“You have to go to Pai!” Almost everyone who knew about my plans to travel to northern Thailand would say this to me. Health-conscious food, yoga, and meditation retreats – Pai is known to be a hippie paradise as some may describe. Maybe it was also because I visited Pai during the hot dry season, so there weren’t too many people around. In this post, I’m sharing my experience visiting Pai during the hot dry season, as well as mindful health tips and things to do in Pai.


Visit Pai during the hot dry season: Things You Should Know


Party and Drugs in Pai

Pai during the hot dry season

Transportation


Pai Canyon

Pai during the hot dry season

Pai is famous for its natural scenery, and Pai Canyon is a popular sunset spot. Take a short hike to the viewpoint and get there early to secure a seat if you like taking photos. I did not dare to walk the narrow elevated path of the canyon as there aren’t any safety bars, and one missed step you are done. However, if you are an adventure seeker, be my guest. You can spend hours trekking through the trails!

Mindful Tip: It was really dry up there. Definitely bring and drink plenty of water!


Yun Lai Viewpoint

Recommended by a local, Yun Lai Viewpoint is actually a better sunset spot than Pai Canyon. The best actually! This hilltop gets a great bird view of Pai. It’s about 15 minutes drive away from the center of Pai. The drive up there was a bit steep but manageable on my 50 c.c. scooter. I was there in the early afternoon, and there weren’t that many people because it was hot as hell. I got the whole gazebo to myself tho.

?Entrance fee: 20 Baht.

Pai during the hot dry season

Pai Walking Street & Night Market

Pai during the hot dry season

I love walking around the streets in the center of Pai. It’s quiet, quaint and cozy during the daytime. In the evening, all the food stalls are out, so you can grab yourself some traditional northern Thailand street food as well as checking out some arts and crafts by the locals. My favorites dishes were the vegan pad thai and fruit shake!

Pai during the hot dry season

The White Buddha

Pai during the hot dry season

The White Buddha has a somewhat challenging climb, with 353 steps of stairs to be exact. However, I found the sealed road and cheated with my scooter. If you’ve seen other big Buddhas in other Asian countries, this one actually isn’t that impressive. However, since it’s on a hilltop, the view is quite nice.

No one would expect you to wear a long skirt, dress, or pants under this hot dry season temperature, so you can rent a sarong to cover your shoulders and knees for 20 baht. You also need to take your shoes off when you’re at the top, and it could be quite excruciating because the ground is burning hot under the hot dry season sun!

Mindful tip: Always cover your shoulders and knees whenever you enter a Buddhist property in Thailand.


Pai Historical Bridge

Pai during the hot dry season

The Pai Historical Bridge is a World War II heritage although it’s not the original wooden one. It was originally built by the Japanese for the invasion of Burma, using elephants and forcing villagers into labor. Nevertheless, the bridge became an important component to the village, so the villagers rebuilt it after the Japanese troops burnt it down when they left.

<<Check out my Instagram stories about the bridge and Pai>>

I love the view from the bridge overlooking the Pai River. You also get to walk down to the riverbank, watching locals walking their buffalos.


Tha Pai Hot Spring

Who goes to the hot spring in 40 Celsius degree? This girl! Tha Pai Hot Spring is a natural hot spring. All the pools there are between 35 to 38 Celsius degrees, and there’s actually a COLD spring so you can cool yourself off from the heat. (The trick is you have to get through a hot spring before you get to immerse yourself in the cold spring.)

Pai during the hot dry season

The best thing about going to a hot spring in Pai during the hot dry season is that there aren’t that many people visiting, so you get the hot spring all to yourself. Taking a hot spring has health benefits. It is also known to be good for your skin.

Pai during the hot dry season

?Entrance fee: 300 Baht for foreigners. There’re free cold showers and change rooms.

Mindful Tip: Do not go to the hot spring if you are pregnant, have heart-related medical issues, or infectious diseases!


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