The Golden Triangle
Union of Myanmar
Hidden in the east of Myanmar and close to the
border with Thailand, Eastern Shan State and Kyaing Tong give a
feeling of belonging to nothing. The beautiful hills, the wide variety
of ethnic groups each with their own colorful costume, the small
primitive villages, put you far back in time. But the modern houses
in downtown Kyaing Tong, the shining cars and motorboiks show you
that the future is here already. A visit leaves you with a deep
impression of a country half emerged from roots that are completelyl
The hills around Kyaing Tong are inhabited with
a large variety of ethnic groups. The largest tripare the Akha,
famous for their women's striking head dresses which resemble heavy
silver helmets. Higher in the mountains, the Ann people live their
life in relative isolationin quite simple circumstances and are
well-known for their black teeth. With their dark red and black
striped longyis, heavy silver torques and lacquered waistbands,
the Palaung are one of the most colorful of all the hill tribes.Other
groups include Akhu, Lahu, Wa, Lishu, Loi and the Shan.
KYAING TONG in your ITINERARY
A trip to Kyaing Tong can be recommended in the
dry season since the rainy season is very heavy in this area. The
tour can start from Yangon or Heho and we recommend a stay of 3
nights. A trip includes trekking to the tribal villages, and therefore
one has to be in good physical condition. Tours to Kyaing Tong are
only operated in small groups due to the limited transport and hotel
Altough a trip to Kyaing Tong must be regarded
as an adventure tour, the area is of great interest for visitors
interested in experiencing a completely different side of Myanmar.
AROUND KYAING TONG
The Myanmar city of Mong-La is located on the border with China,
and therefore is a major trading point between the two countries.
Mong-La is often recommended to visit, however there is little of
interest to see. It is possible visit Mong-La on a day-trip from
Kyaing Tong or stay overnight.
The city of Tachilek is located right on the Thai Border, across
from the city of Mai Sai. Tachilek can be visited from Thailand
on a day visa and foreigners are not allowed to leave city limits.
Border crossing from Thailand to Myanmar or vice versa, is only
possible with prior permission. Tachilek can be reached by air from
Yangon, Heho or Mandalay.
TRAVELLING FROM KYAING TONG
There are regular connections by air from Kyaing
Tong to Heo, Mandalay, Bagan or Yangon by Yangon Airways or Air
Overland travel from Kyaing Tong is only possible
to Tachilek. The road is currently being improved, however the old
road is very bad.
The overland route from Kyaing Tong to Heo is off-limits.