On this three-day tour you will experience a project in Kalaw set up by young tourism professionals that is focused on protecting the nature, elephants and traditions of local people living in an area close to Kalaw. In a big part of this private protected forest the nature can grow undisturbed creating a natural habitat for animals that could otherwise be easily hunted down and killed. The project includes creating a natural environment for some Myanmar elephants from this part of the world and helping the local population to grow out of the vicious circle of poverty through education and micro finance. You will trek through Danu Village where you will see the Danu hill tribes and their daily activities, a mix of forest and fields where products like sesame, tea, cauliflower and rice are cultivated. You will take a sustainable travel method, through the picturesque colonial Kalaw. A unique local experience that offers great views and a glimpse of local life in the Shan hills.
Want to learn more about elephants and tourism? Here are a few recent news articles to consider:
- TripAdvisor bans ticket sales to attractions that allow contact with wild animals
- Elephant sanctuary treads new ground in Phuket
- Opinion: Your elephant riding selfie could kill the animal (Opinion piece by the Director of Elephant Asia Rescue and Survival foundation (EARS), which supports ethical tourism initiatives throughout Asia and campaigns against animal exploitation.)
- STA Travel ends ‘unethical’ animal trips
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 Yangon – Heho – Kalaw
Transfer to the airport via 1.5 hour drive and fly to Heho. Meet with guide specialized in elephant conservation. Spend the day in the forest surrounding Kalaw encountering elephants, their mahouts, and people living in the surrounding.
Young professionals originating from Kalaw decided to set-up a project in Kalaw which focused on protecting the nature, elephants and traditions of local people living in an area close to Kalaw. In a large part of this private protected forest the nature can grow undisturbed creating a natural habitat for animals that could otherwise be easily hunted. The project includes creating a natural environment for elephants from this part of the world, as well as helping the local population to move out of the vicious circle of poverty through education and micro finance.
Walk through the forest for about 1.5 hours and find yourself in the natural surroundings of Asian jungle. A delicious lunch with local specialities (often from Nepalese origin) will be served in a traditional village, in the jungle, or in the camp. After lunch, assist the mahout with washing and feeding the elephant. Walk back in the afternoon to the main road and continue by car back to Kalaw town. Retire to the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 Kalaw
Start trekking early in the morning from your hotel in Kalaw. This hike, about 3 hours, passes through Danu Village where you can see the Danu hill tribes, who cultivate products like sesame, tea, cauliflower and rice in the of forest and fields.
Arrive at Myin Dike mid-morning and take a fantastic train ride through the picturesque colonial Kalaw train station. This unique local experience offers great views and a glimpse of local life in the Shan hills. Not just a more sustainable way to travel, but also a more interesting one! enjoy a delicious lunch at the local restaurant in Kalaw. Explore the town by bicycle in the afternoon, before retire to the hotel.
Thursday, 23 February 2017 Kalaw – Heho – Yangon
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to airport for the flight back to Yangon. Reflect on the trip before being arriving at the ship.