Cave Lodge, established in 1984, is in the north's premier scenic wilderness district - Pang Mapha. We are the longest running guesthouse in Mae Hong Son province. We cater to a wide range of guests from budget backpackers to travellers seeking some of the best bungalows in the Pang Mapha-Soppong-Tham Lod area. Our restaurant serves a variety of tasty food - from local Shan delicacies to wholewheat bread and muffins baked in our wood-fired ovens. We provide maps and detailed information on everything that is possible in our truly spectacular district. We offer caving, white-water kayaking and trekking tours with exceptional value for money. Our renown adventure caving tours reach deep into Thailand's biggest and best caves. The original owners/managers are John, an Australian, and Nang, a local Shan from our village-Ban Tham Lod. We live here, know the area intimately, and can help you enjoy it like no one else can.
An unsurpassed riverside location near Lod Cave, comfortable, safe & affordable accommodation, friendly and informative management, great food and lots of amazing activities have made Cave Lodge famous worldwide. We are recommended by guidebooks, online sites and thousands of satisfied guests. Check out our site for detailed information on the Lodge, Lod cave, our district, tours & adventures and visit the photo pages for a visual taste of what makes Cave Lodge so special.
Set on a forested slope above the Lang River, a few hundred meters upsteam from the gigantic Lod Cave, our open, teak main house and restaurant is a fantastic base for adventure. Or, you can just relax in a hammock or meet new friends around our open fire in the winter months. We have comfortable dorm beds, basic huts and quality bungalows with ensuite bathrooms, balconies and river or forest views. The Cave Lodge restaurant serves delicious Shan, Thai and International meals at very reasonable prices. The friendly and helpful staff will help make your stay a memorable and enjoyable one.
Tham Lod, merely five minutes walk from the Lodge, is a 'must see' when you visit. If you stay the night, you can also see the incredible bird show at the cave exit when 300,000 cave-adapted swifts fly into the gaping cave mouth after sunset. Our adventure caving adventures that can take you deep into the biggest and most spectacular caves in Thailand are constantly described by travellers as the highlight of their trip. If you have an extra day or two, don't miss out on one or more of these unique adventures. No previous experience is necessary, but a reasonable level of fitness and a love of adventure helps on the more challenging trips.
Depending on river levels, you can either kayak through the massive Lod Cave on a 1-5 hour trip that includes running lots of fun rapids on the beautiful Lang River, OR, you can join a full 1-2 day wilderness kayaking descent of the Khong and Pai rivers, with 12-35 kilometres of bigger water and roaring rapids. No previous experience is needed. Our guides look after you and teach you how to run rapids like a pro.
Join a day trip over the mountain to visit a Karen hill tribe village or walk on remote paths to more distant villages on a 2-3 day trek, staying in village houses. Our licensed Shan guides can introduce you to their tribal friends and help you gain the most out of your trek. The scenery and forest is some of the best in the north.
The Tham Lod community has decided to close Tham Lod and not allow non-residents to enter the village until the current situation with the Corona Virus has been resolved. This will take effect on March 19th, 2020. Unfortunately, this means that Cave Lodge will not be able to accept guests and we will temporarily close. This will be the first time since we opened in 1984 that we have closed. We will let you know when we reopen, hopefully before the end of the year. If you have booked a room with us, you are welcome to change your booking to any date/any year. Stay safe.