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 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.

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

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.
Total number of hostels 40
Average dorm price $9
Average private room price $29
Cheapest hostel in Pai Tribal Pai Backpackers with $3.5
Party hostels in Pai Common Grounds (25 in total)
Most Pai hostels are located in Pai District, City Center
Average rating of all hostels 6.6

FAQ about Pai Hostels

We've collected the most common questions for hostels in Pai. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Pai costs $9 for a dorm. A private room in a hostel in Pai costs $29. (based on price comparison)
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Nolo Hub is the best hostel for partying in Pai.

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11 Best Hostels in Pai

11 Best Hostels in Pai

11 Hostels in Pai with Private Rooms

11 Hostels in Pai with Private Rooms

12 Cheapest Hostels in Pai

12 Cheapest Hostels in Pai

Other Nearby Cities

Soppong (29 Km / 18 mi.)
Mae Hong Son (50 Km / 31 mi.)
Chiang Dao (55 Km / 34 mi.)
Chiang Mai (86 Km / 53 mi.)
Lamphun (105 Km / 65 mi.)
Ban Wiang (109 Km / 68 mi.)
Loikaw (134 Km / 83 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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