Pai Night Market (Pai Walking Street) is the place that you need to head if you are in this far north city known as backpackers’ paradise. A mix of colours, smell, sound, taste and vibrance, this is Pai’s most happening place to head after dusk.
Tailor cut for tourists but still with no cajoling vendors and with reasonable prices, this night market sets itself different from other night markets in Thailand. You will feel relaxed and rejuvenated while taking a walk through Pai Night Market.
Thai Food at Pai Night Market
One thing that you can not miss while being at Pai Night Market is the yummy food, especially delicious Thai food. Actually this is one thing that makes this night market better than Chiang Mai Night Market. You will have ample food options both Thai and Western at street side stalls as well as restaurants that open late in night on Pai Walking street. Best part is that preparation is fresh and clean and on top of that, prices are very reasonable. In case you are in Pai, then do not have your dinner at any other place but only at Pai Night Market.
And yes, for vegetarians – you will have lots of veg options bot savory dishes and yummy desserts.
Shopping at Pai Night Market
This is another big plus point of Pai Night Market. You will have superb unique shopping opportunities especially jewellery, garments, handicrafts and magnets. Though it is a popular trend to write and send postcards from Pai but do not buy postcards from Night market. Postcards are again too pricey like 25 Bahts a piece. You can easily get at 7 Bahts per piece from shop just outside Pai Post Office. If you want to buy magnets, please go ahead. There were some really cool magnet designs at this market and we were tempted to buy more and more magnets.
Live Music Scene at Pai Night Market
This is another thing that sets Pai Night Market apart from all other Thailand Night Markets. There are lots of bars ans restaurants especially towards the end near Pai river and they have amazing live music scene. As you walk past them, you will be pulled by the sheer energy inside. People singing and dancing freely and even smiling and inviting you in is something that will give beats to your soul.
Pai Walking Street has been an amazing experience for us. Even though it is tailor cut for tourists, still you will find the place amusing and calm. Walk till the end when you reach the wooden bridge on Pai river and stand there hearing the sound of river flow and cold breeze hitting your face.
Location and Timings of Pai Night Market
You will find Pai Night Market along Chai Songkhram Road and Rungsiyanon Road. Though timings mentioned are 6 PM to 10 PM but market opens beyond that too, easily up to midnight.
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