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    Wonders of the Underworld - Pang Mapha Caves

    This would have to be a must visit for all adventurers with a love of natural geological formations, and a thirst for knowledge of pre-history.



    Read this article here > Wonders of the underworld: Explorer captures ┐cave cathedrals┐ in all their ancient glory | Mail Online



    Located in a rugged, forested wilderness area approx 150km's from Chiang Mai, near the border with Myanmar, Cave Lodge is owned by an Australian. GOOGLE MAP CLICK HERE.

    Website here > SOPPONG-LOOKING FOR THE BEST ACCOMMODATION TREKKING, CAVING, KAYAKING, RAFTING AND WILD NATURE IN THE SOPPONG-PAI-MAE HONG SON AREA?

    I intend visiting Cave Lodge with guests, in November, and will report back with more detail.
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    Cheers, Rob.
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    Looks awesome! Would love to hear a first hand report!!!

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    I've been past the turnoff 3 or 4 times. Must go and visit next time.

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    WOW that is a must mate will be on the list of to do's when we go CM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wabbits View Post
    WOW that is a must mate will be on the list of to do's when we go CM.
    Absolutely! The scenery around there is awesome and would make an ideal 2 or more day excursion.

    I promoted this to Front Page article ... edit or change as you see fit, please Wabbs.
    Cheers, Rob.
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    If you're up that way on Nov 10 Rob, there's a music night on in Mae Hong Son.
    Farang and local musos putting on a concert by the lake.

    I'll be there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norabunga View Post
    If you're up that way on Nov 10 Rob, there's a music night on in Mae Hong Son.
    Farang and local musos putting on a concert by the lake.

    I'll be there
    Unfortunately we'll be in Oz, my son gets married that day. But good news, they'll be visiting Vn for honeymoon first, then coming here last week in Nov.
    Cheers, Rob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaptainrob View Post
    Absolutely! The scenery around there is awesome and would make an ideal 2 or more day excursion.

    I promoted this to Front Page article ... edit or change as you see fit, please Wabbs.
    I might have to sit and make front page live then.55555

    Will be done!
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    I'll be going to maehongsong in jan 2013 and was thinking about visiting those caves. I'd like to know hos you liked the caves and the accom.
    I'll be driving up and will be looking for travel company for the trip from chiang mai. maybe a forum member is interested, let me know

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    Quote Originally Posted by BangkokSteve View Post
    I'll be going to maehongsong in jan 2013 and was thinking about visiting those caves. I'd like to know hos you liked the caves and the accom.
    I'll be driving up and will be looking for travel company for the trip from chiang mai. maybe a forum member is interested, let me know
    I'll do a write-up after we visit end of Nov. I can help out if you need a co-driver ... only too happy to do so
    Cheers, Rob.
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    yeah captain a co driver on. that long winding road would be good. I want to hang out in CM for a while too.Maybe get to know a few of you forum members...a few beers .... a few stories....kill the loneliness

    Maybe firm up plans when I hit bkk in dec
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    Have a look at THIS thread Steve and maybe stick your dates on there.

    Trying to organise a BM get together (or 2 or 3) in CM. Seems to be a bit like herding sheep though 555.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norabunga View Post
    Have a look at THIS thread Steve and maybe stick your dates on there.

    Trying to organise a BM get together (or 2 or 3) in CM. Seems to be a bit like herding sheep though 555.
    Is that what you do on Easter Island? 555
    Cheers, Rob.
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    Actually meant to write "herding cats" D'oh!

    Nah we don't herd em on Easter Island, we f......... Oh never mind 555

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    We made the trip to Pang Mapha last weekend, staying one night at Cave Lodge, visiting the main cave just on dusk when 1,000's of birds return to roost.





    The road trip up was easy enough, not too much traffic although scooters can be a problem ... nearly bowled one idiot for a six when he stopped in shadows, mid-lane to turn right on the outskirts of Pai! Locked up the Civic on all 4 wheels! Just as well it wasn't wet. Big bikes were mainly in large groups and it was a slow trip for them also as the windy roads were peppered with pot-holes.





    I'd allowed 5 hours including stops and we arrived ~ 4pm to be shown to very comfortable cabins c/w ensuites, overlooking the forest and river below. Cave Lodge is rustic, best suited to bikers and back-packers - cold beers and wholesome food is readily available and young serving girls were a delight! The tab for 2 cabins, meals (for 4), and beers, came to 2,400 baht.



    The main cave is just 600m away and one may walk or drive to the tour office, pay a few hundred baht in entry/guide fees and be escorted through on bamboo rafts. The river is deep in parts and the return trip is hard work for 2 guides who must push and pull the rafts back upstream ... they certainly earn their money.





    The cave(s) are huge and having a low overhang just inside the main entry, plus a bend in the river, makes it very very dark... just one kerosene lamp and a miners torch for illumination. We entered 2 of the 3 side caverns on foot, climbing dozens of slippery bat-poo coated wooden stairs for access to coffin cave, but it was worth it. Humans inhabited these caves more than 10,000 years ago. Teak coffins, still virtually intact, have been carbon dated to nearly 2,000 years.

    Cheers, Rob.
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    Thanks again Rob, for a very interesting trip and good photo's.
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    Looks like a lovely bit of paradise. Nice to get off the beaten track a little. I love going to places knowing people were there 10,000 years before...
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    Great pictures Rob, would you say this is a "must do trip" if you were in CM for a few weeks and had never been here before ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivo View Post
    Great pictures Rob, would you say this is a "must do trip" if you were in CM for a few weeks and had never been here before ?
    That's a difficult Q to answer.

    It's a crappy road and a long 5hr drive there and back the same way. As I said, an ideal stop-over for bikers as one can visit the main cave upon dusk, have a good nosh a few cold beers + reasonably good accommodation at budget prices, then be on your way elsewhere next morning.

    I would not go out of my way to do the trip by car as a 'must see' unless specifically interested in caves/history and doing some of the other local activities - bush walks, cave exploration, rafting etc. If travelling by car to Pai or Mae Hong Son anyway, then definitely, visit the cave!
    Cheers, Rob.
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    Just rereading this old thread and im thinking of going here for a look in a week or two, Rob do recommend just a 1 night stay here or do I need to allow 2 nights ?


    How did Jo enjoy the cave, not scared ?
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