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Guesthouses, hotels and resorts

Few foreign tourists make it to Soppong and it hasn't taken off with domestic tourists either, so there’s not a huge choice of accommodation in town, but there ought to be something to keep most people happy for a couple of nights. Some of the surrounding villages such as Ban Tham Lod, Mae Lana and Ban Nam Rin have their own simple accommodation options as well.

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There are a couple of decent guesthouses in town that were closed during our low season visit, including Rim Doi Bungalows, Ban Cafe Nature Resort and Lisu Homestay in nearby Nong Thong.

  • Little Eden

    Little Eden

    Great riverside spot!

    295 Moo, Pang Mapha
    T: (053) 617 054, (089) 952 8870; F: (053) 617 053

    This well-organised and very popular little guesthouse overlooks the Lang river at the entrance to Soppong, just on the right as you arrive from Pai. Little Eden has a cute jungle-style garden with a ... Read the full review of Little Eden.

    4 stars Under 600B 6 votes Backpacker
  • Soppong River Inn

    Soppong River Inn

    Splendid riverside spot

    356 Moo 1, Soppong
    T: (053) 617 107, (081) 250 8425;

    Soppong River Inn is a picturesque chalet-style resort located in a pleasantly laid out garden overlooking the river. The Seven Elephants Restaurant is set up on top of the low cliff above the Lang, ... Read the full review of Soppong River Inn.

    4 stars 600B to 1,500B 8 votes Flashpacker
  • The Rock Resort @ Pang Mapha

    The Rock Resort @ Pang Mapha

    Soppong's plushest resort

    215, Moo 1 (just out of Soppong on the highway towards Mae Hong Son)
    T: (053) 617 134, (081) 992 0233;

    Soppong’s plushest spot is situated on the riverbank, just out of town on the highway to Mae Hong Son. This is as close as you’ll get to a Pai-style resort in Soppong, with manicured garden, ... Read the full review of The Rock Resort @ Pang Mapha.

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    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Lemon Hill House

    Lemon Hill House

    Convenient location

    12 Moo 1, Centre of the village opposite the bus stop
    T: (053) 617 213, (084) 948 0777, (089) 757 9555; F: (053) 617 039

    Lemon Hill has seen a bit of a make-over since we were last here and perhaps with the domestic market in mind has added some air-con units, fixed up some of their better chalets, slapped a coat of ... Read the full review of Lemon Hill House.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker

Ban Tham Lod

Ban Tham Lod is a charming and very peaceful Shan village close to the famous cave of the same name. It's only 13 kilometres from Soppong, so it's easily doable in a half day, though there is accommodation in the form of the longstanding and well known Cave Lodge on the edge of the village, plus a couple of homestays. The road is now sealed and makes for a slightly bumpy but scenic drive or cycle through mostly teak plantations with hilltribe villages close by. There is no public transport, so if you do not have your own transport you would have to organise a pick up or try to find a motorbike taxi from the 7-eleven in Soppong.

  • Cave Lodge

    Cave Lodge

    Activity centre with great budget accommodation

    Tham Lod Village, Pang Mapha
    T: (053) 617 203;

    Established in 1984 by an Australian-Shan couple, Cave Lodge has a wide variety of accommodation options, from dormitory beds through to small bungalows with shared bathrooms plus larger ones with ... Read the full review of Cave Lodge.

    4 stars Under 600B 9 votes Backpacker

Ban Nam Rin

Ban Nam Rin is a large Lisu village just off the main highway around 10 kilometres before Soppong. The village is still quite traditional and services are minimal, so you'll find petrol, a couple of basic grocery stores and noodle shops and that’s about it. The surrounding mountains are spectacular and there’s even more remote and traditional villages to be discovered, trails to hike and birds to be watched here. The village guesthouse is a good spot and the friendly and helpful owners can organise treks for you or provide information for simpler do-it-yourself hikes.

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    Lisu Lodge

    Recommended for hikers

    Ban Nam Rin
    T: (083) 582 4496, (083) 054 8497;

    Lisu Lodge is a very pleasant little guesthouse with some fair chalets set in a well kept garden. It is quite a walk right through the village to reach the guesthouse, situated on the hill on the far ... Read the full review of Lisu Lodge.

    4 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker

Mae Lana

The charming and picturesque Shan village of Mae Lana lies in a deep valley a few kilometres northwest of Soppong. Head towards Mae Hong Son for 10 kilometres or so along the main highway, then look out for a turning on the right at the summit of the hill, Route 1226. From here the sealed road follows the ridge for 4 kilometres until just past the military checkpoint, where a turn off to the right leads down a steep hill to the village. Mae Lana is surrounded by some awesome scenery; plenty of great hikes are to be had to some relatively remote villages and there’s some spectacular and still little-explored cave systems in the vicinity, including the Mae Lana Cave. Some of them are highly dangerous and others are sacred sites with funerary coffins inside, so if you want to really explore the interiors hire a guide or even better, sign up for one of Cave Lodge’s trips.

The village itself is quiet, very laidback and full of friendly locals. It hosts a couple of simple cafes, some grocery stores and petrol, but no bank. There’s one simple but very pleasant guesthouse on the edge of the village.

  • Mae Lana Garden Home

    Mae Lana Garden Home

    Great base for exploring the area

    Mae Lana village
    T: (081) 706 5601;

    This tiny little guesthouse with a very rustic feel is located just out of the village down the track past the wat that leads to Mae Lana Cave. A half a dozen or so chalets are set around a pond with ... Read the full review of Mae Lana Garden Home.

    4 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker

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