Su Tong Pae

Last Updated on May 25, 2022

Bamboo Bridge

About 20 minutes north of Mae Hong Son town. This 500-meter bamboo bridge is known for its name, which means “successful prayer.” It was built in 2012, purportedly to link a hill-top temple to the village itself.

When villagers do farming in the rainy season, they cross over rice fields and the Mae Sa Nga River on a bridge made of weaving bamboo strips and wooden pillars.

su tong pae monk walk

Apart from allowing monks direct access to the village, the small Shan style temple on the low hill known as Phu Sama provides excellent views of the bridge. The bridge’s main users are primarily tourists.

su tong pae monk

If you’re driving between Mae Hong Son and Pai, the bridge is a great place to stop, especially if you combine it with a visit to the nearby mud spa and a look at the Pha Sua Waterfall, which is particularly impressive during the rainy season.

su tong pae walk way to phu sa ma

Day trip and beyond

The bridge also adds to the various sites between Mae Hong Son and Baan Rak Thai for a day tour, and it’s worth stopping by if you’re passing through. It is a very peaceful and excellent place for sunrise and sunset.

su tong pae merit

Making a merit on bamboo bridge

Every morning around 6:30 – 7:30 a.m., the monks go on an alms round and carry bowls across the bamboo bridge to receive alms, especially on religious holidays. Let’s see and learn how to making the merit.

Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Su Thong Pae bamboo bridge is a temple, and there are some rules to follow when visiting a temple in Thailand.

  • Dress properly. (Knees and shoulders should be covered.)
  • Take off your shoes when entering the buildings.
  • Be quiet.
  • Don’t point your feet at Buddha’s image.
  • Don’t hug or kiss.
  • No smoking

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