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Kengtung (Cheingtung, Chiang Tung, Kengtong, Kyaingtong) is a town in Shan State, Eastern Myanmar.

Get in[edit]

Best way is by bus from Tachilek (350 Thai Baht), or shared taxi from Tachilek (450 b/person, 4 people).

As of October 2014, travelers are allowed to travel to Kengtung from Tachilek without a guide.

As of October 2014, travelers were still NOT allowed to take the public bus from Taunggyi to Kengtung. The Ministry of Hotels & Tourism branch in Taunggyi, director Mr. U Yan Aung (Tel. 09-428315235), is willing to arrange a guide at $80 per day, and a rental vehicle for $1200 (one thousand two hundred dollars) for the journey from Taunggyi to Kengtung.

Get around[edit]

The town itself is walkable. Motortaxis are 500 Kyat.

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Hilltribe trekking can be arranged through your guesthouse or through an independent guide. When trekking, make sure that you don't give kids candy, unless you are prepared to provide toothbrushes as well.

Do[edit][add listing]

Go to the huge morning market

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are beautiful embroideries made by the hilltribe people for sale in the market

Eat[edit][add listing]

Shan Khow Soi-shan noodle soup is the staple of the region. Otherwise, try some local burmese curry restaurants.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Rice whisky is cheap and potent. A Chinese beer costs around 800 Kyat.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Harry's guesthouse: Comfortable double beds and hot showers for a reasonable price.

  • Law Yee Chain Hotel, (Near the Market), +95 8421114. Decent hotel near the market with free breakfast. Charge is $20 per person, not per room. Google Maps shows exact location. $20 per person.  edit

Get out[edit]

As of October 2014, a guide is required to travel from Kengtung onward to Taunggyi and Inle Lake. Guides will not take you via public bus, and a hire vehicle is required. Guides and vehicles are available from the Ministry of Hotels & Tourism, 21/22 Lwe Hmwe Street, Tel. 084-21617. The branch director, Mr. U San Linn, has quoted $80 per day for the guide, and $1200 (one thousand two hundred dollars) for vehicle rental for the journey from Kengtung to Taunggyi.

There is an airport in Kengtung with daily fights to various points throughout Myanmar, including Taunggyi ($126).

  • Tachileik - Border Town close to Laos and Thailand.
  • Mong La and on to Jinghong, China.
  • Railway station exists, trains exist, but is there any regular passenger service?

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