B1, Waterfall (active Aug to Feb) and SHAN villages – 6 or 7 hrs round trip
The walk covers a variety of rural scenery including rice paddies, fields of maize, tobacco and other seasonal crops in rolling wooded countryside. You will visit farming villages, with their productive gardens and have the opportunity to see basket and fan making and cheroot rolling.
The walk starts from the hotel and goes through rice fields, with an excellent view of an ancient pagoda and a Shan Royal Tomb, until reaching a waterfall which is over 100ft in height and has a beautiful pool at its base. Swimming is possible in the pool. Beside it, there is a limestone cave.
B2, Walk to the SHAN villages with Boat Trip – 7hrs
Take an easy trek for a couple of hours through Shan Farming villages, with panoramic scenery of rice paddy, fields with seasonal crops and see local handicraft work – hand fans, bamboo baskets.
Get in the boat and travel upstream with the mountains, valleys, and fruit plantations along the river. Make a visit to a SHAN village which has typical houses with charming gardens Walk uphill to a 150 year old monastery set on its own in the forest. Return to Hsipaw by boat.
B3, Waterfall (active Aug to Feb only), Shan Villages and Boat Trip 7 or 8 hrs round trip
Walk through rice fields, to the 100ft height waterfall with, a nice pool at the base. There is a splendid view of an ancient pagoda and a SHAN ROYAL TOMB from the rice fields. There is lime stone cave is beside the fall.
Afterwards, continue walking through Farming villages, with panoramic views of paddy, seasonal crops, mountains, streams and see the life style of SHAN villages, with women weaving baskets and making hand fans from bamboo.
Board a long tail boat and travel upstream with mountains, valleys, and fruit plantations along the river. Make a visit to a SHAN village which has typical houses with charming gardens and walk uphill for 45 minutes to a monastery set on its own in the forest monastery. Return by boat.
B4, PALAUNG hill tribe village, Tea Plantation – 10 hrs walking round trip, hard mountain trek.
Begin a walk from Hotel along flat paths through TAI (SHAN) Villages and rice paddy fields along irrigation channels and natural streams stream for 1 hour to reach the foot-hills. Continue along a steady uphill path through hill crops and Tai villages on the lower part of mountain for couple of hours to reach a PALAUNG village and have lunch break at a local farming family house.
After lunch walk slowly around the village to absorb the fascinating way of life and walk back to hotel along a different path, through other villages which local guide will choose.
(It is possible to arrange transport back to spend more time in visiting the Palaung villages.)