Pa-O Heritage Trails: Authentic Pathways for Cultural Immersion and Homestay Experience

3 Days - 2 Nights Inle Lake, Shan State Community Base Tourism, Pa-O, Shan State (CIT – Community Involved Tourism)

Tour Overview

Pa-O, Shan State (CIT – Community Involved Tourism): Inle (Maingpyo) – Kanaingwine – Hti Ne – Mellow – Moe Kaung – Inle (Trek & CBT Activities)Welcome to the enchanting Pa-o region in Shan State, where pristine forests and majestic mountains await your exploration. This vibrant land is not only home to the Shan, Intha, and Pa-O communities but also a captivating haven for eco-tourism, brimming with a plethora of engaging activities.Nestled around the breathtaking Inle Lake, the Pa-O villages beckon travellers with their timeless charm. Immerse yourself in the captivating ambiance of Hti Ne, Inne, Loikaw, and Kakku, which promise delightful experiences for both tourists and locals alike.As you venture through these picturesque villages, you’ll be greeted by traditional Pa-O wooden houses that harmoniously blend with the vibrant landscape. The roads, adorned with an array of colorful flowers and bamboo fences, create a mesmerizing backdrop for your journey. Tucked away in the mountains, the region enjoys a pleasant temperature, offering a serene and tranquil environment that will soothe your soul.

Travel itinerary

  • Day 1

    The day begins at Maingpyo village at 8:30 a.m., immersing you in the breathtaking beauty of the countryside. Wander through vibrant paddy fields, picturesque sugar cane farms, and bountiful seasonal crop plantations.

    Prepare for a delightful lunch break as you continue the walk to Kanaingwine village. After indulging in a delicious meal, ascend to Hti Ne, a remarkable CBT project village perched atop a majestic mountain. Revel in the awe-inspiring panoramic views that surround you. Upon arriving at the community lodge, take a moment to refresh and explore the village, taking in its vibrant culture.

    Indulge in a delectable traditional dinner and spend a restful night at the community lodge.

  • Day 2

    Awaken to the enchanting blessing of a sunrise and embark on a day filled with cultural exploration. Start with a hearty breakfast before venturing out with a knowledgeable community guide. Discover the fascinating journey of the CBT project’s implementation and gain insights into the lives of the Pa-O people. Engage in activities such as traditional hand weaving, creating exquisite bamboo handicrafts, and participating in seasonal farming processes like cultivating cheroot leaves, turmeric, beans, garlic, and more.

    Lunch, thoughtfully arranged by the locals, invites you to partake in the preparation, allowing for an authentic and immersive experience. Following the meal, an esteemed elder from the village will share captivating stories about the community. These stories offer a window into the cultural heritage and values cherished by the villagers, providing a deeper understanding of their unique identity.

    Once the stories have nourished your curiosity and appreciation, it will be time to embark on a meaningful tree-planting activity. With your hands in the earth and a sense of purpose in your heart, you’ll contribute to the community’s sustainable efforts, leaving a lasting impact on the environment.

    As the day draws to a close, a short stroll from the community lodge unveils a mesmerizing sunset atop the mountain. In the evening, delight in a captivating display of traditional dances and music performed by the villagers. Retreat to the community lodge for a peaceful overnight stay.

  • Day 3

    Commence your journey from the community lodge at 9:00 a.m. as you traverse the charming Hti Ne village, encountering delightful local handicrafts along the way to Mellow village. Descend along the mountainside, passing through the awe-inspiring Don Htithakaw village. The air is filled with a sense of tranquility and reverence as you immerse yourself in the natural beauty that envelopes you. Continuing your expedition, you’ll soon arrive at the charming Moe Kaung village, a haven nestled amidst nature’s splendor. The village welcomes you with open arms and invites you to indulge in a satisfying lunch, carefully prepared to showcase the flavors and culinary traditions of the region.

    After rejuvenating with a delightful meal, the path leads you through scenic seasonal crop plantations, across a quaint bridge, and past charming villages as you make your way to the Magyikone boat jetty. Prepare for a delightful boat ride that brings you back to your hotel, offering a final glimpse of the captivating countryside.

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