Trekking & Adventure
Small trekking companies, operated by locals, are at every guesthouse and all along the main streets. Of the many options, we recommend Duang Trekking (at Duang Guesthouse, across from the bus terminal; tel. 05369-9101) and Backtrax (17 Chaisongkhram Road; [tel] 05369-9739) for the quality of their guides. Expect to pay in the region of 900B per day per person.
The Pai River is really the most exciting attraction going. Overnight rafting trips take you through some exciting rapids as well as more scenic lazy spots, through canyons walled with prehistoric fossilized lime and shell, and through a wildlife sanctuary. A pioneer of the rafting business here, longtime resident Guy Gorias runs Thai Adventure Rafting (Rangsiyanon Rd., in the town center; www.thairrafting.com; tel. 05369-9111). There are regular trips from June to January. Two-day adventures begin and end in Pai, at a cost of 2,500B per person. There are many copycats in town (in both name and tour routes), but Thai Adventure Rafting is the best, and they’re known for high safety standards and quality equipment. They can also help arrange accommodation in Pai or make the necessary arrangements for pickup and drop-off in Mae Hong Son.