Hill Tribes of the Mysterious Keng Tung

4 Days / 3 Nights

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Ethnic Tribe - Ahkha

Experience the rare cultural opportunity of exploring the lush Kengtung area and meeting the local Shan Hill tribes. These traditional, well-preserved cultures are completely unique to the rest of Myanmar – even maintaining their own ancient languages. Our four-day Hill Tribes of the Shan State itinerary will take you to the heart of this beautiful old-world culture.  This itinerary can be scheduled in conjunction with other destinations in the country.

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Day 1: Yangon – Kengtung

Flight from Yangon to Kengtung. Upon your arrival in Kengtung, you will be transferred to New Keng Tung. The city is known for its trekking program to villages of many colorful ethnic tribes which for decades have been untouched by tourism.

In the afternoon, you tour of Kengtung, a pleasant city nestled in the mountain valley of Shan state which has retain most of its traditional Shan architectural grandeur. Visit Wan Pauk, a village of the red clothed Palaung tribe, famous for their silver and lacquered waistbands. A visit to the striking Maha Myat Muni Pagoda and hot spring is a must. Overnight at Hotel in Keng Tung

Day 2: Kengtung & Hill Tribe Villages

In the morning, stroll through the bustling local market and observe the peddling of wares by the minority hill tribes in their colorful traditional costumes. We will then bring you on a trek to Hwe Lon, an Akha minority village where you can interact with the villagers to learn their customs and habits.

After lunch, discover the Ann minority tribe known for its black dress and teeth stained black from chewing betel nuts. A stop at Lone Tree Hill will offer you a panoramic view of Keng Tung. Overnight in Keng Tung

Day 3: Kengtung – Trekking

Today, we will take you on a further exploration of the hill tribes as we scale the rugged terrain on local pock-ups to four neighboring Akha villages, one of which combining three religions. In  the afternoon, trips to Loi, Li Shaw and Khun villages in the Mong Kwan region will deepen your insight of these distinctive and rich hill tribe customs and traditions. Overnight in Kengtung.

Day 4: Kengtung – Yangon

Spend the morning perusing the markets. Don’t miss out on a chance to see the local wet market selling fresh vegetables, rice, fruit, meat and fish. There are plenty of stalls selling silver coins, local headdresses, and other locally crafted goods. Dine like a resident on a cup of hot tea and noodles for breakfast right before your departure from the Shan State, on to flight to Yangon.

Cost Included

  • (3) Nights’ accommodation with daily breakfast
  • All transfer and sightseeing by private air conditioned car
  • Experienced English speaking local tour guide
  • 2 Domestic air tickets (Yangon – Kyaing Tong – Yangon)
  • All entrance fees & all zone fees
  • Water and refreshment towel during the tour
  • Full support from your Travel Consultant before, during and after your trip
  • Government tax & Service charges

Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Meals & Drinks (Lunch & Dinner)
  • Visa arrangement and services
  • Tipping to the guides/drivers
  • Other personal expenses
  • Any other items not mentioned

You may combine this tour with other packages.This private tour can be arranged for single traveler, couple, family and group tour. Prices vary according to hotel standard, when you travel, how many people you travel with, the level of private guiding required and the overall arrangements.  We can easily customize the itinerary based on your budget, interests and schedule.  Please contact us to discuss your individual requirements

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What a wonderful experience we had during our Myanmar visit, something that we never cease talking about to our friends. We are fortunate to have travelled to many countries in all parts of the world, but nothing even begins to equal the wonder and beauty of our visit to Myanmar, truly an unforgettable experience.   So much of our enjoyment was a result of the care and planning of Myanmar Shalom and of the Samuels, and of their excellent team of guides.  We hope you can manage to look after the synagogue and protect that magnificent Torah.

First-time travelers to Myanmar

As first-time travelers to Myanmar, we were so grateful that we had Myanmar Shalom to help us with the details.  From the amazing hotels to the lovely excursions, we certainly had a memorable trip.

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