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TREKKING AND HIKING IN MYANMAR

Yangon/Kyaing Tong/Kalaw/Inle/Bagan

Duration : 14 days
Type of trip : Trekking
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Trek to meet the Pa-O and Lisu ethnic groups, east of Inle Lake in Shan State, but also the famous Kayan giraffe women, further south, from Kayah state. A two-day hike to the Kyaing Tong region will make you come across many other ethnic groups. Then let yourself be lulled by the prayers of the monks in Yangon and dive deep into the heart of the kingdom of Bagan, surrounded by lush vegetation.

On this journey, you will love

●    Immersion in the life of ethnic minorities: Inthar, Kayah, Akha, Karen, Mon...
●    4 days trekking in uncharted villages
●    Homestays or local inns
●    Archaeological sites and ancient temples
●    Floating vegetable gardens and lakeside villages

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Day 1 - Arrival in Yangon

Arrival in Yangon. Airport reception and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival, you ‘ll have the opportunity to venture into the colonial district, Chinatown and a local market to discover Burmese colors and smells. Overnight at the hotel.
-    10 km drive             Hotel

Day 2 - Yangon tour, discover the daily life of Burmese

Explore Bogyoke Aung San Market, a shoe and clothing market (closed on Mondays and holidays). Beautiful fabrics (batiks, silks, and cotton) are sold by the meter. Antiques and souvenirs are along the central alley. Continue your journey and head to the pagoda Chaukhtut Gyi - the tin roof of this pavilion shelters a colossal reclining Buddha of 70 meters long. The morning will end at the National Museum which displays interesting pieces, such as the lion-shaped Simhasana throne where sat Thibaw Min, the last Burmese king. In the afternoon, visit Shwedagon Pagoda, the most famous in the country for its 98 meters high stupa covered with gold. The setting sun darting its last rays on the golden dome offers a magical spectacle. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 - Yangon - flight to Kyaing Tong

Transfer to Yangon airport for a flight to Kyaing Tong. Isolated in a far eastern corner of Shan State, this city is the historical center of Kün culture, an ethnic group that speaks a northern Thai dialect. In the afternoon, visit the city of Kyaing Tong, Wat Pha Jao Lung and Wat Pha That Jom Mon.

Day 4 - Trekking in Kyaing Tong surroundings

After breakfast, take a look at Kyaing Tong Market and depart for Pintauk. The forest and the abundant future harvest of rice paddies give the illusion of a patchwork of mirrors and green sheets. The road that leads to Pintauk is ethnic tribe territory.
The vast majority of these tribes still keep their animist practices, in addition to Buddhism and Christianity. In this corner, you will visit villages of the Akha and Ann ethnic group. To discover also, the waterfalls of Pintauk and a distillery of rice alcohol. Weather permitting, visit villages: Palaung, Wan-Pauk on return to Kyaing tong.
-    5h trek

Day 5 - Trekking in Kyaing Tong surroundings

After breakfast, head to the village of Loi Mwe, nestled in an idyllic setting at an altitude of 1800 m, where the former governor's house and a British Catholic church over a century old still stand. The climb to the village is delightful, passing by forests, terraced rice fields and a lake. On the way back, visit the village "Ho lap" to discover the life of the tribe Akha.
-    5h trek

Day 6 - Kyaing Tong - flight to Heho - Kalaw

Transfer to Mong Ping (100 km/2.5 h drive) for a domestic flight to Heho. Upon arrival, if time permits, transfer by private car to Pindaya to explore its famous caves and the daily life of its community: the Taung-yo ethnic group. Visit the caves by horse and cart and then on foot. Over the centuries, more than 8,000 Buddha statues have been laid there in different ways. Then, meet local artisans to learn about the manufacture of Shan paper made from mulberry bark, and the umbrellas they’re crafting with it. Overnight at the hotel in Kalaw.

Day 7 - Kalaw – Pa Tu Bauk, 5 – 6h trek

Meet with the team of local guides and take a short drive to La Ma Ing, starting point of a great trek. Cross beautiful terraced rice fields and green vegetable gardens. Make unforgettable encounters of different ethnic groups such as the "golden" Palaung and the Pa-O, sometimes as well the Danu and the Taungyo. Palaung women often wear items from their traditional costume, in particular bamboo belts. Overnight at a homestay in Ba Tu Bauk.
-     5 – 6h trek with a total altitude difference of 600m

Day 8 - Pa Tu Bauk – Lac Inle

After breakfast, resume your trek towards Inle Lake, walking through PaO and Palaung villages, admiring beautiful landscapes. 5 hours later, you will arrive at Inle Lake, one of the most important sites of Burma. Located 900 m above sea level, this large lake (15km long by 6-8km wide) emanates an irresistible charm. Villagers grow many varieties of flowers, vegetables and fruits: tomato, beans, cauliflower, cabbage, eggplant, garlic, betel, melon, papaya and banana. Overnight at the hotel.
-    5h trek

Day 9 - Inle Lake boat tour

Hop on a sampan and navigate on the Inle Lake, one of the most important sites of Burma. Located 900 m above sea level, this large lake (15km long by 6-8km wide) has an irresistible charm. Villagers grow many varieties of flowers, vegetables and fruits: tomato, beans, cauliflower, cabbage, eggplant, garlic, betel, melon, papaya and banana. Visit remarkable floating gardens, and lake villages mainly inhabited by Intha. You will be amazed by the unique method used by the fishermen of the lake, and certainly charmed by the peaceful beauty of the lake itself. Venture into Nga Phye Chaung Monastery and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda (5 golden Buddha statues). Stop to find about some craft trades: a traditional cigar factory, a fishing boat factory and a silver jewelry factory.
-   4-5h boat ride

Day 10 - Inle – Indein – Inle

Still by local sampan, visit one of the multi-ethnic markets of the region which take place once every 5 days. It could be either Nampan, Indiain, Maingthauk, Phaung Daw Oo or Ywama according to schedule. You will come across vegetables, fresh fish caught in the lake, Shan bags, farm implements, embroidered shirts and longis, tapestries, jewelry and all the usual memories. Then stop at Indein, the former Shan capital, to discover his garden of stupas. Get back to Nyaungshwe in the late afternoon. 
-    Boat tour : 4-5h

Day 11 - Inle – Bagan, 260 km/6h drive

Today, we’ll transfer from Inle to Bagan. This drive will give you the opportunity to admire the Burmese countryside and discover the daily life of villagers. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12 - Bagan tour

Bagan (Pagan) is the most amazing site in the country, if not all of Southeast Asia. Today, you will have a big day exploring the Old Bagan, the heart of the archeological area. It contains the most important temples, the walls of the ancient city and a museum. First head to the colorful market of Nyaung U, an essential place in the local life. The journey continues, visit the Shwezigon Pagoda (the most revered in Bagan) and the Ananda Temple (the most beautiful one) originally dedicated to the infinite wisdom of the Buddha, famous for its Indian architecture.
In the afternoon, visit the archaeological museum of Bagan which has on display a large number of religious representations and items found in the temples nearby. Next, a stroll in small villages will allow you to discover a typical rural life and some crafts: wickerwork and manufacture of lacquered products. Return to the hotel at the end of the afternoon.

Day 13 - Bagan by electric motorcycle

An electric motorcycle is the perfect means of transport to explore Bagan area. Riding on paved roads  and sandy paths with little traffic is pleasant and fun. Discover the imposing Dhammayangyi Temples, Htilominlo, Gubyaukgyi Temple in Myingabar with its stunning Jataka murals and create lasting memories. Continue your beautiful journey by venturing into monuments and bring your day to a peaceful end on the terrace of a temple-a perfect spot to admire the sunset.
-    4-5h electric motorcycle ride

Day 14 - Bagan - flight to Yangon, departure

Depending on your flight, you’ll be able to enjoy some free time in Bagan. Transfer to Bagan airport and fly to Yangon. Departure flight. 

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