We arrived in Chiang Mai, Thailand a few days before New Years, December 2011. We heard about Pai from many people so we thought we'd spend a quiet weekend in the country. Turns out, Pai is a HUGE Thai vacation destination. Totally overrun with new years visitors. And loud, too.
But, we hopped off the bus, walked down the crowded main street that leads toward the river and entered Rim Pai Cottages. Immediate quiet and calm, even though the crowds were just a few feet away on the walking street.
I made our reservation with Moo who was one of the most wonderful people to deal with and that attitude extended across the entire staff. Beautiful bungalows, all on stilts, along the Pai river. There is a riverside set of cheap bungalows directly across the river that may get noisy, at least on New Years Eve they did, but it's New Years Eve.
The cottages were rustic and we had a "riverline" cottage, feet from the river, with a comfortable bed, mosquito netting, a balcony over the river and, blissfully, no TV. Breakfast was pretty good and served outdoors.
Overall, we loved this place and would return happily during quieter times. A little pricey for the area but not pricey for the level of accommodation.
If you have $50 or $60 for a night, do it. Seriously. And location can't be beat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rim Pai Cottage located at the edge of the picturesque Pai river, discover the nineteen of our traditional and contemporary style villa. Some designed in the line with those of the Thai Lanna period with the northern touch. Our villas situated in the midst of lush gardens and alongside the vibrant Pai river. The hotel entrance is on the famous town walking street ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rim-Pai Cottage Hotel Pai