Pai Canyon - A dangerous place for careless hikers

Pai Canyon, or Kong Lan in Thai, is located in a picturesque mountain valley on the outskirts of Pai, a small town in Northern Thailand that has become a magnet for foreign and local tourists. It is a unique geographical area of Thailand, formed over many thousands of years of soil erosion and water currents that have washed away local masses of sandstone.

Hiking in the Pai Canyon

Now Pai Canyon is a beautiful and, most importantly, unique place where you can enjoy unique panoramic views of Thailand like you won’t find anywhere else.

Pai Canyon Hiking

Fans of extreme experiences or just brave ones can take a walk along the trails of the canyon, and visit the observation deck where you can admire the red ridges of canyon with steep cliffs surrounded by pine and dipterocarp forests, from which you can enjoy stunning views.

Danger Warning

It is worth taking precautions when visiting canyon, as there are no fences, and meanwhile the canyon is 30 to 50 meters high!

For example, the ledge in the photo where the girl is sitting no longer exists. Because it broke off from the main ridge of canyon back in 2020, and collapsed downward. Even though there was always a line of hikers waiting to take pictures, luckily no one was on the ledge at the time of the collapse. This place often makes local news headlines.

Be careful!

Use sunscreen

Do not go close to the edges, which can crumble, and do not let young children walk through the canyon alone. Before hiking in canyon, it is also worth stocking up on headgear, closed clothing, and sunscreen, as it is an open area and the sun tends to burn your exposed skin with its hot rays. The UV level here is so high that at noon your skin will burn in just 15-20 minutes.

Best time to visit

Pai Canyon

The best time to visit this place is in the morning, but at sunset it is also incredibly beautiful!

By the way, entrance to Pai Canyon is absolutely free. The location of Kong Lan is only 8 kilometers from Pai. You can get here either by rented transport (car, bicycle or motorcycle of your choice) or by cab (tuk-tuk or sunteo at a negotiated price).


The canyon is located approximately 8 km from the center of Pai town in Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand. The easiest way to get there is to take a tuk-tuk or rental car from Pai town. Alternatively, you can take a motorbike or bicycle from town and follow the signs to the canyon.

Sure, it is possible to explore canyon alone, as long as you take necessary safety precautions. Make sure to wear appropriate clothing, apply sunscreen and take plenty of water. The terrain can be quite treacherous so make sure to stay on the designated paths and keep an eye out for potential hazards.

It typically takes 1-2 hours to explore Pai Canyon, depending on how many stops you make and how much time you spend photographing. The canyon is roughly 2km in length so keep that in mind when planning your visit.

Falls at Pai Canyon are not common, however it is important to take necessary safety precautions when exploring the area. Make sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and stick to the designated paths. Pay attention to your surroundings and be aware of potential hazards. Be careful when climbing over rocks and uneven terrain, and use caution when taking photographs.

There is a dedicated parking area for cars at Pai Canyon, located near the entrance of the canyon. Make sure to arrive early as the area can get quite busy during peak times.

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