PenCave Homestay

TREKKING

ONE DAY TREKKING

 

Depart at PenCave Homestay our starting point, from here it is a 3 hour walk through the forest to a Karen village, having lunch along the way.

 

After arriving at the village if you have the energy we can visit a remote and beautiful cave(Long yao)not many people visit this cave. At the village you can also see the women weaveing beautiful blankets and you can buy these hand woven goods directly from the weaver. I will explain what Karen life is like and answer any questions you may have about local customs.

 

After take a walk around the village you can either walk or take a bamboo rafts back to Tham Lod village and Pen Cave Homestay °)))))°°))°)))°°

 


TWO DAYS TREKKING

 

The travelers arrive at Tham lod (Pencave homestay) approx. 10:30AM.

DAY ONE

Check in and have lunch.

Tour of the Tham Lod village, observe local history and culture.

Then go to Tham Lod Cave, one of the longest accessible limestone caves in Southeast Asia, complete with stunning limestone formation, three cavernous chambers and a river running through the entire length of the cave. Also visit the archaeological site in the cave with remains of the ancient Log Coffin Culture. The Log Coffin Culture is a mysterious group of people that lived in this area around 1,500-3,000 years ago. The most striking remains of the culture are the enigmatic log coffins carved from entire teak tree-trunks and perched high in the limestone cliffs. Some pottery and  human bones have also been found with these coffins. Other than a few archeologists, very few peoples have seen these relics in their natural setting.

Watch the vast swirling clouds of swifts and bats at sunset as the swifts return home to nest for the night in the cave, and the bats leave for their nocturnal search for food.

Return to the homestay (Pencave homestay) accommodation at Tham Lod Village. Enjoy a dinner of traditional Shan recipes unique to this remote highland area. These dishes are full of healthy organic herbs and fresh wild plants and vegetables that impart a distinct and rich flavor to the local varieties of chicken and pork. The Shan food  is accompanied by organic brown-black rice grown high in the mountains by remote Lahu villages.

After dinner have a supper of tea grown in the Lua territories near the Burmese border. The tea is brewed in the traditional fashion using bamboo tubes over an open fire and drunk from bamboo cups. At this time we talk about local history, traditions and folklore.

Retire to bed in the Shan family houses.

 

DAY TWO

Breakfast of home make bread

Walk through the forest to Karen village stopping to see the many wild vegetables  , Spices that grow in the wild and a picnic lunch before reaching the village. At the Karen village take a stroll around the village and learn about local traditions, customs before catching a bamboo raft for a ride back to Tham Lod (Pencave homestay) village

Have a Shan dinner where the guests are welcome to learn the methods of cooking. Have tea from the bamboo cups.

Stay the night at Tham lod (Pencave homestay) village.

 

DAY THREE

Breakfast of home make bread and fresh coffee.

Tham Lod to Mae Hong Son on the drive to Mea Hong Son we will stop at a view point looking out over Burma, go to Tham Wua a famous meditation temple and rock art site then stop off to go elephant riding before boarding your flight to Chiang Mai.

 


 

FOUR DAYS TREKKING

 

 

Day One

 

Arrive Tham Lod (Pencavehomestay) approx. 10:30 AM. Check in and have lunch.(Pencavehomestay)

 

 

Go to explore the village to see the way of the Shan people and  surrounding landscape .

 

Then go to Tham Lod Cave, one of the longest accessible limestone caves in Southeast Asia, complete with stunning limestone formation, three cavernous chambers and a river running through the entire length of the cave. Also visit the archaeological site in the cave with remains of the ancient Log Coffin Culture. The Log Coffin Culture is a mysterious group of people that lived in this area around 1,500-3,000 years ago. The most striking remains of the culture are the enigmatic log coffins carved from entire teak tree-trunks and perched high in the limestone cliffs. Some pottery and  human bones have also been found with these coffins. Other than a few archaeologists, very few people have seen these relics in their natural setting.

Watch the vast swirling clouds of swifts and bats at sunset as the swifts return home to nest for the night in the cave, and the bats leave for their nocturnal search for food.

 

Return to homestay (Pencavehomestay)accommodation at ThamLod Village. Enjoy a dinner of traditional Shan recipes unique to this remote highland area. These dishes are full of healthy organic herbs and fresh wild plants and vegetables that impart a distinct and rich flavor to the local varieties of chicken and pork. The Shan food  is accompanied by organic brown-black rice grown high in the mountains by remote Lahu villages.

After dinner have a supper of tea grown in the Lua territories near the Burmese border. The tea is brewed in the traditional fashion using bamboo tubes over an open fire and drunk from bamboo cups. At this time we talk about local history, traditions and folklore.

Retire to bed in the Shan family houses.

 

DAY TWO

Breakfast of pancakes and fresh coffee

After a healthy breakfast, walk through the forest to Karen village stopping to see the many wild vegetables, Spices that grow in the wild and a picnic lunch before reaching the village.  At the Karen village those with the energy can explore a couple of small caves or take a stroll around the village and learn about local traditions , customs before diner cooked the local way on an open wood fire.

 

Have a Karen-style dinner and stay the night in the home stay accommodation at Meuang Paem.

 

DAY THREE

Breakfast of the local Karen foods.

After breakfast go and see how rice is grown before catching a bamboo raft for a ride back to Tham Lod village. In the afternoon take a walk to a view point or just kick back and relax.

Tour of the  ThamLod village, observe local history and culture.

Have a Shan dinner where the guests are welcome to learn the methods of cooking. Have tea from the bamboo cups.

 

Stay the night at Tham lod village.(Pencave homestay)

 

DAY FOUR

After Breakfast  home make bread and fresh coffee

Tham Lod to Mea Hong Son on the drive to Mea Hong Son  we will stop at a view point looking out over Burma , go to Tham Wua a famous meditation temple and rock art site, then stop off to go elephant riding before boarding your flight to Chiang Mai. 

 

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