Must see restaurants in Pai

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    Top Choice

    Larp Khom Huay Poo

    Escape the wheatgrass-and-tofu crowd at this unabashedly carnivorous local eatery. The house special is 'larp moo kua', northern-style lâhp (minced pork…

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    Top Choice

    Om Garden Cafe

    Meat-free takes on international dishes, fresh-pressed juices, a pleasant shaded garden, a noticeboard advertising yoga classes, the odd hippy: basically…

  • M

    Top Choice

    Maya Burger Queen

    Burgers are a big deal in Pai and our arduous research has concluded that Maya does the best job. Everything is homemade, from the soft, slightly sweet…

  • C


    Cafecito serves tasty Tex-Mex staples – fish tacos, burritos and quesadillas – as well as Mexican breakfasts, all overseen by an American. This is Pai, so…

  • G

    Good Life

    Kefir, kombucha, beet juice and wheatgrass are indicators of the vibe of this eclectic and popular cafe. But coffee, herbal teas, soft drinks and alcohol…

  • C

    Chew Xin Jai

    Chew Xin Jai stands out from Pai's ever-increasing number of vegan/veggie eating spots by virtue of its Chinese take on vegetarian cuisine, with Taiwanese…

  • B

    Baan Benjarong

    Emulate local families and come to this classy home-based restaurant at the southern end of town on the edge of the fields. Dishes such as stewed salted…

  • N

    Nong Beer

    A long-standing restaurant that's well used to foreigners, Nong's is a reliable go-to option for cheap and authentic Thai eats, ranging from kôw soy …

  • W

    Witching Well

    There's a big wine list at this upmarket, brick-walled, cement-floored, European-style bistro. The menu is what you'd expect: well-presented Mediterranean…

  • N

    Na's Kitchen

    The slightly eccentric Na – who doesn't always open her restaurant daily – cooks her Thai and Northern Thai dishes with love and serves them up in a no…

  • C

    Charlie & Lek Restaurant

    Foreigner-friendly, and none the worse for it, Charlie & Lek serves Thai classics as well as a few Northern Thai specialities in a no-fuss atmosphere that…

  • P

    Pai Siam Bistro

    Bright and stylish, with sofas for lounging, this relocated place has Mediterranean-influenced specials, Thai tapas and some decent cakes and pastries. It…

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    Evening Market

    For take-home, local-style eats, try the market that unfolds here every day from about 3pm to sunset.

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    The expansive menu here ranges from Israeli dishes to standards to surprises – there are kebabs, falafels and shakshuka (eggs poached in a veggie stew),…

  • S

    Saengthongaram Market

    Thai takeaway food and fresh fruit are available from this market. There are also a couple of noodle stalls.