FS2004 VTCI, Pai Airport, Thailand. Pai is a small town in northern Thailand near the Myanmar border, north of Chiang Mai on the northern route to Mae Hong Son. It lies along the Pai River. Hills of Pai was once a quiet market village primarily inhabited by Shan people, whose culture originated in Burma. As it lies at the feet of the mountains it's a good base for trekking and visiting hill tribes like Karen, Hmong and Lisu. Well-known among backpackers for its relaxed atmosphere, the town is full of cheap guest houses, souvenir shops and restaurants. In the proximity of the town are spas, and elephant-camps. Outside of town several hotsprings, natural and man-made, and a waterfall can be found. Another notable attraction is the region's famous Wednesday Market, occurring weekly, which can bring crowds of up to 10,000 local villagers through the course of one day.