Pai Panoramas

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  • Wat Luang Pai April 2015

    Wat Luang Pai April 2015 Panorama Preview

    Originally built in 1803, this temple was later extended with the Shan-style chedi and recently with a large sitting Buddha statue. The chedi actually covers an older Buddha statue that is believed by the locals to protect Pai, so the chedi in turn protects this statue.

  • Wat Luang Pai Buddha April 2015

    Wat Luang Pai Buddha April 2015 Panorama Preview

    Wat Luang was originally built in 1803 and later extended with the Shan-style chedi and recently with a large sitting Buddha statue shown in this panorma. The large statue reflects the newfound wealth of Pai, largely due to its status as a backpacker and tourist magnet.

  • Wat Klang Pai Inside April 2015

    Wat Klang Pai Inside April 2015 Panorama Preview

    Wat Klang is the temple in the center of Pai, near the bus station. It was completed in 1792. The bot houses this interesting Buddha image, carved out of a large teak trunk.

  • Wat Klang Pai April 2015

    Wat Klang Pai April 2015 Panorama Preview

    Wat Klang is the temple in the center of Pai, near the bus station. It was completed in 1792. For many years it was a practically deserted monastery. Today it houses many revered Buddha images, some are entombed in the white chedi that is the main hallmark of this temple.

  • Pai Bridge (Memorial Bridge) April 2015

    Pai Bridge (Memorial Bridge) April 2015 Panorama Preview

    The Pai Memorial Bridge that spans the Pai River is one of the main tourist attractions in the Pai area. The bridge was originally built by the Japanese in WW II with conscripted local labor, to facilitate the movement of troops from the existing garrison in Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son and on to Burma, where the Japanese intended to fight the British.

    The bridge was originally built of wood logs cut from the forest and moved to the site with elephants. The Japanese burned the wooden bridge but inconvenienced villagers rebuilt it in the post-war years.

    In 1975 the Thai government built the current iron bridge. This was also meant as an infrastructure project benefiting the then remote province of Mae Hong Son, to keep its citizens loyal to the central Thai government.

    The water level of the Pai River in this panorama is extremely low as it's the end of the hot season. In the rainy season the water will easily reach to half height of the pillars.

  • Pai in 2013

    Pai in 2013 Panorama Preview

    The still quaint town of Pai (Mae Hong Son Province) in early February 2013.

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