beyond Kengtung towards Mong Yang
View of the landscape beyond Kengtung, by the road towards Mong Yang. It takes only several kilometers out of town when it becomes very scenic place: with large rice fields in the bottom of wide walley and high Shan mountains around. Your best mode of travel is by bike or moped, it's not a crowded road at all and you'll be able to capture some of the nicest images of Shan state here. It can get dusty, though. There are plenty of ducks, buffalos and cows in the fields and sometimes colonies of birds. This is the same road as you need to take if you want to go to the Pintaoe waterfall and village. See, it's worth taking it.
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Naung Tung lake
Here is the view over the Naung Tung lake towards Wat Yong Kham. The lake is centrally located in town and mostly fenced. In this area they rise large modern buildings nowsadays(unfortunatelly they look terrible and out of place), probably hotels but there are still some old buildings worth to take a look left. There's Chinese temple on the east side and if you're lucky, you'll find near it a man who makes delicious sweets - doughnuts - in the wok outside. It takes less than hour to get around the lake.
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going to Loi Mwe
The way towards Loi Mwe is worth an effort and money because you'll see some really nice views from high mountains and pass rivers, a few villages and fields with lots of buffalos and cows. That photo is taken a few kilometers from KT, we were on motorbike trip and these large stones looked very nice early in the morning. Buffalos around and near. The road isn't very good - it's narrow and steep and unpaved, but if you can't bare motorbike rides your next chance will be by someone's car - I think your hotel can arrange a driver for you if you want. Not many people do it, though.
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near Kengtung, by the main road
Not very far before Kengtung there are many rice fields and steep slopes of large Shan mountains. This is a photo from the Tachileik road, about 10 km before Kengtung. Because of large demand, these hill slopes are deforested.
This is the main road that enters city if you travel from Thailand and it continues towards central Shan state and the rest of Burma. At the edge of town before you enter center, there's large primary school to your right, then there's large tatmadaw camp on your left a bit further from school (and on the edge of center) and many traditional Shan houses all along the road throughout the town. It's quite pleasant street in the shade of large trees to walk through, not too much cars and it becomes amazingly loud when kids finish school. There are some nice places to drink a tea and eat near the school.
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Wat Yong Kham
This is inside Kengtung's most famous wat - Yong Kham: spacious prayer room with many Buddha images. Rather dark place with warm feeling, wooden floor and beautiful warm light penetrating the room from side doors. It's said the site was constructed in 13th century and has been constantly rebuilt and improved since. It's altogether impressive building inside and outside with golden hti and jewels on the very top. Often visited by Thai people and it's one best kept historical buildings in town.
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There's hot sping near KT, to the North. It can be a bit tricky to find it by yourself if you're without guide or guidebook but it's one of the attractions here, so there are probably some moto taxi drivers who can take you there. On the site there are several private enclosed baths or bathrooms for one or two people and larger open pond - you cannot submerge there because water has 100 degrees. Here you can buy and boil eggs and that seems to be popular with locals. Also, this spring seems to be place for them to have a beer or snack, but since it's expensive for them it doesn't get crowded or noisy. Anyway, try some eggs while you're there, they aren't bad.
There is another (older) hot spring near KT and it's supposedly on the South, close to the hospital.
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