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Ethnic Tribes of the Shan State - 13 Days

Ethnic Tribes of the Shan State

Myanmar · Private Tour · 13 Days
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Private Tour
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culture
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trekking

Explore the remote corners of the Shan State in Myanmar. Get dazzled with the pagodas of Yangon, navigate Inle Lake and embark on an trek to its rich mosaic of ethnic cultures. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Yangon
Day 2 - Kyaing Tong
Day 3 - Kyaing Tong Trekking
Day 4 - Kyaing Tong Trekking
Day 5 - Kyaing Tong Trekking
Day 6 - Taunggyi
Day 7 - Kakku & Inle Lake
Day 8 - Inle Lake
Day 9 - Inle Lake
Day 10 - Kayan Villages
Day 11 - Loikaw
Day 12 - Loikaw → Yangon
Day 13 - Yangon

What is included

  • Internal transfers, transportation and sightseeing in private air conditioning vehicle
  • Domestic flights Yangon-Kyaing Tong-Heho, Loikaw-Yangon
  • 11 nights accommodation at comfort hotels with breakfast
  • Meals mentioned in this itinerary
  • Private local boat fare for Inle Lake excursion as mentioned in this itinerary
  • Entrance fees and zone fees for the visit as mentioned in this itinerary
  • English speaking station guides for all transfers and sightseeing
  • Commercial tax

What is NOT included

  • International flight
  • Visits not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Hotel early check-in and late check-out
  • Tips and personal expenses
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

day
1
Yangon

Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. 

Once you are refreshed we will take a sightseeing tour of some of Yangon’s highlights, including the Reclining Buddha at Chauk Htat Gyi and the National Museum, home of many interesting artifacts from Myanmar’s past. 

Enjoy a sunset visit and admire the fantastic and mythical boat of Karaweik to have a wonderful photo spot for Shwedagon Pagoda, besides being one of the beautiful green areas where Yangon residents usually go to relax. 

Later continue to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most important religious structure in Myanmar and a point of pilgrimage for Buddhists across the globe. 

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Melia Yangon Hotel

Deluxe Yangon

day
2
Kyaing Tong

After breakfast, we will transfer to Yangon airport for your flight to Kyaing Tong

Arrival at Kyaing Tong and start our sightseeing to Naung Tong Lake. Then visit Standing Buddha image, Kayah Village. 

See the beautiful sunset on the One Tree Hill where a lone, 245 years old Kanyin-byu tree stands. The tree was planted by Alaungmintaya, the founder of the Third Myanmar Empire. 

Overnight at the hotel.

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Yangon → Kyaing Tong 1h 5min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Princess Hotel

Superior Kyaing Tong

day
3
Kyaing Tong Trekking

After breakfast, today we will visit Loi-Mwe located at 5,542 feet with its peaceful surroundings. 

Enjoy the scenic view from the hill side and visit the old British governor’s house and an old church. We begin our trek to the villages of Ho Laa Akha, Naung Cho Wa and Pang-Y Lahu village. Later we will return to Kyaing Tong. 

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Princess Hotel

Superior Kyaing Tong

day
4
Kyaing Tong Trekking

After breakfast, we will visit Pin Tauk, where people of the Akha, Lahu and Ann ethnic groups reside. The inhabitants preserve their traditional lifestyle, with their beautiful costumes and silver decorations. 

Enjoy the beauty of the local area before going back to Kyaing Tong. After our lunch break, if we have time, we’ll visit the Palaung village to see the bamboo and silver rings used as decoration by Palaung women. 

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Princess Hotel

Superior Kyaing Tong

day
5
Kyaing Tong Trekking

After breakfast, drive to the Palaung tribe village also known as Wan Pauk. 

A branch of the same tribe, locally called Gold Palaung, lives in the northern Shan State. Three hours hiking from there are the Lahu Shi villages, Kunpe-1 and Kunpe-2. 

Enjoy trekking through forests, valleys and gorges, then return to Kyaing Tong. 

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Princess Hotel

Superior Kyaing Tong

day
6
Taunggyi

After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Heho

Upon arrival, we will proceed to Taunggyi, which is the capital of the southern Shan State and situated on a high plateau surrounded by high mountains. 

Then visit to the Mya Sein Taung, Shwe Phone Pwint Pagoda, situated on the top of the mountain and overlooking the beauty of the city’s views from there. Continue your visit to Sulamuni Paogda

Overnight at the hotel.

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Kyaing Tong → Heho 35min
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Heho → Taunggyi38 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Aye Thar Yar Golf Resort

Deluxe Taunggyi

day
7
Kakku & Inle Lake

After breakfast, visit the local market and make the picturesque journey to Kakku to visit its 200 ancient stupas.

Continue your journey onto the magical Inle Lake, home to the leg-rowing fishermen and floating gardens. From Nyaung Shwe, we will take a boat trip onto the lake. 

Overnight at the hotel.

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Taunggyi → Inle Lake43 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Inle Garden Hotel

Villa Inle

day
8
Inle Lake

After breakfast, begin a sightseeing tour on a long-tail boat on Inle Lake.

Visit silk weaving and lotus industries in Inn Paw Khone Village before stopping in Nanpan to witness work at a Cheroot Myanmar Cigar factory

We continue our tour to see the Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda and, if we have time, stop at Leshae Village to witness the making of a Buddha image through the use of dried flour powder. 

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Inle Garden Hotel

Villa Inle

day
9
Inle Lake

After breakfast, travel by boat south for a journey to reach Sangha and Thakong Villages at the far end of Inle Lake. 

This relaxing boat journey enables us to get off the beaten path and see unspoiled culture and the traditional life-styles of the ethnic groups living in the area. 

Then, we are going to Phekong and then we are driving to Loikaw

Overnight at the hotel.

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Inle Lake → Loikaw142 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Kayah Resort

Deluxe Twin Loikaw

day
10
Kayan Villages

Breakfast at the hotel. The Loikaw area is most famous for the distinctive long-necked women of the Kayan tribes. It has one of Myanmar’s best established community-based tourism programs, offering fascinating fun insights into local life and culture, as well as activities based on special elements of local life which community members feel proud and comfortable to share with guests. 

We will head by car to Pan Pet Village, located in the beautiful, jagged mountains to the south. Here you will be met by a local Kayan villager trained in community-based tourism practices who will be your guide. 

You will have the chance to go on a hike in the mountains and visit the villages, meeting the ‘long-necked’ Kayan women, known for the brass rings that they sport around their necks. 

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Kayah Resort

Deluxe Twin Loikaw

day
11
Loikaw

After breakfast, we will visit Taung Kwe Paogda, which comprises a number of white and gold monuments sitting on top of limestone outcrops which jut dramatically from the surrounding plains. 

They are interesting and fun to wander around and provide a different experience to other pagodas in Myanmar –as well as offering panoramic views of the distant plains, hills and mountains. Then we will visit the Phoperyone Monastery, Kayar National Museum and Haw Palace

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Kayah Resort

Deluxe Twin Loikaw

day
12
Loikaw → Yangon

After breakfast, we will transfer to the airport for your flight to Yangon

Our tour includes a visit to Botahtaung Pagoda which is home to many important Buddhist relics. Admire the boulevard like Pansodan Street, which has one of the greatest collections of colonial-era architecture in the world and is home to Yangon’s famous roadside book stalls.

Then you will have an opportunity to shop for traditional gifts at the famous Scott Market also known as Bogyoke Aung San Market. 

Overnight at the hotel.

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Loikaw → Yangon 1h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Melia Yangon Hotel

Deluxe Yangon

day
13
Yangon

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to take your flight back home.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Yangon
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Melia Yangon Hotel

Deluxe
Kyaing Tong
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Princess Hotel

Superior
Taunggyi
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Aye Thar Yar Golf Resort

Deluxe
Inle
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Inle Garden Hotel

Villa
Loikaw
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Kayah Resort

Deluxe Twin

Price for comfort experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
3-4 pax
Double Sharing
5-6 pax
Double Sharing
1 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018$2842$2461$2225
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Mar 2019$3066$2685$2455

Photos

Kayan women, Loikaw
Inle Lake
Wa children, Kyaing Tong
Kakku Pagoda, Shan State
Shwedagon pagoda, Yangon
Villager, Kyaing Tong
Akha girls, Kyaing Tong
Rice fields, Shan State
Kyaing Tong
Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inle Lake
Inle Lake
Yangon

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