Weekly Photo: The Grand Canyon of Thailand in Pai

Pai is a small town in the far north of Thailand and a place I escape to nearly every month from Chiang Mai. Besides being a hippy enclave, there are outdoor activities abound; surrounded by mountains on most sides, waterfalls everywhere you look, and more than a handful of different geothermal hot pools. Another “hidden” piece of Pai that makes it amazing is Pai Canyon, considered to be the Grand Canyon of Thailand.

The canyon itself isn’t nearly as vast as the world wonder in Arizona, but it is quite impressive. Rock formations trail outward like spiderwebs — treacherously narrow with 100 foot drops in some places and fine sand that makes it even more dangerous. For the adventurous (and stupid) like myself, this is what makes the canyon so amazing — you can hike on these narrow rock formations all the way through the canyon and be almost completely alone.

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  1. Franca May 5, 2014 at 10:20 am

    It is a very nice spot Ryan and I could easily see myself relaxing there and enjoy the view. Sadly I never managed to make it to Pai whilst I was in Thailand despite everyone suggested it to me 🙁

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author May 5, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Aw, bummer! I totally wish you could have visited Pai, such a marvelous little place!

  2. Agness May 6, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Wow, this is definitely a kind of place I would love to spend a day or two. Nice to stay so close to the Mother Nature :).

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author May 7, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      Yes Agness, such a beautiful spot and not many people go because its a tad bit treacherous!

  3. Brendan May 6, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Other than the fact that I hate how Americans feel the need to compare every canyon they see to the grand canyon (why do y’all do that?… Bangkok is the New York of Thailand. Phuket is the Jersey Shore of Thailand) looks like a cool spot.

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author May 6, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      Honestly Brendan, I didn’t for one second think of the “Grand Canyon” or an American comparison of sorts when I first saw that. Everything that advertises the canyon has that slapped on it. And saying all Americans compare everything to our own places is a tad ignorant of a statement I’d say. Surprised to see that comment from you. But yes it is a very cool spot.

  4. Derek May 11, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Very cool! When I see interesting geological formations like that I not only relish in their beauty but also start thinking about the natural forces behind it that shaped the locations we have come to enjoy nowadays over thousands or even millions of years. Oh the earth is an amazing place, isn’t it? 🙂

    1. JustChuckinIt - Site Author May 13, 2014 at 8:57 am

      I totally agree. Was completely fascinated by the way the formations were, hadn’t ever seen anything like it! F’kin love earth! Haha

  5. Mary @ Green Global Travel May 12, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    I love the photos! I can’t decide if I love the edited one, or the the original. Regardless, it’s a great photo! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. JustChuckinIt May 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      It is perfectly fine to like both Mary =) Thank you very much!

  6. rebecca October 6, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Just had a friend mention Pai for our upcoming Thailand trip. Your artcile makes me sure I want to go there


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