The Pai Canyon, also known as Kong Lan, is an incredibly scenic canyon with stunning valley views and it is one of the most reputable locations to catch a Pai sunset! Here is my Pai Canyon adventure guide with everything you need to know before you go.
WHERE IS THE PAI CANYON & HOW TO GET THERE
Pai Canyon is located 8km south of Pai township along the main highway. If you are heading south from Pai, it takes approximately 10-minutes to the Pai Canyon parking lot on the right-hand side of the main road. If you pass the Pai Memorial Bridge, you’ve gone too far.
The best way to get around Pai is on a scooter to explore all four corners of the region. Scooters can be rented for a little as 150 Baht per day from one of the many rental stores in the centre 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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Sunset at Pai Canyon
WHAT TO EXPECT AT PAI CANYON
There is no entrance fee to visit the Pai Canyon, just park your scooter, grab a snack and a cold beverage from the small stall vendors and begin the walk up the paved stair trail.
It is approximately a 5-minute walk up the stairs to the first viewpoint, which tends to be where most visitors gather for sunset, lining up to take photos. However, if you’re game enough to hike along the skinny ridges to farther, less crowded viewpoints, you’ll have a much better adventure and memorable experience at the Pai Canyon.
The ridge trails are very dusty with unprotected drop-offs of up to 30-meters on either side, so please take care and know your limits. I recommend wearing proper hiking boots or closed in shoes when scrambling around the Pai Canyon.
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The entrance to the grand canyon Pai
Drone shot of Pai Canyon
SUNSET AT PAI CANYON
Pai Canyon is the most popular, and in my opinion, the best spot to watch the sunset over the mountains as the last rays of light leave the valley. Pai Canyon is also it’s busiest during golden hour so expect crowds.
We decided to hike along a narrow ridge Line to a farther away viewpoint where I could see a rocky platform jutting out from among some pine trees. It was a bit of a scramble to get there but we managed to have this little spot all to ourselves to enjoy the vibrant colours spreading across the sky and get some decent shots!
On the afternoon that I visited Pai Canyon, there were a group of young and talented fire twirlers taking the stage and setting some unreal vibes amongst the crowd that had gathered during their performance.
Furthermore, a Pai Canyon sunset is a MUST on your list of things to do in Pai!
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Fire twirling performance at Pai Canyon
Sunset viewpoint at Pai Canyon
Fire twirling on top of the Pai Canyon
Pai has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favourite places to stay in Pai to suit budget backpackers and luxury travellers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Pai Island Resort
Mid Range: Rim Pai Cottage
Budget: Spicy Pai Backpackers
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