The Tribal Hills of Kengtung

5 Days​

The Tribal Hills of Kengtung

Shan State

Yangon (or Inle Lake) - Kengtung


It's a short flight from Yangon or Inle Lake to the picturesque and remote hillside town, and culturally fascinating district, of Kengtung. One of Myanmar's hidden trekking gems, Kengtung is near the borders of Thailand, Laos and China. You'll spend your days here trekking the hills with your local guide. Visiting traditional villages left largely untouched for centuries, hidden in valleys of tea plantations and behind hills of layered rice paddies. Experience one-on-one interaction with hill tribe communities, enjoying a cup of tea together while you all share stories about your lives as your guide translates. At night, return to town each afternoon to dinner at a choice of local restaurants and sleep in a comfortable bed.


HOLIDAY TYPE:  Private Guided Tour

DEPARTS: Six times weekly September thru March

(Other times of the year on application)



  • Trek to Pan Lea in Kengtung. Home of the Eng People with their blackened teeth stained from ashen tree bark and wearing clothing hand dyed a rich indigo color.

  • Hike to a remote Lahu Shi Village that rests precariously upon flat earthen layers carved into the side of the mountain. A place rarely visited by foreign travelers, this Buddhist village has not let go of it's Animist past and still has a resident Shaman or 'witch doctor'. Spend time and share a cup of tea with the village chief's family while they share stories about village life and how they survive in their isolated location.

  • Explore the town market where many of the hill tribe people come down to town to sell, and shop for, local wares.

  • Enjoy a local breakfast of Shan Noodles, a food staple in tea shops across the entire country that originated from the area.



  • Inle Lake

  • Pindaya

  • Kalaw

  • Chiang Mai, Thailand


  • Domestic flights as listed 

  • 4 Breakfasts

  • Genuine 3 star accommodation

  • Private and air-conditioned transportation throughout, except when alternative is stated

  • The accompaniment of an English speaking, professional guide, indigenous to each area of travel

  • Entrance Fees

  • In-country itinerary manager just a phone call away 24 hours a day

  • International flights

  • Visas

  • Travel insurance

  • Other meals & Drinks

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Hill Tribes of Kengtung

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