The quickest way of immersing yourself in a different culture and lifestyle is to actually live it. Are you ready to venture beyond the typical superficial attractions?
Cast away your luxurious lifestyle and delve into the world of self-sufficiency of the Black Lahu and see if that changes your life perspective!
You haven’t really seen Pai, unless you’ve visited the locals, the hill tribe people living in and around this diverse yet peaceful town. Are you sure you’ve seen all of Pai?
Pai isn’t just a place to chill. It is also a place to shop for anything from exotic local handicrafts to the world’s latest designers collections.
When was the last time you felt at peace? The Buddhist Lent, marking the beginning of the rainy season, makes the perfect excuse for you to embark on a journey to find the long lost quiet life in the peaceful valley of Pai.
Don’t let the rain drain all your joy away. Take a short break to hide in Pai, laze over a nice cup of coffee, stroll around town and take some great pictures.
Whether your day has been active or laid back, a nice walk along the open-air street market with a drink en-route is a nice way to conclude your day.
If it is a cozy hideaway that you are looking for, check out Pai’s variety of hotels and accommodation. You won’t be disappointed.
The rain allows a good excuse for a lie in and a slow-paced day. Pai, in the rain, offers exactly that in a perfect location where no one can find you.
“Paddle! Push! Pull!” the exciting commands resonate again along the gusting stream of the river Pai, against this season’s rain.
This celebration of novice monk ordination is one the Thai Yai tribe people hold to be a highly meritorious occasion. Traditionally, the candidate-novice, his head cleanly shaven and wrapped with head-cloth in the Burmese style, will don a prince-like garment and put on valuable jewels and gems, and either rides a horse or is carried over the shoulders of a man to the city shrine. It is usually held during or before the Buddhist Rain Retreat period.
Chong Phara in the Thai Yai dialect means a castle made of wood, covered with colourful perforated papers and decorated with fruits, flags and lamps. According to traditional belief, It is placed in the courtyard of a house or a monastery as a gesture to welcome the Lord Buddha on his return from giving sermons to his mother in heaven. Other activities to celebrate the occasion include dances where performers are dressed in animal costumes. The rite is held during the post rain retreat season from the full-moon day of the 11 the lunar month to the waxing moon night of the same month.
Each year in November, the hillsides of Khun Yuam and Mae Sariang districts in Mae Hong Son province are filled with a host of golden Bua Tong Blooms. As beautiful as bright yellow daisy and almost as large as a sunflower, the Bua Tong only blossoms for a month . At Doi Mae U-Khor, the blossoms appear profusely with the golden blooms become part of the scene.