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Pai, Mae Hong Son, Thailand

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Pai is a town (and an amphoe (district)) in Mae Hong Son province in the mountainous north of Thailand.

You can get there by following road 1095 from Mae Hong Son or from Chiang Mai. From Chiang Mai it is about 150 kilometers, from Mae Hong Son too.
Buses run to Pai, but many people want to go to Pai on a moped or motorcycle. The reason is the road. That road is quite well maintained, but very curvy and with many slopes.
The view is very nice, and if you sit between the mountains you can enjoy the green forests.

We came to Pai from Mae Hong Son, on the only road between those two places.
Because of the roadside signs, we knew we were approaching Pai, and also that we were in Pai at some point.
Most notable were many signs from hotels and resorts.

After a while we were really in a town, at first sight not so special, and we didn't see any hotels.
After a maximum of 10 minutes we were also out of Pai again.

After we found a hotel we went for a walk through Pai.
First about a market, along the side of Thanon Saeng Thong, where a lot of fruit and vegetables are sold. A typical Thai market, where everyone (not us) drove on the moped.

We walked on to what would be the tourist center of Pai, Thanon Rat Damrong. A busy street with many restaurants, many shops, and many non-Thai tourists.
At the end of the street, by the Pai River, it is even busier.
We knew we were in Thailand, but it could also have been in Spain or the Greek islands.
Not our thing.

We arrived here on Monday, November 27, 2017. And on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 we left again.

Written on: 2018-02-17


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