Ban Ja Bo has been on our radar for a while but it appears to have come onto the world’s radar too!!! Bangkok Airway’s inflight magazine “Fah Thai Magazine” has just featured this village.
It is situated between Pai and Mae Hong Son on the Maehongson loop. The turnoff is 12 kilometres from Pang Mapha at the Ban Mae Rana turnoff. Ban Ja Bo is another 4 kilometres along this narrow winding and mountainous road.
You can take a minivan or songtaow from Pai or Mae Hong Son and get off at the turnoff. You can contact the village for pickup options. Contact Sornchai on +66 (0) 080 677 5794.
Ban Ja Bo is mainly inhabited by the Black Lahu hilltribe. Visiting this village is a great opportunity to learn about their culture and customs. You will get to see the Black Lahu traditional dress. They also have some unique and very interesting musical instruments.
The locals have seen the potential of their sweet village there are now homestays and little cafes along the street.
Of a morning during the winter months (approximately November to January) there is a cloud of fog in the valley. From this vantage point you are able to look at the mist and fog and enjoy the view.
Further on down the road are some amazing caves
It is still a very sleepy little village but in a few years it may be a busy tourist destination. So go now while it is still a lovely sweet place.