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Montis Resort, Pai

Montis Resort in Pai

An extraordinary resort in the peaceful “savanna” of Pai

In July 2023, we visited Montis Resort, located just outside the city center of Pai. After completing most of our Mae Hong Son loop (counterclockwise), we were ready for a few well-deserved days of rest in a comfortable resort. For our much-needed break, we chose one of the best luxury accommodations available in Pai.

Het lijkt net alsof je door de savanne van Afrika loopt als je Montis Resort in Pai bezoekt

Where in Pai is Montis Resort located?

Montis Resort is nestled in a serene, green environment surrounded by mountains, only two kilometers away from Pai’s city center. This tranquil resort offers a peaceful retreat, far enough from the hustle and bustle of places like Pai Walking Street, yet conveniently close to popular tourist attractions such as the Pai Canyon, the Pai Land Split, the Sai Ngam Hot Spring, and the temple with the giant Buddha on the hill, the Wat Phra That Mae Yen.

During our four-day stay, despite the convenient shuttle service, we chose to walk back twice. A leisurely stroll of approximately twenty minutes led us from the lively Pai Walking Street to the peaceful oasis that is Montis Resort.

Unique architecture

Upon arrival at Montis Resort, one immediately senses the serene and relaxed atmosphere it exudes. Despite the busyness of Pai, especially in its city center, the resort provides a tranquil sanctuary. The unique architecture displayed throughout reflects thoughtful design, combining luxury with tranquility. We did notice that some buildings have fallen into disrepair due to Covid-19 and are currently not in use. Nevertheless, we still had a wonderful stay! The friendly staff added that extra touch of hospitality, consistently providing kindness and service throughout our visit.

De fraaie architectuur van het Montis Resort in Pai, zoals de lobby van het resort

The different types of rooms at the Montis Resort in Pai

Montis Resort offers a variety of rooms with playful (African) elements spread across its vast grounds. Each room is equipped with efficient air conditioning, a minimum 42-inch television, a safe, a mini fridge, and tea and coffee facilities. The clean bathrooms are stocked with various amenities such as toothbrushes, soaps, and a hairdryer. Free WiFi is readily available throughout the property.

Hele leuke architectuur in het Montis Resort in Pai. Kleine ronde huisjes aan een meertje

Deluxe Savanna View and Deluxe Skyline View

These rooms are centrally located within the Montis Resort grounds. Both rooms, measuring 49 square meters, can be booked with either a double bed or two single beds. Unlike the Safari Villa, these rooms feature spacious shower cabins instead of bathtubs.

Twee losse bedden in de Deluxe Savanna View kamer van Montis Resort in Pai
Balkon van de Deluxe Savanna View kamer in het Montis Resort in Pai

Our amazing place, the Safari Villa

After a few challenging nights during our Mae Hong Son loop, the luxury and comfort of the spacious Safari Villa measuring 60 square meters was a welcome change. The villa was clean and inviting, featuring a comfortable double bed and efficient air conditioning strategically placed away from the bed (a definite plus for us). The daybed can serve as an additional bed for a child.

The villa offers convenient amenities such as bedside tables, a shelf under the 42” television, and a wall-mounted table where we could do some work online. A unique feature of the Safari Villa is its circular design. Our private patio provided a covered seating area, ideal for relaxation and conversations about our adventures.

De Safari Villa van het Montis Resort aan een loopbrug van buiten gezien
De Safavri

Outside, there is also a sizable terrace to be found that is partially covered. Under the covering, guests can sit comfortably and relax.

The bathroom, complete with double sinks, a bathtub, and a separate toilet area, had only one minor drawback: the lack of a separate shower. The short shower hose made showering in the bathtub somewhat uncomfortable. However, on a positive note, the choice of shower gel, shampoo, and body lotion with menthol provided a refreshing experience.

Initially, we had some thoughts about the safari-themed decor used in the rooms. However, to be fair, it did not bother us at all. In fact, we found it to be a well-executed and fitting addition. The architect and the team behind it put careful thought into it.

De badkamer van de Safari Villa van Montis Resort in Pai. Mer links een his en her wasmeubel en rechts het bad
De badkamer van de Safari Villa van Montis Resort in Pai. Mer links een his en her wasmeubel en rechts het bad

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Montis Suite and Montis Pool Villa

For ultimate luxury, there are the Montis Suite and Montis Pool Villa. The suite measures 90 square meters and features a freestanding shower and jacuzzi. The Pool Villa is breathtakingly beautiful with two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, a living room, an enormous terrace with a private pool and jacuzzi. More information about this spacious 400-square-meter villa can be found on Booking and/or Agoda.

De Montis Pool Villa met groot zwembad en grote villa in het Montis Resort in Pai

The many facilities at the Montis Resort

At Montis Resort, you won’t be bored. In addition to a swimming pool and indoor and outdoor gym , you can play pool and foosball in the recreation room. You can even borrow bicycles at Montis Resort.

The lovely pool

We spent most of our time outdoors enjoying the fantastic swimming pool. There were comfortable loungers with cushions and umbrellas placed by the poolside. Occasionally, a staff member would check if everything was to our liking or if we wanted something to eat or drink. The fruit shakes tasted delightful in our peaceful oasis!

Het prachtige zwembad met ligbedjes van Montis Resort in Pai

The gym

For those seeking extra exercise options, guests can use the indoor gym equipped with cardio machines and weights. We found the outdoor exercise park particularly enjoyable. This playful course offered an active way to move around while staying true to Montis’ style.

The Montis recreation room

The recreation room provides entertainment with a pool table and table football. Additionally, there is a cool game room where board games can be played. A projector screen is available for watching movies as well.

The only hotel in Pai with a real conference room

Montis Resort stands out as the only accommodation in Pai with a conference room. This is convenient if you plan to organize a business presentation or small conference in Pai.

De fitnesszaal van Montis Resort in Pai
Het recreatiegebouw van Montis Resort in Pai

Bike rental

Unfortunately, we discovered this too late; Montis Resort offers complimentary bicycle rental. This allows guests to easily cycle to Pai Walking Street or quickly grab a snack or drink at the nearby 7-Eleven.

Parking area and Shuttle Service

We made good use of the free parking lot by the lobby. Our reliable car was parked there after navigating more than a thousand winding turns on the road to Pai. If we didn’t feel like driving ourselves, we could take advantage of the shuttle service that dropped us off near the beginning of Walking Street. Scheduled pick-ups were also available, though we often chose to enjoy a leisurely walk back.

Fiets huren bij Montis Resort in Pai
Pendelservice van het Montis Resort in Pai

Food and Drinks

Given the abundance of quality restaurants and street stalls in Pai Walking Street, we chose to have only breakfast at Montis Resort. However, their extensive menu for lunch and dinner suggests ample choices.


During our visit, breakfast options were limited due to low season conditions; instead of an elaborate buffet, only a few choices were available. While breakfast was acceptable, we felt that for a luxury establishment like Montis during low season, it fell short of expectations. We hope that management will make improvements in this regard.

Restaurant van het Montis Resort in Pai
Ontbijt bij het Montis Resort in Pai

The restaurant

Montis Resort’s restaurant serves both authentic Thai cuisine and international dishes. Think Club Sandwich for lunch or pad krapow, pad thai, or fried rice for dinner. As we did not try these dishes personally, we cannot provide an assessment.

The café

The Montis Café serves as both a bar and coffee shop; however, it was closed during our visit in July 2023. Nevertheless, the shakes and coffee served to us in our room or by the pool were excellent.

Het Cafe van Montis Resort in Pai
Pad krapow bij Montis Resort in Pai

Five reasons why you should stay at the Montis Resort when you visit Pai

  1. Service-oriented staff
  2. Wonderful swimming pool
  3. Spacious, clean, and simply delightful rooms
  4. Convenient location – peaceful and green yet close to Pai’s vibrant city center
  5. Originality of the Montis Resort concept

Despite some minor issues, we believe that Montis Resort is one of the best resorts in Pai. Having experienced various luxury accommodations in Pai, Montis Resort  has proven to be our favorite so far. We look forward to returning for our “revisit series.”

Het Montis Resort in Pai met een drone gefotografeerd. Je ziet het grote meer, de Safari Villas, het zwembad en de lobby van bovenaf

General information about the Montis Resort in Pai

Check-in at the Montis Resort is available from 2:00 pm and check-out is allowed until 12:00 pm. For current prices of this unique accommodation just outside the center of Pai, check Booking and/or Agoda. In addition, you support Thailand Magazine by booking through our partner links. We receive a small commission on your booking. This does not cost you anything extra and this allows us to continue working hard on our great passion, sharing our deep-rooted love for Thailand and thus promoting the land of smiles.
Address: 358 Moo 5, Viengtai, Pai
Phone number: +66 (0)5306 4456

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