Myanmar Discovery Travel

Trekking in Kentung

Kengtung (Keng Tung, Kyaing Tong) is located at the extreme east of Myanmar. It is home to various ethnic groups such as Wa, Akha, Shan, Ann and Halu. Each ethnic group has a particular way of living; as you see when you visit the village, they wear different costumes, speak dialects specific and have different lifestyles depending on whether they are farmers, fishermen or hunters.
All day hikes (generally easier) are from the villages of Kengtung, between the hills and rice paddies. In the evening you will return to stay in Kengtung (for now it is not allowed to spend the night in the villages).
You will keep a beautiful memory of this beautiful region, small, still preserved, villages and their friendly ethnic people. 

Brief itinerary

  • Day 01: Sai Wan Village (Akhu) and Ho Lung (Ann)
  • Day 02 : Wan Pauk Village (Palaung), Wan and Wan Pon Pin Village (Akha)
  • Day 03 : Hokyin Village (Akha)
After breakfast, depart from your hotel in car to the village of Sai Wan in the east of Keng Tung. It is in this village where the ethnic Akhu, converted to Christianity, dwell. Walk to Ann Ho Lung village perched on a small hill. Like other minorities in the long isolated region of the world, the Ann and Akhu retained their ancient way of life and their traditional clothing. Living virtually self-sufficient, they make use of essentially natural resources such as picking, fishing and hunting. Return to Keng Tung and spend the night at the hotel.
Transfer by car for about 45 minutes at the Buddhist village of Wan Pauk, inhabited by Palaung. Discover their traditional lifestyle and their main handicrafts: weaving and silver work. Meet women dressed in red longyi around their waistline with bamboo or silver hoops. Walk in the hills covered with dense vegetation and villages clinging to the mountainside where the Ann with tinted teeth black live. On arrival in the Wan Pon town you will continue your walk to Wan Pin along a narrow trail. These are the villages of Akha whose headdresses are adorned with beautiful and embroidered clothing. Visit Pine Tauk waterfalls surrounded by jungles and back to Kengtung and spend the night at the hotel.
Have breakfast at hotel and depart by car towards Tachileik. Arrive at the crossroad Pankwei after 1 hour drive. The beginning of the hike goes through four villages which are populated by the ethnic Akha and situated at an altitude of over 1500 meters. It is the only hike around Kengtung where the running time is long (5 hours minimum) and quite difficult. Several religions are represented: Buddhism, animism and Christianity. Back at the starting point of the hike and drive back to Keng Tung. Stay overnight at hotel.

What's included

  • Domestic flights Yangon / Kengtung, Kengtung / Yangon
  • All excursions and visits mentioned (entry fees included)
  • The services of an English speaking guide for each region
  • All transfers in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver; 2 bottles of water/ person every day

What's not included

  • International airfare and taxes airport
  • Visa-on-arrival
  • Tips, personal expenses and other services not mentioned
  • Other not mentioned in the tour

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