Hostels in Pai, Thailand

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Get to know Pai (no more "I wish I knew this before")

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

Written by local enthusiast for Pai hostels Grace

FAQ about Pai Hostels

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 $6 for a dorm. A hostel in Pai with private rooms costs on average $22. shows all 42 Hostels in Pai. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 42 hostels in Pai, Thailand. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Pai such as
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This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Pai.

Nolo Hub Pai is the best rated hostel for partying in Pai.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Pai

Your Packing List for Pai

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.

Get your full Packing List here

Pai Hostel Cheatsheet

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.
42 Total number of hostels
$6 Average dorm price
$22 Average private room price
$3 Cheapest hostel in Pai
Sunny Hostel Pai is the cheapest
25 Party hostels in Pai
Nolo Hub Pai is the best rated
Most Pai hostels are located in
City Center, Pai District
4.1 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Soppong (29 Km / 18 mi.)
Mae Hong Son (50 Km / 31 mi.)
Chiang Dao (55 Km / 34 mi.)
Mae Rim (73 Km / 45 mi.)
Ban Don Kaeo (77 Km / 48 mi.)
Chiang Mai (86 Km / 53 mi.)
Hang Dong (90 Km / 56 mi.)

Travel Tips for Pai - from the Community

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!

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