Pai Memorial Bridge

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by Gary D, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Gary D

    Gary D Ol'Timer

    Well i finally stopped at the Memorial Bridge just a little east from Pai and what an education i got. Like everyone we just seem to fly past places that are interesting to stop at.
    The new bridge is modern concrete construction but is situated adjacent to an older steel bridge that originally was the old Narawat Bridge from Chiang Mai.
    The history of the various bridge crossings can be seen on a good display but interestingly the Japanese during their occupation of Thailand used forced local labour and elephants to construct a suitable heavy duty bridge for a supply route. They wanted to attack Burma which was under UK control at the time. Facing withdrawal during their final days they set fire to their massive timber construction and destroyed it.

    On another note there was a reference to the origination of the name of the town Pai. Apparently it is an abreviation of the name of the male elephant.


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