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A Trip into Mae Hong Son: Part Two – The Underground River

  • Written by Mega
  • February 6th, 2013
  • 2 min read




As our guide leads us down the steep track towards the cave entrance the dense, surrounding jungle is still heavy with fog at 0900 am. Andrew and I are on day two of our trip into Mae Hong Son and we were up at first light preparing ourselves for the tour into Mae Lana Cave. The exploration of this cave is the primary reason for my being in Mae Hong Son. For Andrew, the extensive tour into the underground river system will be his first experience of this type of activity. We picked up our local guide, at a check point back along the road, where he advised us that the two kilometre underground trek was 500 THB each and would take approximately four hours to complete the round trip.

After roughly an 800 meter downhill walk from the car park the track levels out to reveal a small stream running under a cliff face. Our guide informs us that we’re at the entry point into the cave and we ready ourselves for the four hour trek underground. A few minutes later, with head lights in place and camera gear set, we work our way through a crevice, in the limestone cliff face, and enter the cave. The following is a picture essay of our trip into Mae Lana Cave:



Mae Lana Cave

The track to the cave entrance; thick fog in the surrounding jungle



Mae Hong Son

The stream that flows through the cave system



Mae Lana Cave

Headlights in place; Andrew and the guide about to move into the cave




Mae Lana Cave

Moving from the light zone into the darkness




Mae Lana Cave

Knee deep in the underground river




Mae Lana Cave

The open spaces of a wide point in the cave system




Mae Lana Cave

A few minutes rest on the underground beach




Mae Lana Cave

Checking out the orange colours of the formation




Mae Lana Cave

More millions of years old amazing formations




Mae Lana Cave

Shaking the river stones out of the shoes




Mae Lana Cave

Brilliant colours high up on the cave ceiling




Mae Lana Cave

Another impressive flowstone




Mae Lana Cave

An impressive stalactite at about the half-way point


Mae Lana Cave

Down into the river again






The needle from the roof



Mae Lana Cave

More jagged formations protruding down from the cave roof




Mae Lana Cave

More wading time as we continue on




Mae Lana Cave

A climb up for a closer look




Mae Lana Cave

For all intents and purposes, we could be on another planet




Mae Lana Cave

Pristine cave pool




Mae Lana Cave

The enormous orange flowstone at the end of our trek




Mae Lana Cave

The small waterfall we’d come to see; slightly disappointing compared with the journey in



Mae Lana Cave

A bit more time to admire the surroundings before heading out

Mae Lana Cave and it’s underground river; an amazing adventure to say the least.

Safe travels,

Mega



Stickman's thoughts:

Nice photos.