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Charming Putao

Disconnect from the modern world and explore life surrounded by charming nature of the Putao region. Located at the northernmost part of Myanmar, Putao is an isolated city with untouched nature and diverse landscape. Discover the history and daily lives of Lisu, Rewang and Shan tribes with a hike through each village and explore the beauty and thrill of outdoor activities including rafting and biking. This four-day itinerary is designed for you to experience the life of a mountaineer in comfort and fun.  

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  • Explore the daily lives of each village tribe through hiking
  • Enjoy the scenic river with a cruise on Malikha followed by a picnic lunch at a prime spot
  • Experience the culture of Mulashidi village with a stroll and sample the traditional Shan noodles for breakfast
  • Bike adventure through a local route
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Day 1

Begin exploring the nature of Putao with an elephant trek through the Nam Lang River, into the beautiful rice fields that leads to Yegyawdi village. The elephant will take you back to Malikha Lodge just in time for delicious dinner and drinks, which will be hosted in front of the open fireplace.

Day 2

Embark on a full-day hike to grasp what the daily lives of Lisu, Rewang and Shan villagers are like. Each journey through these villages is unique; you may meet an entertaining hunter who invites you to try his crossbow or be invited to sip a hot cup of tea at a local Christian church. Apart from exploring the villages, you will be having picnic lunch and a cold beer accompanied by nature, culture and traditions.

Day 3

Enjoy a gentle rafting from Mulashidi suspension bridge down the Nam Lang to join Malikha River to the picnic spot where lunch is prepared and served by the spectacular view of the riverside. The afternoon is followed by a cruise on the Malikha river where you can observe the forested hills, white river beaches and sights of villagers panning for gold to Manchanbaw village where you will get to take a short stroll before embarking to the lodge just in time for sunset.

Day 4

Early birds can come out and taste the traditional steaming bowls of Shan noodles, shop for woven hats and baskets in Rewang Village before embarking to Mulashidi village, a perfect place to learn about the culture and traditions in Putao. Here, you will get an opportunity to explore some of the cottage industries and also visit the Wildlife Conservation Society Museum. Afternoon spend on a bike adventure on a local route, returning Malikha Lodge for a hot bath and a relaxing massage before dinner.

Day 5

Enjoy a leisurely final breakfast at your hotel, before being transferred to Putao Airport, where you can begin your onward journey to your next destination.


Suggested Accommodations

Malikha Lodge

Malikha Lodge

Travelers visiting the rather off-the-beaten-track Northern Kachin State, can bask in the glory of this cozy resort perched high above the Nam Lang River with spectacular views of mountains and rice terraces. Malikha Lodge, designed by world famous architect Jean-Michel Gathy of Aman Resorts, exudes the sought-after feeling of luxury and seclusion in a wilderness setting.
 The central feature of the resort is the two blazing log fires in the main lodge, where guests come to gather around for drinks, dining or just pure relaxation. 

The resort is enveloped in well-manicured lawns and exotic gardens, which are carefully landscaped to merge into pockets of bamboo and jungle. The eight fully furnished bungalows are traditional in style though contain all modern conveniences. The lay out of the lodge creates a sense of idyllic village life in an open garden paradise.

 Activities range from short jungle treks to river diving, mountain biking, scenic rafting trips and kayaking. The Puta-O area is popular for its scenic forests and nature. Guests can enjoy walking and boat rides on nearby Mula Creek to really connect with the area’s unique surroundings. Look out for the various species of birds, rare butterflies, and beautiful wild orchids. In keeping with the feeling of a private house party, the in-house chefs prepare a choice of set menus daily. The theme is refined continental country style in keeping with the wilderness mountain location.
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Our co-founder Jay Tindall has been visiting Myanmar since 1993. He prefers to escape to remote areas such as Loikaw & the Chin State, as well as sailing in the Mergui Islands.
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