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Pai is a hot destination for travelers backpacking in Thailand. Just a few hours from Chiang Mai, the scenic city has a lot to offer in terms of cheap accommodations, tasty street food and lively nightlife.
Most travelers include Pai in their travel plans whether they have a three week Thailand itinerary or an even shorter time period in the country. As for us, we mainly went to Pai to chill out and drink coffee.
Our Visit to Coffee in Love
We arrived at Coffee in Love in Pai, Thailand at 8 am, early enough, so we thought, to avoid the crush of Chinese tourists who make a pilgrimage to the picturesque cafe with its landscape of misty tree-covered mountains and rectangular water-filled rice paddies.
However, the photo-obsessed curiosity seekers had already arrived in droves. We had arrived early to shoot the latest in our series of video vignettes, but it seemed that we may have arrived too late to score a table with a view on the cafe’s balcony.
What we didn’t know was that the crowds were more interested in photographing the outside of the cafe than actually sitting down for a cup of coffee.
As it turns out, many of these tourists come to Coffee in Love just to take pictures and reenact scenes from popular movies Pai in Love and Lost in Thailand. The cafe’s coffee and internet are good (though not remarkable), but it’s the cafe’s scenery that is truly worth a visit – even if you’re not a Chinese cinephile.
Coffee in Love is located at 92, Moo 3, Chiang Mai-Pai Road, Tambon Thung Yao, Amphoe Pai, Mae Hong Son, 58130.
Coffee in Love in Thailand Video
Watch our YouTube video where we drink coffee and reflect on our brief excursion to Pai.
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About the Authors
Daryl & Mindi Hirsch
Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.