Kyaing Tong Mountain Tribes

At the centre of the scenically spectacular valley of the eastern Shan State lies Kyaing Tong. The area, surrounded by 2000m high mountains and still undiscovered by tourists, is perfect for day treks to the settlements of many diverse ethnic tribes, including the Akah, Loi, Lahu, Palaung and Ann. Some still live in the traditional local long-houses. Culturally rich monasteries and pagodas in the remote valleys of the Shan mountains and in Kyaing Tong are well worth a visit.

 

Day 1: Yangon – Kyaing Tong

Transfer to Yangon airport in the morning, followed by a flight to Kyaing Tong via Heho, Mandalay and Tachileik. Kyaing Tong is located in the so-called Golden Triangle near the Chinese and Thai borders, an important military and trade centre even today. After your transfer to the hotel, you can visit the lake in the town centre and the numerous monasteries, pagodas and colonial buildings.

 

Day 2: Kyaing Tong

An early start for a wonderful day excursion, which will take you along a pass road and through a military checkpoint of the Waw Army to the starting point of today’s trek.  After an hour on the trekking route, you will reach the 200 year old monastery Wan Nybt. You can view a traditional long-house in the Loi village. After another hour’s trek you can see 400 year old Wan Sbng Monastery. Both settlements lie 1800m above sea level, hidden away in the jungle of the Shan mountains. In the evening you will return to Kyaing Tong.

 

Day 3: Kyaing Tong

After setting off from the hotel at 7:30am and a 45 minute car journey your trek will begin. The route will take you to the ethnic tribe of the Akah in Hokyin Village. The silver jewellery worn on the heads of the women is not even taken off during field work or for weaving their famous blankets. Return to Kyaing Tong in the afternoon.

 

Day 4: Kyaing Tong – Yangon

Set off at 7:30, one hour drive to Wan Sai Village inhabited by the ethnic tribes of the Akah and Ann. Early afternoon transfer to the airport, flight to Yangon via Heho (Inle Lake/Kalaw) and Mandalay.

 

 

Services:

Included: domestic airfares with private airlines; hotel transfers; car journeys; English-speaking guides on location; hotel accommodation with breakfast (3 star)
Not included: entry fares; lunch and dinner
Price: on request

 

OTHER TREKKING ROUTE OPTIONS:

PIN TAUK (Akah, Ann, Lahu villages)
Car journey there and back around 2 hours, trek to the village and back around 3 hours, we expect visits to take around 2 hours.

 

HOKYIN (Akah village)
Car journey there and back around 2 hours, plus trek to the village and back around 4 hours, we expect visits to take around 2 hours.

Early start at 7:30am from the hotel. After 45 minute drive the trek begins, and you will reach Hokyin Village, inhabited by the ethnic group of the Akah, after 1.5-2 hours. Return to Kyaing Tong in the afternoon.

 

WAN NYET & WAN SENG (Loi village and monastery)
Car journey there and back around 4 hours, trek to the village and back around 4 hours. Early start at 7:30am from the hotel. After 2 hours’ drive on pass roads and through military checkpoints of the Waw Army, you will reach the starting point of the trek. After an hour’s trekking, you will reach the 200 year old monastery Wan Nybt. You can view a traditional long-house in the Loi village. After another hour’s trek you can see 400 year old Wan Sbng Monastery. Both settlements lie 1800m above sea level, hidden away in the jungle of the Shan mountains. In the evening you will return to Kyaing Tong.

 

MONG LAR (Chinese Border Town)
Day excursion including car journey there and back around 7 hours.

 

LAHU SHI Village
Car journey there and back around 2 hours, plus trek to the village and back around 4 hours.

 

WAN SAI (Akah and Ann village)
Car journey there and back around 2 hours, plus trek to the village and back around 30 minutes. Car sets off at 7:30am, 1 hour drive and short trek to Wan Sai Village, inhabited by the ethnic tribe of the Akah and Ann.

 

WAN PAUK (Palaung village)
Car journey there and back around 2 hours.
The women of the Palaung tribe traditionally wear metal rings around their neck, which makes their neck seem particularly long and elegant by pushing down their shoulders.

 

HOT SPRINGS
Car journey there and back around 1 hour.
These hot springs are a very popular place to relax and recuperate after a day’s trekking, even though they are not up to western standards in structural terms.

 

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