Trekking in Xishuangbanna, to see the Aini , Dai and Bulang ethnic people near the Myanmar board. there are many tea plantation , rice fields and sugarcane fields in a big valley.
A. West Xishuangbanna 2 days trek
Option 1 (start on Wedensday)
1rt day, Time : leave 8:30am ,2.5hr bus ride to the place begin trek, 4--5hrs walk through Bulang ,Dai,Aini villages .
2nd day, Thursday : visit colourful market ,then 4--5hrs walk plus break .
Terrain:some up and down hill ,great view of biggest valley in Xishuangbanna ,tea processing factory .
Ethnic groups :Aini ,Dai ,Bulang (very old temple ,nice atmosphere)
Overnight :guesthouse .
Option 2 (start on Tuesday, 2.5 days trek)
1rt day, Time : leave at 1:30pm ,2.5hr bus ride to the place begin trek, 1.5hrs walk to Bulang people's villages , with more than 200 families, most women still dress up their traditional clothes.Stay overnight at Bulang family.
2nd day, Time: leave at 9:00am, 1 hr go down hills and 3 hrs go up hills, walk through tea plantation, sugarcane plantation and some rice fields in a big valley, to the other Bulang village. Stay overnight at Bulang family.
3rd day, Time: leave at 8:00am, 2 hrs walking to the Thursday market, passby an Aini people's village, spend ha1f an hour on the minority market, then 2.5 hrs walk down hills.on the way, we can see the biggest valley in Xishuangbanna with thousands of wet rice fields.
Option 3 (start on anyday, 2 days trek to see forest and villages)
1rt day, Time : leave 8:00am ,2.5hr bus ride to the place begin trek, 4--5hrs walk through Bulang and forest in a valley .
2nd day, Time: leave at 9:00am, 1 hr go down hills and 3 hrs go up hills, walk through tea plantation, sugarcane plantation and some rice fields in a big valley, to the nearest town where we take bus back to Menghai, have lunch there at Menghai.
Ethnic groups :Aini ,Bulang (very old temple ,nice atmosphere)
Overnight :Bulang village .
B. 3 days villages & forest trekking tour
1st day, a 3.5 hours ride to the Aini village with 170 familys near the Myanmar border by public and private bus. We'll pass a beautiful forest for about 3 to 4 hours in the afternoon of the first day, as well as an ancient tea tree nearby the Aini village where we'll spend the night.
2nd day, about 5 hours hard trekking by road and foot path. We'll traverse a stretch of jungle to a Bulang village that is home to 200 familys. The night will be spend in this village.
3rd day, 3 to 4 hours walking through sugarcane fields, tea fields, a Bulang and an Aini village . We finish the trekking at the nearest town, then have lunch there and take a private and a public bus back to Jinghong. The ride will take 2.5 hours.
C.Moderate level trek 3 days
This trek begins with a 1.5 hour bus ride to Mengkuan. From there its a 3 hours walk to a 600 years old Dai village where we spent the night with a hospitable Dai people's family. Our accommodation includes hot water shower and toilet (something that can not always be taken for granted on treks like this!).
The second day we will walk along a small, winding forest path following a small stream. There's a lot of up and downhill climbing involed! The night will be spent in a small Aini people's village that houses 11 families.
On the third day our track leads us downhill for about 2 hours. There's some vantage points where we can enjoy truly breathtaking views of the rolling Xishuangbanna mountainscape. After that the terrain is more even and we will walk for another two hours until we reach the Ake village where a mini-van will come to pick us up and takes us back to Mengkuan. From there's its a 1.5 hour bus ride back to Jinghong.
Ethnic groups: Dai ,Aini ,Ake