Look at any map and one will discover the roads end halfway to the destination. Indeed, this trip challenges travelers with extreme adventure through many areas one can only reach on foot. Diving into very rural lifestyles offers fantastic scenery and access into secluded, traditional Chin villages. There are plantations, jungle, river valleys and tribal villages where women have tattooed faces, a highly unique experience.
There are many myths on why the Chin women have their faces tattooed. One theory calls this tradition an expression of tribal unification in certain villages and allows women the protection from ancient rulers who had the reputation to abduct young ladies. However, as the region is so remote, scientists have not yet come to a plausible conclusion on why this body marking has continued for many generations.
Sitting around in one of the villages along the trekking route from Bagan to Mrauk U, the local population is still amazed to see foreign faces. For the first time in centuries, this forgotten part of Myanmar where time has stood still has been opened for tourism. However, modern facilities like telephone, electricity, running water and of course Internet must be left behind for several days.
This amazing adventure starts in Bagan. Starting with a 4×4 drive towards the Chin Mountains, the road narrows to a path from where trekking on foot is the only way to approach the beauty and solitude of the region. The path winds through valleys, up mountain crests, along rivers and through local villages. We spend the night in very basic local houses with minimal comfort. But your travelers have probably never done their morning wash at a communal well in the middle of a village? Here is the chance to give it a try!
At the end of the trekking part, we arrange a private local boat to continue our journey down the Lemro River for two days. The speed and rapids always depend on the water level. Overnight will be spent on the riverbanks where a local guide will prepare dinner. Afterwards fellow travelers can reminisce around a campfire to enhance the feeling of this very unique adventure.
Mrauk U, the fabled ancient city will mark the end of this experience. Pagodas, perhaps less well known than those of Bagan, will astonish your travelers with their beauty even though their existence fell into oblivion in the last two centuries.
Source: Khiri Travel