Day 01: Yangon / Mandalay/ Inle Lake to Kyaing Tong
Taking a short flight to Kyaing Tong today. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Enjoy a first glimpse of Kyaing Tong with a visit to Wan Pauk Village which is home to 250 Palaung minorities in their colorful traditional dresses with ornamental silver waist-bands. The Palaung tribe at this village are known as “Silver” Palaungs.
Your tor guide will introduce you the tradition of teeth blackened by chewing betel nuts a beauty characteristic and learn their livelihood that depends on growing paddy and other crops, raising cattle, pigs and chicken, weaving clothes and making different ornaments with silver. Then back to the town to end the day with a visit Maha Myat Muni pagoda or “Wat Pha Jao Lung in Shan” language.
Day 02: Kyaing Tong Trekking
After breakfast, we experience the highlights Water Buffalo Market which takes place in the outskirts of the town twice a week.
A scenic drive for 45 minutes to the trekking point will be followed by a trail that leas to “Ho Kyin” villages, a group of typical Akha tribe villages from here we continue for another 30 minutes to Na Phi Phank village, home to Lahu and Akha tribe. Then proceed to more Akha villages namely, Phata village and Pang Ma Phai village to learn more about their daily life. Your driver will await to transfer you to Mong Zine (Khun Village) to see how they make traditional Lahu Knives .Along the way back to hotel, visit en route Joe Phyu village of the Wa tribes. See sundown workers return from the fields.
Day 03: Kyaing Tong Trekking
Breakfast at your hotel before taking a road trip to Pindauk Village where we start our light trekking. Start climbing to the habitat of Akha and Enn tribe, passing monsoon forest overlooking the valley covered with terraced rice fields looking like a huge, green patchwork blanket. Visit the villages of Enn and Akha minorities and learn more about the beliefs, customs and traditions of the hill tribes – some baptized and some still animists. Enjoy picnic lunch at the Pin Tauk Waterfall before keeping your leg to the villages of the Palaung, Black Lahu and Red Lahu. Return to Kyaing Tong.
This afternoon, embark an excursion to U Mulein Da’s Tai Khun Shan lacquare workshop producing handicraft of high-quality, distinct from the lacquareware made in Bagan and Inle. Then continue to visit Standing Buddha image. Enjoy panoramic view of the city at sunset from the One tree Hill to see a lone, 245 years old Kanyin-byu (Diptero carpus Spp) tree, before calling it a day.
Day 04: Keng Tung – Yangon/ Mandalay/ Heho
After breakfast, make a morning visit to the Central Market of Keng Tung, where many hill tribe villagers, each in their colorful costumes, gather to trade fresh produce and household goods. Check out from hotel and transfer to airport for your onward flight.