This is an experience to know the people who stay was a popular hill station in the British days, and it’s still a peaceful and quiet place surrounded by pine trees, lovely hill station of KALAW: and Embark with SunBird on a trek to the worlds of the Danu and Palaung peoples near Kalaw in the Shan mountains. Perhaps the beginning of a wonderful friendship and to visit the mountainous regions´ limestone caves have – for hundreds of years – harboured Buddhist cave temples built and enlarged by pilgrims, Pindaya …
1-hour morning flight to Heho in the Eastern Shan State. Drive through fertile pastoral lands on a beautiful but windy road to Pindaya. For eight hundred years faithful Buddhists created one of the biggest and most impressive complexes with sacred caves – thousands of goldcoloured Buddha images in the mystical chiaroscuro of a subterranean world of limestone. In the afternoon, drive to Kalaw. Accommodation: 2 nights
Breakfast. Today enjoy a trekking tour around Kalaw. You can for example enjoy a walk through the hills, 2 hours (short way) or 4 hours, to a village of the Palaung tribe. At first a steep track leads down into a narrow valley where the Palaung cultivate cheroot leaves, tea, damsons and mangoes on the hillsides. The track crosses the valley floor before climbing very steeply again to the Palaung village of Pinnabin, which sits on top of a hill. The village has an interesting long house for eight families. Formerly animists, the Palaung people have mostly converted to Buddhism. Observe tribal village life and how the Palaung people dry cheroot in a specially designed oven.
Morning drive to Heho airport and flight to Yangon. Note: You can also travel to Lake Inle. Demanding trekking programme for the physically fit. Porters for supplies and equipment are provided. No climbing, no ropes – yet some narrow, steep, rocky paths. No big differences in altitude. For more information such as availability and price, please send to Sunbird for further assistances.