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Home > Myanmar Highlights > Off-the-beaten-track > the Golden Triangle > Suggested Itineraries

Kyaing Tong (Keng Tung) Extension Tours

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Suggested Itineraries

Suggested Itinerary Overview:

Day Trip / Tour Transportation
1 Fly to Kyaing Tong from (Yangon, Mandalay or Heho) – arrive to Kyaing Tong around 3:00pm and city tour Car / Flight
2 Central Market visit in the morning before Kyaing Tong full day trek to Pindauk area and Wan Pauk village visiting Akhar, Lahu, Eng (the black teeth), and Silver Palaung Car / Trek
Insert one or two day more and discover the most of what Kyaing Tong has to offer
Ext. 1 Full day visit to Lwe Mwe (Loi-mwe), an old British outpost and visit to Akhar, Lahu, and Khun villages Car / Trek
Ext. 2 Kyaing Tong full day trek to Hokyin area visiting Akhar (Kaw), Lahu (Musoe) and Khun villages  
3 Buffalo Market visit before Kyaing Tong full day trek to Wanyut and Wan Seng villages of Loi (Lwe) tribe Car / Trek
4 Kyaing Tong half-day trek to Wan Sai village of Akhu tribe – fly back to (Yangon, Mandalay, Heho) Car / Flight

Accessibility:

There are daily flights to Kyaing Tong from Yangon, Mandalay, and Heho (Inle Lake) on private airlines. It will take around 5-hours with 3-stops if you fly from Yangon. It is the same if you fly from Kyaing Tong to Yangon. The more convenient route is to fly from Mandalay via Heho and Tachileik. Since it takes a long time to fly from Kyaing Tong to Yangon, it is better to fly on a direct flight to Heho for Inle Lake. On the other hand, Kyaing Tong sector should not be visited at your last leg unless you are leaving Myanmar from Thai border town of Tachileik. Our suggestion will be like this: - Yangon-Bagan-Mandalay-Kyaing Tong-Inle Lake and back to Yangon or to the beach destination. We don’t see any opportunities to allow road travels between Taunggyi and Kyaing Tong until 2010. The cars using for tour services in Kyaing Tong cannot be highly expected. Normally, there are no air-conditioned system installed and the quality of the vehicles is also not up to par.

Detailed Program

Day Description
1 Fly to Kyaing Tong – afternoon tour to In-city highlights
Fly either from Yangon, Mandalay, or Heho by one private airline. Arrival time is approximately 2:30pm for most flights. Transfer to the hotel for check-in. Then visit in the capital of Golden Triangle including two most oldest & impressive Lana-styled monasteries: Wat Jom Kham & Wat Inn; with optional visit to Mahamyatmuni temple at the city center. Before sunset stroll around the romantic lake-rimmed road, dotted with teashop and noodle houses.
2 Keng Tung – full day treks to Pin Tauk (Pindauk) area (easy to moderate)
Have your breakfast at the hotel. Visit to the main Kyaing Tong Market, to see colorful ethnic tribes come to exchange goods from their home in the surrounding hills. Then, about 45-mins drive along the scenic valley, fringed by the hazy mountains that separate Myanmar and Lao, and portrayed with green carpeted farms, quiet Khun villages, and dotted monasteries with Lana influenced architecture. Pindauk itself is a Lahu settlement located in the northeast of Keng Tung. Normally at least two Akhar villages (Nam Lin Mai & Nam Lin Hong) and Eng (often referred as the “Black Teeth People”) village of Wan Mai will be visited. Depending on one’s interest, Pindauk waterfalls and combination of three Akhar villages, Buddhist, Baptist, and Animist villages can also be visited. On the way back to Keng Tung, take an unpaved road passing through several Khun villages and scenic elevated rice fields, to visit Wan Pauk village where Silver Palaung lives. Return to Keng Tung in the late afternoon for overnight stop.
3 Kyaing Tong – full day treks to Wanyut and Wan Seng villages (moderate to hard)
Have your breakfast at the hotel. Visit to Water Buffalo Market where buyers and sellers stand around seemingly doing nothing but sales are transacted quietly. Then approximately two hours drive on the road leading to the Chinese border town of Mongla passing through vast rice growing valley, fishing ponds and several Khun villages mingled with bamboo forests before going uphill and driving along ridge-road providing stunning mountain sceneries. Leave your car on the main road, a few miles before Mongla to being the exhausting but rewarding hike to the mountain top where Wanyut village of Loi (Lwe) people sits. Firstly, visit to the Wanyut monastery with interesting ethnic adventure tales, and impressive woodworks. Then, visit the village – a unique one – where you could observe their longhouses where at least 5-families live together under one roof. Study their centuries-old traditions and lifestyles before continue your trek to Wan Seng village of the same tribe. Return to Kyaing Tong in the late afternoon for overnight stop.
4 Kyaing Tong half-day visits – fly to next destination
Have your breakfast at the hotel. Drive approximately 30min (9km) on unpaved road passing through rubber forests, Khun villages and their beautiful Wats & spirit shrines to Wan Sai village to see the tribe AKHU. Return to Kyaing Tong and continue visit to the One Tree Hill where a lone 145-years old Kanyin-byu (Diptero carpus Spp) tree stands, and the Shan traditional lacquer ware workshop - yet still visible but fast fading lacquerware making technique, before transfer out to the airport and fly to next destination.

Extra Days in Kyaing Tong

For those who enjoy the ethnic tribes and the feeling of being remoteness can visit Loi-mwe or the misty mountains, a British hill-outpost where you can trace history amongst many of century-old colonial buildings and a Catholic church running an orphanage. There are also Akhar, Lahu, and Khun Shan villages to see on the road to Loi-mwe and its surroundings.
Another extra day can easily be spent by visiting Hokyin area, known for major Akhar settlements. It is possible to visit Buddhist, Baptist, and Animists Akhar villages together with Lahu, and the Wa (once much feared headhunters) villages.

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