Pai is a small district north of Mae Hong Sorn that shares the border with Myanmar and today is a popular destination for both local and foreign tourists who seek the peace and natural beauty it offers.
It is named after the river that runs its course from Tanon Thongchai and Dan Lao Ranges through three districts in Mae Hong Sorn before joining the Salween in Myanmar. Hence one of most popular activities for tourists is white water rafting down the Pai River.
The white water rafting covers approximately 50 kilometers in the waters with the grade of the rapids difficulty ranging from levels 1 - 4. The intensity reaches to level 5 in the rainy season when the river waters are particularly strong. Along the route, tourists will enjoy the scenic beauty and waterfalls where they may want to stop for a dip. Otherwise, exploring caves, and enjoying mud-bathing and cliff jumping could be some fun alternatives. The water, however, is ideal for cruises between June and February.
How to get there: From Chiang Mai, take Highway #108 along the Chiang Mai - Mae Sarieng - Mae Hong Sorn Route. Red bus and van services are available between 06.30 a.m. - 09.00 p.m. The trips take four and eight hours to Mae Sarieng and Pai district in Mae Hong Sorn respectively.