Kyaing Tong – Wan Pauk – Kat Tauk – Hokyin Trekking Tour 4days

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Kyaing Tong – Wan Pauk – Kat Tauk – Hokyin Trekking Tour

Arrival at Kyaing Tong Airport in the afternoon and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, trekking tour starts with land driving out of Kyaing Tong in west direction. The road takes towards Wan Pauk village where red-clothed Palaung tribe with silver & lacquered waist-bands can be observed. Drive back to Kyaing Tong. Overnight stay at hotel in Kyaing Tong.

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    Kyaing Tong – Wan Pauk – Kat Tauk – Hokyin Trekking Tour 4days

    Arrival at Kyaing Tong Airport in the afternoon and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, trekking tour starts with land driving out of Kyaing Tong in west direction. The road takes towards Wan Pauk village where red-clothed Palaung tribe with silver & lacquered waist-bands can be observed. Drive back to Kyaing Tong. Overnight stay at hotel in Kyaing Tong.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    Accommodations stay at the hotel with daily breakfast as twin sharing basic.
    All transfer, sight-seeing, and excursion with private coach without A/C at Kyaing Tong, including driver service and fuel.
    All round domestic flights.
    Detailed itineraries as per program.
    All entrance fees payable in US$ for the sites and monuments as per program.
    English-speaking local stationed guide.

    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    Myanmar visa fees.
    Airport tax for international departure.
    Meals except breakfast.
    Personal expenses.

    1. Day 1

      Arrival at Kyaing Tong Airport in the afternoon and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, trekking tour starts with land driving out of Kyaing Tong in west direction. The road takes towards Wan Pauk village where red-clothed Palaung tribe with silver & lacquered waist-bands can be observed. Drive back to Kyaing Tong. Overnight stay at hotel in Kyaing Tong.

      NB: When Kyaing Tong is extended from other parts of tour, you can come directly from there, and depart to Yangon at the end. Vice visa, when Kyaing Tong is commenced from Yangon, then you can continue directly to other destinations by flight.

    2. Day 2

      Breakfast at hotel. This morning tour starts with land driving out of Kyaing Tong in northwest direction. The road takes through Kattauk Village and then to Pin Tauk Village, about 1 1/2 hour by car. In Pin Tauk village, Akha and Lahu people, been Baptized, have built a church in the middle of the village. The Akha are the largest minority in the Kyaing Tong area and surely the most colorful. After about 15 minutes walking, arrival at the first Akha village, Wanpin, where people still dresses in their traditional costumes. The Akha are famous for their women’s striking headdresses, which resemble heavy silver helmets. They consist of rows of heavy silver baubles, interspersed with beads, which are sewn on a bamboo cap. Akha embroidery is extremely intricate and includes panels of diamond and geometric shapes. Walking a bit outside of the village and have a packed-lunch under a shady tree. 1 1/2 hour walk back to the car through rice and vegetable fields. Drive back to Kyaing Tong. On the way back, make a stop at Wan Kam to observe famous rice wine production. Overnight stay at hotel in Kyaing Tong. (B- L)

    3. Day 3

      Breakfast at hotel. Full day excursion, out of Kyaing Tong in the direction to Tachilek. Drive high into the hills, to the top of Hokyin Mountain. The road is very steep and narrow and we can only drive up if the road condition is good. We can also walk up, which takes 2 hours. Once we reach the top, we see 4 different Akha villages. In some villages there are 3 different religions; some people are Buddhists, others are still animists or have converted to Catholicism. Between each village is a valley and the path leads down approx. 15 minutes and up again approx. 30 minutes. The entrance of the first village where still animists, is very interestingly decorated with the skin of a dog. Other houses have a stuffed wild cat hanging over the entrance. The Akha are very hospitable and enjoy welcoming you to their house for a chat around the stove. We make the tour from village to village and return back to the car. If you wish to do more hiking, we can also walk down the hill, which takes approx. 1 hour. The path leads through farms with beautiful views of the surrounding hills. Enjoy a packed-lunch on the way. Return in the direction of Kyaing Tong by car. Visit U Mulein Da’s unique Shan lacquer ware shop. This lacquer ware is distinctively different from the one from Bagan; it is not engraved, but the relives are glued on. Drive to the top of Lone Tree Hill for views over the surrounding countryside and Kyaing Tong. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Kyaing Tong. (B- L)

    4. Day 4

      Breakfast at hotel. This early morning visit Kyaing Tong market – a fascinating place to soak up the local atmosphere. On the open market, all kinds of vegetables, rice, fruits, meat and fish are on sale. Minority people come to town to shop or to sell their goods. Drive towards buffalo-market at the top of hill. For the Akha, the many silver shops are of special interest as there they can buy the silver coins to make their very unique headdresses! If time permits, stop at Wat In; Khun-style temple or at the more “Myanmar”-style Maha Myat Muni temple. Then, pottery and a blacksmith shop can be visited. Afternoon, transfer to Kyaing Tong Airport for check-in. Fly back from Kyaing Tong. (B)

      * B – Breakfast only throughout the tour & L – only for trekking days

    Our Accommodations

    Our Accommodations:
    When Trekking we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.

    Our Homestays:
    Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and ementies. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Our Accommodations



    Our homestays



    Our trekking tours can be classified into three levels

    There are about 8 – 10K to walk on flat roads. No previous experience is necessary. Anyone in good health and fit enough to perform an occasional hike can take an easy level trek. Vietnam easy walks are provided in Hanoi, Bac Giang, Mai Chau, Ngoc Son Ngo Luong…

    There are about 10 – 15K to hike on flat and hilly roads. At this point too, no special background is required. Hikers accustomed to trekking in hilly areas of Mai Chau, Pu Luong or Lai Chau, Yen Bai successfully accomplish our treks “moderate”, provided they are in good health and to have a correct fit. These treks are moderate or easy hikes with an average duration or shorter but more difficult steps.

    There are about 16 – 23K to trek on uphill/downhill dirty, rocky trails. Physical fitness is very important for these treks and you may have to lead you home before the trek. Most treks in this level are comparable with long rides in the Fansipan mountain or the the mountainous region of Ha Giang, Cao Bang, sometimes higher altitudes. The climate and isolation can also participate in difficulty. Prior trek experience is preferable but not vital if you have confidence in your fitness.

    Tour Guide
    Our tour guides speak English or French. Etc… They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
    Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.

    During all trekking tours we may use local porters to carry your luggage as well as our trekking equipment, where required. To generate local income we employ local villagers for this task. Participants will have their own porter, carrying trekking equipment and luggage to a maximum of 15 kg per client. Travelers only have to carry their day packs. Read more how to pack

    Depending on the nature of the tour, journeys will be accompanied by an air-conditioned car/minibus cover the larger overland sections.

    During all treks meals will be arranged on the spot, in local restaurants and at home in local villages along the way. The meals are prepared by our cooks, the local guide or by the local host. Our cooks are well trained to prepare and serve food hygienically and they cook a variety of local delicacies. Sometimes this may include the slaughter of a chicken, duck or pig. We sometimes have the chance to bring western food, and snacks from Hanoi.Etc… for breakfast and picnics along the way, and coffee and tea are available in abundance. Our cooks make a special effort to provide as much variety as possible. The porters give necessary assistance on the spot.

    Drinking water
    There are many shops and villages that have bottled water for sale. On remote trekking tours, we buy a sufficient supply of water for the next couple of days. We recommend bringing some water purifying tablets.

    Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. Etc… The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. During the winter months warm clothing is needed for visiting the north of Vietnam. Visitors should not wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious buildings such as pagoda, temple, communal house and shoes should be removed before entering a private home.
    What you take will naturally depend upon where you are travelling and the style of journey you are undertaking, and it can often be difficult to decide what to pack. Nevertheless, the following should act as a useful checklist of essential items worth thinking about taking.

    1 medium-sized backpack.
    Comfortable walking shoes with good grip
    1 long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (easy to dry).
    1 pair of flip flop (sandals).
    1 pair of shorts and T-shirt to wear at camp site (2 if you do 4-day trek).
    1 medium-sized towel.
    1 medium-sized dry bag.
    Hiking poles/walking sticks

    Responsible Tourism
    We strongly believe that Responsible Tourism can support to local communities: proving incomes,positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect natural environment. We recognize that there is always space for improvement. We continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.

    We have been turning environmentally responsible tourism into practices to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re – usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and mean to help them identify and implement effective ways to positive protect local nature and communities. It is a vital criteria that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip ended.

    Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging customers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.
    Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, motor-taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future.

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