SUNSET AT PAI CANYON

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If there is one thing that you must do when visiting the northern Thai village of Pai, it’s witness the sunset over its famous canyons.  Known as “Kong Lan” in Thai, it was absolutely the highlight of my time in Pai and I’d highly recommend experiencing it for yourself.

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I’d recommend tuning up about an hour or so before the sunset, so that you can have a little stroll around and take in all the various views.  Many people choose to bring along snacks and drinks to sit down with and enjoy whilst watching the sunset.

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As the Pai Canyon is one of the main attractions in the area, don’t be surprised if you have to share this incredible experience with crowds of other tourists.

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The Pai Canyons are a truly spectacular geographical landform.  If you’re brave, you can walk across its ridges, which are incredibly narrow in some parts, with up to 30m drops either side.

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I was lucky in that it was a perfectly clear night when I visited, and the sunset was glorious.  I was in awe for the 30 minutes or so that it took for the sun to go right down.  Pictures don’t do it much justice – just see it in the flesh and you’ll know what I’m talking about.  I can’t recommend it enough.

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My visit to the Pai Canyon was part of a day tour around Pai which I’d booked at the Night Market on Pai’s Walking Street the night before.  For information about how to get to the Pai Canyons, check out this link.

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