Region - Pai

Region - Pai

Why did we locate here?

The Pai valley is an area of incredible natural beauty

High in the mountains, it epitomises the Kung Fu dream of training in pure, fresh air with awesome views well away from the distractions of modern life and the pollution of modern cities. It is easy to grow and prepare healthy, natural food in the farmland around Pai and this allows you to eat the sort of diet which best supports our training.

Thailand is a great country with a relaxed, happy positive vibe.  This is why it is so popular with tourists. It is easy to travel to, easy to get around in and easy to get by in English – unlike many countries in Asia!  Very importantly, visas are easy to get.

This area is famous amongst the Chinese for having some of the best Chi in the world. It flows down from the plateau of Tibet, high in the Himalayas towards the lower land to the south.  This makes it perfect for the practice of Kung Fu and Chi Kung.

Pai is an incredible town with a unique culture.  It is massively popular with travellers and has all of the facilities that you might want.  Very easy to get by in English. A fun town where everyone wants to stay longer. Pai town centre is less than 10 minutes from the Retreat by moped but cannot be seen from the Retreat because of a mountain spur.

Ideal really: when at the Retreat, you will feel that you are right away from the town but to get there when you want is not so difficult.

The are many fascinating excursions available locally for example temples, caves, hill tribe villages, Chinese tea growing communities, elephant camps, rafting, waterfalls, walking.

If you are going to spend your time and money on the training experience of a lifetime, why not go somewhere truly special?

Live Music

Pai attracts musicians from all over the world, and you can find great live music for free every single night in town.

Fire Shows

Pai attracts a wide variety of performers. There are fire shows almost every night of the week, where performers dance with different fire props.

Hiking

There are many beautiful hiking trails to be found in Pai, some that feature waterfalls and swimming holes, and there is also the unique Pai canyon.

Food

There are many offerings of healthy, local and affordable meal options in nearly every cuisine type available throughout town.

ABOUT PAI

Pai Town

Pai is the main tourist centre in Mae Hong Son, Thailands remote North West province, and ideally suited to receive and entertain foreigners. It has a population of about 3000 who, at peak times, are heavily outnumbered by tourists, mainly backpackers (for whom Pai is almost a compulsory stop) and the more adventurous Thai and foreign tourists who have braved the minibus ride through the mountains.

The Pai district is popular with tourists because there is so much to do here. We take two days off each week to rest and recover from hard training which provides an ideal opportunity to explore the local area. A stay at our retreat can be a holiday as well as a training experience.

Pai acts as a hub for activities and excursions, such as trekking (usually with an overnight stay at a hill tribe village), elephant riding, caving, rafting, off-road driving / motorcycling and visiting waterfalls, temples, hill tribes etc. The favourite way to get around for most is to rent a small motorcycle for about 80 Baht ($2.50US)  per day or 2,000 Baht per month.

As you would expect in Thailand, the town also boasts a number of beautiful Buddhist temples housing monks.

A Taste of Pai

Shopping & Eating

Pai contains a multitude of restaurants and bars, all very reasonably priced (modest meal for two about 100 Baht), many market stalls selling local food and goods, and shops selling any supplies you are really likely to need. Even a few small supermarkets! Of particular note are stalls run by local hill tribe people selling clothing, handicrafts, fruit etc.
Of particular note is the night market which takes place on the walking street every night of the year. Stalls line both sides of the roads and a few of the side streets. Many local artists offer their work for sale as well as hill tribe people selling their tribal craft work, and an entire section of the market devoted to food and drink. Strolling down the walking street in the evening is one of Pai’s most popular activities.

Changing Weather

Climate

The seasons in Pai are quite distinct and vary as follows:

November – January

Winter season. Usually dry although occasional rain is possible.  Warm in middle of day and afternoon. Night time cold enough to require hat and scarf.  Mist hangs on the mountains later in the mornings than at other times of the year. Views in the morning amazing!  This is the most popular season in Pai with tourists and the town tends to be relatively busy. Good for training as it is not too hot.

February – April.

Hot season.  Very dry. Daytime becoming progressively hotter, peaking in mid-April (Songkran, Thai new year).  Air cooler at night and before about 10.00am, middle of the day is hot. Land tends to look a bit dusty and at its least, green.  Can get smoky from farming activity. Pai is at its least attractive at this time of year. The Thai Water Festival takes place in mid-April and can be a very fun experience.

May – June.

Early rainy season.  Occasional rain. Air a little more humid. Daytime can be cooler if there is cloud cover but hot if there is a clear spell, nighttime warmer because of higher humidity.  Land begins to turn beautifully green. Clouds often sit on the mountains creating awesome views.

July – August.

Peak rainy season: about half of the days will see some rain but may only be for a short time. Rivers and streams at their highest, waterfalls most impressive. Temperatures moderated by cloud cover and humidity. Training will often have to take place under cover.  Plants at their most green and lush. Training aided by high humidity which seems to make the body more pliable and fresh, invigorating chi which comes together with the rain. Arguably the best time of year to come.

September – October.

Late rainy season.  Rains dying down but the land still beautifully green, streams and rivers full.  Warm and humid. Can be hot if no cloud cover. Views still awesome. A very popular time.

Summary:

November to January dry, hot in the day but cool at night.  Most popular time of year to visit Pai. Perfect if you do not like rain.

June to October rainy, but not every day.  Humid. Not too hot in the daytime, warm but not hot at night.  Views at their best, particularly later in the rainy season.

February to April hot and dry.

May intermediate between hot season and rainy season.

About Pai

PAI TOWN

Pai is the main tourist centre in Mae Hong Son, Thailands remote North West province, and ideally suited to receive and entertain foreigners. It has a population of about 3000 who, at peak times, are heavily outnumbered by tourists, mainly backpackers (for whom Pai is almost a compulsory stop) and the more adventurous Thai and foreign tourists who have braved the minibus ride through the mountains.

The Pai district is popular with tourists because there is so much to do here. We take two days off each week to rest and recover from hard training which provides an ideal opportunity to explore the local area. A stay at our retreat can be a holiday as well as a training experience.

Pai acts as a hub for activities and excursions, such as trekking (usually with an overnight stay at a hill tribe village), elephant riding, caving, rafting, off-road driving / motorcycling and visiting waterfalls, temples, hill tribes etc. The favourite way to get around for most is to rent a small motorcycle for about 80 Baht ($2.50US)  per day or 2,000 Baht per month.

As you would expect in Thailand, the town also boasts a number of beautiful Buddhist temples housing monks.

A taste of Pai

Shopping & Eating

Pai contains a multitude of restaurants and bars, all very reasonably priced (modest meal for two about 100 Baht), many market stalls selling local food and goods, and shops selling any supplies you are really likely to need. Even a few small supermarkets! Of particular note are stalls run by local hill tribe people selling clothing, handicrafts, fruit etc.
Of particular note is the night market which takes place on the walking street every night of the year. Stalls line both sides of the roads and a few of the side streets. Many local artists offer their work for sale as well as hill tribe people selling their tribal craft work, and an entire section of the market devoted to food and drink. Strolling down the walking street in the evening is one of Pai’s most popular activities.

Changing Weather

Climate

The seasons in Pai are quite distinct and vary as follows:

November – January

Winter season. Usually dry although occasional rain is possible.  Warm in middle of day and afternoon. Night time cold enough to require hat and scarf.  Mist hangs on the mountains later in the mornings than at other times of the year. Views in the morning amazing!  This is the most popular season in Pai with tourists and the town tends to be relatively busy. Good for training as it is not too hot.

February – April.

Hot season.  Very dry. Daytime becoming progressively hotter, peaking in mid-April (Songkran, Thai new year).  Air cooler at night and before about 10.00am, middle of the day is hot. Land tends to look a bit dusty and at its least, green.  Can get smoky from farming activity. Pai is at its least attractive at this time of year. The Thai Water Festival takes place in mid-April and can be a very fun experience.

May – June.

Early rainy season.  Occasional rain. Air a little more humid. Daytime can be cooler if there is cloud cover but hot if there is a clear spell, nighttime warmer because of higher humidity.  Land begins to turn beautifully green. Clouds often sit on the mountains creating awesome views.

July – August.

Peak rainy season: about half of the days will see some rain but may only be for a short time. Rivers and streams at their highest, waterfalls most impressive. Temperatures moderated by cloud cover and humidity. Training will often have to take place under cover.  Plants at their most green and lush. Training aided by high humidity which seems to make the body more pliable and fresh, invigorating chi which comes together with the rain. Arguably the best time of year to come.

September – October.

Late rainy season.  Rains dying down but the land still beautifully green, streams and rivers full.  Warm and humid. Can be hot if no cloud cover. Views still awesome. A very popular time.

Summary:

November to January dry, hot in the day but cool at night.  Most popular time of year to visit Pai. Perfect if you do not like rain.

June to October rainy, but not every day.  Humid. Not too hot in the daytime, warm but not hot at night.  Views at their best, particularly later in the rainy season.

February to April hot and dry.

May intermediate between hot season and rainy season.

The Beauty of Pai

Gallery

Photographs can not truly capture the beauty and energy of the Pai Valley. You have to come experience it for yourself.