Chiang Mais Grand Canyon

Chiang Mais Grand Canyon

The pillars and canyon of Pa Chor occurred after the Ping River changed its course millions of years ago. First, the shift created a hill and after time passed the hill eroded and changed into cliffs and pillars of soil.

This is part of the Mae Wang national park and it is a pleasant “walk in the park”. The route is about 900 meters only but will take you through some scenic spots and end up with a panorama of Pa Chor canyon. You have to walk some steps and stairs though so the walk is not suited for everyone. Could be problems for older people with walking issues. Pa Chor is probably best visited as a stopover on your way to Doi Inthanon, or as part of visiting Mae Wang national park. It is a scenic spot, but the area is quite small and does expect quite a lot of Thai tourists during the high season in November to February.

Grand Canyon or Petra, no it is the wall of Pa Chor just outside Chiang Mai
Some mysterious shapes of the pillars.

Practical info if you go to Pa Chor

The entrance fee for foreigners is 100 baht. When we were there there was only a coffee shop and some snacks sold so don’t expect to get a full meal at Pa Chor. Bring water and good walking shoes and keep yourself protected from the sun. It is as usual beneficial to start a bit early when you go sightseeing in Thailand. The light is better for taking pictures, and the heat is not overwhelming.

Here is the google adress link: Pa Chor.

Don’t mix up this Grand Canyon with the huge water and entertainment park Grand Canyon Water Park. They are two separate places.

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