Pai is undoubtedly one of the most famous towns for backpackers and hipsters in Northern Thailand. Located in a picturesque valley with 3 hours drives combine with 762 curves, Pai is a predominantly chilled out, laid-back town with a river and fabulous nature around it.
If you ever come to Pai, one of the attractions that you shouldn’t be missing is the impressive and breathtaking Pai Canyon (or famously known as Kong Lan in Thai). This canyon is located approximately 8 km from Pai along the road to Chiang Mai. A visit to Pai without Pai Canyon is a big no no as it is an outstanding natural attraction that one shouldn’t never miss out.
Wonders of pai canyon
The scenery up there is majestically beautiful and the views impressive; you would not expect such a nature behind the hills. The landscape is quite original, the scenic area offers an awesome 360° panorama best enjoyed at sunrise or sunset. Sit on one of the shaded benches or climb up the few steps to a wooden lookout platform, and marvel at the views from these vintage points, which include the ridges of giant strange rock walls nearby, the surrounding mountains and a population of teak trees, shrubbery and other flora. Even if you don’t fancy walking too far into the canyon ridges, the sights from the edge are just as rewarding.
A walk through Pai Canyon will give you a little thrill and it is not for the faint-hearted. You can freely climb exciting rocks, and venture as far afield into the canyon as you dare, but at your own risk. There are narrow elevated paths on either side so be careful where you tread, as they can be quite dangerous. There is nothing in the way of safety bars when the trails get narrow, and just one missed step and you fall down in a deep valley. Expect to spend at least a couple of hours hiking around the trails.
There is no entrance fee to visit Pai Canyon. The best option to come to Pai Canyon is by renting a motorbike. Most of the tours do offer Pai Canyon trip in the evening, for around 100 baht including transportation and 1 hour in Pai Canyon for sunset!
best time to go pai canyon?
The best times to visit the Pai Canyon are either early mornings or at the end of afternoons – depending on you prefer to watch the sunrise or sunset. Furthermore, it is much cooler to climb and avoid the sunny yet humid temperature during afternoon. Of course, if you’re planning to hike the canyon, do remember to bring plenty of water with you.