Pai is a small and lively town in northwestern Thailand. Over the centuries, the town has seen much influence from various tribal groups, including the Shan people who have left an indelible mark on the local culture. Spectacular winding roads lead up to Pai from Chiang Mai, making for a brilliant driving and riding routes. Various wellness centers, yoga studios, organic cafes, and backpacker lodges dot the landscape. Visit Pai’s walking street for an assortment of western food and people-watching, and the Wednesday Market, wonderful for discovering the region’s produce. Priding itself on the magnificent natural beauty around, Pai also serves as an ideal base for numerous trekking trails. Discover the beautiful waterfalls such as Mo Paeng, spectacular cave systems of Tham Lod, and secret hot springs that punctuate the surroundings. Spend your evenings gazing into the horizon from a canyon on the outskirts. Nearby, the white Buddha on a hilltop offers amazing views of the city. Back in town, keep yourselves entertained mingling with the expat hippie community at The Circus School in town.