Myanmar Discovery Travel

Kalaw Trekking

Kalaw is rather in the center of the country in Shan State, near Inle Lake. Known for its temperate climate and pine forests, this hill station was the former resort British officials. Kalaw is the starting point of many expeditions in the area.

The walks can be done:
Either for a day to the villages of Palaung around Kalaw (in the evening you return to town to stay in a hotel). 
For 2 to 4 days to reach Inle Lake, passing the nights in a monastery or homestay. You can visit the villages and plantations in Pao and Taung Yoo ethnicities.
Or for 3 days so you can reach Pindaya, the country of the ethnic Danu. You can spend two nights in monasteries. This is a great hike for its panorama view of rolling hills and varied and colorful plants (wheat, colza, cabbage and cauliflower, etc.).

The program

At 8:30 am, depart from your hotel to Thazi (5 kms) to reach the starting point of the hike outside Kalaw. Walk in the hills through tea plantations, the renowned specialty of Shan State in Myanmar, tobacco, and in beautiful pine forest. You will arrive at the village of Painnepin after 2-3 hours of walking. This is the village of the Palaung who live in large communal houses (7-8 families share a house). Numerous around Kalaw, the Palaung are essentially farmers. Women are dressed in a striped dark red longyi, a bolero with blue or green sleeves trimmed with a red border and hula hoops around their waists. Have lunch and take a nap in the village of Painnepin. Return by the same path to the starting point of the trek. Return to your hotel in car.
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Day 01: After breakfast, depart from your hotel towards Loikaw to the village of Baw Ning Gone. It takes about 6 hours walking for the first day. Start walking up the hills and through the villages of Pa-O, Nan Aul, Paw That and the tea, tobacco, garlic and rice fields. After 2h30 to 3 hours, you reach the village of Khone Hla where you have lunch.
Rest and then continue trekking through different gardens and farms. The countryside is beautiful, hilly and colorful. You will meet along the way farmers with their buffaloes in the fields (the buffaloes are still widely used for agricultural work). Spend a night at the wooden monastery Htee Thein.

Day 02: After early breakfast, depart to Inle Lake for a hike of about 5 hours. You descend gradually through villages of the ethnics Pa-O and Inthar to reach the famous site Indein and forest of small stupas of the 16th century. A canoe will be waiting to take you to your hotel on the Inle lake or Nyaung Shwe village .

Day 01: The starting point of the hike is the village of Kyone, 45-minute drive from Kalaw. Hiking towards the village of Bin Thit Yar; on the way you will pass through many plantations and reach the monastery Hmwe Daw after 3 hours of walking. Spend a night at the monastery at the top of a hill.

Day 02: Depart after breakfast for a very long walk to the village Enn Neither which you will reach after 4 hours of walking. Several stops are planned in small tribal villages like Pao, Palaung, Shan. This is an opportunity to discover their seasonal crops and ancestral customs. You will be welcomed with big smiles. After lunch, continue trekking in 3 hours to get to Taung Myint Gyi, passing other villages like Tart Pote, Min Tain Bin, Myin Dwin. Spend a night in the village monastery.

Day 03: The trek continues towards the village See Kya Inn with a walk of about 3 hours. Visit the village and the surrounding plantations and then have lunch. After a short rest, you will start to go down hill and end your walk at the village Htut Ni of the ethnic Danu. The Danu minority is recognizable by its black outfit studded with colored sequins; they speaks an archaic Burmese. A car will be waiting at the market to take you to your next destination or hotel in Pindaya for the night. 

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Roughly saying, the best time is about from October until March next year. For this period, you can enjoy mild weather, it’s sunny but not too hot (23 to 30 degree temperature). It doesn’t mean that from April to September you shouldn’t travel to Myanmar. During this time, the weather is quite hot or there is heavy rain, but not everywhere and every time. The whole country is green and beautiful enough for your Myanmar trip, and it is even more joyful while you may get sweet and amazing discounts.

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– Bagan: the largest archaeological site with thousands of temples scattered over 40 km square
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– Mandalay: the cultural hub and ancient city with royal relics

Besides these four, the extension would be Golden Rock, Kalaw, Pindaya, Ngapali Beach, and more.

Absolutely, it is a safe place to visit. Most of the country is considered safe by Myanmar government.  Insurgency problems near the Indian and Thai borders are in areas far off the beaten track and will not affect a traveller’s journey through Myanmar in any way.

Roughly saying, the best time is about from October until March next year. For this period, you can enjoy mild weather, it’s sunny but not too hot (23 to 30 degree temperature). It doesn’t mean that from April to September you shouldn’t travel to Myanmar. During this time, the weather is quite hot or there is heavy rain, but not everywhere and every time. The whole country is green and beautiful enough for your Myanmar trip, and it is even more joyful while you may get sweet and amazing discounts.

Traveling the whole Myanmar may cost a lot of time. For regular travellers, there are four places that you should take into account (we consider them as the “big-four”):
– Yangon: the former capital city, and usually the first destination of most trips to Myanmar, home to the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda
– Bagan: the largest archaeological site with thousands of temples scattered over 40 km square
– Inle Lake: the emerald lake nested among high mountains in Shan plateau, the true êaven for nature lovers
– Mandalay: the cultural hub and ancient city with royal relics

Besides these four, the extension would be Golden Rock, Kalaw, Pindaya, Ngapali Beach, and more.

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Mostly recommended Myanmar tours  are running from 12-14 days. This is quite enough time for you to explore the best highlights of the country while still have time to take insight discovery of each stop. We can customize it longer and shorter depending on your requests. If you have tight time budget, 7-9 days is enough to give you a taste of the country. If you have more time, spend 15-18 days to cover all the highlights plus relaxing time at beaches or an inspiring visit to some well-hidden destinations.

There are many benefits to using an agent to plan your trip.
– Save your time and your money: You don’t need to spend hours upon hours searching the Internet for sample itineraries, hotel reviews… simply tell us your travel plan, our travel consultants will do all the work for you. As a local agency, we’ve built strong relationship with local hotels, airlines, car rental companies.., we are given the rates and upgrades that you don’t have access to.
– Receive personalized attention: We have experts understanding of your interests and insight to specific destinations. They can make recommendations tailored to what you want.
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For further information, you can contact our correspondents, they are happy to offer you advice and assurance:
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