Tha Pae hot springs is one of the most famous tourist spots in this little town of Northern Thailand. Though not the only hot springs in the area, but it is the only “natural” hot springs.
Located within the vicinity of Huai Nam Dang National Park, the hot springs is known to have therapeutic effects and is really good if you have sore muscles from walking too much (personally tried and tested). There are different levels, you start with the first one after entry and go farther up, however, nobody can actually reach till the last one – it;s 80 degree Celsius!
It is suggested that you come here on a cooler day because the water can get really warm because of all the sulphur present in it.
There are other opportunities like camping and picnic on the grounds surrounding the hot springs and is covered with greenery and massive trees, almost making you feel like you are inside a jungle (or wait! it is sort of a forest).
There are two restrooms one right after the ticket counter and another inside closer to the hot springs. You can use the restrooms to change into your swimming costume. There is a restaurant where you can get your snacks and water. Dustbins are placed all around the park to ensure cleanliness of the place and well, who would want to ruin such a beautiful place, right?
It is also a good place to go with the whole family and hang out at the hot springs a couple of hours and later have a family picnic.
It is not at all difficult to get to hot springs since the almost the whole road from Chiang Mai to Pai is signposted with banners of Tha Pai hotsprings. If you are already in Pai and prefer driving yourself to the hotsprings, you shoudl follow the road to Chiang Mai. You will cross Noi's Elephant Camp and Karen Eephant Camp on your left. Drive for a minute or two after Karen Elephant Camp and you will see the entrance to the Hot Springs to your left. Walking and cycling is only advisable if you are extremely fit and used to riding in the mountains and the roads can become extremely steep every now and then.