Thai people are very good at preserving every bit of history. The Bridge across River Pai being one of them. Though not as popular as the one across River Kwai, Pai River's memorial bridge also has its own history.
On our Day of Ride Thailand bike trip, on way to Mae Hong Son from Chiang Mai (highway 1095), we passed by the Pai district and stopped at the memorial bridge.
However, in 1973 the bridge was damaged heavily during a flood. Local administration rebuilt the bridge, now using steel, to retain memories of the past. The renovated bridge, what exists today as a tourist attraction was commissioned in 1976. A more practical and wider bridge was built next to it for regular usage. Below image shares additional photos. Few original photos of the bridge can also be seen near the entrance.
|History of memorial Bridge|
There are a few cafes with free wi-fi. Lots of shops selling all kind of stuff are available on both side of the river.
A ride in the river, on bamboo made boats is organized by the locals on request.
We also spotted few bikers camping in the vicinity of Pai River. Took some photos with Jack Sparrow.
Memorial bridge is open to tourists all days and all times and there's no entry fee.