cost me three dollars a day and I got a helmet with that. It was a great way to explore. I thought it was going to be kind of tricky riding it for the first time but it was a lot of fun. You did well didn’t you? It opened up a lot of the surrounding areas that would have been tough to reach by foot.

The hot springs we visited in Pai, Thailand

Aside from chilling out and relaxing in Pai one of the few things that we actually really want to do is to take a trip over and visit the hot springs.

We’re here in Pai visiting the hot springs. This is the thirty five degree pool and I’m swinging like Tarzan. Well not exactly but I’d like to think that. Oooh Oooh Oooh!

That giant white Buddha over there is something I plan on visiting tomorrow morning when I wake up.

I can’t swing. I need an assistant to swing me. Sam, come swing me! I’m just kidding. I’m kidding! No, Sam. Sam no! Oh, my gosh! What are you doing? Okay, I just want to get you on the hammock. I don’t want to go flying! No. Okay, just go back on and say something.

Go fetch me a drink!

Have you visited Pai before?  Does visiting a remote town in Northern Thailand interest you?  Please let me know in the comments section below:

Visiting Pai, Thailand

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Brian February 2, 2014 at 4:55 am

We just spent a week in Pai. You are spot on about this place. Such a chilled out vibe. Capital of hippieville. And it’s so easy to stay for awhile because it’s so cheap, the food is great, and no one wants to take the road back! There is a pool just across the bridge east of town you can go to for 60 baht that was a great spot if you ever want to get out of your hammock.

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Samuel Jeffery February 8, 2014 at 12:41 am

Thanks Brian! I love that: “Capital of Hippieville”

I just wish we could have stayed longer :)

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Maria February 2, 2014 at 3:43 pm

You guys always find the best photo opp-spot of each place you visit and what’s up with the adorable animals? Are you guys running ads – bring your cute pets to the corner of XandY – *laugh* Once again I’m watching a great video from you two and feeling energized to explore.

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Samuel Jeffery February 8, 2014 at 12:45 am

LOL, thanks Maria! I’d go back again just for the cute pets ;)

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Karisa February 2, 2014 at 4:54 pm

I WISH I had visited Pai when I lived in Thailand! Whenever I go back I’m definitely spending some time here. You guys did a great job showing how relaxing it is!

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Samuel Jeffery February 8, 2014 at 12:47 am

Thanks Karisa!

I’d definitely recommend making it a priority to visit. I can’t believe I put it off as long as I did :)

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Mike February 2, 2014 at 5:43 pm

I’m so glad you included the pic of Faye. Huge dog lover here, Samuel and Audrey. I’ve never heard of gravol pills until reading this. I do fine if I’m driving or riding shotgun but in the backseat with curvy roads…no good. To your video…went on a trip to Chicago many years ago with friends. I was told my “bed” for the week would be a hammock. That was not doable for a good night’s sleep! Great post as always :)

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Samuel Jeffery February 8, 2014 at 12:49 am

Thanks Mike!

Indeed, I’m glad we didn’t have to actually sleep on the hammocks….haha

Faye, is such a cutie. Audrey just posted an instagram photo of her and it made me miss being in Pai.

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Catherine February 3, 2014 at 10:20 am

Looks beautiful, definitely going to have to add Pai to my list of places to visit when I’m in Thailand :)

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Samuel Jeffery February 8, 2014 at 12:51 am

Thanks Catherine!

That’s a great decision :)

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Laura @Travelocafe February 3, 2014 at 10:42 am

Pai looks amazing, especially presented so professionally by you. Great video.

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Samuel Jeffery February 8, 2014 at 12:56 am

Thanks Laura! It’s a place I wish I could have spent weeks/months longer :)

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Gustavo Junqueira February 3, 2014 at 2:58 pm

So many people in Thailand told me to go to that town, now you with your nice video! I’ll make sure I go there next time!

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Rod Austin February 4, 2014 at 1:32 am

For somebody freezing in cold Montana right now, I can only dream of the tropics and warm summer. Great post!

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Samuel Jeffery February 8, 2014 at 12:57 am

Thanks Rod!

I hope you get warm weather soon!

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Mary @ Green Global Travel February 4, 2014 at 3:52 am

Looks awesome! I’m glad you were able to relax and have a good time. I love the video and the picture of the adorable pug! Thanks for sharing.

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Samuel Jeffery February 8, 2014 at 12:54 am

Thanks Mary! The pug was beyond adorable. We just loved her!

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Frank February 4, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Nice video! I’ve heard so much about Pai and all the crazy backpackers – which honestly turned us off because it sounded overrun. But looking at the video it seems quiet and a relaxing place to visit. Love the cats and dogs!
Frank (bbqboy)

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Samuel Jeffery February 8, 2014 at 12:52 am

Thanks Frank,

I think the key is to stay outside of the town center where it’s a lot quieter and peaceful :)

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Praveen February 12, 2014 at 6:05 am

Nice video, I’ve heard so much about Pai and all the crazy backpackers – which honestly turned us off because it sounded overrun. But looking at the video it seems quiet and a relaxing place to visit. Love the cats and dogs

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Samuel Jeffery February 12, 2014 at 7:51 am

Thanks Praveen!

Indeed, it’s not nearly as overrun by backpackers as I initially thought. In fact, if you base yourself just outside of the center you feel like you’re experiencing a true slice of Thai countryside living.

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Kevin February 17, 2014 at 4:13 pm

This video certainly captured the essence of Pai, Thailand. I traveled there in September and it was incredible. Tons of nice people, friendly animals and rasta themed bars and restaurants. Check out my video, Life of Pai.

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