Myanmar

3-Day Kalaw Homestay and Elephant Care

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 3 Days

tour highlights

  • Sightseeing in the small colonial town of Kalaw
  • Hiking tour from Kalaw to the Myin Daik village through the hills
  • Visit the charming Danu village of Myin Ma Hti
  • Meet the friendly local people and observe their rural lifestyle
  • Elephants care in Green Hill Valley

tour details

Hiking up the hill to Myin Daik village and experience the authentic local homestay in a former town of British Hill Station, Kalaw. Observe the beautiful scenery through the working fields and enjoy the picturesque landscapes. In this tour, you are going to visit the Green Hill Valley, an elephant camp for the retired elephants where you can participate and help them in their daily care.

Upon arrival in Heho, drive to Kalaw which was formerly a British Hill Station. Visit the tiny train station and perhaps walk up the hill to see the Old Catholic church (if open). Packed Lunch.
In the afternoon, hike to Myin Daik (about 3 hours) via Nepal village. The ethnic group are Taung Yoe. One the way, you will see rice field and enjoy the beautiful landscapes. Observe tribal village life and this tour offers endless scenery from a different view with chances to meet Danu, Pa-O and Taungyoe tribes and see them working in the farms. Traditional dinner will be followed in the village.
Overnight at a local house near village
Simple breakfast. In the morning, start walking to Myin Ma Ti village (about 3 1/2 hours) via Ywa-pu, Lutpyin and Taung-gyi-chai villages. The ethnic groups are Danu, first walk through the pine forest and after 1 hour walking you will see potatoes, mountain rice and huge vegetables plantation field. They all worked with ox and buffalo, no machine and no tractor. It is unbelievable to see people working a huge field with man power and animal. Enjoy the nature beauty, on the way you'll see little boys and girls helping their parents. The Myin ma ti's villager are farmers 100% earn their living on agriculture. Myin ma ti is known for his lime cave 200meters long. Then, transfer back to Kalaw by car. Lunch at a local restaurant in Kalaw.
Accommodation at Kalaw Heritage Hotel (Deluxe with Mountain View) or similar, Kalaw
You are picked up from your hotel and driven from Kalaw through the hills to Magwe, The Green Hill Valley Elephant camp (45 mins-1 hour). Receive a welcome from the team with refreshment and a briefing about the project. A short walk brings you to the river, where you can join in feeding and bathing the elephants - they love the water and being scrubbed and washed clean. You are welcome to join in the camp's forest conservation programme by planting a teak tree here.
Walk back to the camp lodge and enjoy a delicious lunch, with a view of the valley and the opportunity to see butterflies, birds and orchids. Afterwards proceed to Nyaung shwe Inle Lake or transfer to Heho airport for departure.

includes

Our tour prices are inlcuded of:

  • Transfer from Heho Airport to Kalaw in air-conditioned car with driver
  • Hiking tour with local hiking guide and porters
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D= Dinner)
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Accommodation at hotels as above mentioned or similar
  • Accommodation at local house or monastery during trekking
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour

excludes

Not included are:

  • Domestic airfare
  • Myanmar visa fee
  • Surcharges for throughout guides (English and other languages)
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
  • (Peak season in general is between 15 December to 15 January and 13-17 April
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)

notes

Notes for trekking:

  • Monasteries do not provide private bedrooms. Sleeping is arranged on mats in the main hall of the monastery. The mats are arranged in hostel dormitory style.
  • The mats provided are slim, and are covered with a blanket only. For this it is advisable to carry your own sleeping bag or thin bedsheet.
  • Pillows are provided
  • for hygienic reason, do carry one pillow case.
  • The sleeping areas are divided for men and women (couples are not allowed to stay together).
  • Washing facilities are outside in open spaced special designated areas. There is no hot water.
  • Most monasteries only have traditional toilets.

    Important to bring along trekking:

  • Good walking shoes
  • Walking stick
  • Warm jacket (nights can be cool and fresh)
  • Sarong for washing
  • Torch light
  • Towels
  • First aid kit
  • Mosquito repellent

    Important for visit Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp:
  • Clients are recommended to wear long trousers, long-sleeved shirts, and good walking shoes, and/or supportive sandals which can be worn in the river.
  • Sunscreen and a hat are also recommended
  • Day visitors can help prevent any insect bites by using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers. Clients who stay overnight are advised to use anti-malaria medication. .
  • The camp manager and his team of mahouts take all safety precautions with the elephants, and clients must follow their instructions at all times when interacting with the elephants.

Tour code: PKHKHECB

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