Kyaing Tone is Located high in the Shan Hills at the center of the Golden Triangle, Kyaing Tong is one of the country’s most remote outposts and probably the most scenic town in Shan State. At one time Kyaing Tong was the Shan capital and this ancient city is the gateway to rugged journeys and exotic sights. More than a dozen different tribal groups live around Kyaing Tong; the hills and vast valleys are dotted with small villages. Living almost side by side in small communities, the groups include the Ang, Lahu Ahka, Akhu, Padaung, Shan, Chin, Lisu, Pa-O, Wa, Khun, and Laui. Villages show differing stages of development and some still adhere to a very traditional way of life. However, change is likely to come soon to this remote area.
Go to the huge morning market. It’s open until 1 PM, but if you go in the early morning it’s much livelier and great for people watching. You can see hill tribe women in their traditional costumes shopping and selling their products. There is a small but interesting food section as well. All in all, it’s one of the most interesting and colorful markets in SE Asia.
Have a stroll around the lake for the sunset, meet nice people there and visit the numerous Shan, Burmese and Chinese temples. The wat next to the golden chedi is noteworthy and has good views.
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