By bus it takes just over 4 hours to travel 149 km from Chiang Mai to Pai. The journey is relatively slow because of the many turns in the road from Chiang Mai to Pai.
Bus Timetable from Chiang Mai to Pai
Click on the Chiang Mai – Pai link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Chiang Mai - Pai ฿ 240 4h 20m|
Departure from Chiang Mai
Bus services to Pai depart from Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 2 on Soi Kaeo Nawarat 5, Tambon Wat Ket, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand.
Arrival in Pai
Bus services from Chiang Mai terminate at Pai Bus Station at Mae Hong Son 4024, Wiang Tai, Mae Hong Son 58130, Thailand.
Reasons to Travel to Pai
Pai is wonderful small town located in the mountains. A two to three days visit to Pai is an opportunity to experience life outside of city of Chiang Mai without much expense or a very long tiring journey.
Pai Town is small enough to walk around with a range of great value for money resorts, bars and restaurants. The pace of life is slow here and whilst the town attracts a healthy flow of tourists it is not overwhelmed by foreign visitors to the same extent as more easily accessible destinations in the north of Thailand such as Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
The most popular activity in Pai is to rent an automatic motorbike for a day and follow a circuit around some quiet and well maintained roads. There are lots of things to see near Pai including hot springs, the Chinese Village, Lun Yai Viewpoint, the temple on the hill overlooking Pai valley and Mor Paeng Waterfall.
For the adventurous travellers you can go water water rafting trips from Pai as well as multi-day organised treks to villages inhabited by hill tribes. From Pai you can also travel further from Chiang Mai onto the less visited town of Mae Hong Son.