Enchanting Keng Tung Trek: Discovering Remote Life and Cultural Encounters

4 Days - 3 Nights Keng Tung, Shan State Off The Beaten Trails

Tour Overview

Explore the unspoiled elegance of the remote highlands as you set off on a remarkable journey that will also show you the vibrant hill tribes. Witness their unwavering commitment to preserving age-old customs and cultures passed down through generations. Traverse through emerald-green landscapes, venture along thrilling mountain trails, and behold breathtaking vistas, immersing yourself in a trekking adventure that will create enduring memories to cherish for a lifetime.

  • Keng Tung, also known as Kyaing Tung, is a town located in the eastern Shan State of Myanmar. Keng Tung is known for its scenic beauty, cultural diversity, and historical significance. The town is surrounded by picturesque mountains and lush green landscapes, making it a popular destination for nature lovers and hikers. It is also home to several ethnic minority groups, including the Akha, Lahu, and Wa people, who contribute to the rich cultural tapestry of the region. From November to April, the daytime temperatures can get hot, while the mornings and late evenings tend to be cold. During this period, temperatures range from 25 to 30°C during the day and 5 to 10°C at night. The rainy season in Keng Tung typically occurs from June to September.

  • Please ensure that you have an average level of physical fitness for all trips. Before booking, kindly consider the suitability of the event or activity. It is your responsibility as the client to assess your fitness level for a specific trip. If you have any doubts or concerns, we encourage you to contact our guide and discuss them beforehand. Additionally, it is essential to inform the guide of any medical conditions, illnesses, or disorders that may be relevant for safety purposes or could potentially be aggravated during the tour. Your safety and well-being are our top priority, and open communication regarding your physical condition is crucial.

    1. Backpack (20L): A backpack of appropriate size to carry your essentials and personal belongings during the trek.
    2. Hiking shoes (waterproof): Sturdy and comfortable hiking shoes with good traction are essential to navigate various terrains and provide protection for your feet. Waterproof shoes are recommended to handle wet conditions.
    3. Windbreaker: A lightweight, windproof jacket or windbreaker is useful to protect against gusty winds and sudden weather changes.
    4. Trekking shorts & pants: Pack lightweight and quick-drying trekking shorts and pants for flexibility and comfort during the trek.
    5. Trekking t-shirt or shirt: Choose moisture-wicking and breathable fabrics for your t-shirts or shirts to keep you cool and comfortable during the trek.
    6. Gloves: Depending on the weather and altitude, consider bringing gloves to protect your hands from cold temperatures or rough terrains.
    7. Trekking socks: Invest in high-quality trekking socks that provide cushioning, moisture-wicking, and blister prevention for long hikes.
    8. Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from the sun’s glare and harmful UV rays by wearing sunglasses with UV protection.
    9. Hat: A wide-brimmed hat or cap helps shield your face and neck from the sun, providing protection and shade.
    10. Sunscreen: Apply and reapply sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin from sunburn and harmful UV radiation.
    11. Hiking poles: Hiking poles can provide stability, support, and reduce strain on your joints during challenging treks. Consider bringing a pair for added assistance.
    12. Headlamp: A headlamp is essential for evening or early morning treks or any low-light situations, allowing for hands-free illumination.

Travel itinerary

  • Day 01: Yangon – Keng Tung

    After breakfast, board your flight to Keng Tung. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to the hotel for refreshments.

    Next, take a leisurely stroll through the downtown area and around the scenic lake, immersing yourself in the atmosphere of this charming Eastern Shan town. Along the way, pass by the residence of the Saobwa Shan chieftain, and explore the historic Wat Pha Jao Lung temple and the Khun Shan monastery of Wat Zom Kham, known for their architectural beauty.

    Overnight in Keng Tung.

  • Day 02: Keng Tung – Loi Mwe Trekking (B)

    Begin your day with a visit to the bustling Keng Tung main market, where vibrant and colorful minority communities gather for trading. Then, embark on a drive to Loi Mwe, a town nestled on a mountain plateau, which takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

    En route, make a stop at the Wa village near Nan Chou, renowned as the birthplace of one of the earliest ethnic tribes in the Shan region. The Wa people are one of the largest ethnic minority groups in the country, known for their distinct culture and historical significance. Today, the Wa people are primarily engaged in agriculture, cultivating crops such as rice, corn, and tea.

    In Loi Mwe, explore the old Catholic church built by the Italian mission in the early 19th century and admire the colonial houses, once used as summer residences during the British colonial era.

    Afterwards, visit Ho Latt, an Akha village. The Akha people are one of the indigenous hill tribes of Southeast Asia, known for their distinct culture and traditions. They have their own language, unique clothing styles, and a rich spiritual belief system that combines animism and ancestor worship.


    From there, embark on a leisurely trek through the surrounding villages, taking in the unique cultures and lifestyles of the Akha and Pang Wai Lahu ethnic minorities. After the trek, return to Keng Tung. Overnight in Keng Tung.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 03: Keng Tung – Ho Kyin Trekking (B)

    This morning, start with a brief visit to the central market to witness the vibrant tribes as they gather to purchase vegetables and fruits for their daily needs. Wandering through the Keng Tong Central Market, you will encounter colorful displays of fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices, showcasing the agricultural bounty of the region. You will also find stalls selling local handicrafts, traditional textiles, silver jewelry, and other unique products that reflect the cultural heritage of the area. It is a sensory experience with vibrant sights, sounds, and aromas, making it an exciting place to explore.

    After exploring the market, proceed to Ho Kyin Village, home to the Akha and Lahu animist tribes who reside on the hillside, preserving their traditional way of life and unique houses.

    In the late afternoon, return to Keng Tung and enjoy some free time at your leisure in the hotel. Overnight in Keng Tung.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 04: Keng Tung Departure (B)

    This morning is free for you to relax and enjoy leisure time at the hotel. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Yangon.

    Breakfast included

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