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Kyaing Tong

Kyaing Tong is known for its scenic beauty and many colorful ethnic tribes. Situated in the eastern Shan State and 452 km from Taunggyi and 176 km from Tachileik. Places of interest around Kyaingtong are, the Spa, Naung Tong Lake, Sunn Taung Monastery, Central market and Traditional Lacquer ware works and weaving factory. There are many villages of various ethnic tribes resided around Kyaing Tong. The tribes known as Gon, Lwe, Li, Wa, Lah Hu, Thai Nay, Shan, Li Shaw, Li Su, Palaung, Akha, and we can only differentiate the tribes by colourful dresses which is different to one another. 
There are regular flights from Yangon to Kyaing Tong. Visitors coming from Thailand are allowed to cross into this border town with border passes. Tachileik is also a border crossing point through which visitors from Thailand come to Myanmar. Regular air services are available between Heho, Mandalay, Tachileik and Yangon.

KYAING TONG & ENVIRONS

Kaba Aye Pagoda

Kaba Aye pagoda was built during the 11th century to dedicate world peace. The name of the pagoda literally translates to world peace. It is covered in murals of nature and shows interesting golden images of four Buddha that has reached nirvana. It is a place that shows the history of Buddhism with drawings and beautiful images to make the experience more memorable and entertaining.

Maha Myat Muni Pagoda

The Maha Myat Muni Pagoda is the city’s mostsignificant Buddhist temple. Tourists cansocialize with local worshippers at thisbeautiful golden structure. You can also go up tovisit the Wat Jong Kham temple, which isnoticeably Thai style.  You can walk around thispeaceful site and listen to the temple bells toring throughout the day caused by the gentle breeze going through the place.

Naung Tong Lake

Naung Tong Lake is situated in the center of town and many people go there to enjoy the beautiful picturesque sunset. At night, many locals gather at this tranquil spot and many barbecue shops open around the lake. The tourists can enjoy the night air; eat some barbeque from the local food stands and a selection of Thai and Myanmar dishes.

U Mu Ling Ta

U Mu Ling Ta is a lacquerware shop that has been open for five generation. This family-run shop sells amazing and beautiful lacquerware that is made on the site. The tourists can look at how the products are made which makes the experience more memorable. The products are sold starting from 10 dollars, which is reasonable considering you get to see the process and the designs are unmatchable.

Cultural Museum

This museum shows a collection of ethnic clothing and implements. It shows tourists the prosperous Buddhism in Eastern Shan State. It also promotes different tribes that have lived together a long time ago. Their display will make the tourists fall in love with their traditional costumes, artistic instruments and traditional utensils. Not only do they display traditional elements but also images of glorious pagodas, Buddha and ancient ritual tablets displayed.

ENVIRONS

LOIMWE

Loimwe, 38 km from Kyaing Tong, used to be the headquarters of the British District Commissioner during the colonial period. This 'hill station' features a number of old colonial buildings and a century-old Catholic church. The main attraction is the scenery on the ascent to Loimwe, as you pass through forests, terraced rice fields and past a lake. 

TACHILEIK

Located on the Myanmar - Thai border in the eastern Shan State, is a gateway to the heart of the Golden Triangle. The Friendship Bridge across the small Mae Sai stream links Tachileik with the northern Thai border town of Mae Sai. You can fly direct from Yangon to Tachileik in an hour. There is a ferry-landing site at Wanpon port on the Mekong River at the Myanmar - Laos border, 29 km from Tachileik. The road from Tachileik to Kyaing Tong is good and it takes only 3 hours by car to get there.

MONG LA (Mailar)

Located on the Myanmar – China border can be reached from Kyaing Tong by road (2 ½ hours). Mong La is a flourishing town where the border trade, especially the tourist industry is booming. Tourist across the border pour in daily to do shopping, see the highly popular elephant circus and crocodile show or just to relax at a pleasant picnic site surrounded by emerald green mountains.

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Street Food

Kyaing Tong's central market is one of the most interesting and colorful markets in Southeast Asia. It's open until 13:00, but if you go in the early morning it's much livelier and great for people to watch. You can see hilltribe women in their traditional costumes shopping and selling their produce. There are a number of stalls serving traditional food such as noodle soup with fresh wheat noodles or wontons, pancakes, paratha and more.

My Cup

My Cup restaurant is very famous among young locals. There is an outside terrace and an inside seating arrangement for people who would like to escape the hot weather. It is situated by Nyaung Toung Lake, which makes it even more special. They do serve their own style of Western food, but the Burmese and Shan salads, curries and soups are more famous and highly recommended. It's also a great place to drink some beer in the evening with a nice view of the lake.

Cafe Twenty One

Cafe Twenty One is a lovely cafe with a small garden area at the back. They serve a variety of international dishes. Their menu includes a mix of Burmese, Chinese and Western dishes and serves delicious and reasonable dim sum, which costs 800 kyats per serving.  It's also a great place to just sit outside and enjoy a good cup of coffee or smoothie.

Happy Cafe

Happy place is such an interesting place where everyone gathers to have breakfast. You can see monks and local people at this open teahouse sitting at the outside area in the shade. It's a good place to pick up a bowl of traditional breakfast also known as mohinga or myishay, which is a type of Shan noodle soup. This friendly teahouse even has Wi-Fi available for anyone to use.

Golden Banyan Restaurant

Golden Banyan Restaurant is a nice local restaurant, which is pretty well known among tourists. They mostly serve Asian dishes such as Chinese and Burmese traditional food like rice and curry. There is a banyan tree, which creates a nice and cool atmosphere and people can choose to have their meal under the tree if they wish. The service and food is highly praised by everyone. You can also enjoy a cup of beer along with your meals. It is a restaurant that is definitely worth a visit.

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01 DAY KYAING TONG – PINTAUK – KYAING TONG

You will be picked up at your hotel around 8:00 a.m. Together with your guide you travel to the Pin Tauk region. A rich blend of monsoon woodlands with views of rice plains that resemble a huge green patchwork quilt upon which water from the flooded rice fields glistens. On the way to Pintauk, you will visit the village of Yan Law and its Khun tribes, as well as the village of Wan Pauk and its Red Palaung tribes. Eventually, you will arrive in Pintauk, where the Lahu tribes are to be found. Your tour guide will introduce you to some local villagers who belong to these tribes.  Some of them have been baptized as Christians, but other tribes still practice animism. It takes about three hours to visit the villages by car, including visits to the people’s homes. In the late afternoon, return to Kyaing Tong. Overnight stay in Kyaing Tong.

PRICES IN US$ PER PERSON VALID FROM 01.05.2018 – 30.04.2019

 01.05.18 – 30.09.18  01.10.18 – 31.10.18
01.03.19 – 30.04.19
01.11.18 – 28.02.19
1 person97107112
2 people515658
3 people364041
4-6 people303335
7-10 people293234

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • English speaking guide for the tour
  • Air-conditioned car/van/bus for the tour

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Meals
  • Drinks
  • Admission fees
  • Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, laundry, etc.
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01 DAY KYAING TONG – WA VILLAGE – LAHU SHI – KYAING TONG

You will be picked up at your hotel around 8:00 a.m. Together with your guide you travel west, to the Wa village of Konma. The Wa were once feared head-hunters. Nowadays, the Wa live off pears and other fruits. From here, the road leads to various Lahu Shi villages. You will have the opportunity here to become acquainted with the ‘black’ and ‘red’ Lahu way of life. In the late afternoon, return to Kyaing Tong. Overnight stay in Kyaing Tong.

PRICES IN US$ PER PERSON VALID FROM 01.05.2018 – 30.04.2019

 01.05.18 – 30.09.18  01.10.18 – 31.10.18
01.03.19 – 30.04.19
01.11.18 – 28.02.19
1 person97107112
2 people515658
3 people364039
4-6 people303435
7-10 people293334

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • English speaking guide for the tour
  • Air-conditioned car/van/bus for the tour

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Meals
  • Drinks 
  • Admission fees 
  • Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, laundry, etc.
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01 DAY KYAING TONG – HO KYIN – KYAING TONG

You will be picked up at your hotel around 8:00 a.m. Together with your guide you travel to Ho Kyin (approx. 1½ hours). Visit to the village of Hokyin, home of the Akha tribes, who still wear their traditional costumes with linked silver beads. A typical Akhu woman needs over an hour to get fully dressed in her costume. After this, you will visit three nearby Akha villages and see what everyday life looks like in this rural area. The hike is not difficult and can also be done at a slow pace. Return to Kyaing Tong in the afternoon. Overnight stay in Kyaing.

PRICES IN US$ PER PERSON VALID FROM 01.05.2018 – 30.04.2019

 01.05.18 – 30.09.18  01.10.18 – 31.10.18
01.03.19 – 30.04.19
01.11.18 – 28.02.19
1 person103114119
2 people545962
3 people384244
4-6 people323537
7-10 people303435

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • English speaking guide for the tour
  • Air-conditioned car/van/bus for the tour

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Meals
  • Drinks 
  • Admission fees 
  • Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, laundry, etc.
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01 DAY KYAING TONG – LOIMWE – KYAING TONG

You will be picked up at your hotel around 8:00 a.m. Together with your guide you travel to Loimwe (approx. two hours), an old colonial town with various colourful ethnic groups. However, the greatest attraction is the landscape on the ascent towards Loimwe. You will pass through forests, terraced rice fields and a lake. You will make several stops on the way to Loimwe to visit different villages. Wan Lun Shan – stroll around and explore life in this native village; the Akha village Ho Lup, where you get the opportunity to see the traditional Akha tribes in their colourful costumes; the Naung Cho Wa tribal village - former headhunters, who now live on pears and other fruit - and the village of Pan Wai Lahu are located on both sides of the road. In the late afternoon, return to Kyaing Tong. Overnight stay in Kyaing Tong.

PRICES IN US$ PER PERSON VALID FROM 01.05.2018 – 30.04.2019

 01.05.18 – 30.09.18  01.10.18 – 31.10.18
01.03.19 – 30.04.19
01.11.18 – 28.02.19
1 person110121126
2 people576366
3 people404546
4-6 people353941
7-10 people313536

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • English speaking guide for the tour
  • Air-conditioned car/van/bus for the tour

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Meals
  • Drinks 
  • Admission fees 
  • Personal expenses such as camera fees, tips, laundry, etc.
TRANSPORT

The downtown with the central market and Naung Tong Lake is ideal for exploring on foot. Some hotels may also rent bicycles, but will also ask you to take a guide to show you around. For a full day in down town you pay US$ 35 per days and out of town US$ 55 per day.
Taxis are also available in Kyaing Tong. For shorter distances within the city centre you pay between 1.500 Kyat (US$ 1.3) and 3.000 Kyat US$ 2.5)

RENTAL VEHICLES

We will also be happy to find you vehicles with a driver included. The vehicles are in good condition and are air-conditioned. Before every long journey, the vehicle undergoes another thorough inspection and service. 

Reservation tips for vehicles: 
Prices are indicated in US$ per vehicle for the respective service or route.

Car rental services charge an extra 50% during the Thingyan festival (water festival and New Year), which is held from 13th April to 17th April.

PRICES IN US$ PER VEHICLE, VALID 01.05.2018 – 30.09.2019

 Saloon
(up to 2 people)
Super custom
(up to 3 people)
Hi-ace
(up to 6 people)
Bus
(18 to 22 people)
Full day Kyaing Tong404555100
Full day Hokin Village455060125
Full day Lahu Shi Village404555120
Full day Pin Tauk404555120
Full day Loimwe505570130
Full day Wan Nyet & Wan Seng Villages657590140
Full Day Ga Ba Aye404555120
Monglar120130150400
Kyaing Tong – Tachileik130140160440
CROSSING THE BORDER BETWEEN MYANMAR AND THAILAND

The border crossing point at Mae Sai / Tachileik is the gateway to the heart of the Golden Triangle. Foreign nationals are permitted to cross the border and travel by land to Kyaing Tong (approx. four hours). The road heading west towards Taunggyi is not officially open to foreign visitors due to security concerns.

If you wish to enter Myanmar by land, you must apply for your visa beforehand. It is currently not possible to obtain a visa at the border to Myanmar. E-visas are also valid at the border crossing points between Thailand and Myanmar.

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS FROM KYAING TONG

Myanmar National Airlines is flying daily to Kyaing Tong, but to Heho and Mandalay it only flies on certain days.

Domestic flights are offered by the following airlines:

Myanmar National Airlines: www.flymna.com
Yangon Airways: www.yangonair.com

Luggage allowance for domestic flights:
The airlines carry a certain amount of checked bags (“luggage”) and hand luggage, free of charge.

One item of checked luggage up to 20 kg 
One item of hand luggage up to 8 kg

Please remember that each item of luggage should be labelled with your name and mobile/landline number before it is checked in at the airport.

Transfer and check-in:
Depart one and a half hours before your flight from Kyaing Tong. The transfer time to the airport is 15 minutes.

DESTINATIONREMARKSFLIGHT TIMEPRICE FROM
HehoDuring the low season from May to the end of September there are only flights available on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. During the high season from October till the end of April there are flights available on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Yangon Airways is flying from Kyaing Tong via Mandalay to Heho, flight time 2 hours.35 minUS$ 155
MandalayDuring the low season from May to the end of September there are only flights available on Tuesday & Friday. During the high season from October till the end of April there are flights available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.1 hUS$ 55
YangonAt least one flight a day at arround 13:001 h 50 minUS$ 184
Buses from Kyaing Tong to Tachileik

hanmalaung express buses to Tachileik depart from Thanmalaung Bus Station. It takes approx. 15 minutes to transfer from the city centre. A taxi costs around 1.500 kyat.
Shwe Myo Daw Express starts from the bus station in downtown near the Sam Ywet Hotel.

Please always be at the bus station half an hour before departure.

All prices are indicated in US$ per person for the respective route.

TO TACHILEIK

Bus routeDepartureArrivalPrice
Thanmalaung (Bus or Minibus)08:0013.0010
Shwe Myo Daw08:0013:0010
Thanmalaung (Bus or Minibus)11:0016:0010
Shwe Myo Daw12:0017:0010
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