Travelling by bus from Chiang Mai to Pai is the most convenient way. Most people would take Chiang Mai as the gateway town to the riverside small town of Pai.
Pai is a small town with about 130km away from Chiang Mai. But due to the steep and winding mountain road, bus usually takes 3 to 3.5 hours to meander through the winding road which is full of endless breathtaking mountain view.
People who have motion sickness are advised to prepare a plastic bag and motion sickness pills. Buses typically have a quick stopover midway to Pai, allowing passengers for some fresh air. The bus fare for bus from Chiang Mai to Pai costs about 195 baht.
Besides the bus, Prem Pracha also offers air-conditioned minivan, which is one of the popular options to get to Pai from Chiang Mai. The fare is at 150 baht which is about the same as bus. The minivan would be a bit cramped when it is full of 13 passengers. Caucasians who are generally bigger in size are advised to take bus for your comfort during the 3-hour journey.
Some minivan service providers would offer additional service by picking up passengers from their hotel in Chiang Mai. This hotel pick up service is the advantage of minivan over the bus.
Planning for a retreat to relax from the busy city life? Pai is definitely the top destination to visit and catch your breath for a few days. Book your ticket online in BusOnlineTicket.co.th to secure your transport from Chiang Mai to Pai. You will receive instant confirmation upon successful payment.