Nearby one of Thailand’s most relaxing cities, Pai, lies one of the most unique and relaxing experiences at the Yun Lai Viewpoint situated in the Yunnan Chinese village about 4.5 kilometers from central Pai. For only 20 THB (approximately 0.60 USD), one can enjoy a delicious pot of green tea, a gorgeous view of the natural beauty surrounding Pai, and an everlasting sense of quietness that is often hard to find in Thailand. This place is like none other, as the fresh air reminds you why getting outside of the city is sometimes worth the journey.
Gorgeous view overlooking the Yunnan Chinese village
The Yun Lai Viewpoint presents a gorgeous view of the green nature that surrounds the city of Pai. In every direction possible, viewers are consistently reminded why Thailand excels as a backpacker destination - not just because of the crazy and hectic night life - but also because of viewpoints like this that provide a calm atmosphere.
North of the primary viewpoint area is the Yunnan Chinese village that is famous for emulating a Chinese village far away from Mainland China. On all sides, viewers will see gorgeous mountains that roll across the landscape in the everlasting distance. Just behind the main viewpoint, visitors will find small huts where tea is served and bananas hang for visitor consumption.
Amazing Chinese green tea... at a low cost
In addition to the gorgeous views, 20 THB (approximately 0.60 USD) not only gets you admission to the viewpoint but also a warm pot of tea.
Although there is no shortage of tea in Pai, this green tea shines with its rich taste that isn’t drowned with overloads of sugar or condensed milk. When visiting Thailand, it is very clear that the Thai people love their sweets. In return, this creates a cyclical cycle where sweet drinks such as Thai iced tea are everywhere and nice basic teas like oolong or green tea are hard to find.
The Yun Lai Viewpoint takes a different and more traditional approach by presenting visitors with all natural green tea in traditional-looking tea sets. Inside the gorgeous pot is a pool of light green richness that calms the body, as it enters the mouth and slowly washes down. Served warm, this tea actually comes straight from China and hand picked by the owner himself.
Perfect atmosphere for simply chatting
Although the tea is great and the views are breathtaking, nothing makes the experience more enjoyable than being able to share it with others. The warm tea and gorgeous views mixed with the often-cold weather in Pai paves way for a calm atmosphere perfect for chatting and bonding.
After sweating my body weight and becoming accustomed to traffic in Bangkok, coming to this place was a much-needed break. Along with a handful of fellow backpackers from our nearby bungalow, we searched for a place to just talk that wasn’t our usual to-go bar. At this viewpoint we shared our travel experiences, talked how the tea was great for improving mental morale after a heavy night of drinking, and just enjoyed the view that we might never see again.
If great tea, a nice atmosphere, and gorgeous views sound appealing to you, I highly recommend a visit to the Yun Lai Viewpoint. After all, it’s literally less than a cost of a Kit Kat at a mere 20 THB (approximately 0.60 USD) for admission.
Tips on accessing the lovely Yun Lai Viewpoint
Considering that the viewpoint is about 4.5 kilometers away from the city, it is highly recommended that visitors access the area by motorbike. This will not only save you from the dreadful hill that leads up to it, but will also give you more freedom to visit the nearby waterfalls and small villages less than a 15 minute ride away.
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