Pai (Thai: ปาย) is a small town in northern Thailand's Mae Hong Son Province, near the Myanmar border, about 146 km (91 mi) northwest of Chiang Mai. Pai was once a quiet market village inhabited by Shan people (ethnic Tai) whose culture is influenced by Burma. Today, Pai primarily thrives on tourism. Well-known among backpackers for its relaxed atmosphere, the town is full of inexpensive guesthouses, souvenir shops, and restaurants. Outside of town, there are several waterfalls and a number of natural hot springs

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Pai, Tambon Thung Yao, Tambon Mae Hi, Tambon Wiang Tai, Tambon Mae Na Toeng

Memorial Bridge

The Pai Memorial Bridge was built by the Japanese after they invaded Thailand to transport weapons and provisions to Myanmar during the Second World War. The current steel truss bridge across the Pai River was assembled in its current position more recently.

Pai Canyon

Pai Canyon is a canyon with narrow red ridges and steep-sided valleys, both sides filled with pine and dipterocarp forests. The steep 50 metre drop offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The paths can be narrow in some places. A set of steps up to a viewing platform provides the safest way, and is it the perfect spot to watch sunsets.

Chedi Phra That Mae Yen

Chedi Phra That Mae Yen is a small temple on top of a hill with 353 stairs leading up to it. The temple consists of two buildings and a few small golden chedis. It provides panoramic views of the surrounding villages and rice fields.

Yun Lai Viewpoint

The Chinese Village was settled by Yunnanese (Southwestern China) hill tribes who crossed the border in mid 20th century to escape Communist rule. The village now offers shops selling a variety of Chinese teas with varying health properties, and a human-powered Ferris wheel. Visitors get a nice view of the Pai Valley.

Mo Paeng Waterfall

The Mo Paeng Waterfall is the most accessible amongst most of Pai's waterfalls. The multi-tiered waterfall flows through a verdant green valley and is popular for its pools to swim in. The upper section of this waterfall is a natural water slide during the dry season.

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