Just imagine a hippie little village hidden from the world, except from those in the know. That’s what Pai is!
This is one secret Thai locale much loved by nature lovers, bohemian hippies and adventurous travellers with a lust for whimsical destinations.
Never heard of Pai or Mae Hong Son? These are provinces in Thailand located far up north.
Enough of Bangkok or Phuket and the likes! It’s time to venture deeper into the secret heart of Thailand where everything is affordable – and creativity booms.
PS: Make travel easy and convenient with Klook services like local SIM card pick-up, immigration fast track VIP services, airport transfers, city-to-city transfers – or even enjoy a custom Chiang Mai tour!
Where is Pai & Mae Hong Son?
Pai is a province that is a 3 hour drive from Chiang Mai, and Mae Hong Son is 2 hours’ drive from Pai!
When is the best time to visit?
The best time to visit is from October to February during winter! Enjoy the deliciously cold and fresh mountain air… *.*
How to get to and around Pai & Mae Hong Son?
The best way to get to and around Pai & Mae Hong Son is via car.
1. Book a private chartered car with driver: Highly recommended. We’ve rented cars and driven on road trips ourselves, and have also tried hiring private chartered cars with driver (most convenient!).
You won’t have to worry about taking turns to drive or getting lost, when there’s a local who’ll handle these. All you’ll need to do is focus on your family/friends and enjoy the trip to the fullest! Klook offers very competitive rates from USD $120 / SGD $164 per car. Check out their customisable Pai & Mae Hong Son Itinerary (1-4 day options) with a private driver.
2. Rent a car: Not recommended for inexperienced drivers, especially with the crazy mountainous roads you’ll experience travelling to Pai. If you’re confident on foreign roads, then you can simply load the directions on GPS (or Google Maps on your phone).
When renting a car, make sure to check your rental car thoroughly – from ensuring that everything is working fine, to when it was last serviced. (Europcar Thailand, from USD $35 / approx. 1167 Baht per day // Sixt, from USD $33.40 / approx. 1114 Baht per day)
Our tip: If you plan to drive up mountainous roads like we did, we recommend renting an SUV with higher power to go up the mountain. We got a 1.6L Sylvia and almost stalled the car, and 2 of us ended up having to get out and walk up while our friend drove up!
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