The Pai Valley in Northern Thailand is blessed with several lovely hot springs, or thermal springs, that you should definitely visit when you’re there. What a treat to take an early morning dip in the warm, crystal clear water of your very own jungle-jacuzzi! As there are multiple hot springs in Pai, we’ll give you our top-3 favorites.
1. Sai Ngam Hot Spring Pai
Our most favorite hot spring in Pai is, without a doubt, The Sai Ngam Hot Spring. With crystal clear water, pleasant temperatures and amazing natural surroundings that one would expect from a jungle-jacuzzi. Sai Ngam has it all!
These hot baths are mainly popular with the locals – who love diving in fully dressed – and is located right next to a quiet road. If you go first thing in the morning (before 9:00 AM) you can enjoy a private bath.
If you continue to follow the road uphill, you’ll come upon a lovely, authentic Thai village. We recommend it to drive through the streets to see how Thai people live in their traditional wooden stilt-houses.
The Sai Ngam Hot Spring is located about 20 kilometers from Pai. Follow road 1095 towards Mae Hong Son. After driving for 20 minutes you’ll see a clear sign where you take a right. Pay the entry fee at the gate and continue driving for almost 5 kilometers on a winding road with many steep hills. Not for the faint-hearted!
- Entry: 20 baht per person and 20 baht per motorbike
- Opening hours: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
2. Pai Hotsprings Spa Resort
If you’re crazy about mineral baths and hot springs, the Pai Hotsprings Spa Resort is the perfect place for a relaxing morning or afternoon.
The resort itself isn’t all that great, but you can enjoy the hotel’s facilities for just 100 baht. There are several thermal baths and there is a beautiful swimming pool overlooking the river and countryside.
What more could you ask for?!
The Pai Hotsprings Spa Resort is located on the way to Ta Pai Hot Springs. It’s clearly signposted, so you can’t miss it. The resort is 7 kilometers south of Pai’s town center, only a few kilometers away from the White Buddha and Pai Canyon.
- Entry: 100 baht for non-hotel guests, free for hotel guests
- Opening hours: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Hotelinfo: Pai Hotsprings Spa Resort
3. Ta Pai Hot Springs
The Ta Pai Hot Springs are the most popular hot springs in Pai. The surroundings are somewhat magical, especially at the crack of dawn. Imagine steaming hot springs surrounded by nature, overhanging vines and tree roots reaching all over. Magical.
Don’t forget to take a walk through the park. Follow the creek up along an easy path leading to the spring. The water at the spring is warm enough to boil an egg (80 °C), though this is now prohibited.
The path also leads to various baths – ranging between 34°C and 38°C. Although the water is said to have a medicinal effect, it’s best to briefly exit the bath every 15 minutes. The vapors made us slightly dizzy after we bobbed around in them for nearly half an hour.
The Ta Pai Hot Springs are located approximately 8 kilometers south of Pai’s town center, near the Pai Canyon. From the center, drive towards the White Buddha (Wat Mae Yen), which is impossible to miss. The road takes you past rice paddies and beautiful lookouts over the Pai Valley.
You’ll probably pass a couple of elephants on the way, that belong to one of the elephant camps. Even though we don’t recommend these camps because of the poor conditions and elephant riding, we still think it’s very impressing to overtake an elephant on your motorbike!
- Entry: 300 baht
- Opening hours: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM