Go from Chiang mai at early morning, across the border into Myanmar. In Myanmar's Shan State you will find an area called Kengtung known for its cultural diversity and colorful hill tribes. Go beyond the beaten track, out in the outskirts, explore the mountains, the villages and the local life with colorful friendly Akha ladies, Lahu men in traditional tribal costume and smiling curious Lishaw children.
Day 1 Flow overland, cross the border and experience a remote corner of Myanmar’s Shan state. Leave ECo Resort Chiang Mai at early in the morning and watch the landscape change as you aim for the mountains in the North and the Mae Sai border. The drive is around 4-5 hours depending on traffic. On arrival in Mae Sai, you will cross the border around 12:30pm-1pm and on the other side, in Tachileik, you will meet your guide. Go by shared taxi through gorgeous scenery, at a fine road to Kengtung. It’s about a 3-hours ride and upon arrival in Kengtung Town you will have the rest of the day to explore the small city. Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Kengtung Town Day 2 (B, L) Explore the outskirts of Kengtung and meet the local hill tribes. Several hill tribes inhabit the mountains surrounding Kengtung Town; the Eng, Lahu, Lishaw and Akha tribes. Together with your guide and a pickup truck you will visit 3 different hill tribe villages. Take in the serene mountainous surroundings and meet the local villagers at eye level. Expect to be walking 30min to 1-hour to reach the villages in case the unpaved road is in a bad condition. Return to Kengtung at the end of the day. Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Kengtung Town Day 3 (B, L) Go to remote tribal villages while rewarded with serene mountain views and beautiful scenery. Set out in a different direction to local tribal villages, where only few foreigners go. Expect to walk a bit more today and be rewarded by beautiful scenery and authentic hill tribe villages. Return to Kengtung at the end of the day. Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Kengtung Town Day 4 (B) Free day to explore the town and local life. The day is free for you to do as you please. Start early in the morning and visit the busy market. Walk the town roads and backstreets, pass the magical temples, see the British colonial architecture and embrace life in this remote corner of Myanmar. Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Kengtung Town Day 5 (B) Transfer to the bus station and start your return journey towards the border to Thailand. From Tachileik your onward destination is as per your own arrangement. Whatever your choice, we will be happy to help you with a piece of advice or a bit if inspiration.