Soppong, Waterfall & Lod Cave Trek | 2 Days | from PAI, THAILAND

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Pai Rapid Rangers


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Join us on this two-day trekking adventure led by the renowned English-speaking guide, Mam. After trekking through a breathtaking valley where the mountain crests jut through the mist, we’ll visit a spectacular waterfall where you can swim amidst nature. Then, we’ll spend the night at a hill tribe village where you’ll eat dinner with a local family. The next day we’ll trek through the rainforest alongside a river until we reach the famous Lod Cave, one of Thailand’s most impressive and largest caves with amazing limestone stalactite formations…


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Day 1

On the first day of our two-day trek tour, we pick you up at your guesthouse after breakfast and set off in our comfortable 4WD in the direction of Soppong. We stop halfway (25 km) at a viewpoint to give you the opportunity to take pictures of this breathtaking valley and the mountain crests jutting through the morning mist. After this short break, we continue on to our destination, the Lahu village where we will disembark and start our trekking.

In the first part of the trek, we cross the tribe’s farming area where you will have the opportunity of seeing the tribe working the garlic and rice fields. The trek continues uphill, venturing deep into the rainforest where the guide will be pleased to explain the abundant diversity of flora and fauna you will spot on the way. After a brief stop at the summit of the hill to take pictures of this incredible landscape, we continue past a picturesque pond secluded by limestone cliffs where you may see water buffalos and local cattle looking for some refreshment.

After a short walk, you reach the waterfall where you will have lunch. Here you will have plenty of time to relax and play in the water. Once everyone is refreshed we continue downhill before the last small uphill part of the trek. At the top, you will be able to see our destination of the day, the Lahu village where we will spend the night. From there, the village is an easy 45 min. walk with a short stop at the river at the bottom of the valley. Once in the village you will have plenty of time to relax, wander, explore, make contact with the local people and learn about their habits and customs.

Just before dark, you can enjoy the delicious local food the guide will prepare on a wood fire using the tribe’s simple, traditional kitchenware. You will be also be given the opportunity to help sustain the village’s economy by buying cool soft drinks or beers from a small selection the villagers have prepared for the group. You will spend the night in a basic bamboo hut provided by your hosting family (fully equipped with sleeping bags and mosquito nets for your comfort).

Day 2

After enjoying a big breakfast you will leave the Lahu village following the river upstream. The trek here is flat and easy and will allow you to fully enjoy the rainforest with its big trees and intricate vines. While walking you are likely to meet some local fishermen with their traditional bamboo nets. You will then proceed directly to the lunch stop near the dam, close to the Karen village, where you can refresh yourself in the water and play with the giant carp.

In the afternoon we will proceed downstream for a couple of hours until we reach the famous Lod Cave. Here, we will visit the three chambers of the cave with the aid of a local guide (1.5 hrs time) before heading back to Pai.

Price Info:

The price of this tour is advertised at $148 USD (4800 THB), which is based on there being 4-8 people on the trip. Please be aware that if there are fewer people on the tour, the price will be higher. (See below). If your dates are flexible, please inquire about the dates and we can add you to a tour with more people booked on it. It is not logistically possible to run this tour for less than two people.

  • 2 people trekking – $83 USD / 2,700 THB per person.
  • 3 people trekking – $68 USD / 2,200 THB / per person.
  • 4-8 people trekking – $55 USD / 1,800 THB / per person.

(To book this tour you must pay a small deposit.)


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  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit online via South East Asia Backpacker.
  • This deposit is fully refundable if you wish to cancel up until 72 hours before the start of the activity. PLEASE NOTE: This policy refers to the payment made to South East Asia Backpacker at the time of booking. All subsequent payments to the operator of your chosen activity fall under their own refund policy
  • For cancellations made fewer than 72 hours before the start of the activity there is no refund available.
  • You can request a change of date at any time.
  • Date changes are entirely down to the availability of the operator and nothing to do with South East Asia Backpacker. 
  • If your date change is not agreed upon, as long as it is more than 72 hours before the start date you originally made your booking for, your deposit can be refunded in full if you wish to cancel.
  • The remaining payment for the experience is payable directly to the operator.
  • The operator can request the remaining payment via an online payment link OR upon arrival at the destination.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the operator, is based on the terms and conditions of the operator, over which South East Asia Backpacker have no control.
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Why Book With Us?

Hi, I’m Nikki and I started South East Asia Backpacker in 2008 after my own first solo backpacking trip! My vision was to create a travel diary for everyone, a place for travellers to share their experiences from the road. After backpacking and writing about Southeast Asia for over 10 years, I saw the opportunity to provide backpackers with the kind of experiences that I’d treasured myself in the region! 

Today, there is so much choice, but there are a lot of poor-quality tours and companies that offer mediocre experiences with little care for the environment. I wanted to create a selection of the best tours and activities to help backpackers avoid scams and dodgy tour companies.

Today, I run this website with my partner, Dave, from Spain, where we live with our energetic two-year-old daughter, Evie. All of the bookable activities that you will find on this website have been vetted by a member of our team and we have a friendly relationship with the operator. There are real humans behind South East Asia Backpacker and we are passionate about sustainable travel and development in Southeast Asia.

We are committed to helping travellers at every stage of the journey and understand that plans can change which is why we offer a full discount on the deposit up to 48 hours before the start of your trip, no questions asked. We offer advice on flights, visas, itineraries, hostels, backpacks, packing and more!

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What to bring?

  • Trekking shoes.
  • Flip-flops.
  • Sandals.
  • Swimming suit.
  • Towel.
  • Sun cream.
  • Mosquito spray.
  • Raincoat (during rainy season).
  • Flashlight.
  • Warm clothes for nighttime.

Operator Information

  • Store Name: Pai Rapid Rangers
  • Operator: Pai Rapid Rangers
  • 5.00 rating from 1 review

1 review for Soppong, Waterfall & Lod Cave Trek | 2 Days | from PAI, THAILAND

  1. Paul Barley

    Went for Lod Cave+viewpoint trek and it was great fun with Mam leading us through the jungle and teach us about animals and plants.
    Expect a bit of adventure with a trip on a bamboo raft and have a peek at some antique artifacts in the last chamber of this huge cave system.
    On the way back we stopped at the viewpoint set on the highest mountain of the area and at the waterfall.
    Great fun and Mam is the the best!!!

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