From Chiang Mai, there’s only one airline operator that flies to Pai, which is why it’s more common to go by land. You’ll have to endure a hell-raising minibus ride along the notorious Route 1095, which takes you through 762 steep and winding curves. The twists and turns can be quite something, so you’ve been warned, but the journey is well worth it.
Back in the ’80s, Pai was a small village populated only by a cluster of locals and visited by a few backpackers who were in the know. But secrets can’t be kept for long. In recent years, Pai
has transformed into one of the most visited destinations in Thailand – with numerous tourist spots (and traps), guesthouses and restaurants sprouting up along its dusty streets. Thankfully, Pai is far from losing its charm. Despite now catering to more tourists than ever, the village is still a beautiful and peaceful place that everyone can and should fall in love with.