Myanmar Soft Trekking Adventure
9 Days / 8 Nights
Yangon – Heho – Kalaw – Inle Lake – Keng Tong – Yangon
Visit the sights of Yangon, then start your trekking from Kalaw, a former British colonial hill station. Trek through villages and enjoy visiting their long huts, old monasteries, their mountain plantations and the scenic surroundings. Visit Inle Lake, then continue trekking to tribal villages from Kyaing Tong.
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Day 1. Arrive Yangon (-/-/-)
Upon arrival at Yangon international airport, you will be welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel.
Freshen up before we embark on a journey to explore Yangon's highlights. Start from the colonial-style city center and one of the main landmarks, Sule Paya, built over 2,000 years ago and the focal point of numerous historical events in the city. Continue to Chauk That Gyi pagoda to view its magnificent reclining Buddha, and Karaweik Hall to marvel at the uniquely decorated “hamsa-bird-shaped” building on Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake. Visit Bogyoke (Scotts) market, where hundreds of gemstones, handicrafts, art, clothes and food stores are tucked in a maze of colour. We complete the day with a visit to one of the world’s most spectacular monuments, the Shwedagon Pagoda, a gold covered bell dome structure that dominates the city’s skyline. Legends state that the sacred hairs of the Buddha are enshrined here. The Shwedagon is an iconic symbol of the country, a sight not to be missed. We view the sunset from here.
(Please note that the market is closed on Mondays and on public holidays)
Day 2. Yangon - Heho - Kalaw - Trekking to Villages (B/L/D)
After breakfast, transfer to Yangon airport for your domestic flight to Heho. Upon arrival, we continue with an hour's drive to Kalaw, a former British colonial hill station where ambassadors would spend the summers enjoying the crisp mountain air and sipping on gin tonics. The starting poing of the trekking is La Maing village, west of Kalaw on the rim of the mountains. On the way, you can visit Pa O village and enjoy visiting their long huts, their mountain plantations and the scenic surroundings. En route stop at Kone La village for lunch (approximate walking from La Maing village to Kone La village is 2 ½ hours). In the afternoon, continue hiking about 3 hours till Pat Tu Pauk village through the mountain with farms, villages inhabited by the Danu Tribe, old monasteries, and mountain creeks. Picnic style lunch at one of the villages. Arrive to Patu Phaut of Pao Tribe in the evening and stroll around the village to see the lifestyle of the inhabitants. Time permitting meet the local children at their school to tell them something about your country and join them in community work such as cleaning the compound or burning the rubbish. Overnight help to cook your dinner with at a local house.
Simple lunch, and dinner are cooked at a local house by our staff.
Overnight stay: Very basic local house. Sleeping facilities are local style. Simple mattresses on floor with bed linen, pillows and blankets in a shared room. Personal mosquito nets are also provided.
Approx. walking: 6 hours
Day 3. Village Trekking - Inle Lake (B/L/-)
Breakfast local style, then we will hike by Pao villages in the mountainous area dotted with farms and bamboo forests. You can also visit a village school for a chat or play with the kids or a visit to one of the local houses. Then continue to Hti Thein Village (½ hour) and stroll around the village to see the lifestyle of the inhabitants. After lunch at a local house continue through Kyauk Su and Nan Yok villages to a Tone Lae village near the western shore of Inle Lake. From here take a boat back to your hotel.
Approx. walking: 5 hours
Day 4. Inle Lake (B/-/-)
After breakfast, we journey out by boat and visit Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, the home of some of the country’s most sacred Buddha statues covered in gold leaf. We also make a visit to the Inpawkhon weaving village to learn how local silks, linens and lotus fabrics are handmade and crafted. As an extra treat, we stop at a house for burmese cats built over the lake, where we see the conservation efforts and reintroduction of this rare pure breed of felines to Myanmar. At Nampan village, local craftsmen show us how Burmese cigars, or “cheroots,” are traditionally packed and rolled.
Day 5. Inle Lake - Heho - Kyaing Tong (B/L/-)
After breakfast, transfer to Nyaung Shwe town by boat and drive to Heho airport for the domestic flight to Kyaing Tong. Upon arrival, we drive to the Loimwe area which was a former summer resort for British in the colonial era. Visit en-route the Wa village of Naung Cho known as the birthplace of one of the earliest ethnic tribes of Shan country. In Loi Moi visit the old catholic church built by the Italian mission early in the 19th century and see some of the colonial houses built as summer residences during the British colonial era.
Day 6. Kyaing Tong - Wan Nyut - Wan Shaung (B/L/-)
After breakfast, we will drive 2 hours, and start walking on the steep road about 2.5 hours to reach Wan Nyut and Wan Shaung, the Loi Tribe's villages. The Loi prefer to live in huge longhouses, with at least 5 families. Before visiting the Loi there is an old monastery, a very beautiful one and very different from the other monasteries. The monasteries in those villages are marvelous. Picnic style packed lunch or local style lunch will be provided. In the late afternoon, drive back to Kyaing Tong and visit Dhammodaya Monastery where over three hundred novices do prayer at 6 pm.
Day 7. Kyaing Tong - Pin Tauk - Wan Kwan (B/L/-)
After breakfast, we will visit Kaing Tong Market, an interesting place to observe local life and minority people who come to buy and trade their goods in town. Then, we drive to Pin Tauk, in the beautiful countryside where you will do a 7 km trek through 3 local villages, Pan Lae (Ann tribe), Wan Lar (Akha tribe) and Nam Lin Mai (Ann tribe) giving you a chance to meet and learn about the different minority people in the area. Picnic style packed lunch or local style lunch will be provided. In the afternoon, drive back to Kyaing Tong. On the way back stop en-route at the Li-Shan Village of Wan Kwan to sample the local ‘fire water’ rice wine favored by all the mountain tribes of the region.
Day 8. Kyaing Tong - Yangon (B/-/-)
After breakfast, morning is at your leisure until your transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Yangon.
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Day 9. Departure (B/-/-)
After breakfast, check out and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
The itinerary may be subject to change depending on circumstances.
PRICES AND INCLUSIONS
9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS FROM £1,600 pp
based on 2 people travelling together
The price includes:
Twin sharing accommodation in a double/twin room in the following standard hotels and local houses:
Yangon: Summit Park View Hotel *** or similar
Kalaw: Local house
Inle Lake: Hupin Khaing Daing Resort *** or similar
Kyaing Tong: Amazing Kyaing Tong *** or similar
Quality private air-con vehicles & experienced drivers for all transfers and sightseeing.
Experienced English-speaking local guides throughout the tour.
Domestic flights Yangon-Heho-Kyaing Tong-Yangon.
Private boat at Inle sightseeing.
Entrance fees for all listed attractions.
Trekking package (incl. trekking guide, lunch and dinner) from Kalaw to Inle Lake trekking)
Meals as stated in the itinerary (B/L/D) = (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner).
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Myanmar. Request a quote from us.
Anything not specifically mentioned above.
Optional tours, camera fees.
Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters.
Visa fee for Myanmar.
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
Peak season surcharges
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