Pai, a small bohemian town located in Northern Thailand is a place you may or may not have heard of but I assure you if you go you’ll never forget. I had read about Pai when researching cities in Thailand. Knowing I would be visiting Chiang Mai, I wanted to check out what other nearby cities I could explore. I chose to stay one night and I’m so glad I did but my 24 hours were not enough.
Here is a list of the 9 best things to do in Pai…
Rent a Motorbike
While Pai may be a small town most of the outdoor activities are outside the city and best reached by a motorbike. Riding a motorbike is also the most affordable way to get around. For less than 200 baht you can rent a motorbike for 24 hours. Basic motorbikes start at 100 baht. Aya Service was the company I used and I opted for the insurance. It was an extra 40 baht and worth the peace of mind.
If riding a motorbike isn’t your thing tour companies offer packages that take you to some of the amazing spots Pai has to offer.
The islands of Thailand were a must for me. What’s not to love about the warm ocean water, salt in your hair, sand between your toes and watching the sunset into the water? Maybe it isn’t for everyone but there’s no denying the beauty of some of these beaches. I knew I would be spending some time in the north of Thailand and I wanted to end my trip in the beautiful beaches of the south.
I didn’t know exactly which islands I would end up going to prior to the start of my trip but I knew the last island would be Phuket so I opted to fly into Krabi so I can work my way to Phuket. I flew from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) to the Krabi Airport (KVB), an 80-minute flight. I took the airport shuttle to my hotel in Ao Nang for 150 baht. It was about 45 minute to one-hour ride. The shuttle first stops in Krabi Town so that the passengers going to their hotels in Krabi Town can take a separate shuttle from there.
Yi Peng, or more commonly known to Westerners as the “Floating Lantern Festival” or “Lantern Festival” had been on my list of festivals to attend for years. This year I really wanted to make it happen because I had put it off many times. I didn’t make any excuses this year and I finally got to experience this special event. So here is my experience visiting Chiang Mai, Thailand for Yi Peng “The Floating Lantern” Festival.
The sparkling night sky, thousands of smiling faces, cameras flashing and cell phones snapping; this was Yi Peng 2016. Attending Yi Peng, or more commonly known to Westerners as the Floating Lantern Festival, had been a bucket list item for years. This year I wanted to make it happen and I did. Here’s a traveler’s guide to Yi Peng “Floating Lantern” Festival and Loi Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
If you’re like me you probably scour the internet doing research on all the festivals, events, and cities you’d like to explore. Attending Yi Peng was no different except I had a hard time finding out exactly what to expect. There was conflicting information floating on the internet. The King passed only a month prior to the festival so many were unsure if the festival would even be happening this year. Despite not knowing details I proceeded as if I knew exactly what was going to happen. So now that I’ve experienced it myself, let me tell you what you can expect.
When Does Yi Peng “The Floating Lantern” Festival Happen? And Where Does It Happen?