After breakfast, we’ll set off on a scenic drive towards Mong La, enjoying picturesque mountain views and passing by tribal villages. After approximately 2 hours (40 km), we’ll reach the starting point of our trek.
The initial hour of the trek takes us through rolling hills and moderate slopes ranging from 20 to 30 degrees. Along this natural landscape, we’ll stumble upon a stunning wooden monastery that dates back over 300 years. Adorned with intricate wood carvings and captivating paintings on both the interior and exterior walls, the monastery houses ancient Buddha images, Jataka stories, and impressive religious artifacts.
Continuing on foot, we’ll make a brief stop at Wan Nat, a remarkable village inhabited by the Loi people who reside in traditional longhouses. Exploring the village, we’ll have the opportunity to learn about the unique way of life, rich culture, and cherished traditions of the Loi community.
For those interested, we can extend the hike by another hour along a flatter and easier trail to reach Wang Seng, another lesser-known Loi village. Here, we’ll discover a magnificent and even larger monastery. A packed lunch will be provided during our trek.
After our enriching visits, we’ll retrace our steps along the trekking trail, return to our vehicle, and drive back to Kengtung, reaching the city in the late afternoon. Once back at the hotel, we’ll freshen up before heading out to a local restaurant for dinner at our own expense.
We’ll spend the night in Kengtung, reflecting on the day’s experiences and enjoying a well-deserved rest.
Accommodation: At the hotel in Kyaing Tong
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch