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4 Days / 3 Nights - Tour
Kyaing Tong
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.
Dinner

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.
Breakfast, Lunch

Included

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 in itinerary
All entrance fees

Not Included

Services not mentioned in the itinerary
All other expenses of a personal nature

Notes

* 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 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 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 next trip..
* 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.

 

 
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