Temple on the Hill (Wat Phra That Mae Yen), Pai

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#1 of 8 in Historic Sites in Mae Hong Son Province
Religious Site Tourist Spot
Climb, bike, or drive up to Temple on the Hill (Wat Phra That Mae Yen), an old temple of unknown origin looking out on mountains, valleys, and rice fields. If trekking up the 353 steps doesn't appeal, take the road to the hilltop by bicycle or car. The temple complex includes two buildings as well as a few diminutive golden chedis. A graceful white Buddha greets you, along with some smaller, colorful statues. Pack water and a hat if you're opting to hike or cycle. With our international travel planner, Pai attractions like Temple on the Hill (Wat Phra That Mae Yen) can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Amazing views of the valley. However, there lacks some history and culture of the place and how it originated.  more »
  • The temple has wonderful views of splendid Valley, but the building itself is no big deal. There are a few escaleritas up, ideally with mountain bike
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  • The Buddha still has some construction going on but it is still beautiful to look at and still visible. The view is definitely worth the small climb of stairs. I ended up sitting there for hours becau...  more »
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  • Very cozy place, so peaceful and besides there is stunning view at sunset and during the day. Don't forget to take off your shoes once you on top and place leave some tips for temple maintains into the safe placed near Buddha. Thank you and have a good one!
  • Went there in November 2016 and some parts were still under construction. Nice little walk up to the top. Beautiful view once you're up there. Food amd drinks sold at the bottom next to car park.
  • A Peace Wat You can view Pai landscape here, But there are some trees obstructing the landscape view, landscape view is better at YunLai viewpoint. By the way, you could drive your bike up to the top if you do not wish the climb up the stairs
  • Nice little climb to get an amazing view over the area. Ow and there is a giant white buddha.
  • Cool view of Pai from the top. Currently the Buddha statue is full of scaffolding now.

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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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