Kyaukme motorbike tours & trekking 

Come and experience the natural beauty and cultural diversity of Shan State, Myanmar

My name is Sai Kyaw Hlaing, but people know me as 'Joy'. I am a Shan ethnic and have lived in Kyaukme my whole life. I have worked as a tour guide for over ten years and have a wealth of experience and knowledge in leading unique adventures in the mountains. I am passionate about helping people learn all about the rich culture and heritage of my area. I love Shan State, I love the outdoors, and I love supporting the rural Shan and Paulang communities. I care deeply about both educating travelers about the local cultures in my area and also about helping these communities.  I offer a wide variety of tours; including motorbike and trekking tours to minority villages in the mountains, sightseeing tours, trekking tours, trekking with the combination of driving scooters and full motorbike tours. Dirt bikes are also available if you prefer.
  • I have more than 10 years of experience as a trekking and motorbiking guide;
  • I speak Shan and Palaung (in addition to Burmese, English and Chinese) and can communicate easily in the hill tribe villages.
  • Kyaukme is still off the beaten tourist track, so you are unlikely to encounter any other tourists in the villages that we stay in. The people live a very traditional  lifestyle, which you will be able to immerse in through staying with them. The area is almost completely untouched by tourism (we will not see any other tourists in the mountains) and so you will be able to experience real traditional cultures, dresses and ways of life.
  • I am a Buddhist and enjoy teaching people about the religion.  If you would like an introduction to Buddhism, or an introduction to meditation while on a trip, just ask !
  • All my assistants have been trained by me, and speak English very well.  If I am not personally available to guide you, I have a qualified assistant who can.
  • And to top it off, trekking in Kyaukme offers some of the most beautiful natural scenery and landscapes in the whole of Myanmar!

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us -  [email protected] / +95 (0)9 403706076 / (0)9794454418

You can also get in touch with  me via our  webform, or by messaging me on facebook:

Hope to hear from you soon.

Here are some of the tours I offer:

A.  Trekking
We have guided hill tribe trekking trips for from 1 to 14 days (2 to 4 days is most typical).  We can do medium to hard trekking, for from 4 to 8 hours per day.  Meals are included and we’ll stay in Palaung or Shan villages each night.

Kyaukme is still off the beaten tourist path, so you are unlikely to encounter any other tourists in the villages that we stay in.

B.  Motorbiking

A guided motorbiking tour up to the Shan and Palaung villages is a great way to see a lot of remote areas in Shan State, Myanmar.  We have done motorbike trips of from a single day up to 10 days.

Note that you do NOT have to have any experience with motorbikes.  You can use a semi-automatic (foot tapping to change gears and no clutch) – easy to learn in just a couple minutes.  About half of our guests have not ridden motorbikes before.  It’s a lot of fun !

Also note that if you have motorbike experience, we can explore some more challenging terrain on dirt bikes – a lot of fun.  The more days you book, the greater distance we can go and get up into the really remote areas.

C.  Combo Trekking & Motorbiking

This is our most popular guided tour.  It has the benefit of getting some serious exercise for half the day, but with the additional benefit that the motorbikes let us get further into the remote areas.  As mentioned above, no experience necessary for the motorbikes!  And though we are up in the hills and mountains so the trails are not always flat and easy, we typically will not be in areas with much or any traffic, so it’s a great place for first timers.  This is the adventure you came to Myanmar for!
These tours can be tailored to suit your needs - please feel free to contact me and I can organize the perfect trek for you!

Other than trips to the villages in the mountains, you can experience many other unique and interesting sites in and around Kyaukme!

- Visiting  Goteik Bridge - the second highest bridge in the entire world, with stunning views of green valleys, rivers and a waterfall.

- Trying local cuisines in some of the many traditional restaurants in town (there are only a handful of places in the world you can try authentic Shan food)

- Visiting the hot springs, a favorite gathering place for locals, where you can relax surrounded by emerald green paddy fields and the sounds of cowbells chiming as you soak in a hot water naturally created by volcanic activity. 

- Seeing traditional products being made in the local factories - including Cheroots (Myanmar Cigars), Shan traditional Bamboo Hats and Lead Paper (burnt as an offering for ancestors by the Chinese) 

- Learning the art of meditation in the serenity one of the beautiful mountain-top pagodas in Kyaukme - I am an experienced meditation teacher and able to guide you.

- Visiting the Spirit Well - a water well created by and after by spirits - it becomes dry if water is taken from it with anything other than a dried gourd. There are lines in the rocks around the well that are said to have been created by goblins.

-  Visiting Nat Hill - Nat means 'Spirit'. On top of this hill is a monastery affording spectacular views.

- Visiting the ruins of the Shan Palace - the stunning former summer  home of the Shan Prince - now in a state of disrepair, but still incredibly beautiful.

- Taking a day trip to Hsipaw - see sunset hill, little Bagan and enjoy riverside views.

- Visiting local places of natural beauty - including Nat Lake (surrounded by forest and full of beautiful waterlilies), ancient caves and a breathtaking waterfall.

- Seeing the daily lives of locals - the bustling markets, the daily alms ceremonies, people using ox-carts on impossible-looking mountainside farms to plant and harvest,

- Going to see old colonial buildings - now in a state of disrepair and extremely atmospheric.

- Visiting some of the many amazing pagodas and monasteries in the area - there is also a golden rock in Kyaukme, affording stunning views over the whole of the town, as well as a famous Buddha made of Bamboo.

- Kyaukme is a famous market town and you can  experience several vibrant and exciting, authentic Myanmar markets during y0ur stay!

- The scenery around the town is simply incredibly - emerald rice paddy terraces, mountains, ruby red earth and bamboo forests are all easily accessible from the town center. 

- Getting a taste of local life through sitting in one of the many tea shops and tasting delicious and unique local food and beverages.

- Visiting a few of the many beautiful pagodas, shrines and monasteries in the areas - one has even been built on a site once over run by goblins. These were banished a long time ago, but they are still honored by statues.

- You can even learn local farming methods, such as planting rice and corn, without the aid of modern machinery!

These are just a few of the wonderful ways you can experience the unique culture of my area and I am always happy to arrange other activities you may be interested in!

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us -  [email protected] / +95 (0)9 403706076 / (0)9794454418

You can also get in touch with  me visa our  webform, or by messaging me on facebook

Hope to hear from you soon!

Getting to and staying in Kyaukme

Sleeping in Kyaukme

There are  four hotels  in Kyaukme now which can officially receive foreigners. 

(1) Northern Rock Lodge - telephone :082-40660

(2) One Love Hotel

(3) A Yone Oo Hotel - telephone :082-40183

(4) Kaw Li Hotel

Buses for Mandalay (5 hours)
 (1) 5:30 a.m. ( air conditioning bus, four buses) (price 3500 Kyats per person)
 (2) 6:00 a.m. (three buses, with cargo)  (price 3500 Kyats per person)
 (3) 7:00 a.m. (only one bus) ( price 3000 Kyats person)
 (4) 8:00 a.m. / 4:00 p.m. ( minibus / four hours/ price 8500 Kyats for the front seats and 7500   kyats for regular seat)
     (it comes up to the hotel to pick you up and drop you off where you're staying in Mandalay)

Train for Mandalay( 12 hours)

 There's one train which leaves at 11:00 am from Kyaukme to Mandalay daily.

If you need help arranging transportation or accommodation, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Trekking and driving motorbikes around Kyaukme , Myanmar.

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