If I have to define Pai I would choose these words; creative, colorful, tasteful, peaceful and sleepy.
The best way to see the Pai surroundings is by renting a motorbike; shops are everywhere in the town centre and they are cheap to rent, both bikes and bicycles. I rented a motorbike for two days at 100THB per day (they kept my passport and a 100THB deposit) and they also let you the helmet (Wear it!) I was stupid enough not to consistently wear it and I was stopped by the police and fined 200THB. OK, I know that is not a big amount but it was the price of one night accommodation!! I was fuming with the police officer…poor man.
I’m normally a bicycle sort of person but here in Pai you must absolutely rent a motorbike as it will take you to wonderful green scenery, waterfalls and other natural beauties. Truthfully, it does not matter much which direction you go in Pai, there are many things to see and places to enjoy pretty much everywhere outside town. Just ride!
I experienced some of my happiest hours in life filled with absolute pleasure by just riding my motorbike alone through the valleys while enjoying the views. If you ever wondered what is freedom? Freedom is to be able to feel the wind in your face, to pass colourful trees through endless roads where you are the only person driving and to stop anywhere and everywhere just because.
Other than searching specifically for the above mentioned sights or any others, I recommend you to forget about the sights (which you will find anyway as soon as you step outside town) and allow yourself to wander riding your bike to wherever it takes you. I guarantee you that the Pai surroundings are a great example that sometimes getting lost is feels bloody great!