Take the main road out of KT towards Katow village. Go past Harry's Trecking Tours ( he knows the place well and will probably take you there) Head towards Wan Pie vllage and you cannot miss the bar. It's name is Three Become One,adapted from the Spice Girls song.
There is a large bar, Snacks and small meals are available on request. It has a very loud PA system which normaly starts up in the eavening but will play on request. The site include a riverside bar/garden at the rear and in the front are three man made lakes, one of which can be fished, they will prepare and cook your catch. There are two western standard accomodation bungalows including cold hill water gravity fed showers.
This is a great place to chill out during the day and can be very lively and noisy at night with the locals. The number of people is somewhat dependant on the season.
It is the only bar disco of this size in all of Keng Tung.
The owner is Sai Noom Twe but it is normally run by his Father, Mother and Brother.
Various trips to the hills and waterfall can be arranged.
Visit Ho Kyin village with Akha tribes, still
wearing traditional costumes with silver coils. If an Akhar woman wants
to dress up with her complete costume, it will take about more than one hour.
Having immigrated from Chinas Yunnan province about 200 years ago, the majority of Akha-tribes settles now in Thailand, but about one third is situated in Laos and Burma`s "Golden Triangle", near the Thai- and Chinese border.
Right in the center of Kengtung there is a group of striking 19th century Buddhist sites, Maha Myat Muni (Shan/Thai name Wat Phra Jao Lung) and Wat Ho Khong temple and monastery. ( Because of the cultural influence of the Shan and Thai languages, most temples and monasteries have both a Shan and a Burmese name). The interior of the Maha Myat Muni is decorated with gold paintings on a red background. The nearby Wan Phat Kyauk monastery features beautifully carved inlaid doors.
In the monasterie`s school, the kids and junior monks learn the socalled "Khun"- language, which is a Shan-language,very similar to that used in Northern Thailand.
Getting to Kengtung, in the center of Myanmars Shan-State, is spectacular. By air, the plane flies over an endless series of green mountains and river gorges, interspersed with cultivated fields and small towns and villages. Around the "city" of Kengtung there are various villages of the ethnical minorities, the so called "hill-tribes" within a distance of about one driving hour, plus some steep hiking.
You may visit the village of Pintauk with its Lahu tribes, Yan Law Village with Khun tribes, Wan Pauk
village with Red Palaung Tribes. People are friendly,but one has to adapt to the somewhat different hygiene-standards.You may be offered a drink of local booze by the village-headman; it may be a new and different experience, but NEVER decline to take it !
Spent the best 10 days of my life in this cool town. Dont come on a package tour because you cant do it justice. By the time I left I felt like a resident.
Its the ultimate in off the beaten path.
if you love Ang Akah and lahu culture this should be your base.If it takes under 3 hours to get to then dont bother as it will be touristy.Hotel Shien tip is virtually brand new...the Woman that is manager may come across as stern but is fantastic..all the staff are great and help x 10 but you have to ask first...ok i'm bias as they were like a soragate familly to me.
At the Airport Mawn tu the cab driver with a tri Shaw is the best informed guide I came across, Not money orientated like a breath of fresh air...this man was like a best friend/Brother..such honesty is rare these day.
Could rave on but to be honest i want this town to remain a secret...
I will be back next year 2008
The center of Kengtung is all old wall city. The wall and maybe a couple of the gates tis still mostly intact, although it is in disrepair and is overgrown in most places. (Not hard to spot it though, and you can follow it around most of the city if you are so inclined)
Of the old gates to the city, the one that is in the best shape is the Paleng Gate on the Southeast side of the city, just a minute or so away from the Princess Hotel.
This temple was built by the coorperation of 4 countries,there 're : Thailand,Burma,Laos and China.In the temple consisted of a stairway to the temple on the hill where located a couple of Lion statues as gaurdian on the entrance.On the hill,there 're a principal pagoda surrounded with small pagodas and Mondop,housed Buddha images on four sides. All 're in Burmese style.Another interesting stuff's a couple of funny statues holding a bell.
I don't know why the Burmese army built some funny sculptures around the lake.But it made this lake more interesting and funny. There're a big sculpture of Dinosaur like Godzilla,play ground with colourful stuffs,some cutie sculptures of water animal and also holy sculpture of Naga Queen.
This lake use as resevoir for army and villagers on Lwe Mwe.I visited there on a cloudy and rainy day,so the scenery was a bit gloomy and foggy.But I enjoyed there. At the center of lake,the Burmese army was built a colourful zigzag wooden bridge as you can see in the pictures.
Mwe or Mei is a word in Tai Yai.It means dew which harden to be ice.The peak of Lwe Mwe 's high about 4,500 feet from sea level. This place used to be a vacation resort for English governors when they came to ruled Burma.Also English army used this place as military base. They built houses and military camp in European style.All house have chimney and fireplace.
Located in the heart of Kentung as one of three main temples. This temple was built in Burmese style around 1922 and finished in 1927 by Jao Rattanakonkeaw-in-thalang,the city ruler of Kengtung. It was renovated in WWII period by Thai artisans.Some interesting things 're Viharn where mixed between Thai Art and Burmese Art.Inside viharn,housed a group of Buddha images and the big one as the principal.On the wall of this viharn decorated with gold gilded painting on red wall. I've heard that this viharn combined with Mondop building as we can see from outside. On the roof of viharn also have a roof of Mondop(a high layered roof). Behind the viharn,located a pagoda on a high base.
Or so called Phra Jao Luang temple.It located in the city center and stands as the most important temple of Kengtung.The interesting buildings 're viharn, it was built in 1926-1929 by Jao Rattanakonkaew-in-thalang,the city ruler of Kengtung.He was one respected by Kengtung people. Inside a big viharn housed the Buddha image named Maha Myat Muni,the most important and sacred for Kengtung.Maha Myat Muni image casted with gold ,bronze and silver.It was decorated in Burmese style.For dating,It was casted in 1920 by the city ruler.It took 4 years for making by the crafter named Saya U Tit and his company.It delivered to kengtung in 1927 before the finishing time of viharn. So this image must located in temporary hall nearby. Another interesting of this temple 're temple gates which decorated with stucco in Burmese style.
At the centre of town is Naung Tung Lake, which is a pleasant enough place to stroll around...
Also, at night, there are a few street vendors selling food in this area if you get that mid-night craving for some moonshine and Shan food....
A funny thing happened on the way to the hot springs...
Having some time to kill one morning, I decided to head out alone down to Kengtung hot springs, which is about 5 KM's south of town, on the road to Takchilek. So, being a cool morning, I decided to hoof it ... Almost there, I came across a miltary check point with lots of soldiers and lots of AK47 rifles being waved about.
it was obvious that they would like to know what my business was walking down the road alone, so, in every tongue known to me I tried to say: "Going to the hot springs": "Wo yao chui Wen-chwen.... '," Watashi wa on-sen e ikitai nan desu kedo..." Nan nun Un-chun e kagoshipoyo"...., etc. etc. etc. To no avail......
Suddenly, I have an Epiphany, if you will... I waved the gun toting soldiers all around me, and I drew a circle in the dirt, with three swiggly lines rising above them. (a well known symbol for hot springs) I then pulled my towel from my bag and gave them the cross the back drying off gesture....
Halelujah.... They all started to chatter: "lalalalalalalalalalalala" and nod their heads, and I was permitted to proceed to the hot springs without further delay....
Communication is indeed a wonderful thing...
I went to the central market every morning during my stay in Kengtung, mostly for people watching and taking pictures. It is really something to see all the various hill tribe people, dressed in their respective costumes just mingling and shopping in the market.... (Were not in Kansas anymore)