The Bamboo Bridge Pai (also known as Boon Ko Ku So Bridge) is not very well known to tourists, but it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in Pai. If you visit in the right season, you’ll be walking over the lush green rice fields along a bamboo bridge that spreads out over the area.
How to get to Bamboo Bridge Pai
To get to Pai, we used 12Go to book a van from Chiang Mai. 12Go is a super cheap and reliable way to get around Thailand and other popular Southeast Asian countries.
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From town, it is roughly a 20-25 minute drive. The easiest option to get there is to rent a motorbike and drive yourself there. You can rent a motorbike for as little as 100 Baht per day. As you turn off the main road, it gets a little bumpy as the roads are slightly damaged. The parking area is right in front of the rice fields. You’ll see a small pathway leading to the entrance of the bridge.
Where to stay
The town of Pai is small although it has plenty of places for you to stay. Wherever you stay in Pai, you’ll be close to a variety of food and cafe options. We stayed at the Rainbow House Pai and drove into town on our scooter everyday. A popular hostel in the middle of town is also Hugga Pai.
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There is no entrance fee to use the bridge. However, as you approach the start of the walkway, you’ll notice a small box asking for donations. There is a small pond located just past the entrance. Here you can feed the fish by giving a donation to purchase the fish food.
What to expect
Locally known as the Boon Ko Ku So Bridge, the bamboo bridge stretches out over 800 meters across the rice fields. As you walk along the bridge you’ll notice many locals working among the rice fields. If you visit the bamboo bridge in the morning, you’ll most likely have it all to yourself.
Standing on the bridge while admiring the sunlight over the beautiful rice fields is a perfect way to start your day! The mountains in the distance are also the perfect backdrop for any photo. The best time to visit the bamboo bridge is in the rainy season. This is because the rice fields are incredibly tall and luscious rather than being dry and brown.
You’ll also find a few small local restaurants located along the rice fields. From here you will have the perfect view while you enjoy some lunch. Also be sure to check out Pam Bok Waterfall which is located very close by.