Pai is that special place in Thailand where everyone will tell you to go if you are into the hippy vibe, slow-life style of travel. Here you can participate in all things eco-conscious with an emphasis on DIY ethics and building community. The best time to be here is the low season from June to August where a real community of travelers thrives to keep Pai as genuine as it can be.

Still one of my favorite places in the world to unplug and relax. Come here for a week or two, read, write, meditate, and eat like Thai royalty!

And relax…Pai, Thailand’s hippie paradise, is on the horizon. It might take a stomach-churning 762 turns in the road to reach this hidden hill station on the cusp of Burma, but boy is it worth the rollercoaster! The town spreads around the Pai River in a patchwork of crooked bamboo shacks and eco hotels. There are reggae bars lining the main street, along with New Age crystal shops and vegan curry outlets. During the day, you can relax in steaming hot springs or hike the knife-edge ridges of Pai Canyon. At night, head for Spirit Bar, where fires crackle under the stars and homemade tie dye is the apparel of choice.

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