KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
OFFICIALLY THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND
LANGUAGE - THAI
CURRENCY - BAHT
SAYING HELLO - (FOR GUYS) "SAH-WAH-DEE-KHRAP" *with a short, sharp finish*
SAYING HELLO - (FOR WOMEN) "SAH-WAH-DEE-KHAAAA..." *drawwww out that last syllable, ladies*
THANK YOU - (FOR GUYS) "KHAP-KHUN-KHRAP"
THANK YOU - (FOR THE LADIES) "KHAP-KHUN-KHAAA..."
DON'T MISS - KOH LIPE!
Getting there is a bit of a mission (because it's practically in Malaysia), but it was hands down my favorite place, not only in Thailand, but in all of Southeast Asia. Well worth the journey - 100%.
MUST EAT - KHAO SOI!
This is a famous dish in Northern Thailand, and for good reason. It. Is. Good. We ate it just about every night we were in Chiang Mai, and I still dream about it. I wish I were joking. I would describe it in detail, but my mouth is already watering... you'll just have to try it for yourself.
BEST TIME TO VISIT - EARLY TO MID APRIL
Yes, it's hot... but it's also Songkran - aka Thailand's New Year! The Thais celebrate with a massive water fight that you will not want to miss. Head to Chiang Mai for the biggest celebration.
A LITTLE SLICE OF PURI PAI
Planning a trip to Pai? Check out Puri Pai Villa, a cozy, but modern little property tucked down a winding, Thai road.
With killer mountain views and amenities like free airport transfer, an infinity pool, fitness center, city shuttle, and free breakfast, this is the perfect base for your visit to Pai.