Photo: Not a bridge too far.

Mae Yen village and waterfall

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In addition to being a cute little Shan village with a collection of chalet resorts and cafes, nearby Mae Yen also has a couple of noteworthy sights of its own.

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If you cross over the Pai River by the road bridge on Raddamrong Road and bear right at the first fork, then Mae Yen is the first village you reach. This means it's within reasonable walking distance of town and has a couple of very pleasant cafes along the way.

Just delivered. Photo taken in or around Mae Yen village and waterfall, Pai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Just delivered. Photo: Mark Ord

The first feature—difficult to miss as it towers above the village—is a huge white seated Buddha image on the hill above the village temple, Wat Prathat Mae Yen. Of recent construction (when we visited in mid-2017 it still came with attached scaffolding), the statue and adjacent viewpoint have shot up Pai’s list of popular sites and a sunset visit to Wat Mae Yen is now an almost de-rigueur element of any Pai stay. On the eastern slope of the Pai Valley, the Buddha faces west so it’s the end of day complement to Yun Lai’s sunrise ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)

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