With its numerous gurgling streams, manicured paddy fields, waterfalls and surrounding mountains, shrouded in early morning mists, this tiny town offers great opportunities for escaping the hustle and bustle of modern day Thailand.
Once in Pai, forget about the usual tuk tuk and taxis that line the streets of Thailand's every other city. The town itself is small enough that you can just walk everywhere. However, if you wish to venture a little out of town and go see the paddy fields or other local attractions, your best bet is a bicycle, a scooter or shared public songthaews (covered pickup trucks with bench seats, like the one shown in Hangover II).
What to see and do
Even though one of the major reasons why travellers visit Pai is to use it as a base for extended treks in to the surrounding hill-tribe villages, for rafting - both bamboo and white water and for elephant trekking, Pai in itself is a lazy town worth exploring.