Welcome to your detailed guide for Pai hostels. We share all the juicy information you need to know to discover safe, fun and memorable hostels! All that's left for you to do is choose your favourite hostel in Pai, Thailand. Compare prices for Pai hostels in one easy click - simple. Add your travel dates and watch as all hostel booking sites, including Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com, highlight their best price and room availability during your stay.
Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Pai, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Most Pai hostels are located in
Pai District, City Center
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Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.
Travelling on your own to Pai? Fabulous!
Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Pai alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Pai. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.
This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Pai. To help you make friends with Pai before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Pai is a small town in the north of Thailand, recently discovered for tourism. At this moment, this place is most visited by Thai people, but its hippie style is starting to call more tourists. You can reach Pai by plane or bus (this is the most used transport method) -– there are buses and minibuses that depart frequently from Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son.
Pai has a lot to offer, for every taste, budget, and level of adrenaline. Pai is known for its challenging and beautiful treks, water rafting, or elephant rides. From July to January, do a two-day tour rubber-rafting trip that starts in Pai River and takes you to Mae Hong Son (it's an amazing experience, and probably the best way to visit the surrounding areas –- you can book this tour in any tour agency or in your Pai hostel). If you prefer more quiet activities, Pai has also a lot to offer like cooking classes, massages courses, and a lot more. At night, don't expect a party vibe, but a more relaxed one -– there are a lot of nice restaurants and a few bars to have a drink, listen to some music, and meet other travelers.
During your stay, you should also visit Chiang Mai (the most touristic city in the north of Thailand, with beautiful landscapes and activities) and Mae Hong Son (known as the “Switzerland of Thailand” for its gorgeous landscapes –- nearby you can also visit the long-neck villages).
There are not so many hostels in Pai, so you need to book in advance. Pai's hostels are simple, keep its typical look, and are quite cheap.
Written by local enthusiast for Pai hostels Grace
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Pai. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Pai. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
A hostel in Pai costs on average $4 for a dorm. A hostel in Pai with private rooms costs on average $17.
Hostelz.com shows all 56 Hostels in Pai. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Pai In The Sky Hostel is the best hostel in Pai for families.
Hostelz.com compares prices for 56 hostels in Pai, Thailand.
Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Pai. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Pai. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!
Nice town with awesome nature and lots of backpacker type of people that are normally very friendly!
Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Pai and Thailand.
You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:
These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.