Couples Weekend in Pai: At the Best Hotel in Thailand for $100
"You know what, fuck it, it's my birthday, let's just stay at the nicest hotel in Pai, the one everyone recommended, regardless of the price."
I looked at the price of the rooms and thought, $110 a night isn't that bad. Compared to the U.S. it's pretty normal to spend $100 a night at any random hotel, and even though 3,500 baht a night is a lot compared to the 350 baht a night guest houses you can find in Pai, I just wanted to splurge.
What's crazy is that the last time I was in Pai, exactly 13 months ago I had just started building my dropshipping store and almost didn't go because I was so focused on getting that first sale. I was also broke, which is why I stayed in a tiny bamboo bungalow with shared bathrooms for 150 baht a night which is $4.70US a night.
However, it was absolutely worth the trip for three reasons, two of which were life changing.
We rode the Chiang Mai to Pai mountain road on rented motorcycles and had a blast going through 762 turns. It was a 3.5 hour drive and we were lucky to have great weather.
Not working for a weekend really helped me refocus on what was important, it was just 3 weeks after getting back from Pai that I made my first sale and I really think having that weekend break helped with it.
While there, I snuck into the Montis Resort in Pai just for a sneak peak. I honestly thought to myself then that I would never be able to afford to stay at a place like that.
Exactly 1 year and 1 month later, my life and bank account has completely changed.
Thinking about it now $110 a night really isn't that much money, especially for the value you get for that out here. But my mindset just wasn't there back then. I honestly would say things like,
"I would never want to spend that much on a hotel, especially when you can stay at a simple place for 350 baht ($10US) a night"
"People that spend that much on a hotel are stupid."
This year, I realized that I've been lying to myself.
Is there really a reason not to stay at the best hotel in Pai, especially if it's such a good value and really not overpriced at all? I don't know if I'll ever be able to justify spending $700US a night on a hotel room, which is what this place would have been back home, but honestly for $110 this place was a steal. Here's a video of our weekend:
|Fruit and Cheese Board|
|Meat and Cheese Board|
If you haven't noticed already, we loved the food there. The restaurant at Reverie Siam is called the "Silhouette Bar" and has some of the best food I've eaten outside of New York. My sister was thoughtful enough to prepay $100US for us at the hotel as a birthday present. The crazy thing was, even though we ate almost every single meal at the hotel all weekend, ordered cheese boards randomly during the day to snack on, and even had dessert every night, we never got a bill for it.
The $100 my sister had prepaid was enough to cover three dinners, four desserts, two cheese boards, and lunch. Our meals averaged $20US for both of us and were some of the most amazing meals I've had anywhere.
I highly recommend staying at Reverie Siam in Pai next time you are in Thailand. They get booked up quickly as they are currently the #1 rated hotel in Pai on Tripadvisor.
To reserve a room at Reverie Siam, do it on Agoda.com as they always have the best rates.
If you're curious how I managed to start an online business that now allows me to afford this life of travel, and the income to stay at nice hotels instead of cheap bungalows, start here.
I really hope everyone reading this gets to experience the joy that I did this past weekend. Plan your trip out to Thailand and make sure you include a few nights in Pai, it's really a magical place.