ADVENTURE TO KYAING TONG
Route: MANDALAY – KYAING TONG
Tour code: MYA001
Duration: 5 days 4 nights
Day 1: Mandalay arrival
Arrive in Mandalay where you will be welcomed by your local tour guide and transferred to your hotel to drop off your luggage.
Then we drive to ancient capital of Amarapura, the city of Immortality for a visit to Bagaya Monastery with a famous collection of Buddha images; weaving industries, two-century old U-Bein teak bridge on the Taungtaman Lake and observe the lunch process of thousand of monks who take their last meal of the day at 10:00 am in total silence. Proceed to Mandalay and check in at the hotel.
After refreshment, you will take a sightseeing tour of Mandalay which includes Mahanumi, a life like Buddha image. Mandalay is the last capital of Myanmar and that make her to be the best place to see all the traditional arts and crafts. Start visiting gold leaf making work-place and see how the gold leaf is being made by hand in a traditional way. Continue visit the Old Palace grounds; Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s largest book for its 729 marble slabs inscribed with the Buddha’s Doctrine; Golden Palace Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings and enjoy the panoramic view of the city from Mandalay Hill.
Day 2: Mandalay – Kyaing Tong
In the morning, take a flight to Kyaing Tong where you will be welcomed by your local tour guide. At 10:00, we will take a tour to visit to Hokyin village with Akha tribes, still wearing traditional costumes with silver coils. If an Akhar woman wants to have her complete costume, it will take about more than one hour. Then walk to nearby 3 villages of Akha tribes to see their daily life in those rural areas. The walk is not difficult, and can be done slowly. In the afternoon, come back to Kyaing Tong.
Day 3: Kyaing Tong Visiting
Drive to Loimwe (appr, 2 hours drive), and old colonial town with different colorful tribes. The main attraction along the way is the scenery on the ascent to Loimwe which passes through forests, terraced rice fields and a lake. On the way to Loimwe, you will have several stops to visit different villages. Wan Lun Shan village, walk and explore the native village life; the Ho Lup Akha village where you can see the traditional Akha tribes with their colorful dresses; the Naung Cho Wa tribe, in former times headhunters nowadays living from pears and other fruits and Pan Wai Lahu tribe villages on the left and right side of the road. Late afternoon come back to Kyaing Tong
Day 4: Kaying Tong trekking
After your breakfast at hotel, we will start the day to visit the Pin Tauk village about 2 hr drive from Kyaing Tong. Hike up to the villages on the higher slopes to visit Akha and Ann Tribes where they possess distinctively different costumes and beliefs from the other tribes particularly interest with their black teeth. The Picnic lunch will be served at Pin-Tauk water fall. After lunch return drive back to Kyaing Tong. En route, visit Wan Kan village to study the traditional process of making Rice wine and Wan Lau village to see the hand made Shan paper works.
Day 5: Kyaing Tong – fly back Mandalay Departure
Free this morning before you transfer to their airport for the flight to back to Mandalay airport.