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Temple on the Hill (Wat Phra That Mae Yen)

Across the river from Pai, Pai, Thailand
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Great view

The buddha is nice and seen from pai city centre. It is up just under 300 stairs, make sure you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
fiona v
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nijmegen
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Nice for sunset

Went for sunset, was nice. Cover shoulders and knees as this is still a temple. You’ll get sweaty... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jacob E
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“white buddha” (60 reviews)
“big buddha” (18 reviews)
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Across the river from Pai, Pai, Thailand
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"worth the climb"
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"nice view"
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"pai valley"
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"great buddha"
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"steps leading"
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"walk up"
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"well worth the visit"
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"sunset view"
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"mountains"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The buddha is nice and seen from pai city centre. It is up just under 300 stairs, make sure you wear apropriate clothing. There is a possibillity to rent a sarong. Up by the buddha is a great place to sit and watch the sun...More

1  Thank fiona v
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for sunset, was nice. Cover shoulders and knees as this is still a temple. You’ll get sweaty going up the stairs, but it’s well worth it!

Thank Jacob E
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We cycled to the top. The hill was very steep. The pure white Buddha is huge and the view from the top of the hill is stunning, all the way into Myanmar. You can also climb the steps or drive to the top. Well worth...More

Thank Dajoma
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The view from here is worth the climb if you are walking. The white Buddha is ok and sunglasses are advised if it's really sunny

Thank Brenton K
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Reviewed 14 May 2018

We were brought up here by minivan - thank goodness as the road was very steep! A lovely enormous white Buddha on a hill overlooking the river and into Myanmar. Nobody else there at the time, as it was late morning. We also travelled to...More

Thank kathryndob
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Easy to get to by bike or scooter. There are a few steps to climb and then you get to the sitting buddha looking out over the valley. On a clear day would be great, but as usual the smoke haze and heat ruined that...More

Thank RoryE
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Reviewed 24 April 2018

Give yourself plenty of time to walk up the stairs (10 minutes) to be at the top for sunset. Many tour groups bring people here as the last stop so can be a little overcrowded. As it is a temple you must also cover your...More

Thank AmyMidge1804
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Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

My wife and myself visited here as part of a tour. It's worth a visit. There are quite a few steps up to the large White Buddha and the views are stunning. Some come here for the sunset instead of Pai Canyon.

Thank tobyjug1970
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Reviewed 20 March 2018 via mobile

It is hard to get excited about wats in Thailand, as omnipresent as they are. This one is old and a little worn, a plus in my book compared with the gaudy and boring new ones. The long walk up stairs guarded by dragons is...More

1  Thank Chuck B
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

This place is absolutely beautiful for sunset, an absolute must visit while you are in Pai. The big Buddha at the top is worth it alone even without the sunset, it's just a cooler time of day to walk up those stairs!

Thank BeaThomas4
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Jordan B
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Response from Raelene H | Reviewed this property |
No, you need to climb the stairs. However the view is better from the small temple at the bottom of the staircase.
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Jenny K
27 December 2014|
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Response from Mike C | Reviewed this property |
Hi It's pretty much as per the answer above. Cross the bridge take the left fork. It's pretty easy to find if you have a sense of direction.mone thing I found was even if you took a wrong turn you almost always managed to... More
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