Our Southeast Asia correspondent writes, “The crowds of dreadlocked 20-something backpackers of our previous visits have dwindled to be replaced by an older, more holistic and artistic population.”
Apart from yoga, meditation, massage, and craft workshops there’s also the great outdoors to explore. Trekking, rafting, swimming in natural pools, and fishing are just a few of the activities available. There’s also good healthcare, English speakers are everywhere, and the cost of living is exceptionally low. A couple can live comfortably in rented accommodation for less than US$750 per month.
“We think that northwest Thailand is one of the prettiest, off-the-beaten-track places in all of Thailand. There aren’t any sparkling shopping malls here, full-moon parties, or raunchy bars…Pai is just a pretty little mountain town with laid-back, welcoming residents, and some of the finest scenery to be found anywhere in Southeast Asia.”