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.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
• Mount Victoria: One of the most scenic areas in the region, Mount Victoria is the highest mountain in the Chin State. Travelers take the quick way up via jeep and relax at Aye Village 5,800 feet above sea level.
• The Tattooed Chin: The Chin tribes are famed throughout the world for the intricately-tattooed faces of the women. Legend has it that a Burmese king traveled to the region, and was so enthralled to the women’s beauty that he kidnapped one to take as a bride, causing the people there to tattoo their daughters.
• Bagan: Explore the ancient city of Bagan, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built over more than 38 square miles next to the Irrawaddy River, this massive 9th-century complex is one of Myanmar’s most impressive cultural wonders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fly to Yangon and connect to your flight onward.
The far reaches of Myanmar does not have hotels, so for a truly authentic and adventurous experience, either stay in a tented camp or a homestay in a traditional local family home. Although the accommodation is basic, traveling these remote areas make truly memorable experiences.
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.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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