Pai (Thai: ปาย) , a quiet village hidden in the northern Thailand, is 3.5 hours, 762 bends of mountain road away from Chiang Mai city center, which attracts adventurers and motorcyclists to pay a visit here in person.

Why do we choose this little village, Pai?

Our trip was for Loy Krathong and Yee Peng, the celebrated Festival of Lights in Chiang Mai, Thailand. On the way of the north trip, we planned to visit Chiang Rai, a city famous for the rural sights and many refined temples. However, by the time we arrived in Chiang Mai, we were told that all the bus tickets to Chiang Rai in the morning next day were all sold out. Meanwhile, we saw a few nice photos posted on wall, we decided to go to Pai without hesitation. Pai, is a place we’d never planned to pay a visit on our wishlist, but now, it is a place that I will never forget.

What Pai has impressed me well?

There are three attractive reasons that Pai has made itself impressed.

Firstly, its chill and tranquil aroma. Pai is a little village surrounded by wide mountains and plains. Every dawn and dust, these mountains and hills are decorated with a piece of light midst, which makes a cool but fresh atmosphere for both its residents and visitors. The chill fresh feeling can awake me still now, when outside that place. That's why I fell in love with this little village.

Second, the multi-cultural background. This place is so charming for me because it consists of both culture between the ethnic minority at the border of China and the official Thai government. People here speak Chinese dialects and also different accent of Thai language, which makes it such an unique village neither China nor Thailand. It is Pai, a village hidden between mountains and having its own pace and lifestyle.

Last but not least, its natural resources. More than mountains and hills, Pai has abundant of magnificent landscape based on nature. There are wild hot spring, waterfalls, canyons, mysterious caves, etc. Different kinds of land type gather around this "mountain village". For a nature lover like me, Pai is definitely a treasured land to be explored, fresh, rich, and green.

What else can you experience?

Pai village is famous for its "762 bends" from Chiang Mai into the town. When you decide to visit this place, you are destined to go through these bends in 140 km. But, what is special? The thing is, at here, it is accessible to "rent a motorbike" and "drive it yourself." Most tourists take mini bus from Chiang Mai to Pai, which is faster and easier. However, if you are looking for a Pai panorama through your eye, driving a motorbike to experience these 762 bends ups and downs would make your trip to Pai more impressive and exciting! So , what is your preference, taking a van or biking yourself?

Are you ready to go a trip or come to visit Pai now?

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Published by Yeh-Chun Lee