Exploring Nature and Ethnic Diversity in Keng Tung

5 Days - 4 Nights Keng Tung, Loi Mwe, Shan State Off The Beaten Trails

Tour Overview

Set out on a remarkable adventure that reveals the wild charm of isolated highlands and provides a mesmerising opportunity to interact with the colourful hill tribes. Explore their age-old traditions and civilizations, which have been passed down through the years. Get lost in the emerald-green countryside as you travel thrilling mountain trails and take in breath-taking views. This hiking adventure promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, leaving permanent memories.

  • Keng Tung, also known as Kyaing Tong, is a town located in the eastern Shan State of Myanmar. Keng Tong 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 Tong 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, take your flight to Keng Tung. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to the hotel to freshen up. Take a leisurely stroll around the downtown area and the lake to experience the charm of this Eastern Shan town.

    During your walk, you will pass by the Saobwa Shan chieftain’s house and visit the old Wat Phra Jao Lung temple and the Khun Shan monastery of Wat Zom Kham, both renowned for their architectural beauty. Transfer back to the hotel for an overnight stay in Keng Tung.

  • Day 02: Keng Tung – Ho Kyin Trekking (B)

    In the morning, visit the vibrant central market to witness the colourful tribes purchasing vegetables and fruits for their daily needs. After exploring the market, proceed to Ho Kyin Village, home to the Akha and Lahu tribes who reside on the hillside in traditional houses, practising their animist way of life. Encountering the Akha and Lahu tribes provides an enriching cultural experience. It allows you to witness their unique cultural expressions, interact with community members, and gain insights into their traditional ways of life, beliefs, and customs.

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

    Breakfast included
  • Day 03: Keng Tung – Loi Mwe Trekking (B)

    Begin the day with a visit to the bustling Keng Tung main market, where minority groups gather for trading. Visiting the market is a sensory experience, with vibrant colours, bustling crowds, and the aroma of local spices and food wafting through the air. You will find an array of vendors selling fresh produce, such as vegetables and fruits, as well as local handicrafts, textiles, traditional medicines, spices, and other daily essentials.

    Drive to Loi Mwe, a town situated on a mountain plateau, which takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. En route, make a stop at the Wa village by Nan Chou, known as the birthplace of one of the earliest ethnic tribes in Shan country. 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, visit the old Catholic church built by the Italian mission in the 19th century and explore some colonial houses that were once summer residences during the British colonial era.

    Next, visit Ho Latt, an Akha village, and embark on a comfortable-paced trek to the surrounding villages, where you will meet the unique Akha and Pang Wai Lahu ethnic minorities. After the trek, return to Keng  Tung for an overnight stay.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 04: Keng Tung (B)

    After breakfast, embark on a trek to visit the Loi tribes residing in ancient villages, each with its distinct culture and traditions. A scenic drive of approximately two and a half hours will take you to these villages, nestled amidst picturesque landscapes. These villages are located in remote areas, nestled amidst beautiful landscapes, and offer a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the Loi people. You may have the chance to observe their daily activities, such as farming, or weaving.

    One notable aspect of the Loi tribe is their housing arrangement. In each village, the Loi people live together in long huts, with multiple families sharing one dwelling. This communal living arrangement fosters a strong sense of community and cooperation among the villagers.

    On the way back to the hotel, explore more mountain tribe villages. Overnight stay in Keng Tung.

    Breakfast included
  • Day 05: Keng Tung Departure

    Spend the morning at your leisure in the hotel. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Yangon.

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