All About Pai
Here you can learn a lot about Pai, a wonderful, small (but growing) town nestled in the hills of Mae Hong Son province in northern Thailand.

Last Update: October 2017

introduction
Complete introduction to Pai with lots of pictures.
transport
Schedules, costs, and advice for the bus, minivan, plane—even the Golden Dragon!
maps
Here's some maps of Pai.

floods of 2005
Pai often floods, but in 2005 we had a doosey. See "before" and "after" pix and videos.
loy kratong
Some images of the yearly Loy Kratong festival as it is practiced in Pai.
the mystery of tha pai bridge
Hak Hakanson looks into the true origins of Pai's so-called Japanese WWII bridge
Grass-RootsLocal action to help preserve Pai.
help save pai hot springs from the bangkok bureaucrats!
The Bangkok Forestry Department has taken control of this Pai treasure, which has been free and locally run for centuries, and slapped an outrageous 200B admission fee (ransome) for foreigners only—5 times what Thais pay.

Now there is a way that you can make your voice heard and help take back the hot springs, even if you are not in Pai! It just takes a few minutes of your time. This page tells you how:

http://allaboutpai.com/hotsprings
History and PeopleExcellent information excerpted with permission from The Paioneer, a 2006 Pai guidebook by local resident Thomas Kasper.
history
A fascinating history of Pai, from ancient days to today.
hilltribes
Learn about the Hill Tribes found around Pai and in Northern Thailand.
Outside LinksHere are some sites created by Pai citizens. These sites are not mine (not even the ones that are hosted on allaboutpai.com) and I do not take any credit or responsibility for stuff that appears on these sites!
karen hilltribe visit with mook
Mook brings you to the Karen Village near Pai where she was born (Mueang Phaem, near Bang Ma Pha where Tham Lot cave is located) to show you how the locals live and teach you about the jungle. She also has a Facebook page. This is a real Karen village: there are no long-necks or costume shows here (long-necks are a different Karen group on the Thai border and today mostly exist in human zoos).
lisu hilltribe experience
The website of the Lisu Hill Tribe Homestay and Cultural Immersion Experience, offering stays, cultural introduction, jewelry making, massage, and detox in a Lisu village nearby Pai. Contacting them by phone (instead of email) is much better.
kwah dao shan charity
Website of Kwah Dao, a non-religious organization which I have personally seen actually help many members of the large Shan (Burmese) immigrant community in and around Pai. Over 15+ years in Pai, Kwah Dao people (both Thai and farang) have donated huge amounts of their own time to offer free medical care, education in topics ranging from health to academics, and scholarships that even brought a few stateless kids all the way through college. Kwah Dao even twice opened a school that welcomed immigrant kids despite enormous cultural barriers (the latest school is now closed but Kwah Dao continues to do tutoring and other useful outreach). This is the real deal, not the typical, fraudulent, all-overhead NGO that just absconds with money "for the children.".
pittalew art
Art gallery and guesthouse called Baan Pittalew, nestled in a corner of Mae Hee village a few kilometers outside of Pai. Run by amazing artist Sa-Art Nilkong (nickname "Art"). Art also has cool monthly parties where there is music and fire dancing, and where I sometimes bring my MEZ video screen for people to play with.
xhale yoga pai
Local Pai Yoga Studio with organized 5-day yoga and meditation retreats.
tiger thai language course
A complete, beginner-level Thai Language course (book and CDs) written by a Pai local. Provides Thai script and transliteration for every word. Provides both normal and word-for-word translations of every Thai sentence, to help you learn Thai grammar.
moon village
A little, long-standing community of mostly Japanese hippies in Pai. Long-time leader Toron organized several fun music/art/craziness festivals including a 7/7/2007 festival where Toron got married, and a later 12/12/2012 festival for 108 days. I also mentioned Toron in my intro to Pai. Now Toron has moved to Japan for his kids' education, but there are still Japanese living at Moon Village. Here is an old website that Toron and Shlomi Rafaeli created in 2004, and their slightly more modern facebook page.
Support This SiteI work on this site in my off hours. Please help me to push aside my day job and work on it more by supporting the site in one of these ways:
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Use your credit card or PayPal to donate in support of the site.
get anything from amazon.com
Use this link to Amazon—you pay the same, I get 4%.
get my thai dictionary app
Learn Thai with my Talking Thai-English-Thai Dictionary app: iOS, Android, Windows.
get my thai phrasebook app
Experience Thailand richly with my Talking Thai-English-Thai Phrasebook app.
get my chinese phrasebook app
Visit China easily with my Talking Chinese-English-Chinese Phrasebook app.
get thailand fever
I co-authored this bilingual cultural guide to Thai-Western romantic relationships.
See AlsoYou'll probably also like these sites...
slice-of-thai.com
Tasty morsels of information on Thai food, language, culture, and general silliness.
lurkertech: video tech and diversions
Buzzword bingo, bill the borg, MEZ, lurker's guide to video, and Thai, oh my!
mapfling.com: free custom maps with your own labels
Party? Meeting? Request a map, label it yourself, and easily fling it to your friends!
world's stupidest everything
See some of the worst the world has to offer, and add some of your own!
thailand your way
Travel with my friend Nang, who is a great nature, birding, and cultural guide.
jeed illustration
My English-fluent Thai friend Jeed is a freelance illustrator who is available for hire.
CopyrightAll text and images copyright 1999-2017 Chris Pirazzi unless otherwise indicated.
Here you can learn a lot about Pai, a wonderful, small (but growing) town nestled in the hills of Mae Hong Son province in northern Thailand.

Last Update: October 2017

introduction
Complete introduction to Pai with lots of pictures.
transport
Schedules, costs, and advice for the bus, minivan, plane—even the Golden Dragon!
maps
Here's some maps of Pai.

floods of 2005
Pai often floods, but in 2005 we had a doosey. See "before" and "after" pix and videos.
loy kratong
Some images of the yearly Loy Kratong festival as it is practiced in Pai.
the mystery of tha pai bridge
Hak Hakanson looks into the true origins of Pai's so-called Japanese WWII bridge
Grass-Roots

Local action to help preserve Pai.
help save pai hot springs from the bangkok bureaucrats!
The Bangkok Forestry Department has taken control of this Pai treasure, which has been free and locally run for centuries, and slapped an outrageous 200B admission fee (ransome) for foreigners only—5 times what Thais pay.

Now there is a way that you can make your voice heard and help take back the hot springs, even if you are not in Pai! It just takes a few minutes of your time. This page tells you how:

http://allaboutpai.com/hotsprings
History and People

Excellent information excerpted with permission from The Paioneer, a 2006 Pai guidebook by local resident Thomas Kasper.
history
A fascinating history of Pai, from ancient days to today.
hilltribes
Learn about the Hill Tribes found around Pai and in Northern Thailand.
Outside Links

Here are some sites created by Pai citizens. These sites are not mine (not even the ones that are hosted on allaboutpai.com) and I do not take any credit or responsibility for stuff that appears on these sites!
karen hilltribe visit with mook
Mook brings you to the Karen Village near Pai where she was born (Mueang Phaem, near Bang Ma Pha where Tham Lot cave is located) to show you how the locals live and teach you about the jungle. She also has a Facebook page. This is a real Karen village: there are no long-necks or costume shows here (long-necks are a different Karen group on the Thai border and today mostly exist in human zoos).
lisu hilltribe experience
The website of the Lisu Hill Tribe Homestay and Cultural Immersion Experience, offering stays, cultural introduction, jewelry making, massage, and detox in a Lisu village nearby Pai. Contacting them by phone (instead of email) is much better.
kwah dao shan charity
Website of Kwah Dao, a non-religious organization which I have personally seen actually help many members of the large Shan (Burmese) immigrant community in and around Pai. Over 15+ years in Pai, Kwah Dao people (both Thai and farang) have donated huge amounts of their own time to offer free medical care, education in topics ranging from health to academics, and scholarships that even brought a few stateless kids all the way through college. Kwah Dao even twice opened a school that welcomed immigrant kids despite enormous cultural barriers (the latest school is now closed but Kwah Dao continues to do tutoring and other useful outreach). This is the real deal, not the typical, fraudulent, all-overhead NGO that just absconds with money "for the children.".
pittalew art
Art gallery and guesthouse called Baan Pittalew, nestled in a corner of Mae Hee village a few kilometers outside of Pai. Run by amazing artist Sa-Art Nilkong (nickname "Art"). Art also has cool monthly parties where there is music and fire dancing, and where I sometimes bring my MEZ video screen for people to play with.
xhale yoga pai
Local Pai Yoga Studio with organized 5-day yoga and meditation retreats.
tiger thai language course
A complete, beginner-level Thai Language course (book and CDs) written by a Pai local. Provides Thai script and transliteration for every word. Provides both normal and word-for-word translations of every Thai sentence, to help you learn Thai grammar.
moon village
A little, long-standing community of mostly Japanese hippies in Pai. Long-time leader Toron organized several fun music/art/craziness festivals including a 7/7/2007 festival where Toron got married, and a later 12/12/2012 festival for 108 days. I also mentioned Toron in my intro to Pai. Now Toron has moved to Japan for his kids' education, but there are still Japanese living at Moon Village. Here is an old website that Toron and Shlomi Rafaeli created in 2004, and their slightly more modern facebook page.
Support This Site

I work on this site in my off hours. Please help me to push aside my day job and work on it more by supporting the site in one of these ways:
donate now   Donate Now
Use your credit card or PayPal to donate in support of the site.
get anything from amazon.com
Use this link to Amazon—you pay the same, I get 4%.
get my thai dictionary app
Learn Thai with my Talking Thai-English-Thai Dictionary app: iOS, Android, Windows.
get my thai phrasebook app
Experience Thailand richly with my Talking Thai-English-Thai Phrasebook app.
get my chinese phrasebook app
Visit China easily with my Talking Chinese-English-Chinese Phrasebook app.
get thailand fever
I co-authored this bilingual cultural guide to Thai-Western romantic relationships.
See Also

You'll probably also like these sites...
slice-of-thai.com
Tasty morsels of information on Thai food, language, culture, and general silliness.
lurkertech: video tech and diversions
Buzzword bingo, bill the borg, MEZ, lurker's guide to video, and Thai, oh my!
mapfling.com: free custom maps with your own labels
Party? Meeting? Request a map, label it yourself, and easily fling it to your friends!
world's stupidest everything
See some of the worst the world has to offer, and add some of your own!
thailand your way
Travel with my friend Nang, who is a great nature, birding, and cultural guide.
jeed illustration
My English-fluent Thai friend Jeed is a freelance illustrator who is available for hire.
Copyright

All text and images copyright 1999-2017 Chris Pirazzi unless otherwise indicated.