YUN LAI VIEWPOINT – BEST SUNRISE VIEWPOINT IN PAI

YUN LAI VIEWPOINT – BEST SUNRISE VIEWPOINT IN PAI

The Yun Lai Viewpoint is arguably the best sunrise viewpoint in Pai. Located a short 15-minutes from the centre of Pai, the Yun Lai Viewpoint offers beautiful sweeping views of the valley!

WHERE IS YUN LAI VIEWPOINT & HOW TO GET THERE

Yun Lai Viewpoint is located 6km west of Pai. From the centre of town, it is approximately a 15-minute drive.

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 have scooter rentals available 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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ARRIVING AT YUN LAI VIEWPOINT

I arrived at Yun Lai Viewpoint at around 6:30am with 30-minutes to spare before the sunrise. I parked my scooter in the carpark and walked through the beautiful entrance way that leads up to the viewpoint. The entrance fee to Yun Lai Viewpoint is 20 Baht.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YUN LAI VIEWPOINT

Yun Lai Viewpoint is a massive draw for tourists so it was very busy when I went. My guess is that there were around 50 people crowded around on the grass field and bamboo platform 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 Yun Lai Viewpoint itself offers incredible panoramic views of the surrounding mountainous region and the township of Pai. 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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yun lai viewpointThe entrance to Yun Lai Viewpoint

yun lai viewpointSunrise at Yun Lai Viewpoint

YUN LAI VIEWPOINT

There is a cafe attached to Yun Lai Viewpoint, serving up hot coffee and baked goods, the perfect treat while waiting in the dark for the sun to rise. There is also half a dozen bungalow accommodations and tent sites available to book for a night or two.

Regardless of a large number of tourists that visit the Yun Lai Viewpoint each morning, there are still secluded and quieter spots to be found in the flower fields for a better sunrise experience. The Yun Lai Viewpoint was hands down my favourite location in Pai to watch the sunrise, so be sure to add it to your itinerary.

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Drone shot of Yun Lai Viewpoint

yun lai viewpointSweeping valley views at Yun Lai Viewpoint

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN PAI

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

For all other accommodations in Pai, click HERE to search on booking.com

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