Posted by viw on September 8, 2012
When it was decided that we’d definitely be visiting Pai in Mae Hong Son Province, northwest Thailand, I wanted to find the perfect spot to stay and relax. We found paradise at Bueng Pai Farm owned and operated by Run and Orn, the wonderful, kind and generous hosts here. Bueng Pai Farm is absolutely an amazing place - just like their website says….imagine yourself swinging in your hammock, sipping your favourite drink, daydreaming in a rice paddy field! I couldn’t have said it better myself.
My only regret was not booking a longer stay here. Three days was not enough time to enjoy everything that Bueng Pai Farm and Pai and the surrounding area has to offer such as visiting the nearby natural hot springs and waterfalls, hiking to the temple on the hill, taking thai cooking classes, rafting along Pai River and enjoying yoga classes. Add Pai on your list of places to visit.
Bueng Pai Farm is located just a couple of kms. outside of Pai and, although we could have rented a scooter or motorcycle in Pai, we were only staying for 3 days and opted to walk into town each day - 30 minutes each way. The walk itself was fantastic - taking the trail through the countryside along side farmers rice fields. (next post on the wonderful countryside scenery).
This is the paradise we found awaiting us at Bueng Pai Farm. Bungalows with their own verandas surround the man-made lake - and yes, you can fish from your veranda if you’re so inclined to do so!
Serene and peaceful - that’s Bueng Pai Farm!
The grounds are fantastic - enjoy a swim here in the organic natural pool (no chemicals).A small koi pond surrounded by lush vegetation - with a quiet pagoda for you to relax under, enjoy a drink, read a book or take a short nap! The trickling waterfall will lull you to sleep - guaranteed!This is the island library - a spot where I would stretch out on the bench with a good book after breakfast overlooking the fish pond. The morning sun would gradually warm up the cool morning air and by 11 am, it was absolutely perfect! Eventually, I had to drag myself away from here to explore the town of Pai and area.
This is the view from the breakfast tables that surround the smaller pond. Mornings are cool in Pai and a jacket is usually needed first thing in the morning. Run and Orn offer home-cooked breakfasts and they are not to be missed. I had to have Orn’s much-talked-about muesli with fresh honey and home-made yogurt daily - it’s a definite must! Most fruits and vegetables are grown on site. It’s as fresh as fresh can be! There is a brand-new fully-equipped guest kitchen on the grounds for those wishing to cook their own meals for lunch or dinner. Because we were only there for a few days, we choose to check out the restaurants in town instead. But should we have stayed longer, we would have considered picking up groceries from the town market and cooking a meal or two!
More views from the breakfast tables (library to the right).
One of several covered rest areas - enjoy a drink, read a book or take a nap. It’s the perfect spot!
This was our home for three nights. #2 bungalow. Large space, clean, wi-fi, attached bathroom and hot shower.# 2 bungalow. Is that hammock smiling? I think so!The view from bungalow #2’s veranda (wait til you see the sunsets from here!!)
Cool, misty mornings! Nothing like a hot breakfast to warm a person up! The view of Bueng Pai Farm from the trail we walked along through farmers fields on our return from Pai.Not to be missed - Orn serves up a special treat of hot papadoms which she grills over the fire at the fire pit. A great place for those staying at Bueng Pai Farm to meet up at and swap travel stories after a day of adventure. Comfortable benches surround this pagoda-style structure. (Run relaxes in one of the two hammocks that hang next to the fire).
The sun sets over Bueng Pai Farm - another fantastic day was enjoyed here in the Pai region. Can’t wait to return some day!
Thank you, Run and Orn and the staff at Bueng Pai Farm, for your wonderful hospitality and for making our stay so comfortable. You were such wonderful hosts and we wish you much success at Bueng Pai Farm!
Watch for the next post - some scenes of the countryside during our walks into Pai from Bueng Pai Farm.