| 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
Complete introduction to Pai with lots of pictures.
Schedules, costs, and advice for the bus, minivan, plane—even the Golden Dragon!
Here's some maps of Pai.
Pai often floods, but in 2005 we had a doosey. See "before" and "after" pix and videos.
Some images of the yearly Loy Kratong festival as it is practiced in Pai.
Hak Hakanson looks into the true origins of Pai's so-called Japanese WWII bridge
|Grass-Roots||Local action to help preserve Pai.|
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:
|History and People||Excellent information excerpted with permission from The Paioneer, a 2006 Pai guidebook by local resident Thomas Kasper.|
A fascinating history of Pai, from ancient days to today.
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!|
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).
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.
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.".
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.
Local Pai Yoga Studio with organized 5-day yoga and meditation retreats.
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.
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.
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