where to stay:
Pai Village Boutique Resort and Farm: Relax to the max in this quaint, exotic resort-style stay in bamboo cottages at the “village farm”. Located just 5 minutes outside of Pai, the resort offers guests a scenic stay and the chance to get lost in the greenery of Pai. Relax with a good book in a hammock, bike through the forest, or enjoy a traditional Thai massage. While all the luxurious amenities may have already got you hooked, the Pai Village Resort is dedicated to a greater cause...the community. The resort wants to keep Pai green by limiting technology at the resort and composting much of their waste. It gets even better, the resort uses a portion of their proceeds to rebuild local schools in Pai. Bungalow pricing begin at $27 USD/night. http://www.paivillage.com/index.html
Pai Circus Hostel: Yes, it is what you think it is. A circus school and a hostel, all bundled into one in the town of Pai. A mecca for backpackers and sociable travelers, you are sure to meet an array of interesting people from all across the globe. For the price of only $19, you can learn to juggle, slackline, unicycle, stilt walk, and juggle with fire. No experience necessary! Such a unique way to spend your time in Pai. Accommodations include 12 and 4 person dorms, as well as private bungalows for those desiring a bit more privacy. Prices being at $6 USD/night per person. http://paicircusschool.com/
Read more about our friend Caroline’s stay at the Pai Circus School at http://liveworldly.squarespace.com/interact
where to eat:
Om Garden Cafe: Seat yourself on the garden patio for a delicious breakfast in a peaceful atmosphere. Food made with love, good portions, and friendly staff at this little place. Om Garden offers vegan and vegetarian options for those of you travelers with dietary restrictions. Dishes range from a Mediterranean hummus plate to fresh carrot cake. Owner and chef Anon not only cooks up some amazing food, but offers Reiki (a form of alternative medicine) sessions at his restaurant. This place is a hidden gem, if you can find it! Located at 60/1 Wiang Tai, Amphoe Pai.
Pai Siam Bistro: An eclectic mix of Thai, Italian, and Western food- this bistro is a place you shouldn’t miss while in Pai. The fun decor and hanging lanterns, as well as friendly staff will keep you coming back daily while you’re in Pai. We recommend you order the massaman (a type of curry), as it’s said to be the best in all of Thailand here.