One of the distinctive hill tribes from Shan State are the Pa O who are known for their navy blue clothes and colourful red or orange turban and their good farming and trading skills. During this day trekking you get to know life as the Pa O live it and will visit their villages in the hills, eat their food and have the chance to dress like a Pa O (fun, at least for the picture!). We start with a 15 minutes horse cart ride from the hotel in Nyaung Shwe (or a boat ride from your hotel on the lake) and begin with a 2, 5 hours walk (a bit uphill) to arrive in a Pa O village where you have time to talk with the monks, visit a local school and where you will be invited to wear the traditional dress. Continue about 30 minutes (mainly flat) and arrive in a village where a traditional Pa O lunch is served.
Inle Lake area - Pa O tribal food
The tribe with the indigo dresses and the colourful orange or red head turban are not only good farmers and negotiators at the market. They also prepare excellent food. You will try in a local house in a Pa O village a freshly prepared lunch with pumpkin, ginger and other ingredients from the field.
Time to relax and prepare for the afternoon walk which is about 2, 5 hour with stunning views on the lake and plantations with crops like ginger, garlic and turmeric. Just before boarding the boat to bring you back to the hotel we stop for a last beautiful view over the lake as a reward for having passed the Pa O experience.
Overnight at Hupin Hotel – Khaung Dine or similar