4 Days / 3 Nights - Tour
Extension from Inle Lake / Shan State
Union of Myanmar
Day 1 Heho - Kyaing Tong (Kentung)
Yangon Airways or Air Mandalay flight from Heho to Kyaing Tong.
Arrival late afternoon at Kyaing Tong airport and transfer to hotel.
A short drive through Kyaing Tong takes you to Lake Tong, the center
of the city. The terrace at the boulevard around the lake is a good
place to soak up the atmosphere of Kyaing Tong. Dinner at Lok -
Tha Restaurant. Accommodation at Princess Hotel.
Day 2 Kyaing Tong & Surroundings
Breakfast. A full day in the countryside. Start with a visit to
the Kat Tauk area and visit an Akha village. The Akha originate
from Yunnan in southern China and live in south-east Shan State,
on the borderlands of China, Laos and Thailand. Many Akha are found
near Kyaing Tong where they live in the high mountains, cultivating
maize, tobacco and sugar cane. 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 path leads
through the village and, although initially steep, changes into
a nice walk in the hills (total 1 hours walk). Pass through an Ann
village The Ann people live their life in relative isolation in
quite simple circumstances. Most wear their traditional black costume
and paint their teeth black. Continue to another Akha village, where
every housewife still wears traditional clothing. Visit one of the
typical Akha houses. From here, it is possible to descend a steep
path to Pin Tauk Waterfall (approx. 10 minutes - also called the
"young men's route") or enjoy a leisurely walk down the
hill (approx. 30 minutes). Picnic lunch at the waterfall. Return
down hill and drive to the Pin Tauk Lahu village. The village is
picturesque but few people wear traditional dress. Drive again in
the direction of Kyaing Tong and stop on the way to see the traditional
production of Shan Rice wine (if in season). Continue to visit Wan
Pauk Palaung village that is traditional but very poor. The Palaung
originate from Mon-Khmer stock. They mainly live in the mountains
of northern Shan State and are famous for cultivating tea. Most
Palaung are Buddhist. The dress is one of the most colorful of all
the hill tribes. Ladies wear dark jackets over dark red and black
striped longyis, with heavy silver torques and lacquered waistbands.
Also visit a Shan village. The Shan are believed to originate from
the Tai peoples and have descended from Yunnan (China) to the area
now known as Shan State (North East Myanmar, along the Thai border).
Other groups descended into the Menam Valley and are now referred
to as Thai or Siamese. Even today, the Shan and Thai languages are
very similar. Return to Kyaing Tong. Dinner at Golden Triangle Restaurant.
Accommodation at Princess Hotel.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Kyaing Tong & Surroundings
Breakfast. An active day in the hills. The Akha are the largest
minority in the Kyaing Tong area and surely the most colourful.
Today's trip starts with a drive outside of Kyaing Tong in the direction
of Tachilek (approx. 1 hour). Then drive high into the hills, to
the top of Hokyin Mountain. On this mountain are 4 Akha villages,
one Buddhist, one Animist, one Catholic and one Christian. Between
every village is a valley and the path leads down (approx. 10 minutes)
and approx. 15 minutes up the hill. See the animist shrine at the
entry of the village. Also see the production of Akha spirit made
from corn. The Akha are very hospitable and enjoy welcoming you
to their house for a chat around the stove. After the 4th village,
you can return by car, or enjoy another walk down the hill for approx.
1 hour. The path leads through farms with beautiful views of the
surrounding hills. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the end of the path,
near a small river. Return in the direction of Kyaing Tong and visit
a Wa village, where you can still see handmade guns. Return to Kyaing
Tong and visit U Mulein Da's unique Shan lacquerware shop. This
lacquerware is distinctively different from Bagan lacquerware; it
is not engraved, but the reliefs are glued on. Drive to the top
of Lone Tree Hill for views over surrounding countryside and Kyaing
Tong. Return to hotel. Traditional Shan dinner at Golden Banyan
Restaurant. Accommodation at Princess Hotel.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Kyaing Tong - Heho
Breakfast. A morning to enjoy Kyaing Tong market - a fascinating
place to soak up some local atmosphere. Many minority people come
into town to shop and most wear traditional dress. Of specific interest
are the silver shops where a wide variety of silver coins are sold,
the "Akha" shops where the Akha women buy the decoration
for their headdresses and the various shops with tea and tobacco.
Other stops can be made at Wat In - a Khun-style temple and the
more "Myanmar" style Maha-Myat Muni temple. Also visit
a pottery village and the blacksmith shop. Lunch at Kaung Khan Restaurant.
Return at hotel and check out. Transfer from hotel to airport. Yangon
Airways or Air Mandalay flight from Kyaing Tong to Heho.
Same guide throughout the whole tour, with the
language guide of your choice (English, Italian, French or German
- other language guides available on request)
Full board daily
Accommodation in hotels as specified above
Transportation by air-conditioned cars, minibuses or buses
All domestic flights with Air Mandalay or Yangon Airways as detailed
All entrance fees
Services not mentioned in the itinerary
All other expenses of a personal nature
* Travel to Kyaing Tong is recommended only during
the dry season from November to April - this area is known for its
heavy monsoon which makes travel very unpleasant from May to October.
* A trip to Kyaing Tong must be regarded as an adventure tour because
of the prevailing travel conditions: bad roads, simple vehicles
with No air conditioning, very simple restaurants and hotels.
* It is essential that all guests visiting Kyaing Tong are fully
aware of travel conditions as described above.
* Air Mandalay and Yangon Airways operate regular flights to / from
Kyaing Tong. Should the air schedule change, we will have to re-schedule
this tour around these changes.
* It can be quite cold in Kyaing Tong and therefore one requires
* 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 change.
* The area around Kyaing Tong is new to tourism and not many have
travelled 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.
If you would like to give some support to the hill tribes, this
can be done by donating to the Roman Catholic Mission in Kyaing
Tong, which supports development in over 100 villages around Kyaing
Tong. Furthermore, the villagers might ask you for some medicine.
Your local guide will be happy to bring this to the village on his
* Tours to Kentung are only operated in small groups due to the
limited transport and hotel availability.
* Tours to Kyaing Tong are not operated in
summer season due to the heavy monsoon in this area.