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Mountains & Tribes of Myanmar's Chin State

One of the least-developed areas of the world, the Chin State in Western Myanmar (Burma), bordering Bangladesh and Eastern India, is filled with natural beauty, from stunning waterfalls to majestic mountains. This intense five-day itinerary will bring you through this lush wildlife and remote villages to the summit of Mount Victoria, the highest peak in the entire state, for a unique experience in one of the most isolated cultures in the world. 

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  • Enjoy four-wheel drive jeep rides through the undeveloped, isolated Chin state of Myanmar
  • Learn about the traditional tattoo customs of the Chin Tribe
  • Visit the beautiful mountain town of Kanpetlet
  • Reach the summit of Mount Victoria, the highest peak in the state, and enjoy the sweeping views and a picnic lunch on the trek down 
 
Starting at
$3,600
per person
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1
Bagan-Chauk-Ka Zun Ma-Saw-Kanpetlet

After breakfast, you’ll depart from the ancient city of Bagan and head south over the mighty Ayeyarwady River on a safari adventure. This seven-hour four-wheel drive journey will bring you past vast plains and gentle hills, through the isolated villages of Ka Zun Ma and Nga Ga Bwe, and to the foot of Chin Hill, where the landscape becomes less dusty and more lush and green. Your final destination for the evening is the beautiful mountain village of Kanpetlet, where you’ll stay at the Pinewood Villa Resort.

Day 2
Kanpetlet

After breakfast at your hotel, spend the day exploring the town of Kanpetlet, set on a mountain ridge between two deep valleys. You may visit a local house to learn about the tattoo tradition of the Chin Tribe: meet six women with different face tattoos and learn about the history, meaning, and process of this longstanding custom. Later, enjoy a traditional Chin-style dinner at your hotel.

Day 3
Kanpetlet-Mt.Victoria-Aye village

After breakfast, you’ll embark on a jeep ride and then a trek to the summit of Mount Victoria, the highest peak in the Chin state, where you can take in incredible panoramic views. Enjoy a picnic lunch at a rest house after trekking down three hours to the base of the mountain, and then relax on the short 1-hour drive to Aye village - located 5,800 feet above sea level - for dinner and a night at a simple guesthouse.

Day 4
Aye village-Kyar Do village-Lupet village - Mindat

Today, you’ll visit several local Chin villages to learn more about traditional tribal life. You will drive to Mashiyaw village, and then trek to two small villages, Kyar Do and Lupet, where you can meet local people, learn more about their tattoo custom, and visit the village sites, including the sacrifice post and the traditional circle stone slab cemetery. Afterward, you’ll drive to the village of Mindat and stay overnight at a simple guest house.

Day 5
Mindat -Bagan - Departure

After breakfast, you’ll head eight hours back to Bagan, stopping at a local restaurant for lunch. Enjoy a final night at the hotel in Bagan before departing in the morning to your next destination.

 

Suggested Accommodations

Location
Accommodation
CHIN STATE
Pine Tree Resort, Pinewood Villa Resort

Pine Tree Resort

Pine Tree Resort is a small brick resort located near the former British hill settlement of Kanpetlet. Rooms are comfortable, and there is electricity but no hot water. A small restaurant serves breakfast and local dishes.
 

Pinewood Villa Resort


Get back to nature at Pinewood Villa Resort in Kanpetlet, Myanmar. This unique hotel features 18 modest cabins, each with breathtaking forest and mountain views and comfortable twin or double beds. Deep in the heart of the Chin State mountains, guests spend their days exploring the nearby trails, enjoying traditional meals at the resort’s restaurants. Guests should bring lots of layers as it can get chilly in the mountains, but a cup of tea and one glance at the tranquil scenery will warm them right up. 


 
 
BAGAN
Aureum Palace Hotel, Thiripyitsaya Sakura Hotel

Aureum Palace Hotel

Set back in 27 acres of lush, tropical gardens, The Aureum Palace Hotel is a tranquil retreat in the heart of Bagan. Spacious villas lace the resort’s expansive gardens and are lavishly appointed with hand-crafted teak furnishings, antiques and local artifacts. Dining options are extensive. For traditional Myanmar and Thai cuisine, visit The Shan, or for Italian cuisine and wines, dine at Casa D’Enzo. Casual cocktails and lighter fare are available at the resort’s many outdoor patios and cafes and poolside dining is available throughout the day. The Spa at the Aureum Palace offers aromatherapy treatments and massage by appointment. There is a swimming pool and fitness center, as well as a business center for Internet access.

 

Thiripyitsaya Sakura Hotel

Thiripyitsaya Sakura Hotel is a grand property situated on the banks of the evocative Irrawaddy River, in the ancient city of Bagan. This charming, classically decorated hotel was originally established thirty years ago by the Myanmar government, and the property is now under Japanese management. The hotel has since undergone extensive renovation, upgrading and expansion. Set in a beautiful riverfront location, amongst 24 acres of well-landscaped gardens, this hotel is a truly luxurious sanctuary. The Resort has been host to international political and business leaders and celebrities, and is considered to be Bagan’s foremost hotel. Guest rooms are spacious and tastefully appointed. Every room is thoughtfully decorated in a traditional Myanmar style using local materials and teak wood. The hotel boasts superlative cuisine, a spa, a lounge bar, a coffee shop, Jaccuzzi and the biggest outdoor pool and sundeck in the area. A choice collection of Myanmar souvenirs is offered at “The Thiripyitsaya Boutique," located next to the Reception. Hand-woven lotus fabric, antique lacquer ware, originally designed jewellery, photographs and artwork, handicraft, silverware, longyi, books and postcards, as well as film, sunblock, bathing suits and other practical goods are available.
 
 
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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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