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Pai Canyon

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Pai Canyon is a picturesque area of eroded red sandstone, comprising deep gullies and ochre-coloured sharp ridges dotted with stunted pines. Photos of it feature on many of the town’s tourist brochures and a convenient location makes for an unusual and attractive place for a stroll.

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This is a geographical feature that crops up at various spots across Thailand's north such as Pha Chor in Chiang Mai’s Mae Wang National Park and Mueang Phi in Phrae province. Pai’s offering is the best known and a scenic spot but the Grand Canyon this certainly is not. Expect some pretty views—especially late afternoon if the light is good—but don’t raise your expectations too high.

Well worth a wander. Photo taken in or around Pai Canyon, Pai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Well worth a wander. Photo: Mark Ord

There are wooden viewing platforms and plenty of trails but be warned that they can get very slippery and some are extremely narrow and run along razor sharp ridges with sheer unprotected drops on either side. They’re slippery in the rain of course but even in dry conditions the gravel is still potentially treacherous, so do ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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