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Adventure Tour to hill tribe villages on the Shan Plateau. Witness their animistic rituals, interact with minority ethnic groups and enjoy the stunning landscapes of Eastern Myanmar.

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Myanmar Golden Triangle
  • Trekking to remote hill tribe villages
  • Enjoy landscape and views over the Hazy Blue Mountains
  • Communicate with villagers
  • Discover their unique customs and belief systems

Itinerary

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Myanmar Golden Triangle [ 7 Days/ 6 Nights ]
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Day 01 : Yangon – Kyaing Tong by flight

Depart Yangon by flight to Kyaing Tong, the largest town in Eastern Shan State, the capital of the Golden Triangle, famous for its multi-ethnic population, blend of various cultures (Myanmar, China and Thailand) and scenic beauty.

Upon arrival, start your visit in Kyaing Tong with Maha Myat Muni Pagoda known as Wat Phra Sao Luang and enjoy a walk around lovely Naung Tong Lake.

Overnight in Kyaing Tong

Day 02 : Kyaing Tong – Pin Tauk – Kyaing Tong

After breakfast, visit the local market in Kyaing Tong to observe the colorful hill tribes who come to sell, buy and trade their various products. It is a superb opportunity to meet the tribe people and to observe their unique dress styles.

Then drive by car (-45min) to the starting point of the trekking at Pin Tauk. You will visit Akha and Lahu villages. On the way, visit a Shan Traditional Rice Alcohol production and at Wan-Pauk, a Silver Palaung tribe village where women wear bright red sarongs adorned with large silver belts, and black teeth.

Start hiking and explore the Akha village at the foot of the hill to observe their distinctive customs.

After a pleasant picnic lunch in Nature, continue the soft trekking to an Ang tribe village. This tribe is known for their black teeth, distinctive elongation of the earlobes caused by wearing large earrings as well as their black dresses. They use their own language and Shan language but no Burmese. Stroll around the village and interact with the locals. The region offers spectacular panoramic view over the valley, filled with terraced rice fields.

In the late afternoon, return to Kyaing Tong.

Overnight in Kyaing Tong

Day 03 : Kyaing Tong – Hokyin – Kyaing Tong

After breakfast, drive to Hokyin (-1hr) home to about 400 Akha people. Start trekking from Pam Kwai Hill to another Akha Village (-1 ½ hr) where you will see the Akha still wearing traditional costumes with large silver coils around the waist. To fully dress their costume takes about one hour for Akha women. Explore three nearby Akha villages to familiarize yourself with their house architecture, the spirit gate at each village entrance and more animistic customs.

Continue to Mong Zine (Khun Village) to see how they make the traditional Lahu knives at a local blacksmith. Then, find your car waiting to take you back to Kyaing Tong. En route, stop at a Wa village and acknowledge yet another set of cultural values.

Overnight in Kyaing Tong

Day 04 : Kyaing Tong – Loimwe – Kyaing Tong

After breakfast, drive to Loimwe (33 km/ ~ 2 hours), on a high plateau, at 1600 meters above sea-level. Along the way to Loimwe, you can visit tribal villages of Shan, Akha, Wa and Lahu, to observe their different cultures and customs. Loimwe is an ancient British hill station where one can find a few colonial mansions, a huge golden pagoda on a hilltop, and enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding area.

Late afternoon, drive back to Kyaing Tong.

Overnight in Kyaing Tong

Day 05 : Kyaing Tong – Lahushi – Kyaing Tong

Breakfast at the hotel and depart by car for 45 minutes to Kon Ma village. From there, start hiking for ~ 3 hours to Lahu Shi village, at 1500 meters above sea-level. You will be trekking through a quiet forest and feel the breeze as you ascend out of the valley. Once there, explore the village and discover the cultural heritage and old age customs of Lahu people.

Overnight in Kyaing Tong

Day 06 : Kyaing Tong – Kabar Aye – Kyaing Tong

This morning, drive about 1 hour and 15 minutes to Ho Lan (Akhu tribe) village and visit a peculiar boat-shaped vegetarian monastery. Walk for 45 minutes to Kaba Aye Pagoda on a hill for scenic views.

After that, a ~ 25 minute drive takes you to Wan Sai village where women smoke long pipes. From there, a short hike to visit Akhu and Khun San tribal villages.

In the late afternoon, drive back from Wan Sai to Kyaing Tong for -45 mins.

Overnight in Kyaing Tong

Day 07 : Kyaing Tong – Mandalay/Heho/Yangon by flight

Enjoy a morning visit to the other parts of Kyaing Tong city such as the lone-tree hillock; the Standing Buddha statue visible from everywhere in town; Wat In, an ancient monastery famous for its collection of wooden Buddha images in all shapes and sizes; Dat-Saon-Kham Pagoda.

Transfer to the airport for the flights to Mandalay/Heho/Yangon.

End of the Tour!

Important Information

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Note

  • Trekking is not recommendable in rainy season May-Sep!!
  • Kyaing Tong flight is not operated daily. If there is no direct flight, the flight will stop at Tachileik.

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