White Buddha Pai (also known as Wat Phra That Mae Yen) is located in the hills and is situated on top of over 300 steps. This temple has great views of the surrounding landscape and is even visible from Pai town.
How to get to White Buddha 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 Pai town it is less than a 10 minute drive. We drove ourselves on our scooter which we rented for 150Baht per day. You can also access the temple by taking the local taxi known as a songthaew. If you prefer to walk, you can also do this, however the road leading to the buddha is very long and steep.
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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White Buddha Pai Opening Hours
The temple is open from 6am – 6pm everyday.
What to expect
White Buddha Pai is a must visit if you’re in the area! Being up in the hills is incredibly peaceful while you look back over Pai city. Reaching the buddha can be a challenge for some people as it’s located on top of roughly 300 steps. Even though it’s a slight challenge in the sun, it’s all worth it once you make it to the top. At the top you’ll come to a large courtyard with the big white Buddha located directly in the middle. Many people sit on the stairs and admire both the Buddha and the view of town. This place is a perfect spot to watch sunset as the sun sets right in front of stairs so you can sit and admire the beautiful colourful sky.
When visiting this temple, remember to dress respectfully. Before you walk up the stairs there are signs and local women telling you to cover your shoulders and knees. There is also a bathroom at the bottom of the stairs which is free for everyone to use.
If you’re looking for another great place to admire the scenery of Pai, check out the Pai Canyon!