A1, SHAN Villages Trip - 4hrs Walk (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.
A2, Water Fall (Active Aug to Feb only) - 5hrs Walk (Round Trip)
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.
A3, Boat Trip - 5hrs round trip
Take a 1 hour longtail boat trip upstream with forest and fruit tree plantations along the banks followed by a 45 minute walk uphill through pineapple, papaya and orange orchards to visit a 150 year old Shan monastery sitting by itself in the forest. On the return journey, by boat, it is possible to swim in the river and also visit a typical Shan village, with charming gardens. Also visit a station on the narrow gauge railway from Mandalay to Lashio.
Cooking Class (4- 5 hours)
Starting time: 9am and 12pm
Drive Shan vegetable market. Explore and study about the basic ingredient of Shan food. Do a little shopping here. Keep moving on Pick up to cooking place village. Meet local cook chief and pick your own vegetables along the fence, villagers’ garden and in the rice field. Cooking will be started when we arrive our Riverview Lodge. You will be learning way of cooking Shan Food and practicing and enjoying your meal. After meal and relaxing a bit we will be walking back to the town which takes 1 hour (alternatively transport is available).
Kayaking (5:00 hours)
Starting time: 8:30am
The guide will lead you by boat with kayaks upstream in Douthawady River to the confluence where Nam Ma River meets Namtu River. After about 1.15 hrs we will reach where we are heading to. You will start Kayaking downstream from that point. Down streaming by kayaks will take 2 hours including a few stops till to the end point. Our first stop after 45 mins on kayak, we will reach a SHAN village where we can do soft trek for 30 mins. Second stop after another 45 min by kayak will allow us to enjoy lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, you will kayak downstream again for another 20 mins to the end point.
Swimming is available either at the confluence or somewhere on the way.
(K C T) Kayaking + Cooking Class + Soft Treks (4:30-5 hours)
Starting time: 8:30am
The guide will drive you to the produce market next to the river to explore and learn the basic ingredience of Shan food. We may buy some ingredience for your dish. After that, we will walk down the river bank to start Kayaking and head to one of the Shan villages. After 1 hour we will be reaching where are heading to. One of the escorts will be waiting for you for the walk and he will be leading you to pick your vegetables in some of the villager’s farm and wildly grown on the fence. Cooking will be started when you arrive where the cooking class take place. You will be learning way of cooking Shan Food and practicing and enjoying your food. After that, the guide will allow a decent short time for relaxation and next to walk back to the town for another 1 hour (alternatively transport is available). Trip terminates in town or your hotel in town.