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Thailand trip to Chiang Mai – Pai – Mae Hong Son

Feb, 10 || 4 Comments |

Mae Hong Son Long Neck Village

Welcome back to Thailand! We just stayed for two days in Bangkok, esecially for my follow up appointment in the Bangkok Hospital. Luckily the check was fine so we could continue our travels. On our second day we met Lorenz again, which was on the his way back home from Australia. Great to see ya again mate!

Another gathering and cheering in BKKAnother gathering and cheering  in BKK

The next day Emelyn and I flew to Chiang Mai to explore the Northern part of Thailand. We booked a Promo flight from Bangkok’s Don Muaeng airport with Thaismile (1’700 THB each/one way). From Chiang Mai Airport to the city expect a flatrate between 150-180 THB if you get a taxi inside the aiport area. Alternatively walk out of the airport area and grab a tuk tuk for about 80-100THB. We stayed in S.K. House 2 which I aready stayed during my last visit in November 2011. The staff is almost the same and kind as before. The hotel is located in a nice location (next to the temple Wat Chiang Man and the Swiss Consulate) to explore Chiang Mai and offers a great price/value if you are in a midrange budget (especially the fan-rooms). For our daytrip we booked a tour to see the Maetaeng Elephant Park and also a Orchid and Butterfly Farm. Free lunch was also included. It was one of Emelyn’s wishes on her bucket list to see and touch an elephant. If you believe it or not, in the Philippines there aren’t any elephants!

Maetang Elephant Park Chiang MaiMaetang Elephant Park Chiang Mai

Maetang Elephant Park Chiang MaiMaetang Elephant Park Chiang Mai

Show in Maetang Elephant Park Chiang MaiShow in Maetang Elephant Park Chiang Mai

Painting elephant at Maetang Elephant Park Chiang MaiPainting elephant at Maetang Elephant Park Chiang Mai

Painting elephant at Maetang Elephant Park Chiang MaiPainting elephant at Maetang Elephant Park Chiang Mai

Elephant riding at Maetang Elephant Park Chiang MaiElephant riding at Maetang Elephant Park Chiang Mai

Elephant riding at Maetang Elephant Park Chiang MaiElephant riding at Maetang Elephant Park Chiang Mai

Even an Ox Riding and a Bamboo rafting was included in our day trip.

Ox riding at Maetang Elephant Park Chiang MaiOx riding at Maetang Elephant Park Chiang Mai

Orchid farm Chiang MaiOrchid farm Chiang Mai

Butterfly farmButterfly farm

One of these days we booked a full day Thai cooking class at “thaikitchencentre” in Chiang Mai. Normal price per person ist about 1’000 THB. We called them and booked straight and got a 100 THB discount each (free pick up and drop off at the hotel incl.). The class started with a personal lesson about all the spices and herbs and after a visit at the local market we were able to prepare our own meals. Yummi Yummi and a full belly after a whole day!

Thaikitchencentre Cooking Class in Chiang MaiThaikitchencentre Cooking Class in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai cooking class visiting the local marketChiang Mai cooking class visiting the local market

Thaikitchencentre Cooking Class in Chiang MaiThaikitchencentre Cooking Class in Chiang Mai

Thaikitchencentre Cooking Class in Chiang MaiThaikitchencentre Cooking Class in Chiang Mai

Aside from visiting elephants, tigers, a cooking class or doing a overnight jungle trip in Chiang Mai, the town offers a lot to explore by foot. Many temples, restaurants, bars or if you are tired from walking enjoy a 1 hour foot massage. There are some places which offers a 1 hour foot massage for only about 150 THB. If you are watching for a Tuk-Tuk be informed that they will charge you normally at least 80-100 THB for a ride (and they have no change, at least they claim it). Not that cheap for Thailand and always fix the price first before starting your ride. Don’t forget to visit the famous night market in Chiang Mai and rememer to bargan for your purchase!

Wat Chiang Man in Chiang MaiWat Chiang Man in Chiang Mai

Wat Chiang Man in Chiang MaiWat Chiang Man in Chiang Mai

After a couple of days we left Chiang Mai towards the backpacker destination Pai. We booked a minibus incl. hotel pick up for 180 THB each. The 150 km trip took us about 4 hours. Pai is not a place which is especially famous for action, it’s a place for relaxing and just doing nothing. The town and the hostels, hotels and restaurants are super cheap –¬† a backpackers dream. We ate in a restaurant a great Green Curry with frice for only 40 THB.¬† We stayed at the Baan Kati Sod hotel/restort. A peaceful place a little bit outside from Pai but reachable in a walking distance. Every evening there was a camp fire to meet new people. We were lucky to meet Jiab there, a local guide, which offered us with 2 chinese girls a day trip in and around Pai. An unforgettable trip for all of us!

Pai townPai town

Pai townPai town

Pai HollywoodPai Hollywood

Pai countrysidePai countryside

One of the many loveable places to stay in PaiOne of the many loveable places to stay in Pai

Our hotel in Pai, Baan Kati SodOur hotel in Pai, Baan Kati Sod

Our hotel in Pai, Baan Kati Sod with my favourite hammockOur hotel in Pai, Baan Kati Sod with my favourite hammock

Let’s see some of our wonderful impressions from our day trip with Jiab. We visited Chinese Village, water fall, hot springs (expensive: 300 THB entrance fee!), Pai Memorial Bridge, Pai Canyon (for sunset), Pai River, Elephant farm or Pai’s Coffee in Love and Strawberry in Love.

Garden close to the Pai riverGarden close to the Pai river

Garden close to the Pai riverGarden close to the Pai river

At the Pai RiverAt the Pai River

Elephant riding around Pai RiverElephant riding around Pai River

Pai elephant feedingPai elephant feeding

Pai elephant feedingPai elephant feeding

Pic in front of the Pai Hot SpringsPic in front of the Pai Hot Springs

Pai Memorial BridgePai Memorial Bridge

Pai Memorial BridgePai Memorial Bridge

Restaurant next to Pai Memorial BridgeRestaurant next to Pai Memorial Bridge

Restaurant next to Pai Memorial BridgeRestaurant next to Pai Memorial Bridge

Pai's famous Strawberry in LovePai’s famous Strawberry in Love

Pai's famous Strawberry in LovePai’s famous Strawberry in Love

View from Pai's famous Strawberry in LoveView from Pai’s famous Strawberry in Love

Love lock at Pai's famous Strawberry in LoveLove lock at Pai’s famous Strawberry in Love

Pai's famous Coffee in LovePai’s famous Coffee in Love

Pai's famous Coffee in LovePai’s famous Coffee in Love

Pai Chinese VillagePai Chinese Village

Pai Chinese Village - great wallPai Chinese Village – great wall

Walking to Pai's view pointWalking to Pai’s view point

Pai view point on topPai view point on top incl. free tea

A short stop at Pai's Hello Kitty hotelA short stop at Pai’s Hello Kitty hotel

Pai's famous big tree from movie "Lost in Thailand"Pai’s famous big tree from movie “Lost in Thailand”

Pai's famous big tree from movie "Lost in Thailand"Pai’s famous big tree from movie “Lost in Thailand”

Pai Canyon - waiting on the sunsetPai Canyon – waiting on the sunset

Our Team with Pai guide Jiab at Pai CanyonOur Team with Pai guide Jiab at Pai Canyon

Pai at nightPai at night

Pai at night - food stallsPai at night – food stalls

Pai is falling in LovePai is falling in Love

After 3 days in Pai we left towards Mae Hong Son. Don’t forget to book your transportation early to avoid disappointment! The counter is just at the bus stop in the centre of Pai. A one way mini bus ticket is about 150 THB. They leave about every hour and the journey takes about 3.5 hours.

Pai bus/mini van stationPai bus/mini van station

Our stay in Mae Hong Son was limited. We rode a bike for one day and also did a short trip to the Longneck Village and stayed one day at our hotel pool.

Mae Hong Son lake and templeMae Hong Son lake and temple

Don't miss to try the famous Khaw Soi (Chiang Mai Noodles)Don’t miss to try the famous Khaw Soi (Chiang Mai Noodles). This was a meal for only 50 THB in a resturant! So Yummi!

At the entrance of the Long Neck Village (only a 15min drive from Mae Hong Son)At the entrance of the Long Neck Village (only a 15min drive from Mae Hong Son)

Long Neck Village in Mae Hong SonLong Neck Village in Mae Hong Son

Kids at Long Neck Village in Mae Hong SonKids at Long Neck Village in Mae Hong Son

Long Neck Village in Mae Hong SonLong Neck Village in Mae Hong Son

Long Neck Village in Mae Hong SonLong Neck Village in Mae Hong Son

Long Neck Village in Mae Hong SonLong Neck Village in Mae Hong Son

The visit at the Long Neck Village was somehow impressive but also sad. They are just a tourist attraction and the first words they learn is “buy something”. This was it from our stay in Northern Thailand. Or almost, let’s have a look at this giant carrots from the local street market in Mae Hong Son! :-D

Huge carrots at Mae Hong Son market

Unfortunately on the way back from Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai there wasn’t any minibus available so we decided to buy a bus ticket to Chiang Mai. One way was 333 THB and it took us more than 10 (ten!) hours.

Mae Hong Son bus stationMae Hong Son bus station

Mae Hong Son bus stationMae Hong Son bus station

Mae Hong Son bus station 3 THB toiletsMae Hong Son bus station 3 THB toilets

Bus from Mae Hong Son to Chiang MaiBus from Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai

Bus from Mae Hong Son to Chiang MaiBus from Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai

Thanks for reading! See you next time in historical Sukhotai and again in Bangkok!

Cute long neck child in Mae Hong Son

4 Comments

  1. mellnina says:

    Hi Matthias,

    I’m mell. how are you ? hehehe…am so glad to have bumped into your blog. love your travelog about Japan !

    I need some infos about Chiangmai. Is Chiangmai-Pai-Mae Hong Son a one day trip ?

    Keep on writing as I can travel the world through your blog ! TQ

    • Matthias says:

      Hi Mellnina
      You need far more than one day to cover this 3 places :)
      Calculate almost one full day to get from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son..depends how you are traveling (bus or minibus). If you are lucky enough to book a flight just calculate one hour. If you are in a hurry just visit Chiang Mai and Pai.
      Cheers, Matthias

  2. Love that your blog is so visual with all the pictures! All the strawberry fields on the way to Pai were so amusing to look at. Wish I would’ve stopped there as well.

    Do you know the reason behind the giant red strawberry sculptures?
    CHeeeeers >:)

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