A land of natural beauty, smiling people and golden pagodas, Burma is truly one of Asia’s treasures. After years of isolation and having only recently opened up to visitors who had respected opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s tourism boycott, the way of life in Burma remains largely untouched by modernity.
For those who want not only to take in the main sights , but also to discover as much as possible on foot in order to have the opportunity to interact with local people in more remote spots, then Burma is ideal. The remote eastern Shan State is a cocktail of cultures and perfect trekking terrain. Its location close to the borders of China, Laos and Thailand means that it is home to numerous indigenous tribes. Hilltribe villages are dotted about through swathes of verdant hills, valleys and jungles. Walking tails in between communities allow trekkers not only to enjoy the countryside but also to experience the local culture and cottage industries.