Ecotourism (Nature Tourism) in Myanmar

Introduction to Trekking in Myanmar

(text compiled by Paul Bates, Harrison Institute)

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Introduction

In recent years, Myanmar has become increasingly popular with tourists who wish to trek through its rich and varied countryside.

Currently there are 5 main centres for trekking. These are:

Putao in Kachin State. Here in the north of Myanmar, trekkers can explore the Putao valley and foothills of the beautiful eastern Himalayas.

Alaungdaw Kathapa in Sagaing Division. This is a less well known destination but one which offers visitors a chance to explore the ‘teak forests’ of central Myanmar.

Chin Hills in Chin State. Treks here offer stunning scenery with spectacular views together with interesting Chin culture and a diverse fauna and flora.

Western Shan State, which includes four destinations. Kalaw and Inle Lake are currently the most popular trekking hubs in Myanmar. Less well-known but with many attractions are Hsipaw and Pindaya. All four destinations are our home to interesting hill tribes.

Kyaing Tong in eastern Shan State. This area is especially well known for the rich culture of its local ethnic tribes.

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