Myanmar Cultural Experience

Description

Experience the rare cultural opportunity of exploring the lush Keng Tung and Loikaw area and meeting the local Shan Hill and Paduang tribes. These traditional, well-preserved cultures are completely unique to the rest of Myanmar - even maintaining their own ancient languages. Our 9-day itinerary will take you to the heart of this beautiful old-world culture.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Upon arrival at Keng Tung airport, you will be you will be welcomed by your guide.

  • From the airport we drive to the Loimwe area which was a former summer resort for British in the colonial era.

  • Visit en-route the Wavillage 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.

  • Overnight in Keng Tung.

 

Day 2

  • 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 Keng Tung and visit Dhammodaya Monastery where over three hundred novices do prayer at 6:00 pm.

  • Overnight in Keng Tung.

 

Day 3

  • After breakfast, we will visit Keng Tung 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 Keng Tung.

  • 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.

  • Overnight in Keng Tung.

Day 4

  • After breakfast, morning is at your leisure until your transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Heho.

  • Arrive Heho airport and drive to Kalaw (34km), formerly a British hill station.

  • Visit the local market and the tiny railway station.

  • After check-in at your hotel.

 

Day 5

  • Early morning wake up and have your breakfast before we transfer to the train station.

  • Take a train and after 30 minutes you’ll get to Aung Ban, then Ti Kyit village and by

  • 11:50 am will get to Naung Tayar station.

  • Car and guide from Loikaw will be waiting there and continue drive to Pin Laung where we’ll have lunch.

  • After lunch, continue drive to Phe Khone via Moe Byae Dam then to Loikaw. If we’re driving straight from Pin Laung to Loikaw is about 2,5 hours.

  • Check in to the hotel upon arrival.

  • Overnight in Loikaw

 

Day 6

  • After breakfast, drive to Loikaw’s bustling Thiri Mingalar market (open every day from

  • 6AM to 5PM, except full moon days) to see colourful ethnic groups and many local products.

  • Next, visit to a local family who make the state's signature dish "Kayah Sausage". You are welcomed by a local master of Kayah sausage and will discover and experience the process of making original Kayah sausage and takste the subtle balance between spices.

  • Proceed to “Natural dyeing path” in Loikaw Weaving and Vocational Training Centre where a master trainer from the weaving centre will take you around the weaving centre’s garden to discover and experience natural dyeing.

  • After lunch, we will visit Kayah State Cultural Museum which displays bronze drums used in wedding and funeral occasions, traditional dress, silverware and musical instruments of the Kayah people.

  • Next, we will meet (if available) local craftsman Mr. U Thein Min in his workshop. He learned make wood carving 20 years ago in Mandalay and he is well known for carving Buddha statues, and depictions of local Kayah legends. At the end of the day enjoy a magical sunset view from Mya Kalatt Zedi and transfer to your hotel.

  • Overnight in Loikaw

Day 7

  • Spend the day with fun insights into local life and culture in Hta Nee La Leh, Kayah community. Activities begin with a quick welcome at the Hta Nee La Leh community centre. You are welcomed by members of Hta Nee La Leh's community tourism club which has been organized by International Trade Centre, Kayah which you are given a friendly introduction to the community, and important cultural do's and don'ts.

  • Visit the Kayhtoebo site and Hunting Shrine, to learn about local beliefs and spiritual life. In addition, enjoy an Ox Cart ride (own account), via the Lotus Pond to the scenic 7 Lakes. Here, you can enjoy a delicious Kayah Barbecue with cultural exchange.

  • In the afternoon, you will visit two homes. First, you visit a local musician's house, listen to traditional Instruments and try your hand playing them.

  • Then, you visit another house to learn about traditional Kayah dress (and try it on).

  • Overnight in Lokaw.

 

Day 8

  • In the morning, drive about 45 minutes towards the Padaung villages of Pan Pet. Padaung women, sometimes known as 'giraffe women' or 'long-necked women', traditionally wear a great many brass rings around their necks and ankles, starting from the age of six or seven, and added each year. The original purpose was to repel prospective kidnappers. Today only elderly women still wear these rings, as the younger generation no longer follows the tradition.

  • On arrival, you are welcomed in a local home where you will enjoy a hot drink and a simple, local snack. After this, you will head off on a Short Trek, of 1.5 to 2 hours, led by local community tour guides. Along the way, your guide will present special cultural and natural sites, which are important to local people and their way of life. A highlight of the trek is a breathtaking, 360-degree view of the surrounding, mountains.

  • Enjoy a packed lunch or a special Jungle picnic.

  • Following the short trek, guests can visit Salong Kana hamlet, to meet a local Kayan artisan, and enjoy a hands-on demonstration about how to make traditional, Kayan bracelets. You can also have a go at making a bracelet (own account)

  • Finally, the trip ends in Rang Ku hamlet, where you can visit small shops, run by the famous Kayan people (popularly known as Long Neck Karen), who are a symbol of Kayah state. Enjoy learning a few words of Kayan language and interacting with these fun-loving and artistic people. There are opportunities to buy local handicrafts.

  • Overnight in Loikaw

Day 9

  • After breakfast, visit Pohperyone teaching monastery where about 500 monks study.

  • From the monastery we will drive to Phekon Jetty to begin a magnificent 4-5hr boat journey to Inle Lake via Sagar (Sankar). Very few tourists make the trip down to this region, yet it is one of the most beautiful places in the Shan State. The boat journey is full of fabulous views and home to many unique species of birds, both indigenous and migratory.

  • Upon arriving in the Sagar area, make a visit to the ‘sunken’ stupas of Sagar. 108 stupas from the 16-17th centuries, these religious monuments sit partially underwater for a few months a year. There is also a local monastery and village that can be visited.

  • Continue to the village of Thaya Gone, home to the Pa-Oh, Shan, and Inthar people, known for its production of local rice wine. Watch the process of distillation and then sample some of the local brew.

  • In Thaya Gone there is also the chance to climb to the top of a small hill which there are great views of the lake and surrounding villages.

  • Another stop will be made in Sae Khaung Pottery Village to see the crafting of oil and water pots as well as the natural, underground kilns used by the villagers. On the western shores of the Sagar area is Tar Kaung, a series of more than 200 stupas which also make a fabulous photo stop.

  • Lunch will be arranged along the way (either picnic lunch or local lunch at a small restaurant)

  • Around 14:30, the boat will begin its journey to the main section of Inle Lake.

  • The light has shifted and the route back appears much different with unique activities occurring on the water and in the villages.

  • Reach Nyaung Shwe by early evening and transfer to your hotel in Nyaung Shwe or Inle Lake.

Myanmar

April to September 2020 From

R 38 574.00*

per person

October 2020 to March 2021 From

R 39 077.00*

per person

9 Days / 8 Nights

Validity: Immediately - March 2021

* All above pricing is based on 3* accommodation and 1 traveler, inquire with us for 4* accommodation and bigger groups.

Including

  • 8 nights shared accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast

  • All transfers and transportation with air-conditioned vehicles

    • 1-2pax: Saloon car or similar

    • 3-5pax: Hiace car of similar

    • 6-8pax: Coach of 24 seats

  • Local English speaking guides

  • All entrance fees and activities

  • Meals as per itinerary

Excluding

  • Airfares (international and domestic)

  • Meals (other than mentioned in the program)

  • Drinks 

  • Visas to Myanmar

  • Mineral water beyond that supplied

  • Tips

  • Early check in or late check out

  • Insurances

  • Optional excursions and activities

  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation

  • Items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, beverages…)

  • Peak season surcharges if any

  • All not mentioned above

Surcharges apply for high season or late bookings. Prices are in ZAR, subject to availability & tax fluctuations.

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