Unique Experiences:

•  Discover remote hill tribe villages when trekking in the Kengtung moutains
•  Go from Chiang Mai, Thailand via the Mae Sai/Tachileik border to Kengtung, and end with a soft landing in Nyaung Shwe/Inle Lake
•  Get your hands dirty on a local cooking class and bite into the flavoursome Shan cuisine
•  Explore charming Kengtung town with colonial architecture and traditional temples


Small Group Exploration – normally no more than 2-5 travellers. Being few brings you closer to local life and flexibility to go to places less travelled; to go beyond the ordinary.
You can be min. 1 and max. 10 travellers on this tour. You can book 1 person, but we cannot guarantee more participants.

For an additional 40 USD per person you can secure this as a Guaranteed Private Tour.
Please contact us for further details and booking.

Trip Length: 7 Day(s) 6 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Type of Transportation:

Private minivan from Chiang Mai to Mae Sai, public shared taxi from Tachileik to Kengtung, car to take you around Kengtung outskirts, domestic flight between Kentung and Heho, and car for airport transfers.

Type of Accommodation:

6 nights in standard room with aircon and private bathroom and toilet. Breakfast is included.

Physical Rate: 3/5
Child Policy:

Infant age: 0-1 years of age
Child age:
2-11 years of age
Both infants and children travel at a discounted rate – please refer to prices for details.

Please be aware of: This trip has trekking as a core part of the itinerary. Please carefully contemplate if your child is able to handle this.

Included in Price:

Meals: 6 x Breakfast, 3 x Lunch.
Accommodation: 6 nights at standard hotels.
Transport: Transfer from Chiang Mai via the Mae Sai/Tachileik border to Kengtung, flight from Kengtung to Heho and transfer from Heho Airport to hotel in Nyaung Shwe.
Others/Activities: Trekking in Kengtung as per itinerary, and cooking class in Nyaung Shwe.

There is no overall guide on the tour. There will be drivers who speak limited English and English-speaking tour guide in Kengtung and for the cooking class.

Excluded from Price:

•  Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
•  Zone and entrace fees not stated as included
•  Meals & drinks other than mentioned as included
•  Tips to the guides (custom in Myanmar)
Tours and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
•  Visa to Myanmar (can be obtained in advance at the embassy in Bangkok or at the Myanmar consulate in Chiang Mai)
All other expenses not stated as included in the above


Locations Visited:
Kengtung, Shan State, Inle Lake
Start City:
Chiang Mai
End City:
Inle Lake


Day 1: Chiang Mai – Mae Sai/Tachileik – Kengtung. Flow overland, cross the border and experience a remote corner of Burma’s Shan state.
Leave ECO Resort Chiang Mai 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 10.30am 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: Kengtung. 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 pick-up truck you will visit 3 different hill tribe villages today. To take in the serene mountainous surroundings and to meet the local villagers at eyelevel.
Expect to be walking 30 min – 1 hour sometimes to reach the villages in case the unpaved road is in a bad condition. Return to Kengtung at the end of the day.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Kengtung Town

Day 3: Kengtung. 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.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Kengtung Town

Day 4: Kengtung. 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.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Kengtung Town

Day 5: Kengtung – Nyaung Shwe, your gateway to Inle Lake
You have the morning free for breakfast and a bit of city exploration before you are transfered to Kengtung Airport. Fly to Heho Airport in the western part of the Shan State - your gateway to Inle Lake and the nearby town of Nyaung Shwe, where you will stay overnight for the next couple of days.
The afternoon and evening is free for you, to do as you please.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Nyaung Shwe

Day 6: Try your hands on a Shan Cooking Class at Bamboo Garden

Have breakfast at your hotel, but don’t eat too much. You will be treated with a fantastic cooking class in an open kitchen in a very atmospheric garden.
Walk 10 minutes to your meeting point (will be informed to you by Ms Sue one day in advance), and be ready at 09:00. Start by going to the Nyaung Shwe local market to buy the ingredients for your special menu. Bring it to the Bamboo Garden to learn Intha recipes of Intha style fish curry, fried vegetables, Shan noodles or fried rice cake and egg curry with tamarind paste. Around 12:00 noon you will have your own prepared lunch at the bamboo house, and take in the charming experienced you’ve just been part of.
The rest of the afternoon is free for you to do as you please – explore the city or organise a trip to nearby Inle Lake

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Nyaung Shwe

Day 7: Check out and prepare for your onwards Myanmar explorations

Wake up for a slow morning, but remember to get up in time for breakfast. Check out before 12.00 noon and continue the adventure on your own.
Not sure where to go or what to do from here? We will be happy to pass some inspiration and information to you. Simply contact us at our Travel Center in Bangkok, and we will empty our backpack of knowledge into yours.

Meals: Breakfast


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