Special Scoop: Sneak Peek Pai…Baan Kung Kang de Pai and Madame Ju coffee
Sneak Peek Pai… Baan Kung Kang de Pai
Baan Kung Kang de Pai is a massive resort located just outside Pai centre. Look out for the prairie-style wooden archway as you enter the resort, as well as the yellow windmills and the trim multi-coloured flower beds – Thai-style photo opportunity alert! The large grounds provide ample space to stretch around the landscaped gardens and vegetable patches, which are punctuated with benches and statues – remember if you’re taking your Thai friends, don’t forget the camera!
At this resort you really get the feeling of nature and spatial expanse which have made Pai such a popular getaway destination. Unlike most other accommodations in Pai, Baan Kung Kang de Pai has a generous 25 metre swimming pool, framed with an immense view of the mountains and crowned with high blue skies, open to the public. This is a great spot to catch some rays and relax with a book. The resort boasts 25 rooms which are decorated in a vintage-come-adorably-cute-and-slightly-kitsch style. Each room has a slightly different character and Thai guests have been known to move from room to room, wanting to experience each different layout.
Onsite there is a restaurant and coffee shop, so you actually don’t need to leave the resort if you don’t wish. Other facilities include wi-fi, free bikes, IT station, 24 hour coffee and tea, a pickup service and the resort owners also allow guests to use the fridges and cutlery if they want to bring in food and drinks from outside. On our visit we found the service style to be very homey and informal, the way it should be in Pai. The buffet breakfast is also plentiful, and contains a few different items from typical Thai hotel breakfasts, such as Chinese doughnuts, custard and icy-cool lemongrass juice.
282 Moo 8, Wiangtai, Pai
053 064 450, 086 992 3896, 086 368 5556
Madame Ju Coffee
Madame Ju Coffee is a cutesy coffee shop and restaurant located on the corner of Pai Walking Street and Pai hospital traffic lights. It is decorated with a look that draws from the casual yet elegant style of English cottages and farmhouses. A pretty girly gaff to say the least, but this isn’t a bad thing and the quaint café actually fits in well with the quirky locale that is Pai. You can sit either inside against the colourful stone-washed walls or outside on white wrought iron chairs on the mock grass verges. The menu is pretty vast and can satisfy an afternoon sugar and caffeine craving or a decent lunch or breakfast bite. Expect to find hot and iced coffees and teas, fruity sodas and fruit and yogurt smoothies. And for dessert or a snack the large glass cases at the front of the shop are sure to tempt your fancy, with a range of homemade cakes, cookies, pastries, and desserts. Oh and don’t forget the ice cream and bread which can be bought to take away. This is an ideal spot for a bit of afternoon tea and a treat. Take your mum or boyfriend and indulge in a bit of sophistication and femininity.