Kyaing Tong (Keng Tong) HIKING / TREKKING TO ETHNIC VILLAGES

Is the capital of Eastern Shan State and flourishing due to trade with the near Thai border. There are still primitive tribes living around Kyaing Tong where you can do trekking to Ann villages, Akah villages and Palaung villages in day trips. One can observe their exotic way of living (e.g. dyeing teeth), their culture and animistic believes.






CATTLE MARKET

Tribal people from the surrounding areas attend the daily early morning market in Kyaing Tong and sell their local farm products and handicrafts. Besides the market, cattle is traded, especially buffaloes.







MONG LA (NEED PRIOR PERMISSION) & TACHILEIK BORDER TOWNS

It is a border town with China and hundreds of Chinese arrive in tour buses everyday for activities not allowed in China. The Wa ethnic group, who agreed on a ceasefire with the Myanmar army, controls the area that claims to be on the way to become a drug free zone. Large orange, tea and lychees plantations are in the surrounding mountains.