Pai

Pai is a small, hippy-type town high in the mountains.  It was approximately a 3 hour (give or take depending on traffic) ride by mini bus to the top, filled with hundreds of crazy twists and turns (762 turns to be exact) that could make anyone lose their lunch.  We booked our place via Expedia (you can earn points with an account and get $$ off reservations, TRIPLE points if you book via Expedia App!!).  There is only one road, Road 1095, that leads through jungly hills from Chiang Mai to Pai.  You can either take the big bus that only leaves once a day at undetermined times (70-80 Baht), or the minibuses that leave more frequently (150 Baht one way).

Amenities:

Our initial reservation was for a standard room, no AC, only fan.  Standard room essentially meant it was a hut.  A very cute hut, but still a hut.  Gaps under the door and windows allowed mosquitoes and lizards easy access.  Albeit a mosquito net around the bed, we decided to ask the manager of the place if we could upgrade to a room with AC.  After minimal haggling, he allowed us to switch to a much nicer room.  The room had AC, a small refrigerator with two bottles of complimentary water, and free WIFI.  Free American breakfast was included (the manager was so nice and still gave us breakfast the morning we left, even though it was before normal breakfast hours), as well as hot water whenever we needed for coffee/soup/tea throughout the day.  They also rent out scooters for a daily rate of 150 Baht plus gas.

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Pricing:

We paid $20 per night, after we paid an additional 300 Baht (for 2 nights) for the room with AC upgrade. With the AC and breakfast included, we thought it was a good deal.

Location:

Our hotel was located a little less than a mile from the walking street (aka Backpacker’s haven) and the small bus station.  We walked from the station to our place with our backpacks going slightly uphill (we did not know the hotel provided complimentary pick up service, but we sure made use of it for our departure!!).  It was a quick walk and the hotel was atop a small hill in a quiet area.  There was not much within that mile that lead to the backpacker’s street, so food/drinks and hanging out would be a walk away.  Surprisingly, there also were not many taxis/tuk tuks around for you to wave down like there were in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.  To see a few attractions with ease, we rented a scooter for a day.  Since Pai is a small village, it was easy to get around town and traffic was half as crazy as it was in the city.

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