Explore Kengtung in Myanmar – Trek in the peaceful Shan State
At the time of writting, Kengtung was only accessible by air or on foot through the Tachilek border of Thailand, which explaining its isolated nature hosts a collection of temples and monasteries as well as nicely-preserved and genuine customs of local tribes.
Give your spirits a boost by a day’s trekking in the peaceful countryside filled with rice fields and call it a day by raising up the hills to visit an Akha tribe in its purest forms.
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Home to a myriad of ethnic tribes of the likes of Akha, Palaung,Khun, Wa, Shan and Lahu villages, Shan hills encircling Kentung gifts you some of the best trekking opportunities.
Visit monasteries and Temples
Due to the influences of its nearby neighboring nations, the monasteries and temples of Kentung are different in style and built to any any other temples seen in Myanmar echoing a mix of Shan, Thai, Burmese and Chinese touches.
Experience the local culture of Kengtung
Inhabited by locals who are proud of their inheritance of Temples and Monastries yet not proud enough to pass without welcoming visitors to share a cup of local tea over a friendly chit chat. Due to its isolated geography, you will witness well-preserbed, virgin customs and culture of the local tribes. To catch a glimpse of a gathering of tribes men and women selling their home grown goods, remember not to miss a stoll to the town’s central market in the early morning.
Visit Naung Tung Lake
A perfect spot to take in the ambaince of this laid back town, while sipping a cup of tea at one of the many tea shops set around buildings relating to colonial architecture.
Crossing into Thailand
To cross over to Thailand you can take a four hour ride over bumpy roads form Kentung to Mae Sai in Thailand via Tachilek. From there you can go to Laos on a boat ride down Mekong River to Luang Prabang in Laos.
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