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. The bridge was originally built for monks at the bamboo temple as an easier way to access the village.
How to get to Bamboo Bridge Pai
From town, it is roughly a 20-25 minute drive. Head towards Pam Bok Waterfall and it’s only a little further. The easiest option to get there is to rent a motorbike and drive yourself. You can rent a motorbike for as little as 100 Baht per day ($4 AUD). As you turn off the main road, it gets a little bumpy as the roads are slightly damaged. If you’re not a confident driver, you can take a songthaew (local form of transport) to get there. Just be sure to agree on a price first before jumping in.
The parking area is right in front of the rice fields. You’ll see a small pathway leading to the entrance of the bridge. If you visit in the rainy season like we did, you may also come across a small stream that covers the road just before the parking area. Just be sure to check how deep the water is before crossing and take it slow and you’ll be fine!
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Bamboo Bridge Pai Price
When we last visited in 2018, there was no price or entrance fee to use the bridge. There was only a small donation box at the start of the walkway. We’ve heard that they’ve recently changed it. There is now a small charge of 30 Baht ($1.50 AUD) to enter and use the bridge. As the place becomes more popular amongst tourists, the fee is sure to help the locals maintain this beautiful bridge.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the bamboo bridge is in the rainy season. This is when the rice fields are incredibly tall and lush rather than being dry and brown. The rainy season runs from May – October and is when you’ll find the rice fields at their best. Visiting outside of these months is still beautiful, however the fields will be dry.
What to expect
Locally known as the Boon Ko Ku So Bridge, the bamboo bridge stretches out over 800 meters across the rice fields. The bridge serves as an easier way for the monks at the bamboo temple to reach the village. Without it, the monks would usually have to walk a far distance through the rice fields and forest.
The scenic bridge is lifted over the rice fields and is a great way to enjoy a leisurely stroll. 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. You’ll also avoid the crowds and strong midday heat by visiting in the morning.
The bridge looks unique and feels a little strange when you first walk on it. The bamboo is woven together which makes it feel bouncy. The bridge is flat and easy to walk on so there is plenty of space for you to wander and explore. There are also little huts beside the bridge where you can seek shelter and take a quick break.
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. 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.
If you spend some time walking along the bamboo bridge, you’ll even come across a bamboo temple in the forest. The temple is quite hidden and you won’t find many other tourists around. Be mindful that if you wish to enter the temple, you’ll have to cover your knees and shoulders.
Where to stay
Pai town is small, although there are plenty of places for you to stay. Wherever you stay in Pai, you’ll be close to a variety of food and cafe options. There is really awesome night market in the centre of town that has a bunch of food options. If you’re looking to get away from the busy streets in town, you can stay on the outskirts of town like we did and rent a scooter to easily get around.
Reverie Siam – Luxury: Situated on the back of Pai river, Reverie Siam is a beautiful and luxurious resort that offers its guests a relaxing atmosphere. The tranquil location of the property, as well as the friendly and accomodating staff, is sure to make your stay a memorable one.
The Quarter Pai – Midrange: The Quarter Pai is a very affordable hotel that features an outdoor pool and spacious modern rooms. It’s a great place to relax and unwind by the pool and enjoy the stunning garden views. The property is also in walking distance of the main street in Pai.
Rainbow House Pai – Budget: We stayed at Rainbow House and it was a super affordable place that had everything you needed. The property features peaceful bungalows with large rooms that are clean and comfortable. It’s located just a little bit outside of the main touristy town centre but it’s still in walking distance. The owner was also extremely helpful during our stay.
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