Yun Lai Viewpoint is arguably the best sunrise viewpoint in Pai. Located a short 15-minutes from the center of Pai, the Yun Lai offers beautiful sweeping views of the valley!
I have put together this complete guide to Yun Lai Viewpoint including how to get there, entrance fees, and what to expect when you arrive!
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WHERE IS YUN LAI VIEWPOINT?
Yun Lai Viewpoint is located 6km west of Pai. From the center of town, it’s approximately a 15-minute drive.
HOW TO GET THERE
The best way to get to Yun Lai Viewpoint is on a scooter.
Scooters can be rented for a 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.
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YUN LAI VIEWPOINT ENTRANCE FEE
Yun Lai Viewpoint Entrance Fee: 20 Baht
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday from Dawn to Dusk
ARRIVING AT THE VIEWPOINT
You want to aim to arrive at the iewpoint between 6:00 am – 6:30 am with some spare time before the sunrise.
From the jump-off point, follow the pathway through the beautiful entranceway that leads up to the viewpoint.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Yun Lai Viewpoint is a massive draw for tourists so it was very busy when I visited. My guess is that there were around 50 people crowded around on the grass field and the bamboo viewing deck waiting for the sunrise.
It was a bit overwhelming at first, trying to find a quiet spot amongst the crowds to enjoy the sunrise, so we perused the area and found a trail that leads down to some flower fields directly beneath the bamboo viewing platform and we scored this epic spot all to ourselves.
The viewpoint itself offers incredible panoramic views of the surrounding mountainous region and the township of Pai in North Thailand.
The sun began to rise and filled the valley with golden rays and the low lying fog started to clear, revealing the vast green landscape below!
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The entrance to the viewpoint
A memorable sunrise
There is a cafe on-site that serves up hot coffee and baked goods, the perfect treat while waiting in the dark for the sun to rise.
There are also half a dozen bungalow accommodations and tent sites available to book for a night or two which would be a pretty awesome view to wake up to.
Regardless of the large number of tourists that visit this viewpoint each morning, there are still secluded and quieter spots to be found in the flower fields beneath the main viewing platform for a better sunrise experience.
Yun Lao was hands-down my favorite location in Pai to watch the sunrise, so be sure to add it to your list of things to do – I guarantee you won’t regret it!
Drone shot of the viewpoint
Sweeping valley views
WHERE 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.
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!
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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Another option for accommodation is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals.
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