We stumbled into Pana Huts after an hour or so of trying to follow confusing verbal directions to the address we had plugged into our low end speech impaired Garmin GPS. I think we got close a few times, but what we needed were the coordinates, so here they are:
19 18.162 N, 97 57.400 E.
Use these and you will get there easily. Otherwise you may be circling around for a while trying to find this wonderful place. Or, you will call, as we finally did, and get good directions from someone playing with more than a gig of memory.
The charming proprietress, Ms. Pangbunshu, is well suited to this type of business, speaks both Thai and English (and maybe others, I didn't ask), and has made every effort to make Pana Huts comfortable and enjoyable for her guests. There are even some soft mattresses for Western backs, a welcome sight after a night in Pai on something resembling a layout table.There is no air conditioning in the huts, but they are shaded by surrounding tropicals in a park like atmosphere that remained cool even during the day when we were there in mid November with daytime temps at 90F. The feel is what a friend of mine used to call “camping in,” nature with amenities, including modern and cleverly designed private bathrooms, a sine qua non for my wife. I highly recommend Pana Huts. Just understand it is not the Mandarin Oriental. If that’s what you are expecting, then by all means pony up $600 for a night and head to Chiang Mai. However, if you want a very affordable accommodation with a congenial atmosphere and the feel of Thailand that many tourists miss entirely, by all means give Pana Huts a try. Ms. Pangbunshu makes a wonderful cup of coffee and will try her best to give you a taste of the paradise she has created for you.
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