The Bamboo Bridge Pai – Visitor’s Guide

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The Bamboo Bridge Pai (also known as Boon Ko Ku So) is an 800-meter-long bridge that stretches over a field of lush rice fields in the Mae Hong Son region.

You don’t want to miss out on visiting the Bamboo Bridge as it’s one of the most popular attractions in Pai, Thailand!

See this complete visitor’s guide which includes everything you need to know before you go.

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WHERE IS THE BAMBOO BRIDGE PAI?

The Bamboo Bridge Pai is located 11km southwest of Pai on the same road that leads out to Pam Bok Waterfall and the Pai Land Split.

The journey should take no more than 25-minutes from the center of Pai town.

Click here to see the location on Google maps.

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HOW TO GET THERE

The best way to get to the Pai Bamboo Bridge in Pai is by scooter. Scooters can be rented for as little as 150 Baht per day from one of the many rental stores in the center of Pai.

Alternatively, some accommodations offer scooter rentals for around the same price. A money deposit or passport is generally required for insurance purposes.

If you aren’t confident with riding a scooter, you can hail a songthaew (pick-up truck with bench seats) to get from A to B. Make sure to agree on a price with the driver first before jumping in the back.

 

BAMBOO BRIDGE PAI ENTRANCE FEE

There is a 30 Baht admission fee to be paid at the entrance to the bridge upon arrival.

Once you’ve received your ticket from the lady you are good to go.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

There are a few things to do at this location such as grabbing some food and coffee from the cafe on top of the rice fields, feeding the fish in the small pond, visiting the Buddhist temple, and of course bouncing along the bamboo bridge from one end to the other.

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The best time to visit is during the rainy season, July to November when the rice is long and lush.

Visiting outside of the rainy season you can expect to see brown and yellow fields but the scenery is still very beautiful nonetheless. The mountainous backdrop makes for great photo opportunities.

The Bamboo Bridge Pai can get quite busy during the day so if you want to experience this location without the crowds, aim to get there between 8 and 9 am.

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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN PAI

Pai has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to suit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.

See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

Luxury: Pai Island Resort

This is one of the best 5-star accommodations in Pai with a dreamy setting in the forests. Featuring a pong, well-kept gardens, restaurant and bar, free wifi, and airport shuttle services. Each Suite is fitted with fine beddings and furnishings, gardens, patios, minibar, air conditioning, and outdoor bathtub. Recommended for couples, families, and friends.

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Mid Range: Rim Pai Cottage

Rim Pai Cottages are 3-star accommodations framed by beautiful mountains and the Pai River. Centrally located on Pai’s famous walking street, this property features a restaurant, infinity pool, and free wifi. Choose from a double room, family room, villas, or a suite, each fitted with air conditioning, tea/coffee facilities, comfortable beds, private bathroom, and flat-screen tv. Perfect place to stay in Pai for couples, families, and friends!

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Budget: Spicy Pai Backpackers

Spicy Pai Backpackers is the most popular budget accommodation in Pai. Great place to stay for solo travelers, couples, and friends! This property is surrounded by mountains and rice fields, featuring a common area, communal kitchen, and free wifi. Choose from either a dorm room, private bungalow, or a quadruple king size room with bed linen and towels. A complimentary breakfast is also included for all guests!

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WHAT TO PACK FOR PAI

When visiting Pai, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;

  • Sunscreen – the Thailand sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
  • Quick-dry travel towel – the most compact and lightweight towel for traveling.
  • Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
  • Backpack – The Nomatic 30L Travel Pack is the ultimate backpack for everyday adventures.

If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;

  • GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
  • Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
  • DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.

 

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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