Sin Taung Community
Home in Shan State (near Kalaw & Inle Lake)
The community of Sin Taung, surrounded by scenic forests and beautiful mountains, is located on the railway line between Kalaw and Shwe Nyaung (gateway to Inle Lake) in Shan State. It is here that you can find the Sin Taung Community home, a community-based tourism project funded jointly by Myanmar Hill Lodge and the UK Department for International Development.
The project consists Community Home is managed by community and run by mainly 4 staffs, one of each cook, housekeeping, food and beverage and security member who have received basic training in their relevant sectors. The product provides jobs opportunity for local women and young people. All ingredients are locally sourced and produced by farmers locally.
When staying at the community home, visitors can enjoy mingling with the locals, sampling various local foods and taking a nature walk through primary forests that harbor numerous species of indigenous birds and wild orchid. Trekkers can also continue their journeys from Sin Taung to other destinations including Kalaw and Inle Lake.
|Program Name||Sin Taung Community Trail|
|Type||Soft Adventure Trekking / Community Interaction|
|Coverage||Kalaw – Sintaung-View Point-Reservoir-Lodge|
|Duration||3 Days / 2 Nights|
|Validity||Nov – May ( Until May’18 )|
|Group Size||01-16 Pax|
Day 01 – Arrival – Kalaw – Community Trail – Sintaung (-/L/D)
Meeting at Myanmar Gill Lodges Down Town Office, after we transfer to Kalaw Hill Lodge to visit the local Buddhist monastery, which is our immediate neighbor. After spending some time chatting with monk over green tea we then walk to Nanthe (Danu tribe) village where we visit a library initiated by the lodge.
After we visit one of the local homes and interact with local over a cup of green tea and Danu traditional snack. From here we walk to Nanthe (Nepalese) village where we explore the village and visit household industry making rice and plum wine process. Here we taste local organic wine follow by a Nepalese traditional lunch.
From here we travel by minivan to Myin Daik station and explore the old station and perhaps interact with friendly locals. Later we hop on the train bound for Thazi. Once train role slowly towards Sin Taung located at 4465 feet above the sea. The exciting journey goes through tunnels, narrow valleys and high reef passing 4608 feet so-called summit (approx. 45 minutes). We get down at Sintaung (elephant shaped mountain), name after a mountain similar to Elephant. Sintaung located at 4425 feet above the sea, inhabited by Danu, Taung Yoe, and Nepalese community.
Here we visit 100 years old Nepalese temple, old railway station and walk up the hilltop Pagoda for the stunning view of the valley below. We settle in at our community house and interact with the community through our local guide.
In the evening we enjoy the sumptuous local meal over a cultural show performed by the community. Dinner and overnight at Community House.
Lunch at Nepalese Home & Dinner at Sintaung Village
Overnight stay at Community House
Day 02 – Sintaung – Hinkha Gone – View Point Lodge (B/L/D)
Breakfast and we trek to Hinkha Gone, located at 4767 feet above the sea, (2.5 miles, and approx. 1½ hour). The trail goes immediate uphill all the way stays pretty much on the ridge till we get to the village.
From here we head towards the north and keep our trail on the ridge having right side is protected forests and left side open view to the valley to the viewpoint, parched at 4715 feet above the sea, (2 miles, approx. one hour). We have lunch stop here and take some time to enjoy the view from the ridge.
From here we trek around 20 minutes on the dirt road but we then head south through tropical scarf forests to Reservoir, located at 4554 feet above sea, (1.5 miles, approx. one hour), which was originally built by British some 80 years ago and remain till today the major sources of fresh water supply to the town. Here we enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding and listen to the birds call and witness wild orchid naturally hanging above the tree.
From here trail west and we head back to Nanthe (Nepalese Village), located at 4383 feet above the sea, (3 miles, approx. 2 hours). The first hour we walk through the primary forest but once we come out of the forest then trek through fields chatting with local farmers.
From here another 20 minute trek to get back to lodge. Dinner and overnight at Lodge.
Total walking hour (5 – 6). Lunch at Village & Dinner at Lodge
Overnight stay at Kalaw Hill Lodge
Day 03 – Departure (B/)
We enjoy early morning activities include a visit to organic gardens and farmhouse where we experience working with buffalo, milking cows and feeding animal etc. Breakfast and we transfer to Kalaw to complete this unique experience.
Breakfast at Lodge
Remark; Alternative 2days – 1 night option is available upon request.
- Accommodation at Sin Taung Community home & Kalaw Hill Lodge ( 2-Nights )
- Transfers and transport (Minivan and Train)
- Escorted English language guide
- Two Breakfast , Tow Lunch ,Two Dinner, Tea/Coffee, soft drink and drinking water
- Sin Taung Community based activities (Cultur
- Insurance -Travel, health insurance
- Any extra use of vehicle (except for the one mentioned in the program)
- Bicycle, horse ride or Oxen cart rent
- Personal nature such as laundry, beverages, personal porter, gratitude to guide & porters etc.
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