A short flight to Tachileik will be the beginning of a tour of the infamous Golden Triangle. Tachileik sits on the banks of the Mekong River across from Mai Sai in Thailand. It is a cross border town. A one-and-half hour away from Tachileik we arrive at Mai Pong, where we can enjoy a boat tour of Mekong River. During the boat tour we will make short stops at Chaing Sean on the Thai border and Won Pon on the Lao border. A caravan of small station wagons will take us to Kyaing Tong the capital of Eastern Shan States. It is a six-hour ride. Kyaing Tong is half way between China and Thailand and during the British occupation, the British used it as an outpost. It is the residence for many of the ethnic hill tribes such as the Khun, Akha, Shan, Wa and Lahus. The mixture of different ethnic cultures adds the diversity to the cultural practices of the area.
Kyaing Tong is known for its scenic beauty and many colorful ethnic tribes. Situated in the eastern Shan State and 452 km from Taunggyi and 176km from Tachileik. Places of interest around Kyaingtong are,
the Spa, Naung Tong Lake, Sunn Taung Monastery,
Central market and Traditional Lacquer ware works and weaving factory.
There are many villages of various ethnic tribes resided around Kyaing Tong. The tribes known as
Gon, Lwe, Li, Wa, Lah Hu, Thai Nay,
Shan, Li Shaw, Li Su, Palaung, Akha, and we can only differentiate the tribes by colourful dresses which is different to one another. Can observe their tribal dances and their way of living on these mountainous regions around Kyaing Tong.