I stayed at Ming Guesthouse for 3 nights, and paid about £15.00 a night for a deluxe double room with a balcony and air con. I wouldn’t say that my room was clean, but it was cheap and it was nice to have my own room, rather than sharing with others in a hostel.

Ming Guesthouse


I took a minibus from Chiang Mai to Pai with the two girls that I’d met during my one week’s volunteering project at Elephant Nature Park. The bus journey took approximately 4 hours and we endured 726 bends throughout! If you suffer from motion sickness, you might want to take some medication with you.

The bus ride from Chiang Mai to Pai

We checked-in to our guesthouse, had a quick nap and then made our way down to the main street where the night market takes place to grab some dinner and cocktails. We spent all three evenings at Yellow Sun Bar. One of the bar staff had a crush on Natalie, so we got plied with a lot of free drinks every night!

On our first full day in Pai, we booked a trip from one of the local tour operators. They took us to Lod Caves, hot springs and Pai Canyon for the sunset. The trip pretty much covered everything I wanted to see and do in Pai.

Lod Caves

We started the day at Tham Lod Cave. The 1,666 metre cave is approximately 45 minutes away from Pai, in Soppong. We took a bamboo raft through the cave. Bats hung above us, and massive fish swam below us.

Lunch was included in the trip, and we ate at the caves before heading to the hot springs.

The hot springs we visited were popular with the locals. We had some free time to swim but I felt a little disrespectful in just a bikini; I wish I’d taken a t-shirt to put on over the top.

Our last stop was to Pai Canyon where we watched the sunset. This was top on my list of things to so in Pai and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

We then got dropped off at Ming Guesthouse and spent the evening browsing the night market before grabbing some dinner followed by cocktails in our new favourite bar.

We spent our last day in Pai chilling out. We got some brunch at Puripai Café which served really nice food, and provided us with colouring books and pencils – I was in my element!

Puripai Café

I got myself a hair braid and Natalie got a dread lock! In the evening, I got my first ever henna tattoo of a dream catcher.

My henna tattoo

The next morning I was back on the road; I got a minibus back to Chiang Mai and then a flight to Bangkok.

On the road

Next up: Bangkok

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