Pai Canyon, Pai

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Thin, red ridges with sheer drops on either side create the steep, forest-filled valleys of Pai Canyon. Climb the steps to the viewing platform to enjoy sweeping views. You can head further down the valley following the path of the ridge, but the poorly maintained track follows a precarious route, so be extra careful if you decide to hike. Because it lacks shade, the path is best tackled in the morning or afternoon. Put Pai Canyon at the forefront of your travel plans using our Pai tour itinerary builder site .
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  • October 4, 2017
    We came here as it is on the "things to do in pai" list. It is okay but don't expect to be blown away. Let's be honest, if you're in Asia and exploring various places you're going to see some spectacu...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Didn't expect it. Was not excited . Just nice. Can skip it easily. Even my teenagers show no excitement....  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Definitely worth the trip. Don't waste your time doing a tour - just rent a scooter and go there yourself. It's beautiful. Wear trainers/runners too so you can get the best photos!  more »
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  • August 14, 2017
    Lots of small trails. You could spend a long time walking around here. However, it is extremely crowded (even during low season) so many tourists everywhere it's insane. Guess it's a nice place for sunset or a good photo
  • July 3, 2017
    A safe way up the stairs, on the first viewpoint there are pagodas to rest, but there is much trash from the tourist, no one seems to clean up. If you go further the canyon, there are no signs or anything, you're on your own and it can be slippery and steep even when it's dry, but the view is amazing! At the bottom there are toilets and shops.
  • May 30, 2017
    Nice view however as expected lots of people during sunset. Worth a visit to snap some shots. Probably really peaceful during the day with less people. Drinks sold at the bottom near car park.
  • August 14, 2017
    watch your steps! ;) nice view. Don't go there in the rain
  • July 1, 2017
    Nice views. Skip the sunset trip. Go early and allow a few hours for exploring. Get adventurous and get off the beaten path.

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Where to stay in Pai

With tourism now the number-one industry in the area, you shouldn't have any trouble finding accommodations in Pai. In fact, on a walk through the village center you'll be hard-pressed to find a street that doesn't have several hotels or guesthouses. The village's popularity among backpackers means you can choose from a range of hostels and budget guesthouses. Luxury accommodations are more limited, although with a host of excellent mid-range options you can stay in comfort without spending big bucks. When Pai is at its busiest, between November and March, try something on the fringes of the village for a quieter, more peaceful holiday.
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