A look around Pai Thailand – Walking Street, Hot Springs and Canyon

In this video I bring you to beautiful Pai Thailand where I show you my top 3 best places to visit. Thank you for watching. Follow me on Instagram at joegreenwtf and email me at joegreenwtf@gmail.com
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Ta Pai Hot Springs
The Ta Pai Hot Springs are the most popular hot springs in Pai. The surroundings are somewhat magical, especially at the crack of dawn. Imagine steaming hot springs surrounded by nature, overhanging vines and tree roots reaching all over. Magical.
Don’t forget to take a walk in the park. Follow the creek up along an easy path leading to the spring. The water in the spring is warm enough to boil an egg (80 °C), though this is now prohibited.
The path also leads to various baths – ranging between 34°C and 38°C. Although the water is said to have a medicinal effect, it’s best to briefly exit the bath every 15 minutes. The vapors made us slightly dizzy after we bobbed around in them for nearly half an hour.
Getting there
The Ta Pai Hot Springs are located approximately 8 kilometers south of Pai’s town center, near the Pai Canyon. From the center, drive towards the White Buddha (Wat Mae Yen), which is impossible to miss. The road takes you past rice paddies and beautiful lookouts over the Pai Valley.
You’ll probably pass a couple of elephants on the way, that belong to one of the elephant camps. Even though we don’t recommend these camps because of the poor conditions and elephant riding, we still think it’s very impressing to overtake an elephant on your motorbike!
• Entry: 300 baht
• Opening hours: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Pai Canyon is jokingly called ‘the Grand Canyon’ by locals. But the Pai Canyon is not ‘grand’ at all; it’s rather small and has narrow trails with 50-meter drops on either side. Yikes! Armed with a camera, hiking shoes and a bottle of water, we hit the road and witnessed an incredible view over the Pai Valley.

Getting there

Pai Canyon is located several kilometers outside of the town center and can easily be reached on a motorbike. Just follow the road to Chiang Mai (1095) for about 15 minutes. Pai Canyon is also the last stop on most tours. However, we noticed that several different tours arrived too late for the sunet; just as the sun had disappeared behind the mountains, another group of tourists was offloaded… and they weren’t pleased!
Bring a pair of decent walking shoes if you’re planning to go on a hike through the canyon, or walk barefoot. Flip-flops are not recommended.

197 comments

    1. I love that area, the springs were very nice and looked like the water was flowing good, much better than when I was there. The canyon gets packed at sunset but worth putting up with the crowds. Beautiful drone footage, thanks for sharing. Many blessings to you, Gift and family 🙏
      Cheers 🍻

  1. Another 👍 Joe, I usually stay at place by bamboo bridge with the red umbrellas out. Usually that bridge has many backpackers coming and going to the other side and staying in the huts there. It is cool in morning and evening there that’s for sure, but very refreshing. Really enjoying your travels, Som and Jonny look like great traveling mates.

  2. Another very nice video Joe.Watching that footage of you and the other people walking on such a skinny path that high up almost gave me vertigo..Not afraid of heights only heights with no protection..LOL. but beautiful video none the less.Stay safe.

  3. HEY JOE AND GIFT, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PLACE. I WILL HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT PLACE, IT LOOKS LIKE A NICE PLACE TO GO EXCEPT THAT WALK UP THE HILL. I MIGHT MAKE IT UP THE PAVED PATH BUT WITH MY BALANCE PROBLEM I DON’T THINK I WOULD WANT TO RISK GOING ON THOSE NARROW PATHS. LOL

    IF I EVER GET A CHANCE I WILL SHOW UP MY FAVORITE PLACE IN THAILAND. IT’S ONE OF THOSE PLACES THAT THAI PEOPLE LIKE TO GO AT LEAST ONCE IN THEIR LIVES. IT’S A VERY STEEP CLIMB AND I WOULD HAVE TO PAY TO BE CARRIED UP BY SETTING IN A CHAIR WITH TWO POLES TIED ON THEM AND 4 GUYS PUT THE POLES ON THEIR SHOULDERS AND CARRY YOU TO THE TOP. IT’S AN “E TICKET” FOR SURE. LOL

    1. @Foreigner Joe, IT WAS ONE OF THOSE PLACES THAT YOU NEVER FORGET. ONE OF THE HIGHEST MOUNTAINS IN THAILAND. THE RIDE UP IS THE FUN PART. IT’S LIKE BEING IN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE INDY 500 IN MUD. LOL GETTING EXCITED JUST THINKING ABOUT IT.

  4. Like always Joe you and your lady Gift are enjoying life the way everyone should,ALWAYS MAKE TODAY EVEN BETTER THEN YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW EVEN BETTER THEN EVERYDAY AND LIFE Will BE GREAT 🌴👍🌴 THATS MY PHILOSOPHY 🌴👍🌴

  5. Nice place, fairly quite, how far is it from Chaing Mai? Lao is amazing, not as many tourist and one of my favorite places is Luang Prabang. Very chilled out place oh and Lao beer isn’t bad either.

  6. Really enjoying the video Pai is a wonderful place. A good place to visit is: Santichon Village also known as the Chinese Yunnan Village in Pai. A nice time to visit Pai is in April when they have the Poy Sang Long Ceremony/Festival.

  7. Cool vlog Joe….Pai looks like a great spot to visit…..How are you on the Australian accent? Being Australian myself there are some words that Johnny would say that would require some translation 🙂

    1. I looked at the plane but it didn’t seem like it really came from the USAF. I believe that it was just a retired plane that was there for show. All the best!

  8. I had no idea Pai was popular with Tourists but I can see why. Looks nicely developed while retaining original Thai charm. A great change of pace from Bangkok. I’ve added Pai to the bucket list! The fact they felt it necessary to put signs up not to boil eggs but people were doing it anyway was hilarious and a classic ‘This is Thailand’ situation.

  9. Enjoyed watching! I have been to Pai, and so far, it has been my favorite place to visit in Thailand. My understanding is in years past a bunch of hippies settled there so they can do their thing without hassle, but since the Thai government is coming down on that stuff more, a lot of them are moving away. There were still quite a few of them when I was there 4 years ago. After seeing you video, it makes me want to go back. It appears there was still a lot I haven’t seen.

  10. Hi Joe and Gift I can appreciate the scenic view of Pai but if I may suggest for you to travel to Koh Samui (I don’t really know if you ever been there) the Paradise as far as I am concerned I used to leave there 6 Years you won’t regret it I can assure you thank you for the latest video with all the respect

    1. @Foreigner Joe If I had my way I would be in the air and on my way. I was just looking at flights today and the cost one way was about $600.00 that has two stops. The other reason I was looking was to stay away from Hong Kong. It was looking like 24 to 30 + hours travel and wait. I guess I can see all of Japan in eight hours? NO? Honestly I don’t think I can be without a head for that long (Navy for bathroom) LOL

    2. Hi Charles, I believe since you will be flying on an international flight, you will fly into BKK Suvarnabhumi International Airport. When will you be coming into Bangkok? All the best!

  11. I just came home with about a hundred plastic bags from Wal Mart. I wish they would go back to the paper bags at least they will compost. When I was a kid in South Texas I spent all day swimming in the rivers I would not get in them today. I spent many a summer in the Rio Grand… LOL

  12. Tragic news from korat about the mass shooting in terminal 21 today, been there many times as my fiance lives and works in korat, she would have been there today if it not due to her going to nong kai for the weekend with friends. Rip all those that have lost there lives, Not what you expect in thailand , Sad Sad news.

    1. My heart goes out to all those who lost their life in this senseless act of violence. All the families, friends and coworkers of the victims are in my thoughts and prayers. All the best!

  13. Love it Joe ,, your videos are so smooth and calming . I think the reason I like them so much is you show what I would normally go look at , especially for painting , anywhere near to water is good for me . Gift looks even more beautifull with her hair tied back , first time I’ve seen her do that . My misses does most the time like that ,,,,,, thankyou keep em coming

  14. Hi Joe not sure if your local news is showing this 21 people killed at terminal 21 shopping mall outside Babkok. Active shooter still at large with multiple weapons driving a Thai army humvee. Just thought u should know. Be safe guys.

    1. My heart goes out to all those who lost their life in this senseless act of violence. All the families, friends and coworkers of the victims are in my thoughts and prayers. All the best!

  15. Hi J and G, great exposure of this hidden jewel, never heard of Pai, only the other more bustling locations in beautiful Thailand. Keep well and safe travels throughout this fresh new year. Cheers

  16. Any word by Thai Officials about traveling to/from Thailand right now, due to the Corona Virus threat? We a planning a trip in April but haven’t bought tickets yet and might postpone for awhile, pending. We want to return and see my wife’s daughter in Phitsanulok for when she has her baby. Nice videos, thanks.

    1. Hi John, The only restrictions that I know of are no flights coming out of China. Here in Bangkok there are hardly any Chinese tourists as in the past. My personal opinion is that you would be okay traveling here in April. You can also check out the US travel advisories website. All the best!

  17. Hi Joe thanks for your advice you gave me through email. . I visit Thailand in less than two weeks and Chang Mai is on my list so your recent videos of places to travel will be very helpful. Cheers

  18. Yet another great video Joe. You’re enjoying life with your beautiful Gift, exactly how I plan to spend my retirement with my wife Nittaya. Beautiful scenery and you give a relaxing atmosphere/attitude with all your posts. Keep em coming Joe. 🙏🙏🙏

  19. Hello Joe and Gift. Thanks for bringing us all along for your trip. Well done.
    You make me miss Thailand so much always, but I am back there in April and can escape the winter weather, my city not too bad, similar to Seattle, i live in Victoria, BC
    Have a great day
    Thanks
    Mike in Canada

  20. Looks like a very nice town and seems lots of tourist go there too. Awesome park. No boiled eggs for your lunch haha. Wow that view is worth the walk. Now that is more scary then the bridge you were on haha. That is why I don’t wear flip flops only sneakers or crocs. Amazing drone footage.

  21. I would definitely like to go on more barefoot walking and hiking and Chiang Mai and Pai Canyon definitely places I would give barefooting a try. 😀

  22. Thanks for the video. The last time I was in Pai was around 12 years ago. So pleased to see that it has hardly changed. Makes me think it’s time to go back when we can get back to normal.

  23. Outstanding location. The Chiang Mai region is one of my favorites! Gets chilly up there. Up in Udon Thani too. About 10-15 degrees cooler depending on the season, especially in the mountains up northeast. Chiang Mai * Chian Rai is a dry hot. If you get a chance go to Phuket & check out the fabulous show “Fantasy Phuket.” Its the Thai Circ de Solei, awesome show.Enjoy!

  24. Thailand had been in my bucket list of places to live, however, with the changes to the visas, I lost interest. Now seeing this video, it is making me rethink my final destination. Thanks for the vlog.

  25. I usually spend two nights in Pai on every trip to Thailand. To be honest the old hippy days are long gone. It’s still got a fairly good atmosphere and there are some interesting activities in the area. I’m always on a big motorcycle so getting to and from is not an issue. The van drivers who run between Chiang Mai and Pai are maniacs. I’m a fast driver but these guys are crazy and dangerous and I’m not shy about fast driving. After a trip several years ago when the idiot was driving at 120 km/h in heavy traffic I swore never again,and I’ve stuck to that rule. Go and enjoy,but if looking for a sleepy laid back vibe,then go elsewhere.

  26. Yo Joe, how can you fly your drone, I mean did you get a drone license from the Thai Government? I’m asking because I need one and need to know to do this?

    1. Hi Steve, yes you will need to register your drone and get a license and insurance my friend. Total cost for me was 4,500 baht, 3,500 of that was insurance and 500 registration fee and another 500 for the license. You can goggle flying a drone in Thailand 🇹🇭 for more info on other requirements and restrictions. Stay safe! All the best!

  27. Hi, Joe & Gift really enjoyed this vid been to Chiang Mai a couple of times but never knew about this place good reason to go back.. Thank’s stay safe.
    Dino Bill.

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