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The Bamboo Bridge, Su Tong Pae

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Mae Hong Son’s bamboo bridge—known in the Shan language as Su Tong Pae—is another of those sites that, while perhaps not worth travelling far out of your way to see, definitely merits a stop if you’re passing by.

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Fortunately, with a strategic location at the junction of Highway 1095 and the route to Ban Rak Thai, it does conveniently slot in beside other out of town destinations. Right by the main highway, the bridge makes for a great stop if you’re travelling under your own steam between Mae Hong Son and Soppong or Pai. The eastern end of the bridge is signposted in English to the right of the road as you arrive from Soppong. Along with a stop at the nearby mud spa and a peek at the seasonally impressive Pha Sua Waterfall the bridge also adds to the various sites between Mae Hong Son and Ban Rak Thai for a day tour. Access to the Shan village of Kung Mai Sak and the western end of the bridge is just off this route.

Take a wander. Photo taken in or around The Bamboo Bridge, Su Tong Pae, Mae Hong Son, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Take a wander. Photo: Mark Ord

The bridge itself resembles something of a mini-U Bein bridge with a raised but low, bamboo platform attached to teak piles and stretches some 500 metres across paddy-fields and the Mae Sa Nga Stream. It was built in 2012 purportedly to link a hill-top temple aside 1095 to the village itself.

The small Shan style temple on the low hill, known as Phu Sama, provides fine overviews of the bridge. A sealed road also connects the two and the bamboo bridge is only suitable for pedestrians so, aside from allowing monks direct access to the village (and vice versa), the main users are principally tourists. We did see plenty of atmospheric shots in town travel agents of early morning monks seeking alms from sarong-clad villagers on the bridge but we’d reckon you’d have to be lucky with your timing and there were certainly none about on the morning ... Travelfish members only (Around 400 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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The Bamboo Bridge, Su Tong Pae
Kung Mai Sak Village, around 7kms north of Mae Hong Son at the junction of Highway 1095 and the Ban Rak Thai road.
Admission: Free

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