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Kengtung, an ethnic mosaic in northeastern Myanmar

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Kyaing Tong or Kengtung It is a small city that is located in the northeast of Myanmar, very close to the borders with China and Thailand. It is part of the great state Shan and, formerly, had a great commercial importance to be on the main road that joins China, Myanmar and Thailand. However, the twilight came when the Military Junta took power and began isolation and clashes between the central government and the Shan.

How to get?

If you are in Mandalay or Yangon (the two international airports of the country) it is best to take an internal flight to Kengtung. Today there are several reliable airlines that use propeller devices to cover the route. Some are KBZ, Air Mandalay or Mann Yadanaporn Airlines.

By road the trip becomes eternal and, in the rainy season (from May to October), you can find some sections cut.

The plane with which we arrived in Kengtung

Kengtung and surroundings

We arrived to Kengtung A warm August afternoon. We left things at the hotel and met our guide, Sai sai.

Sai Sai was an affable, warm and knowledgeable uncle of the area. He was one of the best guides I met during the three weeks we explored Myanmar.

The city of Kengtung, in itself, does not have much to admire. It has a few paved streets where people try to make a living by carrying small shops and most of the movement is concentrated every morning in the market.

The children of the villages around Kengtung

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