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Trekking in Myanmar Hill-tribe Soft Trekking Visits
Option (1): Heho-Kalaw-Pain Hnge Pin Village-Kalaw (Palaung Tribal Village)
Upon arrival at Heho airport, drive to Kalaw (approx 1 and a hlaf hour!), a British Hill Station, a small town with ethnic minorities, such as Pa-O, Palaung, besides the Shan People. In the town, you can still feel the colonial atmosphere with the colonial buildings and the houses with the chimney indicate the weather of the lovely town which is over 1300 meters above sea-level.
After check-in at the hotel, in the afternoon drive to the west of the town where you start your half-day Trekking to Palaung village of Pain Hnge Pin. Before, this tribal minority used to live in Wooden long houses for a big family. And now with the growing wealth on farming they demolished their typical long houses and use cement and Adobe bricks to construct the houses and for the roofing, corrugated iron instead of thatch grass.Â Visit a household in the village and your local trekking guide will introduce you to the tribe. In the afternoon, walk back to another meeting point where you will see your car and then transfer back to your hotel.
Overnight in Kalaw
Option (2): Kalaw-Ywapu-View Point - Kalaw (Danu Tribal Village)
After breakfast we embark on another alpine trek through rarely visited mountain villages. En-route the local guide will give a unique insight into the culture and traditions of the hill tribe people. We follow a red-soil trekking track and enjoy sweeping views over mountain rice paddies, mandarin orange orchards, and vast fields of vegetable crops. Mid morning we reach the first Palaung village of Tayaw. We visit one of the Palaung houses and find out first-hand about their lifestyle. From there we head to Ywa Thit, another fascinating Palaung village, where locals live simply as they have done for centuries.
We stop for a Nepali-style lunch at a viewpoint offering wonderful panoramas of the verdant Shan Mountains. Afterwards we descend to Kalaw reservoir which has provided the town with fresh drinking water since the British established the hill station. From there we return to Kalaw to overnight.
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