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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
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.
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.