The 5 Best Restaurants In Pai, Thailand

Photo of Chan Wing Yan
9 February 2017

Pai, the oasis situated in Mae Hong Son Province, near the border with Myanmar, attracts crowds of tourists with its untouched nature and relaxing setting. Aside from authentic Thai food, a wide selection of international delicacies beckon from the street stalls of Pai, along with quirky, hippie joints aplenty.

Pai, Thailand | © James Antrobus/Flickr

Big’s Little Café

An unassuming cottage houses the best English and American food in Pai. Packed with expats craving some homey cuisine, this one boasts a charming U-shaped wooden bench and an open kitchen at its heart, where foodies can converse with the chatty owners. The all-day breakfast boasts a brownie, English sausages, bacon, eggs and mushrooms, while paninis and French fries are also available.


Cafecito is a real find for Latino food lovers. The Coloradoan chef offers extensive home-made Mexican delicacies ranging from bagels to jalapeño cream cheese to salsa. The house blend coffee roasted in the restaurant is amazing too. Coffee lovers can order a cup of espresso, Americano or latte for their morning fix. Other house specialities include smothered burrito and gluten-free brownies, perfect fare for a healthy holiday in this northern enclave.

Mountain view of Pai | © Claire Backhouse/Flickr

Oasis Restaurant

Nestled in amongst the mountains, Oasis Restaurant provides a sweeping view of the pristine natural landscape around Pai. Guests can enjoy this stunning scene while relaxing on hammocks and bean bags. The mixed menu features both international delights and local cuisine and caters to the different tastes of travelers. Feel free to turn down the spiciness or talk to the chef to customize the dishes. Sometimes live band performances contribute to the peaceful atmosphere too!


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Pad Thai | © stu_spivack/Flickr
Situated in the Pai Valley, Silhouette is a veritable vantage point over the untouched jungle and spectacular mountain views around town. Guests can opt for the garden setting surrounded by bushes and shrubs for a tranquil atmosphere, or dine in the library-themed restaurant to experience an old-world ambiance. The extensive menu offers a wide range of contemporary Mediterranean cuisine, featuring a variety of Tapas, along with a decent selection of Thai dishes.


This wooden mansion bursts with a curated selection of mouth-watering Western delights and Thai classics. Located near the pedestrian street, L’ESCALE is a popular spot for travelers taking a short break after a long day exploring. The chef excels at simple and home-style food such as pad Thai and tuna salads, as well as fast food options like fried chicken and French fries. A charcoal BBQ is also available in the outdoor area.

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