The What’s Up Guide To Getting To And Getting Around Pai

Travel to and around Pai is much easier than back in the days when the journey between this once-isolated community and its closest major city, Chiang Mai, took up to a week. Today, most Pai visitors travel the 150kms from Chiang Mai via the scenic Mae Hong Son Loop, officially known as Route 1095 and fully paved since the 1990s.

Last Updated: November 2019

GETTING HERE

 By Minibus 
Minibuses are a much more common way for visitors to travel to Pai. Passengers can board buses bound for Pai at Mae Hong Son or Chiang Mai. The regular public minibuses which travel between Chiang Mai and Pai take roughly four hours to make the journey. Minibuses tend to depart from Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son to Pai once every half hour during the high season or once every hour at all other times of the year.

MINIBUS TIMETABLES – PREMPRACHA TRANSPORT
Chiang Mai – Pai Pai – Chiang Mai
Bus Type Departure Arrival Day Fare (B) Bus Type Departure Arrival Day Fare (B)
Minibus 06:30 09:30 Daily 150 Minibus 07:00 10:00 Daily 150
Minibus 07:30 10:30 Daily 150 Minibus 08:00 11:00 Daily 150
Minibus 08:30 11:30 Daily 150 Minibus 09:00 12:00 Daily 150
Minibus 09:30 12:30 Daily 150 Minibus 10:00 13:00 Daily 150
Minibus 10:30 13:30 Daily 150 Minibus 11:00 14:00 Daily 150
Minibus 11:30 14:30 Daily 150 Minibus 12:00 15:00 Daily 150
Minibus 12:30 15:30 Daily 150 Minibus 13:00 16:00 Daily 150
Minibus 13:30 16:30 Daily 150 Minibus 14:00 17:00 Daily 150
Minibus 14:30 17:30 Daily 150 Minibus 15:00 18:00 Daily 150
Minibus 15:30 18:30 Daily 150 Minibus 16:00 19:00 Daily 150
Minibus 16:30 19:30 Daily 150 Minibus 17:00 20:00 Daily 150
Minibus 17:30 20:30 Daily 150
Fares and Timetables: Do change, we recommend you to check with the bus company before making reservations.
Prempracha Transport: Chiang Mai Bus Station 2 – Tel: +66 90 514 1111 | Pai Bus Stop – Tel: +66 53 064 307

MINIBUS TIMETABLES – PREMPRACHA TRANSPORT
Mae Hong Son – Pai Pai – Mae Hong Son
Bus Type Departure Arrival Day Fare (B) Bus Type Departure Arrival Day Fare (B)
Minibus 07:00 09:30 Daily 150 Minibus 08:30 11:30 Daily 150
Minibus 08:00 10:30 Daily 150 Minibus 09:30 12:30 Daily 150
Minibus 09:00 11:30 Daily 150 Minibus 10:30 13:30 Daily 150
Minibus 10:00 12:30 Daily 150 Minibus 11:30 14:30 Daily 150
Minibus 11:00 13:30 Daily 150 Minibus 12:30 15:30 Daily 150
Minibus 12:00 14:30 Daily 150 Minibus 13:30 16:30 Daily 150
Minibus 13:00 15:30 Daily 150 Minibus 14:30 17:30 Daily 150
Minibus 14:00 16:30 Daily 150 Minibus 15:30 18:30 Daily 150
Minibus 15:00 17:30 Daily 150 Minibus 16:30 19:30 Daily 150
Minibus 16:00 18:30 Daily 150 Minibus 17:30 20:30 Daily 150
Minibus 17:00 19:30 Daily 150
Fares and Timetables: Do change, we recommend you to check with the bus company before making reservations.
Prempracha Transport: Chiang Mai Bus Station 2 – Tel: +66 90 514 1111 | Pai Bus Stop – Tel: +66 53 064 307

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 By Motorbike and Car 
Motorbikes & Cars, those who prefer to drive their own automobile or motorcycle along the Mae Hong Son Loop should be aware that the main thoroughfare to Pai is not only very scenic, but also very steep and winding. People prone to motion sickness should bring pills and plastic bags prior to navigating the 762 curves they will encounter on Route 1095 from Chiang Mai to Pai.

Motorists should not try to drive too fast along Route 1095, not only for safety reasons, but also to better soak in the stunning mountain scenery. Another advantage of driving instead of flying or riding the bus is that motorists can stop at any number of scenic villages and waterfalls at their own pace on their way to Pai.

Traffic is typically light along this section of the Mae Hong Son Loop and motorcyclists typically have no trouble hearing the approach of larger vehicles. Motorcyclists should set aside five to six hours to travel from Chiang Mai to Pai and bring warm clothing to feel comfortable at the region’s higher altitudes.

GETTING AROUND

Even though Chaisongkran Road, Pai’s main drag, has more than its fair share of travel agents offering guided bus tours, the community itself is small enough to comfortably navigate on foot. Bicycles and motorcycles, both of which can be easily rented at any of Chaisongkran Road’s travel agents, are the best ways to travel around Pai’s surrounding area. Motorcyclists should expect to pay extra for both theft and damage insurance, and can also choose to return their motorcycles in Chiang Mai. Four wheel drive taxis are Pai’s most common means of public transportation.

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