Discover a world of hidden villages, rich forests and breathtaking landscapes in one of Burma’s most remote regions
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Escorted tour | History & culture | Natural world
Hidden here is a world of traditional villages, rich forests and a series of beautiful landscapes that go to make up some of Burma’s most attractive countryside. Base yourself in Putao to explore the region, the Nam Lang River and the Himalayan countryside, rafting, cycling and trekking through the countryside in order to get to know it intimately.
Day by day itinerary
Yangon - Putao
Depart Yangon for your flight to Putao. Upon arrival at Putao Airport a short transfer by road will take you to Malikha Lodge, located on the Nam Lang River with the Himalayas looming in the distance. In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion on the back of an elephant, riding across the fast flowing clear waters of the Nam Lang River and up through the terraced rice fields to the village of Yegyawdi. Continue downstream along the banks of the Nam Lang River, before a final river crossing brings you back to the lodge. By prior arrangement there is the opportunity to view the elephants being washed by the mahouts, the animals’ caretakers.
Enjoy dinner and drinks at the main lodge in front of the open fireplaces.
Today enjoy a full day excursion, combining gentle rafting and walking in the Putao region. Set off from Mulashidi suspension bridge and raft down the Nam Lang to join the Malikha river. Drift through scenic river gorges, pausing on a spectacular riverside beach inside the gorge. Continue downstream, riding through forested hills and past white river beaches, where villagers may often be seen panning for gold. Stop at the picturesque village of Manchanbaw, to enjoy a short stroll through the village before returning by vehicle to Malikha Lodge, in time for sunset and dinner.
Today you will have the opportunity to experience and learn about life in Mulashidi village and the Putao Valley and view some of the cottage industries. For early birds there is also the chance to visit the Putao market, where you can try a steaming bowl of Shan noodle soup for breakfast and practice your haggling skills as you shop for spectacular Rawang village headman woven hats, colorful longyis (sarongs), and fine baskets. In the afternoon, there are several options; with a guide, you can explore this area of magnificent forest by bike or on foot, discovering diverse flora and fauna at your own pace.
In the evening, enjoy a huge, hot bath in the fabulous teak bathtubs in each room and/or a massage from the spa staff in your bungalow, either of which is a welcome treat. You are then invited to attend a hosted group dinner in the Main Lodge.
Putao - Yangon
Transfer to Putao Airport for a domestic flight to Yangon, where you will transfer to your accommodation. The rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure.
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