The highlanders of Kyaing Tong
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DAY 01: KYAING TONG     (-, Lunch, Dinner)

kyaing tong 01Your guide will meet you upon arrival at KYAING TONG (also known as Keng Tung) and transfer you to the hotel. Lunch at a simple local restaurant is followed by sightseeing in Kyaing Tong to visit MAHA MYAT MUNI PAGODA, SUN TAUNG MONASTERY, ONE TREE PAGODA and scenic NAUNG TONG LAKE. Enjoy a dinner at a simple local restaurant and overnight stay in Kyaing Tong.



DAY 02    KYAING TONG AND SURROUNDING VILLAGES     (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

kyaing tong 02Drive by road to the northern mountains to visit Arn hill-tribes, best known for their black teeth and primitive way of life. First, you will arrive in PIN TAUK VILLAGE of AKHA and LAHU tribes. The AKHA tribe constitutes the majority of population in the Kyaing Tong region. Their costumes are in vivid colors. Later, the vehicle will stop near WAN PING village where you will begin the hike for 15 minutes to Wan Pin Village. Continue to WAN LAR village, known for the bird poacher and their unique snares. From here, the path is steep and leads to a village of ARN tribe, animists and well known for their black costumes. A tranquil Arn village awaits the visitors on a hillock with a panoramic view of the serene environs. One can see the terraces of paddy fields and set against a back drop of mountain ranges. There is a shrine at the entrance of the village where the villagers customarily make a sacrifice to propitiate the deities before their hunt. Return on a foot path for 1½ hours to the vehicle amidst paddy fields and vegetations. Return to Kyaing Tong. On the way we can make a brief stop at Wan Kam, famous for its rice wine production. Enjoy a dinner at a simple local restaurant and overnight stay in Kyaing Tong.

DAY 03   KYAING TONG AND SURROUNDING VILLAGES     (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

kyaing tong 03Today, you will have a full day excursion, once again, to surround hill tribe village at the top of Hokyin Mountain. Depending on the condition of steep and narrow road, you can either drive directly to the village or stop the vehicle at the foot of the mountain and climb the way up for approximately 2 hours to reach the village. There are four Akha villages on this range of mountains. Akha tribes follow several religions, namely Buddhism, Animism and Christianity. Ravines punctuate the mountains where the villages are located at the tops. It will be another day of hike overlooking the scenic landscapes of the surrounding hills. Enjoy a picnic lunch. Return to Kyaing Tong, visiting a unique Shan lacquer ware shop. The process of making lacquer ware in this region is different from that of Bagan. They are embellished with relieves instead of paintings being etched on the surface of the lacquer ware. Return to the hotel. Enjoy the dinner at a simple local restaurant and overnight stay in Kyaing Tong.

DAY 04     KYAING TONG – DEPARTURE     (Breakfast, Lunch, -)

kyaing tong 04This morning, you will have time to visit the colorful Kyaing Tong market, an enchanted place to immerse yourself with the local ambience. This market is a melting pot of hill-tribe folks from surrounding regions. Balance of this morning is yours to relax or you may continue to explore the town. Lunch is taken at a simple local restaurant. Transfer to Kyaing Tong Airport.



Itinerary is subject to changes depending on confirmed flights, road conditions and availability of rooms.

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