Following breakfast, we depart and continue south to Mae La Na (45 minutes), arguabley one of the most picturesque valleys in Mae Hong Son province. Here, we are are invited to visit two communities; Baan Ja Bo (Lahu) and Baan Mae La Na (Shan). Situated 30 minutes walk within each other, we are privileged to be invited into their homes and communities to meet the people and learn about their unique and distinict cultures.
The Lahu people of Baan Ja Bo are colourful, flamboyant and welcoming. It’s known for its traditional medicine and wild traditional hilltribe food. Here, a local village guide will escort you to explore the important cultural sites, introduce you to local craftsmen and craftswomen who will explain the the many different meanings of the colours of their traditional clothes. The guide will lead you to hike up the mountain to visit the Coffin cave, considered to be a sacred site by the Lahu people. You will be explained about local beliefs and how to behave in the caves, and shown locals’ rice fields and rotational rice farming system, as well as how locals live in harmony wit the forest.
Enjoy a local lunch prepared by the villagers at Baan Ja Bo.
From here, enjoy a downhill walk (30 minutes) or drive through a stunning valley of majestic limestone cliffs to Baan Mae La Na. Here, you will be met by a local village guide who will lead you on the trail to visit the beautiful Coral cave. During your trek, enjoy the beautiful fertile mixed deciduous forest area where you will find the significant herbal plantation that locals always use as their traditional medicine.
Please note: These villages are part of a program called “Project for Recovery of Life and Culture” which helps communities prepare for meaningful community-based tourism projects that share culture, raise funds to conserve natural resources, train community guides and create income for local members.
Return to Pai for an overnight.
(Note: The program is not suitable for children under 7 years old.)
Overnight in Pai
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch