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Temple on the Hill (Wat Phra That Mae Yen)

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Nice view at sunset but gets very busy

We went here for sunset and the views were beautiful, however it gets very very busy at sunset... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
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This is a must-do if you’re in Pai! Very impressive Buddha and stunning views! You can drive most... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2018
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Across the river from Pai, Pai, Thailand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The White Buddha sits on top of the hill in Pai. You can see it from all over Pai. IT looms over the valley. It was easy to find, up a winding road...and i thought it was just magical. Beautiful , huge white Buddha...fabulous

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here for sunset and the views were beautiful, however it gets very very busy at sunset meaning it’s worth getting there a bit early to get a good spot. Also worth noting it’s worth getting there a while before the sun officially sets...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 13 November 2018 via mobile

If you fancy looking at nice things this is a good place to have a look. The view of Pai is great and the big Buddha is also beautiful. You will have to climb up more than a few step to reach the Buddha but...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 12 November 2018 via mobile

Didn't visit the temple but made the climb to the white Buddha. Not too challenging but the hangover we were sporting sure made it tough. Views from the top are magnificent and the towering Buddha is a great sight.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DanielC417
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

It takes some effort to reach the top but the views make it worth wile! The white buddha itself is in it's own way special.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Hiranya B
Reviewed 21 October 2018

White Buddha is a popular site to see in Pai. You can spot it from afar when you are driving or walking. Hidden up on the mountain it can be an intense amount of stairs, but the view of Pai and the gorgeous buddha is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 19 October 2018 via mobile

This is a must-do if you’re in Pai! Very impressive Buddha and stunning views! You can drive most of the way up to the Buddha and there is parking. Then there’s a few (quite a few!) steps up to the top. Worth it for the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank cmacfarlane93
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

This is a religious site, not a viewpoint for tourists. We as visitors should pay respect. This is specifically directed towards those not dressing up respectful and then posing with the buddha image for vacation photos. You wouldn't do that in a church in Italy,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 29 August 2018

This big Buddha statue is on a mountainside overlooking Pai. To get to it you can walk or cycle or go by motorbike if you do not want to do a tour. Go to the end of Walking Street and just after Mountain Bar and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 19 July 2018

You need to do it because you are visiting Pai. I have seen a hundred big Buddha statues living in Eastern Asia or I would have enjoyed this more. The view is quite narrow, but decent. There are nicer views elsewhere. I went around 9...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Jordan B
5 December 2016|
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.
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