When you have almost completed your 1864 curves to Mae Hong Son, there is an excellent place to stretch the legs before you arrive, the Fish Cave. It is a beautiful short nature trail with a coffee shop, a camping ground, a traditional Thai house and a statue of a hermit in the small cave. Nara is a Hindu patron, and he protected the fish from getting harmed.
The wooden trail is very well arranged, and in October, it is mainly green and lush, being at the end of the rainy season and all.
When you are inside, there is the 450 metres trail that goes like a circle. First, you pass a small bridge and then follow the river up to the cave and finally walk through a small forested part on the way back. That part is a cemented path.
The fish in the Fish Cave in Mae Hong Son
Along the trail, there are fish of the Soro Brook (Neolissochilus Soroides) carps species. Extremely plentiful and expecting food.
Also, the fish grow up to a meter long and are deep blue. Furthermore, the fish seem to like the cool of the cave’s water, and they fill up the small spaces near the holy site. There are vendors outside the entrance and just by the shelter that sells fish food.
Plenty of parking space and a few local restaurants surrounding the parking that provides your daily ration of grilled pork, papaya salad and sticky rice.
Location of the Fish Cave, opening hours and camping.
The Fish Cave is on your right side, 17 kilometres before arriving in Mae Hong Son. You will see road signs announcing it. What you can expect here is a nice and pleasant walk. So, this is not a deep cave experience with stalagmites and stalactites like in Chiang Dao.
The Fish Cave forest park is open from 8 am to 6 pm, and the charge for adult foreigners is 100 baht. For kids, 50 baht. If you decide to camp, the price is 30 baht per tent and night.