Pai is situated in mountains north of Chiang Mai. I took a minivan to Pai from Chiang Mai, which takes about four hours and only cost me $8. It is quite a hair-raising, stomach turning ride! With 726 bends for 3 hours, it is quite an experience. You can’t read or watch anything, so charge your phone listen to some tunes and enjoy the view.
Some choose to rent a motorbike from Chiang Mai and ride the way to Pai. It does seem adventurous and romantic, and if you know how to ride a bike go for it! If you do not, consider if you can last for 3 hours on 726 bends – steep ones? I saw a few casualties along the road, minor ones thankfully, and a good 60% of foreigners in Pai are accessorized in a bandage or two.