The region around Kyaing Tong is still undeveloped for most aspects of tourism. This is essentially an adventure tour because of the prevailing travel conditions: bad roads, simple vehicles with no air conditioning, very simple restaurants and hotels. Meals during the trekking tours will be packed lunch, normally rice, chicken, vegetable or fruits.
Real Treasure Travel will endeavor to obtain the best available accommodation, transport and facilities for guests, but would ask for their understanding for any practical aspects that do not come up to expectations and for delays or changes in the itinerary, particularly during the monsoon season (June – September).
Accommodation is very simple. Power cuts happen very often and the hotels are allowed to use the generator only from 6AM until 11PM. It is therefore advisable to bring your own torchlight.
It can be quite cold in Kyaing Tong and therefore one requires warm clothing.
Since the trip includes trekking, one needs good walking shoes.
Please note that villages change and roads can suffer damage in the rainy season – exact itinerary is therefore subject to changes.
The area around Kyaing Tong is new to tourism and not many have traveled here. The hill tribes have lived, and still live, their lives traditionally. Since this is the main attraction of this area, we kindly ask your co-operation in preserving the villages. Please do not bring pens, candy, T-shirts etc. as gifts for the villagers.
To ensure that the area stays untouched and beautiful, please do not leave garbage on the way or in the villages. Take the litter back to your hotel where you can dispose it.
If you would like to give some support to the hill tribes, you can bring them soap or salt, which they cannot produce themselves. You can either buy these items on the market before you start your trekking tour, or you can ask your guide to buy it for you.
You can also make a donation to the Roman Catholic Mission in Kyaing Tong, which supports development in over 100 villages around Kyaing Tong.
Tours to Kyaing Tong are only operated in small groups due to the limited transport and hotel availability.
It is essential that all guests visiting Kyaing Tong are fully aware of travel conditions as described above.
For the trekking tour the following items are essential:
- good walking shoes
- warm jacket and cloths (nights can be very chilly)
- sarong and towels
- first aid kit
- mosquito repellent