This is a great little road trip and works well in June, July, September, October or November. In June – July the local people will be planting rice. In September – November there are great views of the rice fields. Towards the end of this period, the farmers can be seen harvesting their rice.
Leave the Retreat at 6.00am.
Chi Kung and Shuang Yang at Doi Kiew Lom viewpoint.
A stop at the Lahu tribal market in the mountains.
Coffee looking over the rice fields.
A walk to the fish cave in a national park.
Arrive in Mae Hong Son city for breakfast/ lunch.
Walk around the lake in the city centre. Visit the beautiful temples next to the lake.
Check in hotel.
Optional: trip to the Zoo / explore Mae Hong Son City.
Trip to Wat Prathat Doi Kong Mu at sunset. This is Mae Hong Son province’s most revered temple. It sits on a mountain overlooking the city and has amazing views – especially at sunset.
Dinner at a restaurant.
Chi Kung and Shuang Yang practise in the park on the lake shores.
Check out of hotel.
Coffee above the rice fields.
Explore Pa Daeng Cave.
This is a really unique opportunity of a sort which few people experience! The cave is long – it extends about 550m into a mountainside. It has great stalactites and stalagmites and a stream running through it. The most amazing thing about it, though, is that hardly anyone ever goes there! There are absolutely no signs of human presence in the cave – not a single piece of litter or graffiti. It feels very much like being the first humans to arrive! To get to the cave requires a climb up a long flight of steps up the mountainside through jungle. There is a lot of wading through streams and a bit of scrambling over rocks. Well worth it, though, for a once in a lifetime experience like this!
Back to the Retreat early evening. 🙂