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Backpackers in Pai
Backpackers in Pai


Pai, a small cosy backpackers village located in the north of Thailand not far from the city of Chiang Mai. Since the 80’s this village and its beautiful surroundings are frequently visited by backpackers from all over the world. Because of this, many hostels have been opened in this beautiful region in recent years. Therefore especially for the backpackers a list with the best hostels in Pai!

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Pai River Jam Hostel TIP

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Located on the banks of the Pai river you will find a nice, cozy and cheap hostel which is less than a ten minutes walk from the center of Pai. The street where Pai River Jam Hostel is located is also very nice and cozy! There are many nice bars and restaurants. Besides the cheapest option (bed in a 10-person dormitory) you can also choose to book a bed in a dormitory with up to 6 beds. There is also a possibility to book your own bungalow overlooking the garden. What we love about this hostel, besides the fact that it has a very nice Belgian owner, is that this hostel also has a swimming pool on site! There is also a shared kitchen, a terrace overlooking the river and a nice outdoor area with a campfire where you can jam all evening together with your (new) friends!

If you’re hungry for a delicious hamburger (we think it’s the best in Pai) then you must visit Maya Burger Queen. This nice little hamburger restaurant  is located on the same street as the Pai River Jam Hostel.

A small bungalow in the garden of the Pai River Jam Hostel
The pool of the Pai River Jam Hostel
The common area of the Pai River Jam Hostel

Carrot On The Moon Hostel

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We certainty can say that the Carrot on the Moon Hostel is the best choice when it comes to good food! The nice owner is a true master chef! Chances are that you will get to taste some of her delicacies and who knows, there may also be carrot cake! If you want to be sure of a tasty breakfast book then a bed including breakfast for a few bucks more.

If you’re even more hungry for delicious Thai food then you’ll be at the Night Market in Walking Street within a few minutes! Besides the attention for the food, the dear owner and her staff also pays a lot of attention to her guests. You will quickly feel at ease here! The dormitory has room for up to six people and therefore feels intimate. If you prefer to book a double room, this is also possible here! There is also a nice garden where you can hang out late into the night and maybe, just maybe… if you stare up to the sky, you can witness with y

Dormroom of the Carrot on the Moon Hostel in Pai
Common area of the Carrot on the Moon Hostel in Pai
The garden of the Carrot on the Moon Hostel in Pai

Baan Kon Pai

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“A striking appearance” that’s the first thing you think when you see Baan Kon Pai’s building. Located in the center of Pai and only two minutes walk from Walking Street. The cheapest option to sleep here is in a dormitory for six women or six men. There are also double rooms available including private bathroom. The staff in this clean and modern location is extremely friendly and helpful. Baan Kon Pai is very much appreciated and the value for money is excellent! This location had to be included in our list of Pai’s best hostels!

Baan Kon Pai entrance to the main building
The sleeping quarters of Job Kon Pai
The dormitory of Baan Kon Pai


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At two kilometers from the center this is the furthest hostel from our list of best hostel in Pai. On the way to the Temple on the Hill you will find Spicy Pai Backpackers. A place where you almost sleep in the open air, very basic but that makes this place very special! Spicy Pai is also such a typical place where you can quickly make new (international) friends. You can sleep here in mixed dormitories or in a dorm for women only. For more privacy you can also choose to book a bungalow. This hostel is the ideal place to have dinner outside and chat about the good things in life! This during a festive BBQ or with a beer and snack until late into the night philosophizing under the beautiful starry sky of Pai. At Spicy Pai Backpackers you make friends for life!

An dormitory outdoor at Spicy Pai Backpackers
A dormitory inside of Spicy Pai Backpackers
Outdoor camping at Spicy Pai Backpackers

Paitopia TIP

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The very popular Paitopia is located 1,200 meters from the center of Pai. The hostel is really the place where you go to socialize! A very big plus of this location is the swimming pool. Believe us, on a hot Thai afternoon a splash in the cooling water of the pool is more than welcome! The dormitories are clean and spacious and there are also double rooms. Plenty of different room options here in Paitopia!

Pool of Paitopia with partying youngsters in it
Dorm room with bunk beds in Paitopia
Dorm room with single beds in Paitopia

If you are looking for cosiness then we recommend you to check out which room suits you or yours best. Last but not least, we appreciate the great Paitopians who know the area around Pai like the back of their hand. They will be happy to tell you where to find the nicest places in the area.

Dining area of Paitopia at the waterfront
Dining area of Paitopia
pool table and table football in Paitopia

What else is there to do in the surroundings of Pai?

Besides the best hostels in Pai, there are a lot of fun things to do in and around the area! We have listed a number of recommendations and tips for you in Pai and surroundings. Think of great restaurants and unmissable sights, you’re here now anyway! We hope this will make your visit to Pai even more fun! Have a great time in Pai!

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    Tasty cocktails and a nice atmosphere!
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