FOR BUDDHIST MONKS
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This serene bamboo walkway allows Buddhist monks from remote temples to access a nearby village.
After the thrill of hiking Pai Canyon or visiting the nearby Pam Bok waterfall, head over to this tranquil bamboo walkway to recharge, restore, and clear the mind. Handcrafted by local villagers in the Mae Hong Son province, Boon Ko Ku So Bridge stretches over lush rice paddies and makes for one of the most picturesque mountain views in the region.
With its opulent forest scenery with lush vegetation, Boon Ko Ku So Bridge is not only Insta-worthy, but it’s perfect for a meditative nature walk. The pliable bamboo bridge has a lively buoyancy to it as you walk along the handmade, 800-meter stretch.
If you arrive before 8 a.m., you can also catch a glimpse of the early morning alms giving from local villagers to the Buddhist monks. When the villagers give alms to the monks, they bring a variety of small dishes, including individual portions of spicy chicken curry and vegetables, white rice, and a local dessert all wrapped and steamed inside the sacred pandan leaf. In the early morning hours, the area isn’t tourist-heavy, so you’re sure to get some nature time for yourself and find your own zen, too.
There’s a small temple on the bridge, as well as a flower swing for a photo opp with a backdrop of the mountains. There’s also a coffee shop right on the bridge, which artfully prepares its locally sourced beans.
Clancy's comment: Great to see, but even better to photograph.