"Hilltribes: choose the trek you want carefully" Myanmar (Burma) Off The Beaten Path Tip by Bonobo2005

Myanmar (Burma) Off The Beaten Path: 84 reviews and 115 photos

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by Bonobo2005

When you organise a hilltribe trekking, make clear what you expect. How long you want to walk, special interest in nature, tribes etc....

I did 2 two overnight treks on which we visited the Paluang, Danu and the Pa-O hilltribes. I used different guides for the treks and both had their own speciality.

The first trek was with Mr. Robin from the Golden Lilly Guesthouse, a very well English speaking and pleasant Indian man who explained a lot about nature, local farming and crafts, but who didn't act as intermediary between local people and us. He brings visitors almost daily to the same house where tourists and the family stay separately.

Mr Tun Ti, from "Sam Family Guide Service", on the contrary was less talkative and informative, but he took us to villages that are visited only 4 or 5 times a year, and where we stayed together with the villagers all of the time. Tun Ti is the son of Sam and people seem to be very happy to see him (and us).

The 2-day trek with Mr. Robin involved about 10 hrs. walking (but with stopping every few minutes to give a lecture) and cost $10 each all inclusive with two persons; with Mr. Tun Ti it took 14 hours of steady hiking to reach the remoter villages and cost $14 each with two persons.

Of course, there are many more guides around that I don't know (yet).

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 13, 2003
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