Discovery >

Hill-Tribe Villages and Tea Plantations in the Shan Mountains

April 30, 2014 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: , , , ,

Trekking through mountainous tea plantations is an adventure in nature and a way to understand the lives of the Palaung people….

Kyaukme, a large town located along the Mandalay-Lashio Road in Northern Shan State, is a major trading center for tea since before British colonial times. It is also the base camp for several trekking tours that will take your travelers to remote Shan villages in an area widely known for its tea plantations.

The few travelers who have traveled in Northern Shan State have said the area reminded them of Switzerland for its mountains and cool, clean air. To the tea farmers, however, their more isolated world ends at the edge of the valley, or at the market where they trade their tea. The largest crop is green tea, about 52 percent by annual consumption, followed by black tea (31%) and pickled tea (17%).

Myanmar is one of the very few countries in the world where tea leaves are eaten as well as used to make a beverage. The pickled tea produced in Shan State is used for a special dish called lahpet-though. This pickled tea leaves salad is a very popular snack throughout Myanmar and also has roots in history: after a dispute between two warring kingdoms was settled, the rulers sat together and ate lahpet-though as a gesture of peace.

Khiri Travel Myanmar offers a range of guided trekking tours with or without one night accommodation in a traditional hill-tribe village. A full day hiking through the trails surrounding Kyaukme and lunch in their village will give your travelers an insight into the life of the Palaung people and how they still practice centuries-old traditions.

For more information and booking requests, please contact [email protected].

Latest post

May I Recommend the Following Hotels to Your Clients?

Khiri Travel’s roundup of new and intriguing hotel options from around the region…. Gray Line Cruise, Ha Long Bay, Vietnam What are the surroundings like? Gray Line Cruise operates a traditional wooden junk sailing ship for a two day, one night stay on Ha Long Bay, in northern Vietnam. Staying overnight on this ship is […]

Read More

Practice Gentle Strokes of Calligraphy in Saigon

In a residential neighborhood in downtown Saigon, Khiri Travel will show a small local pagoda. It’s different from most of the pagodas travelers to Southeast Asia will have seen before. There are only female monks residing there.

Read More

Khiri Travel Appoints Thailand GM and Group CFO

Khiri Travel’s timely and strategic expansion continues. We have appointed Andre van der Marck as General Manager Thailand and Mark Remijan as Chief Financial Officer and Partner

Read More

Bird Watching, Kayaking and Cycling in Chi Phat, Cambodia

Situated in Cambodia’s southwestern Cardamom Mountains, the Chi Phat area is abundant in nature and wildlife.

Read More

Sign Up for Our Newletter