Day 1 Note this extension continues on from day 13 of our original 15 day Burma tour. Transfer to Heho Airport for flight to Kengtung (Kyaing Tong), the capital of the 'Golden Triangle' in eastern Shan State and famous for its surrounding villages inhabited by myriad hill-tribe peoples such as; Akha, Lahu, Loi, Wa, Palaung, Enn. Afternoon arrival and a chance to stretch our legs with a walking orientation tour of the town including sunset by the scenic Naung Tong Lake.
Day 2 Head up the valley to Pin Tauk from where we'll start our hike into the hills to visit villages of the Akha, Lahu and Enn ethnic groups. (The Enn people are known locally as the 'Black Tooth' tribe due to their penchant for chewing betel and some girls even wear a black lipstick made from charred tree bark.) Most villages in this remote and, up until recently, rather wild region are still very traditional. Some of the hill-tribe peoples in the area have converted to Christianity but the majority are still animists so a fascinating chance to discover these peoples' traditional cultures before they inevitably disappear. Apart from the myriad ethnic groups inhabiting these hills the region offers spectacular scenery with limestone mountain vistas and valleys filled with terraced rice paddies.
Day 3 Morning to wander around the charming little town of Kengtung including a visit to the lively and colourful Kengtung Market - a major trading centre for the various highland people from the surrounding villages. After a local style lunch of Shan noodles we'll head into the hills again by truck to visit the spectacular mountain-top Zom Kham Monastery. Return to Kengtung with stops on the way to visit a village of the Palaung people - known for their stunning red cloth and silver lacquered waist-bands as well as the rarely seen Akhu people.
Day 4 Head south for a morning hike to some rarely visited and still very traditional Akha villages - the predominant hill-tribe group of the Kengtung region - before continuing after lunch with a spectacular drive through the mountains to the border town of Tachileik. Overnight in Tachileik Town.
Day 5 Time to explore the town's huge Thai/Burmese border market before crossing into Thailand, (a 15 day entry visa will generally be issued free of charge to but please double check with your respective embassy), for a scenic drive via Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai, Thailand's northern capital. (Stops can be decided at the last minute depending upon whether you are already familiar with the region or not.)
Day 6 End of tour. Extra accommodation and a variety of extensions based out of Chiang Mai are available.
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Please note these are photos of sample hotels and resorts; accommodation options may vary and are subject to availability
We’re checking out Kengtung hotels, (and taking photos), next month, so in the meantime here’s your starting point – Nyaung Shwe, Lake Inle and finishing point; Karinthip Village, Chiang Mai
One of our favourites in the Inle Lake ‘gateway town’ of Nyaungshwe is the friendly, comfortable chalet style Paradise Hotel.
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