Nestled in the northern province of Mae Hong Soon, Pai is a small town where you can still experience the hippy roots of Thai travel. The vibe is hammocks overlooking rice fields and rolling hills, and laid-back cafés serving fresh fruit smoothies.
Trek out to the breathtaking waterfalls that dot the surrounding area or chill out in some natural hot springs. Hit the central Walking Street at night to shop for baggy elephant trousers, trinkets and street food. Tubing on the river Pai in inflatable rubber rings is a unique way to see the countryside drift by with an air of fun.
Pai is perfect for anyone who wants to take a trip back in time to the backpacking heyday of Thailand and doesn’t mind the basics when it comes to accommodation.