Eat your Pai…and Drink it too

 |  October 29, 2012

• Om Garden Café
For delicious andwholesome meals and shakes, this open-air oasis is a lovely place to linger.Dig into a crunchy bowl of khao soi salad for a unique and healthy twist on thenorthern Thai classic.

60/1 Wiang Tai (near Pai in Town Guesthouse)
082 451 5930

• Good Life: Herb and Health Restaurant
Swings hanging from theceiling, wheatgrass growing on the window sills and homeopathic healthofferings blanketing the walls (kombucha and kava and kefir, oh my!). EnjoyAmerican-style breakfasts, healthly salads, and over 70 different kinds of tea.

1st Tedsaban Road
081 031 3171

• Baan Benjarong
Delicious traditionalThai dishes are served family-style on a Lazy Susan table in this convertedhouse decorated with 60s and 70s memorabilia. Try the banana blossom salad andthe fried pork rib with salted fish.179 Moo 8
053 698 010

• Ping’s Burger Queen
Back from ten years in the UK, Ping knows much about burgers andeven more about chips – proper English chips. The scribbled praises ofbackpackers gone by that cover the walls of this place do not lie. 1st Tedsaban Road

• TicTac Bakery & Sandwich Café
Come for the refreshing air-conditioning and a wide selection of yummy delistyle sandwiches. Shop favourites include salmon and cream cheese, ginger tuna,Mediterranean feta and salami and cheese. There is also some reading materialon offer.

4 Rangsianon Road (on thesecond cross roads, up from the high school)

• Witching Well
Self-advertised as‘magical meals and wicked desserts’, this adorable little restaurant serves uppancakes, sandwiches, a great salmon burger, pastas and an assortment of otherdelights.1st TedsabanRoad

• Edible Jazz
With open mic Sundays,hammocks, and a big sleepy dog lounging amidst the floor pillows, this placereally epitomises what it means to chill out in Pai. Chaisongkram Road
087 177 7455

• Bebop Bar

A bigbarn-like space featuring a wraparound porch with pool tables, a largebar, stage, and plenty of room to dance inside. Come on weekendnights to hear local songstress Peach belt out some crowd-pleasers.

188 Moo 8

053 699 128

• Almost Famous

In the mood for amojito? Almost Famous has got you covered. From passion fruit to honey to Apple to Redbull,mojitos are 100 baht each (buy four get one free!).

1st TedsabanRoad

• Artin Chai

Otto, the owner of Art inChai, took inspiration from trips to India to open his own chai shop in Pai. Heboils his own tasty India tea using fresh milk cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. The smell of patchouli oil and joss sticksperfume the air. The Cakes are delicious too.
2nd Tedsaban Road (nextto Evergreen Guesthouse)
087 178 7742

Lun Laa Bar

Local musicians, most ofwhom have travelled from all over Thailand before settling down in the chilledout mini-mecca that is Pai, describe themselves as ‘freelance’, meaning theyplay with multiple different outfits around town. Here is where they allconverge.  Look out for Sticky Rice Blues and Ska No Name.

1st TedsabanRoad

• TingTong

This is without doubtone of the coolest night spots in Pai. As the sun sets the place comes alivewith ambient lighting, mellow house beats and a merry-making crowd. The spaceis separated in to different areas where you can chill out, dance, chat or meetpeople.