Product code: CT526
An awesome adventure in the heart of Mae Hong Son province! Join our guide on a challenging trek following remote trails not often ventured by foreigners, stay overnight in a hill tribe village and explore an impressive limestone cave.
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights.
Departure: Daily departures from Chiang Mai.
Activities: Jungle trekking, cave exploration
Fitness Level: This expedition is recommended for people in good physical condition.
- Explore the fabulous Pai and Soppong areas in the heart of Mae Hong Son
- Trek with professional, local guides through a unique and less-travelled area of Thailand
- Encounter various hilltribe villages including an overnight stay in a traditional Karen hilltribe village
- Visit the impressive Tham Lod limestone caves
DAY ONE – Drive the scenic mountain road to Pai
Meeting and pick up at your Chiang Mai accommodation around 8:30am. Drive the scenic mountain road to Pai valley and reach the town in time for lunch at local restaurant. Spend the afternoon at your own leisure, exploring the area independently; there is the option to cycle around by mountain bike. Spend the night in a comfortable resort, dinner provided.
(Meals: L, D)
DAY TWO – Trek to Lahu Village
After breakfast, we depart by vehicle to reach the Soppong area where we begin our hike to reach a small Lahu village. We stop at the village for lunch before continuing to hike 4 hours through the jungle. We eventually reach a small Karen village where we will stay overnight; your guide and hosts will cook you a delicious local dinner while you relax surrounded by the sounds of the peaceful village and jungle. Total trekking time for today is approximately 6 hours with lush jungle, bamboo forest and limestone rock formations.
(Meals: B, L, D)
DAY THREE – Trek down the valley and explore Tham Lod limestone caves
Trek down the valley after breakfast then cross the Lang river before eventually reaching the small village of Ban Tham. Lunch at local restaurant followed by an afternoon exploring the mind-blowing Tham Lod caves; this unique cave system is said to be one of South-East Asia’s largest. Drive down to Soppong village dinner at local bungalow and overnight in a basic guesthouse in Soppong.
(Meals: B, L, D)
DAY FOUR – Jungle trekking and vehicle transfer to Mae Hong Son
Drive up the mountain to begin a 3 hour hike through dense bamboo forest to reach a tiny Lisu village. You will have a lunch break at the village before trekking down the valley to meet our vehicle. Drive along the scenic winding road to Mae Hong Son, making a stop at the “fish cave” (Tham Pla) on our way. Tham Pla is an interesting Buddhist sanctuary under a limestone cliff. Check in to your hotel after which you can relax and enjoy dinner at your own leisure; there are a variety of good restaurants by a small lake.
(Meals: B, L)
DAY FIVE – Explore the quaint town of Mae Hong Son before returning to Chiang Mai
Start the morning exploring this charming little town starting with an early visit to a local market with your guide. Then we drive to the Wat Prathat Doi Khong Mou Temple, located on the hill overlooking the town with a great view point. Walk back to the city where you can take a stroll to the Wat Jongkham, near the charming little lake. Before noon, we will begin the long overland trip back to Chiang Mai with pitstops at Soppong and Pai; arrival time in Chiang Mai approximately 19:00
(Meals: B, L)
- Private transportation to and from Chiang Mai
- Experienced English speaking trekking guide
- Accommodation as per itinerary (basic accommodation in hilltribe village, 3 nights in tourist class hotel)
- Meals as mentioned in itinerary [B=Breakfast, L=Lunch,D=Dinner]
- Meals not mentioned
- Beverages and additional meals
- Tips or gratuities (optional)
- Personal expenses
Note: this program is a sample itinerary only and can vary slightly depending of the season and other circumstances. We reserve the right to change the program according to local situation.
Option to fly back to Chiang Mai
If you prefer not to return to Chiang Mai overland, there is the option to fly from Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai (price is not included). You will need sufficient advance notice to book this flight with Nok Air or Bangkok Airway. If you choose to take the 10am flight you should book an extra night in Mae Hong Son. Alternatively, we can shorten the tour on the last day with an early market visit and drop you off at the airport at 9am.
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