An overview of Kengtung
For those in search of a real sense of escapism, Kengtung will not disappoint. Located in eastern Myanmar on the border with China, this rural trading town will offer an authentic insight into Burmese life beyond the country’s major cities. Kengtung is home to several different traditional tribes that are indigenous to the region. This includes the Akha, a hill tribe that can be found in numerous mountainous regions and the Lahu people that are both found throughout Southeast Asia and Southwestern China. As a result of the numerous different ethnic groups residing in Kengtung, the region is now considered a melting pot of different cultures and traditions, making it a fascinatingly authentic location to visit.
Kentung Market is considered to be one of the most popular tourist attractions in the town, and a visit here will provide numerous souvenir purchasing opportunities as well as a great opportunity to engage with the local tribespeople. Other important cultural locations include Wat Pha Jao Lung and the Giant Buddha at Yat Taw Mu.
For nature or adventure lovers, the region around Kengtung offers a range of hiking and mountain biking opportunities although it is also important to remember that treks in the state require official guides due to the proximity of the Chinese and Thai borders. Naung Tung Lake and Pin Tauk Waterfall are arguably to of the best natural features in the region and should be considered by tourists too.