Su Tong Pae bamboo bridge / Mae Hong Son , I’d like to start with a comment this time: all advertisements and marketing material of this attraction feature a bamboo bridge on a lush, green background of the surrounding rice fields, so you should know that this is the scenery only during few months of the year (September-October)!! Throughout the rest of the year, the bridge looks different as you can see in the pictures I’ve taken on December.
The bamboo bridge is a few hundreds of meters long. It connects Ban Kung Mai Sak village to Wat Tham Pu Sama temple, which is located on a hill, some 500 meters from the village and beyond the stream.
The Su Tong Pae bamboo bridge title denotes faith and success. The hill (which features the temple) and the village are separated by the stream and rice fields, and the bridge was built by villagers to serve the monks who get up early and go out to receive food donations and other provisions (Alm) from the local villagers,
The Su Tong Pae bamboo bridge structure is very simple – wooden poles are stuck in the ground and on top of them, lies a bamboo walking path. The bridge is 2 meters wide and 500 meters long. I suppose most tourists won’t get here at 6 AM to see the monks who go out to collect donations, so the main attraction here is stopping by to take some pictures.
When the area abounds with green rice fields, the sight is certainly beautiful, but this happens only from September – October. At other times, the area is yellow and dry, and looks far less appealing than what’s presented in the enticing marketing materials, so please take it into consideration.
I’ve visited the place on December – a great time to visit northern Thailand in general, but the rice was reaped a few months ago and the scenery was hardly appealing as you can see in the attached pictures.
The following sites are a short drive away from Su Tong Pea bamboo bridge:
Pang Tong Palace ==> click the link
Pang Oung ==> click the link
Phu Klon Mud Spa ==> click the link
Pha Suea Waterfall ==> click the link
The Chinese village Ban Rak Thai ==> click the link
To sum it up: the Su Tong Pae bamboo bridge is photogenic and enables you to take nice pictures only during a short time of the year (September-October)
My opinion: at the right season, when the scenery around the bridge is green and lively, it’s worth a stop, to enjoy the beauty and simplicity of the place.
♥ The bamboo bridge may be included in Tiptop Travel tour plans in northern Thailand