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Visit Su Thong Pae bamboo bridge (Mae Hong Son)

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Su Thong Pae bamboo bridge

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GPS : 19.388994,97.954199 (See on the map)
Mae Hong Son
Mae Hong Son
Mae Hong Son
Mae Hong Son

Presentation

Built by the local community, the Su Thong Pae bridge is 500 meters long and extends over the rice fields and Mae Sa Nga river. It connects the village of Kung May Sak to Wat Su Thong Pae temple located on a small hill. This charming little bamboo bridge is located 8 kilometers from Mae Hong Son. The owners of the fields that it crosses gave some parts of their land and the villagers came together to build the bridge using bamboo strips to shape its floor and wooden stilts to raise it above the rice fields and the river. The bridge, not very high, goes through a beautiful valley.
Several times a year, there are bouddhist ceremonies with procession and offerings to the monks. But be carefull, in October 2015 a section of the bridge collapsed under the weight of the crowd.

Practical information about Su Thong Pae bamboo bridge

At present time, no public transport goes from Mae Hong Son city to the temple at the bottom of which you can find the bridge. The most convenient way to get there is to rent a scooter (around THB 150 per day) and take the road to go to Pai. 7 km outside Mae Hong Son, just after the junction to Baan Rak Thai, you will see a sign on the left showing the small road that leads to Wat Su Thong Pae (there is even a large picture of the bridge). The temple is then about 2 km away. Count 15-20 minutes to get there from the Mae Hong Son city center.
Every morning at 6 am, the usual offerings to the monks of the temple usually takes place on the bridge. The monks are not very numerous, I was told there are about seven monks, but if you wake up early, it will make your visit and your pictures most interesting.

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Su Thong Pae bamboo bridge is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :

  • Dress properly (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Take off your shoes when entering the buildings
  • Be quiet
  • Don't hug or kiss
  • Don't point your feet to Buddha's image
  • Don't smoke

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