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Pai Valley
Maps
The best maps of Pai are the printed maps you can get in town for free or almost free. Someone might just shove one in your face when you get off the bus. Please be a bit skeptical about the quality of their services :)

Here are some maps of Pai from other sources:

  • District Office Valley Map (circa 2007, detailed 313k JPEG file): a surprisingly good map on display on a large sign outside the district office.

  • Pai Post Map (circa 2007): covers the whole valley and has lots of very useful points for guesthouses, tourist attractions, and other services. The map is bizzarely not to scale though, so don't use it to gague distances or even compass directions!

  • Thai-Tour.com Map: a good general overview of the towns in the valley. Also not to scale.

DowntownDowntown Pai Map designed by Shlomi Rafaeli and Miki Ferrandino in 2005.

Here are some maps of downtown from other sources:

  • District Office Downtown Map (circa 2007, detailed 350k JPEG file): a surprisingly good map on display on a large sign outside the district office.

  • Aya map (circa 2008?) scanned, cropped, edited a bit to include some Thai language, and hosted on blog site ilovepai.com.

  • Travelfish Pai Map (circa 2005): includes many guesthouses

  • Mae Hong Son Travel Map (circa 2003-4): has restaurants too, but old.

North
Valley
North Valley Map designed by Shlomi Rafaeli and Miki Ferrandino in 2005.

South
Valley
South Valley Map designed by Shlomi Rafaeli and Miki Ferrandino in 2005.

Topo Maps The Royal Thai Survey department publishes excellent 1:50,000 topographical contour maps of the whole country (except a few sensitive border areas with Burma; Pai is close but fortunately not censored). The maps are based on satellite imagery from 1992 (and, we hear, original US military survey data from many decades earlier) but they are by far the best resource available for trekking and getting any sense of the terrain of the region.

Amphoe Pai (Pai District) is covered by Sheet 4647 I of series L7017S edition 1-RTSD. There are also sheets available for nearly all adjoining quadrants.

Here is a roughly scanned sample from the sheet:

Topo Map Sample

As you can see, the map is detailed but out of date (for example, the major road that turns north off the highway, passes Belle Villa, and goes to Ban Wiang Nua was not yet built when the map was made and is just a dotted line.

You can purchase these maps at Suriwong Book Center in Chiang Mai (and sometimes also DK Books Chiang Mai or the large art suppy store on Ratwithi road).

You can also purchase these maps online at several different websites.

MapJack
Street View
Upstart MapJack produces a pretty good competitor to Google Maps' Street View, which allows you to "walk" along certain streets of a town, looking up, down, left, and right in a "3-D" view. MapJack's images are clearer than Google's and you have more angles to choose from. In addition to several US cities, MapJack has digitized several major cities in Thailand including Pai! Click here to see:
downtown Pai
hills of Pai
hot spring entrance (guess they avoided the exorbitant fee!)
Sample screen shot:

MapJack in Pai

Google
Maps
Good news! In 2011 Google finally updated the old, sketchy (20m?) satellite images of Pai to really nice (2m?) satellite images of the whole valley. There is even some road coverage too:

Satellite (click the "Sat" button if you don't see the satellite image):


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Street:


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Pai's GPS coordinates are (19.358889, 98.436667). You can access satellite and street maps from all the online services at the Wikipedia GeoHack site for Pai.

PointAsia
Satellite Maps
Good news: the site pointasia.com has some nice detailed satellite imagery of Pai (although not quite as detailed as the new 2011 Google Maps satellite images).

Bad news: the site is heavily advertising-laden, it is almost all in Thai, and a huge percent of the menus and buttons simply do not work at all. In order to see the maps and find Pai, you must navigate through layers of confusing menus (confusing even if you can read Thai). Here is a guide:

  • start at pointasia.com's unbelievably ad-porked and vastly overcomplicated home page.

  • under "Quick Location" in the upper left, type "Pai, Mae Hong Son" and click "Search." This will not find Pai at all (it will likely find nothing but possibly find a bunch of things called Pai that are not in Pai!), but it will bring us to the map page that we want for the next step.

  • now you are on a map page, and it's chock full of "search" buttons. But almost none of them work. The only one that works is a little tiny magnifying-glass icon at the top right of the map:

    PointThailand Search

    Click that icon. You'll get a little black window where you need to enter the name of Pai in Thai (English does not work). Cut and paste it from here into the little black window, but don't hit enter yet:

    ปาย
    As soon as you paste, you should see several entries pop up. Choose the first one and you should be in Pai! You can click the third-from-the-right textual button at the top right of the map (hover the mouse over the button and it will say "satellite image") to enable the amazingly detailed satellite images.

    The map part of the screen (not the advertisement part) actually has a lot of cool functions, if you can find them. The right-click menu allows you to create marks, measure distances, and even capture and save the map.

Historical
Maps
Of purely historical interest is this totally cool 1950s US Army Map Service map (6.7MB JPEG) of "Indochina and Thailand" quadrant NE 47-2, "Chiang Dao," which is part of a larger series on this website. Here's a scaled-down excerpt:

1950s US Army Map of Pai Region

Looks like Pai had an airport then, and a military one at that! No highway either; just a dim dotted grey line where the crappy "road" leads to Chiang Mai.

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