Located 83 miles (135km) up a coiled mountain road from Chiang
Mai in the extreme northwest of Thailand, Pai is an unlikely
tourist attraction. The town has undergone a number of transitions
from hill tribe village to hippie hideaway to a tourist playground.
Its relaxed atmosphere and peaceful mountain scenery have enlarged
its widening reputation and it is now a tourist hot spot. Pai is a
popular base camp for treks into the hills which can be arranged
through hotels or travel agencies in the city. Closer waterfalls
and hot springs are worth a visit, and elephant camps are nearby as
well. An airport now connects Pai to Chiang Mai, but the best way
to get there is by motorbike or bus in order to see the beautiful
scenery on the way.
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