Thailand - Pai (Mae Hong Son)
Photo Gallery of Pai (Mae Hong Son) in Thailand.
Pai is a small town in Mae Hong Son Province, Northern Thailand, near the Myanmar border. The town is located along the way called Mae Hong Son loop that is a 600km circuit that starts from Chiang Mai and goes through the province of Mae Hong Son. Although there are many views, the city is named after the Pai river.
Pai was once a quiet village inhabited by Shan people (*1), however, the city is now a popular place to visit by foreigners and Thai people as well, influenced by the thai movie "Pai in Love".
The place is surrounded by high hills ranging from 600-1200 meters above the sea level, hot in summer and very cold at night in winter. With mild climate and rich nature, you can enjoy trekking, elephant rides, rafting, kayaking and so on.
- We visited there in May, 2009;
Bangkok -> (airplane) -> Chiang Mai -> (car) -> Mae Hong Son -> (car) -> Pai (here) -> (car) -> Chiang Mai -> (airplane) ->Bangkok
(We traveled in the clockwise direction this time; from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son, then Mae Hong Son to Pai, and Pai back to Chiang Mai.)
- *1) Shan people (from Wikipedia)
The Shan are a Thai ethnic group of Southeast Asia. The Shan live primarily in the Shan State of Burma (Myanmar), but also inhabit parts of Mandalay Division, Kachin State, and Kayin State, and in adjacent regions of China and Thailand. ...
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[Pai] The town
|Now, let's go around the town with me.
The town is small but you can enjoy the rich nature and the mild atmosphere and feel very relaxing. :D
Going to the Pai town
Not so quiet but a quite busy place with visitors.
Tourists enjoy going for a walk.
Oh, I found a Seven-Eleven like in my city. :D
|Pai river 1
Pai river, going through the city. Bungalow-like guest houses can be seen over there.
|Pai river 2
Bamboo bridge over the river.
The way splits in two.
|Pai river 3
Around the river.
|Pai river 4
A dog was walking on the bridge.
|Pai river 5
From another angle.
I'm wondering what kind... Cosmos ?
A lot of bags.
Along a street.
Tourists carrying backpacks.
Looks like an internet cafe.
You can go to Chiang Mai or Mae Hong Son from here.
Looks yummy ! :D
Chairs using scales in front of a shop.
Thai sweets called ROTI.
[Pai] Night Scenery
|Night scenery of Pai town.
Around the Pai river and streets.
A lot of shops along the street and quite busy at night.
|Pai river 1
Bungalow-like guest houses seen in the day time.
A lot of shops along the street and quite busy at night also.
Other shops along the street.
Clothes shop along the street. I bought a T-shirt as a gift (for myself :D)
Around the river at night from the hotel we stayed.
[Pai] Wat Klang
|Wat Klang is located close to the bus terminal in Pai town, built in 1792 by the Burmese Thai Yai (Shan people). It was a deserted monastery for many years, however, Wat Klang is one of the significant temples in Pai today as it houses very old and revered Buddha statues.
The main attraction is the striking golden Thai Yai style chedi and smaller Mon style Chedis. Buddha images of the seven days of a week in niches below the smaller chedis.
The striking golden Thai Yai style chedi.
Gods protecting the entrance. They are like Yuks seen in Grand Palace in Bangkok, but very different.
Surrounded by smaller chedis.
|Buddha images of the seven days of a week
Below the smaller chedis, Buddha images of the seven days of a week.
Next to the Chedi, persons handling a bell.
Is this the main hall ? I didn't get in, thought.
[Pai] Coffee in Love
|"Coffee in Love", the most famous coffee shop in Pai. It's located on the main highway into town, just 3km from Pai town.
"Coffee in Love" is a beautiful coffee house that have a great view of pai valley, well-known for the Thai movie "Pai in Love" or other TV shows.
When you get tired from your trip, drop by this sweet coffee shop and take a rest for a while.
|Great view of pai valley.
(I didn't feel it's a valley, but they say it is.)
|Cute white bench. It's for photos.
|Sign 3km up to Pai.
|Inside the cafe.
May I take your order, please ? :D
|Cute heart-shaped decorations.
[Pai] World War II Memorial Bridge
|During World War II, the Japanese army wanted to have a route from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong
Son to attack Burma which was a colony of the United Kingdom at that time.
To establish the route, the bridge was built over the Pai River (Ta-Pai river near Ta Pai village)
in 1941 using elephants to drag trees from the jungle and forcing villagers to
After the war, Japanese soldiers left and burnt down the bridge. However,
the villagers was in trouble because the bridge was very important for
their daily life, and rebuilt the wooden bridge over the Pai river.
In 1973, there was a huge flood there and it destroyed the bridge. In 1976, the steel Bridge called "Nawarat Steel Bridge" was built and it still remains as a remainder of the history.
(I didn't know that there was a bridge telling memories of the war like the The Bridge on the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi.)
|The Memorial Bridge 1
Around the edge
|The Memorial Bridge 2
Walking on the bridge. The way is going on and on.
|The Memorial Bridge 3
Checking from an angle. Along this bridge, there is another bridge for cars.
|The Memorial Bridge 4
Looking down from the bridge, calm scenery can be seen.
[Pai] Pai Canyon
|This can not compare with the canyon in the United states, the Grand Canyon (I never been there though), but Pai has a canyon called "Pai Canyon" or "Kong Laen".
About seven kilometers from the Pai town on the way to the World War II Memorial Bridge, you'll see this unique shape of the land; narrow ways goes on like in
From an excuse of not enough time to check around and of getting tired from going up to the top, I didn't walk along the narrow way, just took some pictures. If you want to try and walk the way, watch your step, please. :)