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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. The house special (and the dish you must order) is 'larp moo kua', northern-style lâhp (minced pork fried with …
Village in Pai

Ban Santichon

The cheesy photo ops, piped-in music, restaurants serving Yunnanese food, tea tastings, pony rides, tacky re-creation of the Great Wall of China and mountaintop viewpoint can make parts of Ban Santichon seem like a …
Thai in Pai

Phat Thai Na-Win

Forget the gloopy stuff for sale at Pai's night market; for real pàt tai, head a couple blocks west to this old wooden house. In addition to the eponymous fried noodles, you'll find a sizeable English-language menu …
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…
Tex-Mex in Pai

Cafecito

Tacos, burritos and quesadillas: Cafecito serves the Tex-Mex staples, all overseen by an American. This is Pai, so there are lots of meat-free options and it also doubles as a cafe.It’s located about 600m south of T…
Buddhist Temple in Pai

Wat Phra That Mae Yen

This temple sits atop a hill and has terrific views overlooking the valley. To get there, walk 1km east from the main intersection in town to get to the stairs (353 steps) that lead to the top. Or, if you’ve got whe…
Waterfall in Pai

Nam Tok Mo Paeng

Nam Tok Mo Paeng has a couple of pools that are suitable for swimming. The waterfall is about 8km from Pai along the road that also leads to Wat Nam Hoo – it's a long walk, but it's suitable for a bike ride or short…
Nature Reserve in Pai

Pai Canyon

Located 8km from Pai along the road to Chiang Mai, a paved stairway here culminates in an elevated lookout over high rock cliffs and the Pai valley. The latter can be followed by a dirt trail, but lacking shade, is …
Hot Springs in Pai

Tha Pai Hot Springs

Across Mae Nam Pai and 7km southeast of town via a paved road is this well-kept local park. Through it flows a scenic stream, which mixes with the hot springs in places to make pleasant bathing areas. The water is a…
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 …