Our trip to Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan was the perfect choice of countries with dramatically different experiences. The 74-year-old head monk informed us we were the first foreigners he had ever met or to enter the monastery.
A remote enclave of highlands and rolling hills, the Chin State has long been home to a host of unique tribes and cultures. Proud and independent, such peoples have maintained their traditions even in the face of encroachment from outsiders. Indeed, the inhabitants of the area have long been fierce warriors, resisting a successive slew of invaders, including Burmese kingdoms, British colonialists, and finally, the Imperial Japanese Army of World War II. Despite their pride in their customs and traditions, however, the Chin tribes are predominantly Christian today, a legacy of American missionaries who first made their way to the area in the late nineteen century.
Certainly the highlight of any trip to the Chin State is the chance to experience authentic hill tribe culture little-changed from decades past. Living in scattered, far-flung villages, the Chin peoples are friendly and warm, a welcome contrast to their jungle home.
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Meet the Chin people, visit their homes, and learn about their lives. The Chin women are famed for their tattooed faces, a tradition that began in order to avoid being chosen as concubines by the Burmese kings. Stay overnight in Mindat at a basic but comfortable guesthouse.
Lun Yu Festival
Go on a three-hour hike to far-flung Kyardor village, home to the remote Munn Chin tribe. Participate in the Lun Yu festival, where giant stones are pulled by locals in a contest of strength, and cows and pigs are sacrificed for a huge feast. Enjoy the huge celebration, where abundant rice wine and dancing make for a most memorable evening.
Munn Chin Villages
Drive by 4WD vehicle to Aye village (two hours) or trek on foot (four hours) through many traditional Munn Chin tribal villages, a beautiful area often covered in rhododendrons. Meet many local families, and talk with people who have seldom, if ever, spoken to foreigners. Dine with a local family and some of their friends, and stay the night with them in a local Munn Chin house.
This 6-day luxury Myanmar adventure will take you to remote ethnic villages in the Northwest of the country. Make friends with members of the Mon Chin, Dai Chin and Magan Chin tribes, whose female members have intricate facial tattoos. You’ll trek alongside scenic rivers and farms, and stay in luxury hotels.
Leave the hustle and bustle behind: in Western Myanmar's Chin State, one of the least-developed areas of the world, you’ll come face-to-face with traditional tribal culture and pristine and untouched natural landscapes, from rivers to waterfalls to the incredible Mount Victoria.
Explore the exquisite countryside of Myanmar’s Chin State on this exhilarating 5-day luxury journey. You’ll boat, jeep, and trek through remote villages, meeting local tribespeople, and taking in the colorful, fragrant surroundings. You’ll finish off at the summit of Mt. Victoria, where you’ll capture an epic sunrise.
Mountain Oasis Resort is a wooden ecolodge-type property located in the hills just outside the former British hill settlement of Kanpetlet and close to Natmataung National Park. Its 10 simple wooden bungalows all have double rooms with electricity, but there is no hot water. The restaurant serves Burmese, Chinese and European dishes, as well as breakfast.
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.