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4-Day Trekking in Kyaing Tong & Surrounding Villages, Myanmar

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Duration

4 Days 3 Nights

Guide

English Speaking Station Guide

Pick Up Time

8:00 am

Pick Up Point

Kyaing Tong Airport Or Hotel

Drop Off Point

Kyaing Tong Airport Or Hotel

Validity

All Year Round (private Tour – Daily Departure)

Description

A pleasant 4 days walking tour to Kat Tauk, Pin Tauk, Wanlar Akha Village, Ann Village, Nam Lin Kaung and Hokyin Mountain Akha Village, mostly inhabited by the ethnic Ann, Akha and Palaung people. The path is relatively unknown to most of the tourists and specially crafted for people who like to hike off the beaten track.

In this tour, you will get to learn the wide spreading culture of local people and a new trekking route to Ann and Akha Village will be introduced. Witness local farmers still working with oxen and buffalo rather than machines in this traditional rural environment and thoroughly pass through colourful farming of vegetables and flowers on your way.

Experience the Shan train ride, hiking in the villages and picnic dinner on the hill overlooking stunning view of the Inle Lake. The country side in the Shan State offers the most stunning pictures.

In every season, the colours of the fields are different and the farmers doing their work offer great photo opportunities. Meeting the local tribal people and observing their typical ways of life are simply amazing.

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Highlights

  • Hiking up the hills and explore the villages around Kyaing Tong
  • Experience of exciting hiking adventure on the colourful Shan plateau around Kyaing Tong
  • Observing the abundant cultures, traditions and tribal ways of life throughout your journey
  • Trekking to Akha, Lahu and Ann tribal villages and to observe their living and traditional style,
  • Observing the Plantation of Tea leaves, Rice, Vegetable, Cabbage, Cauliflower etc.

Pick Up Point

Hotel or airport pick-up is offered for this tour. Pick-up from Kyaing Tong Airport or your hotel.

Pick Up Time

8:00 am

Drop Off Point

Drop-off at Kyaing Tong Airport or hotel.

Cancellation

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Remark

“Minimum days to book before departure : (10 Days)”

Note

Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions and flight time.

If clients want to start this adventure tour from Tachilek, border town to Thailand (165 km – 4 hours driving time), there will be supplement for that transfer which we will advise upon request.

Hotels normal Check in time is 1400 hrs and Check out time is 1200 noon.

Important Notes:

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

Itinerary

DayItineraryTransportTiming Night stop
Day 1Pick-up from airport and visit in Kyaing TongCarHotel in Kyaing Tong
Day 2Trekking to villages such as Kat Tauk, Pin Tauk, Wanlar, Nam Lin KaungCar (Kyaing Tong – Trekking point – Kyaing Tong)Car: 1 ½ hour Trekking: approx. 4~5 hoursHotel in Kyaing Tong
Day 3Trekking to Hokyin Mountain VillagesCar (Kyaing Tong – Trekking point – Kyaing Tong)Car: 1 hourTrekking: approx. 4~5 hoursHotel in Kyaing Tong
Day 4Visit around in Kyaing Tong and transfer to airportCar
Day 1 Arrive Kyaing Tong (-/-/D)
Day 1 Arrive Kyaing Tong                             (-/-/D)

Arrival at Kyaing Tong (Keng Tong) Airport in the afternoon and transfer to the hotel. A short drive through Kyaing Tong takes us to Lake Tong and the centre of the city. A nice path goes around the lake and we can walk along. Make a photo stop towards the huge standing Buddha. Dinner at a simple local restaurant. Accommodation at Hotel in Kyaing Tong.

Day 2 Kyaing Tong & Surrounding Villages (B/L/D)
Day 2 Kyaing Tong & Surrounding Villages               (B/L/D)

Breakfast at hotel. This morning we drive out of Kyaing Tong in northwest direction. The road takes us through Kat Tauk Village and then to Pin Tauk Village, about 1½ hour by car. In Pin Tauk Village, Akha and Lahu people have converted to Baptism and they have built a church in the middle of the village. The Akha are the largest minority in the Kyaing Tong area and surely the most colorful. We park our car at Wan Ping village and start our trekking tour. After about 15 minutes walk we already arrive at the first Akha village, WANPIN, where people still dress in their traditional costumes. The Akha are famous for their women’s striking headdresses, which resemble heavy silver helmets. They consist of rows of heavy silver baubles, interspersed with beads, which are sewn on a bamboo cap. Akha embroidery is extremely intricate and includes panels of diamond and geometric shapes. The village has only a few houses and people welcome visitors with open arms. We might be invited for a cup of tea. The village we visit next is an Ann Village called Panlor, located on a plateau high above the surrounding countryside. People in this village are still animists and dressed in their traditional black costumes as well as painting their teeth black. According to their beliefs, it is better to be black from the outside and have a pure heart. You can also see totem and Nat Shrine in the middle of the village. Leaving the village behind, we enjoy a packed lunch in a small hut amongst the fields.
After lunch, continue walking about 20 minutes to Wanlar Akha Village; the path is not very steep. The Akha in this village have converted to Catholicism or Baptism. They are famous for their technique of hunting birds and if we are lucky, we can watch villagers making their simple but efficient traps. A steep path leads us up to another Ann Village, Nam Lin Kaung, the walk takes about 30 minutes. They are also still animist and each house has Nat shrine. It is a 2 hour walk back to the car through rice and vegetable fields. Drive back to Kyaing Tong and en route we can make a brief stop at Wan Kam, famous for its rice wine production. Dinner at a simple local restaurant. Accommodation at Hotel in Kyaing Tong.

Day 3 Kyaing Tong & Surrounding Villages (B/L/D)
Day 3              Kyaing Tong & Surrounding Villages               (B/L/D)

After breakfast at hotel, start your active day to the hills. We drive out of Kyaing Tong in direction to Tachilek (approx. 1 hour). Then we drive high into the hills, to the top of Hokyin Mountain. The road is very steep and narrow and we can only drive up if the road condition is good. We can also walk up, which takes 2 hours. Once we reach the top, we see 4 different Akha Villages. In some villages there are 3 different religions; some people are Buddhists, others are still animists or have converted to Catholicism. Between each village is a valley and the path leads down approx. 15 minutes and up again approx. 30 minutes. The entrance of the first village where people are still animists is very interesting, decorated with the skin of a dog. Other houses have a stuffed wild cat hanging over the entrance. The Akha are very hospitable and enjoy welcoming you to their house for a chat around the stove. We make the tour from village to village and return back to the car. If you wish to do more hiking, we can also walk down the hill, which takes approx. 1 hour. The path leads through farms with beautiful views of the surrounding hills. Enjoy a packed lunch on the way.
Return in the direction of Kyaing Tong by car. Visit U Mulein Da’s Unique Shan Lacquer Ware Shop. This lacquer ware is distinctively different from the one from Bagan; it is not engraved, but the reliefs are glued on. Drive to the top of Lone Tree Hill for views over the surrounding countryside and Kyaing Tong. Return to the hotel. Dinner at a simple local restaurant. Accommodation at Hotel in Kyaing Tong.

Day 4 Kyaing Tong (B/L/-)
Day 4              Kyaing Tong                                        (B/L/-)

Breakfast. This early morning we visit Kyaing Tong Market - a fascinating place to soak up the local atmosphere. On the big wet market all kinds of vegetables, rice, fruits, meat and fish are on sale. Minority people come to town to shop or to sell their goods. For the Akha the many silver shops are of special interest as there they can buy the silver coins to make their very unique headdresses! We can stop at one of the noodle shops and enjoy a typical Shan breakfast with Shan noodles and a cup of tea. Time permitting we can stop at WAT IN – a Khun-style temple or at the more “Myanmar”-style Maha-Myat Muni Temple. Also a pottery and a blacksmith shop can be visited. Lunch is taken at a simple local restaurant. Transfer to Kyaing Tong Airport.

Include

  • Accommodation is twin sharing rooms with daily breakfast in Kyaing Tong,
  • Transfers and Trekking with English-speaking stationed trekking guide from Kyaing Tong,
  • Meals as specified in the above, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch and D = Dinner
  • Transportation and sightseeing with air-conditioned Saloon car/Van
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Purified drinking water & snow towels,

Exclude

  • Domestic air fare to/from Kyaing Tong,
  • Entrance Fees or zone fees in Kyaing Tong,
  • Camera fees,
  • Services which are not specified,
  • Expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, tips, souvenirs, laundry, etc.
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)

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