Top Choice Northern Thai in Pai

Larp Khom Huay Poo

Escape the wheatgrass-and-tofu crowd and get your meat on at this unabashedly carnivorous local eatery, located about 1km north of town, on the road to Mae Hong Son. The house special (and the dish you must order) i…
International in Pai

Om Garden Cafe

Fresh-pressed juices, meat-free takes on international dishes, barefoot and/or flute-playing patrons: basically everything you’d expect at a place called Om Garden, except that the food is actually good. Dishes rang…
American in Pai

Maya Burger Queen

Burgers are a big deal in Pai, and arduous research has compelled the conclusion that Maya does the best job. Everything is homemade, from the soft, slightly sweet buns to the rich garlic mayo that accompanies the t…
Northern Thai in Pai

Evening Market

For tasty take-home local-style eats, try the market that unfolds every afternoon from about 3pm to sunset.
Thai in Pai

Saengthongaram Market

During the day, Thai-style takeaway food is available from this market.
Tex-Mex in Pai


Tacos, burritos, quesadillas and tacos: Cafecito serves the Tex-Mex staples, all overseen by an American. Lots of meat-free options, and it also doubles as a cafe. It’s located about 600m south of Th Rangsiyanon, on…
Thai in Pai

Baan Benjarong

Emulate local families and come to this classy home-based restaurant at the edge of a rice field. Menu items such as stewed, salted crabs in coconut milk and a salad of banana flower, shrimp and chicken culminate in…
International in Pai

Good Life

Kefir, kombucha, beet juice and wheat grass are indicators of the vibe of this eclectic and popular cafe. But don’t fear: soft drinks are available, as is a thick menu of Thai and international dishes, many of which…
International in Pai

Witching Well

This buzzy foreigner-run place is where to come if you’re looking for authentic sandwiches, pasta, cakes and pastries. It also does good coffee and the kind of sophisticated breakfasts you’re not likely to find else…
Thai in Pai

Thai Style BBQ Buffet

As the name suggests, this is mŏo gàtá, the DIY barbecue so beloved by northern Thais. Yet unlike most places, the meat and veg here are of good quality and there’s live music.