Pai is one of the most popular destinations in Northern Thailand, a hippy town that has been drawing travelers for years. Nestled deep in the mountains down a road that has over 700 curves, expect a cool, laid-back atmosphere where your hardest decision will be deciding where to stay in Pai.
Whatever your budget, there will be somewhere ideal for you to stay in Pai, so let’s take a look at some of the best options.
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Where to Stay in Pai—Hostels, Hotels and Resorts
Table of Contents
- Where to Stay in Pai—Hostels, Hotels and Resorts
- Pai Hostels and Places Under $20
- Pai Hotels Under $50
- Pai Accommodation Under $70
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Pai Hostels and Places Under $20
Accommodation in Thailand is relatively cheap when compared to other countries around the world, therefore you can get some serious bargains when it comes to Pai hostels.
Although these hostels may be cheap, they all have great reviews and are close to the city center, so are a good option if you are a little budget conscious!
Hugga Pai Hostel
Clean and simple dorm rooms to reasonably priced standard rooms, this Pai hostel is an easy choice. Located in town just moments away from the bustle, people really seem to like this humble spot.
Baan Aomsin Resort
Views of the rolling hills, surrounded by lush greenery, and hammocks to get lost in, this resort and hostel in Pai is one to consider. Depending which rooms you book you also get a breakfast included all for a fair price.
Located just outside the center of Pai, Ming Guesthouse is a steal of a spot. It’s close enough to walk to everything without being on the main drag. There’s a serene garden view for most rooms, coffee in the morning, hammocks to relax in, and even a kitchen should you want to whip up a few meals yourself.
This Pai guesthouse offers excellent value for money, with your budget price getting you a private villa (or you can opt for a dorm room for under $10). Your private accommodation comes with a double bed, private bathroom, and your own patio for enjoying the surroundings.
The property is found in a calm garden setting, but you’ll be within an easy walk of Pai restaurants and bars. You’re also right on the Pai River, where you can swim or soak up a few rays.
Pai Circus School Hostel
You may find some varying reviews of this place and your accommodation here won’t be anything super spectacular but it deserves a place on this list for a reason.
The setting of this Pai hostel makes up for everything. Set in the rolling hills with views of the town and an infinity pool to boot, you’ll find yourself falling in love and not spending much time in the room at all.
Add to that the circus factor with classes on hooping and juggling, parties, and some great social vibes and you have yourself a winning hostel in Pai to stay at!
Good Morning Pai
This cozy bungalow has a boundless scenic view of mountains and fields right from the front yard. This resort is only 1 km away from Pai Center and has all the amenities you need.
Pai Hotels Under $50
These next few options when it comes to Pai accommodation are a step up from Pai hostels.
These hotels are perfect for those who want a little luxury, but don’t want to break the bank in the process!
Pai River Villa
Tucked away on the outskirts of the Thai jungle, Pai River Villa is made up of a collection of 18 villas, perfect if you are looking for a little rest and relaxation without venturing too far away from the hostel prices.
All rooms offer balconies or patios, so if you are a nature lover then this Pai accommodation could be a good shout.
You can also give the in-house restaurant a try for a unique dining experience, ideal for those that don’t want to wander too far for a bite to eat.
Baan Pai Nai Wieng
The aim of Baan Pai Nai Wieng is to make you feel like you are in a home away from home, and it has been pretty successful. All guestroom are full of a variety of comforts such as air conditioning, 24-hour room service, wi-fi, and a balcony or terrace.
Its strategic position ensures that you are only a short walk away from some of the area’s main points of interest, and after a long day of exploring, you can relax in the calming atmosphere of the hotel’s gardens.
Just a stone’s throw away from Pai bus station, Pai Smilehouse offers a unique place to stay in the heart of the city.
Each standalone room has been tastefully decorated in dark woods with Thai vibes, fitting with the mountainous surroundings.
If you don’t mind splashing out a little more, you can even get your very own raised terrace and spend your evenings in a hammock watching the sunset.
Kirina Wellness in the Valley
Once decked out in funky retro décor, this Pai hotel has been given an elegant makeover in keeping with the beautiful surrounding scenery. The spacious rooms have a natural feel, with plenty of timber and stone.
For the wellness aspect of the hotel, you can take part in the daily yoga classes, or even book a full yoga retreat. You’ll feel like you’re miles away from anywhere, but in fact, local sights like the Pai night market are just a short walk away.
These modern studio apartments are nicely located and are within walking distance to the market and bus station. Some apartments have balconies, and all have access to the onsite swimming pool. The Pai clock tower, garden, restaurant and the best spas in Pai surrounding the area.
Pai Accommodation Under $70
You don’t have to spend a huge amount for Pai accommodation to live the luxury lifestyle.
Expect some stunning views, premium service and all the home comforts you could wish for. If you don’t mind spending a little more money, the hotels below are all great options of where to stay in Pai.
Why not live the life of luxury for a few days at the conveniently located Pai Cherkaew?
Treat yourself to a massage, go for a swim in the outdoor swimming pool and make use of the range of other recreational facilities. Located slap bang in the middle of the city, it is a great base to explore your exciting surroundings.
Surrounded by the beautiful natural landscape of Pai, the Yoma Hotel offers a charming stay with its elegant modern design. All of the comfortable rooms are airconditioned, and feature a private balcony where you can take in the stunning views.
On site you’ll be spoiled with facilities including a restaurant with garden dining, swimming pool and library. If you do want to explore the area (and of course you should), there are bikes available for guests, and a free shuttle to the center of Pai.
Chang Pai Hill
True to the name, this hotel is located on a hill, meaning you get excellent views from the different rooms on offer. All options have a balcony, but if you want to really indulge, book the Deluxe Spa Room where you can enjoy the vista from the hot tub.
This adults-only hotel is just a 10-minute walk from town, but if you don’t feel like moving, you can relax and enjoy the garden terrace, swimming pool, restaurant, and views of the surrounding rice paddies.
Otium Boutique Room
This modern hotel simply oozes cool.
Located in the city center, you will be in easy walking distance from the legendary Night Market, the iconic Pai River and many other main attractions.
With only 4 rooms, you can rest assured you will be well looked after. Each boutique room has a broad range of amenities including a smart TV, rain shower and mini-bar, while the quaint garden exudes an atmosphere of peace.
Pai Vimaan Resort
While slightly more out of town than some of the other hotels, a stay at Pai Vimaan Resort will be well worth the longer walk.
Set on a huge plot of land on a hill overlooking the city and surrounding countryside, many rooms have stunning views of the river and mountains.
Each room is styled with a mix of modern furnishings with traditional Lanna elements for a truly soothing stay.
Family House at Pai
This beautiful villa is surrounded by an amazing garden and features a private pool. The villa is centrally located and is walking distance to the market and bus station.
The Quarter Resort
If turquoise pool waters, palm trees and shaded sun loungers are what you are after, then The Quarter Resort is for you.
Located in the mountains surrounding Pai, it has a distinctly rustic charm, with 36 guestrooms scattered between quaint courtyards.
All rooms have a private seating area and private balcony, and is not a place you will forget in a hurry!
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