Riding from Chiang Mai to the northern town of Pai takes you into the mountains. The road to Pai has 762 turns, surrounded by densely covered hills. It is known as a backpacker’s mountain paradise. Pai (pronounced bpaai) is a small town in Mae Hong Son Province and is part of the Mae Hong Son Loop. Due to the popularity of the Chinese movie "Lost in Thailand", which was partly shot in Pai, it has seen a significant increase in the number of Chinese tourists since 2014.
Pai is only 50 km as the crow flies from Chiang Mai, but approximately 110 km by road!
- WWII Memorial Bridge was originally bridge built by the occupying Japanese. The current steel truss bridge which sits alongside the present main road was assembled in its current position more recently.
- Pai Canyon is Pai's answer to the Grand Canyon. It is a series of narrow red ridges with steep-sided valleys, both sides filled with forests and is the perfect spot for a sunset.
- We ride to the Tham Lod caves and also the Mo Paeng waterfall, where you can go for a swim.
- Sai Ngam natural hot spring is a little bit more hidden and much less crowded. The springs have an average temperature of 80°C. Steam from the springs permeates the site in the morning creating fascinating sights. The springs offer a number of bathtubs for visitors to bathe in, and it is also possible to bathe in the stream that runs through the site. The water from these springs is said to have strong therapeutic value