You might have overlooked it on your way from Chiang Mai to Pai but you would definitely want to visit this historical landmark on your visit to Pai. Though some may feel nothing spectacular about this bridge as it is just like any other man-made bridge but the history behind it is quite interesting. Also, there are two sections of the bridge – the old and the new.
Located about 9 km from Pai on the road to Chiang Mai, the Memorial Bridge built out of iron was constructed in 1942 by the Japanese to transport ammunition and supplies to Burma (modern day Myanmar) during the World War II.
Standing up on the bridge you can see the Pai river flowing down below. The platform to walk on is made out of wooden planks. You want to be careful walking on them especially if you are barefoot as there are nails holding the bridge together and you don’t want to get hurt during a vacation (or ever).
There are also a couple of information boards which depicts the history of Pai and the origin of the town’s name in brief.
There is a small shop by the bridge which sells clothes as well as basic items such as water and snacks, however, there is a cluster of 3-4 cafes right across the and its a good spot to halt here for a cup of coffee or even your lunch.
It is located on the way from Chiang Mai to Pai and is on the kilometre marker 88 on highway 1095, Mae Malai-Pai Road.