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Kyaing Tong



Kyaing Tong
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 un-Myanmar.

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.


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 availability.

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.


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.


There are regular connections by air from Kyaing Tong to Heo, Mandalay, Bagan or Yangon by Yangon Airways or Air Mandalay.

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.


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