Sai Ngam Hot Spring is a beautiful hot spring surrounded by a lush, green forest inside a national park just 25-minutes north of Pai city center.
I have put together this complete guide to Sai Ngam Hot Spring including how to get there, how much it costs, and what to expect when you arrive.
WHERE IS SAI NGAM HOT SPRING?
Sai Ngam Hot Spring is located 17km north of Pai. From the center of town, it’s approximately a 25-minute drive.
Click here to see the location on Google maps.
HOW TO GET THERE
The best way to get here is on a scooter.
Scooters can be rented for as little as 150 Baht per day from one of the many rental stores in the center of Pai.
Alternatively, some accommodations offer scooter rentals for around the same price. A money deposit or passport is generally required for insurance purposes.
Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance, especially when riding on the roads in Asia.
If you aren’t confident with riding a scooter, you can hail a songthaew (pick-up truck with bench seats) to get from A to B. Make sure to agree on a price with the driver first before jumping in the back.
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SAI NGAM HOT SPRING ENTRANCE FEE
- National Park Entrance Fee: 230 Baht per person
- Sai Ngam Hot Spring Entrance Fee: 200 Baht per person
- Parking Fee: 20 Baht per vehicle
- Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
ARRIVING AT SAI NGAM
As you turn off the main road to head down to the hot spring, you’ll be stopped at a checkpoint at the beginning of the national park to pay the 230 Baht National Park Fee.
This cost was far more than what I expected to pay to swim at a hot spring but I had just driven 25-minutes to get here, so I reluctantly handed over the money to the gatekeeper.
From this checkpoint, follow the road for another 5-minutes to reach the hot spring. The road is very steep and hilly so please use caution.
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At the jump-off point, there is a ticket office where you’ll have to pay the 20 Baht fee to go swimming in the natural hot pools.
In total it cost 460 Baht (USD$15) for the two of us. It definitely isn’t the cheapest attraction but I must say that as soon as I jumped into the hot springs, there were no complaints!
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WHAT TO EXPECT
These stunning hot springs feature a 3-tiered cascading natural hot pool, the top one being the hottest at 34 degrees Celsius.
I could have spent hours floating around in this crystal clear hot spring. The water temperature was just perfect!
If you have an underwater GoPro camera, you’re going to want to put it to use! I don’t think I have ever seen a freshwater spring as transparent as the Sai Ngam.
There is a timber seating area off to the side of the springs to hang out and change rooms/toilets are located at the gate entrance.
Also, if you want to buy some snacks and drinks there are some small vendors that line the street near the car park.
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST
Sai Ngam Hot Spring isn’t the only popular attraction in Pai, and you want to make sure to visit the stunning Pai Canyon and Yun Lai Viewpoint for sunrise!
For more fun-fuelled things to do in Pai, check out this Pai Travel Guide!
WHERE TO STAY IN PAI
Pai has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to suit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Reverie Siam
Mid Range: Rim Pai Cottage
Budget: Pai Country Hut
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY IN PAI, SEARCH ON BOOKING.COM
WHAT TO PACK FOR PAI
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FINAL THOUGHTS – SAI NGAM HOT SPRING PAI
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