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WWII Memorial Bridge, Pai

  • (worth a trip)
  • less than 1 km
  • Easy
  • Free
  • 1 hour or less
  • 3 3

One of the most important sights in Pai

Pai Memorial Bridge Thailand
Pai is almost the same as Chiang Mai in terms of food. Thai food is widely available and so is western food. If you are on a budget stick to Thai delicacies such as Pad Thai, Pad Kra Pao, and Massaman curry. Or, you can try western food such a steaks and pizzas. Food is good everywhere but I really liked the Chicken steak at Amido's Pizza Cafe for 150 BAHT. The walking street/market area is a really good choice for street food variety. This also where most of the bars are.
The roads are smooth and nicely built yet tricky like any other mountain roads and Thais drive really fast, specially the motorcyclists. So be careful about walking or driving here. It is better to not go too fast.
There is no entry fee for the bridge.

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.

Opening hours

Always

How to get there

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.

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