Tour List
0. Ethnic culture one day tour
1. 800 years old Pu'er tea tree tour
2. Easy tropical rainforest day trek
3. Mengkuan one day trek
4. Easy 2 days trek
5. Moderate level 4 days trek
6. Moderate level 3 days trek
7. West Xishuangbanna 2 or 3 days trek
8. 3 days hard forest & jungle trekking tour
9. Villages & forest 3 days trek (new)
10.Bus tour in Xishuangbannan
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13.Off-beaten Trekking around Yangshuo
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--.10 days buget tour in Southwest China
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We do not spoil the environment
We do give extra money for accommodation to the local people
We do bring medicines to the local people

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  • South-East Yunnan off the beaten tracks

  • Off-beaten Trekking around Yangshuo
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  • Sell dancing performance ticket ( get good discount )

  • Hotel reservation in Jinhong , Xishuangbanna

  • Book Bus & Train & Air Ticket
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    Nice Picture on the Way
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  • Jan.2006. 4days trek

  • Feb.2006. 2days trek

  • More... Pictures

  • Waterfall in nature reserve

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    Jungle

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    Jinuo ethnic


    Aini people

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    Lahu woman cooking


    Ake People near Laos border

    Ake People near Laos border

    Ake People near Laos border

    Ake People near Laos border

    Ake People near Laos border

    Ake People near Jinghong

    Ake People near Laos border

    Ake People near Laos border

    Ake People near Laos border


    Wa People in Menglian

    Wa People in Menglian

    Wa People in Menglian





    Pance Exhibition with Minority Dancing(20:30 every night)


    Singing Dancing fire evening
    party of the Mekong River

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    0. Ethnic culture tour (1day)


    Departure Time: 8:30 A.M. We take bus from Jinghong to Menghai, its one hour on the highway by public-bus. Then we will visit the local daily market in Menghai. After the market we continue the trip to a village, a 30 minutes bus ride on a good road. We walk to visit the Aini village and take a walk through the woods to a typical Bulang village which takes around 40 minutes. After the Bulang village we walk down the hill, crossing a huge tea plantation. Along the way you will enjoy breathtaking views of valleys studded with rice fields and banana plantations.Total walking time would be around three hours. 
    Around 5 P.M. we will be back in Jinghong. 


    Option1: if you like we can also taste Puer tea in one of Puer tea shops in Menghai on the way back to Jinghong.

    Option2:  have an authentic food experience with Sara during the season (from November to late February). She would like to share her rich knowledge of the local vegetables and spices with you in the market. Later she will cook some tasty local Xishuangbanna dishes with us.
    2012 photos on this trek

    Trek Equipment

     
    1.800 years old Pu'er tea tree tour(forest and village)


    Departure time: 9:00 A.M.
    Half an hour mini-bus/public-bus ride to the old Aini village near Nannuoshan, visit Aini people’s market selling pu’er tea, local vegetables, friuts and hand-made crafts.Then 20 minutes driving to the Aini vellage where we start to walk or start walk up from the foot of the mountain. 2 hours walking on a jungle path to see the old Pu er tea tree plantation in forest and a huge bush tea plantation. All the tea trees are between 300 and 800 years old. At noon, we drink local tea and have packed lunch at a place with nice view . If you like the tea, you can also buy some from local people for the best price and have a nice Puer tea ceremony at home of my local friend. The whole experience lasts 4 to 5 hours.
    Lunch: sticky rice with vegetables and eggs
    Around 4 P.M. we will be back to Jinghong. 
    Villages: 3 Aini people’s villages

    2011 photos on this trek tour

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    2. Easy tropical rainforest day trek 


    Departure time: 9:00 A.M.
    This trek starts with a 1 hours journey by private mini-bus to a big Dai village north of Jinghong. From there there is a jungle footpath parallel to a small mountain river that we will follow for about 1.5 hours. We will have a break midway and then continue to the waterfall where you will encounter a lot of ancient trees and fascinating rainforest plant species. This trip s particularly worthwhile during the rainy season (May to October). Afterwards we walk downhill along the rocks (in the dry season) back to the Dai village and get the bus back to Jinghong. The whole experience lasts about 4 hours.
    Lunch: sticky rice with vegetables and eggs
    Around 3 P.M. we will be back to Jinghong. 

    NOTE: with more and more tourist go to the forest, more and more rubbish was left in the forest. Please take away the rubbish and leave your love in the beautiful forest!
    Related Trekking Story :Come across a snake in forest - 27th, July, 2010
    Related Photos :2012 April 1 days forest trekking

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    3. Mengkuan one day trek


    Departure time: 8:30 AM
    1 hours public-bus ride to  Mengkuan and walk for about 5 hours along a track that allows for beautiful views of rubber plantation,banana plantation, pineapple and tea plantations(some rice fields in rainny season). Along the way we will cross 5 different villages populate by Ake, Aini and Dai tribes. There will be some up and down trail on the track.
    Lunch: sticky rice with vegetables and eggs
    Around 6 P.M. we will be back to Jinghong. 
    Villages: 1 Dai village, 2 Aini villages, 2 Ake villages

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    4. Easy 2 days trek


    Ake village
    This trek kicks off with a 1.5 hour public bus and half an hour private bus ride to a Aini people’s village beside Mekong river , followed by 4 to 5 hours walking in a valley with rubber plantation and jungles, including 2 hours walking in the river ­- a lot of up & down walking to be more precise!
    The second day also demands 4 to 5 hours of walking, albeit at a much more relaxed pace and less uphill. The path we follow on both days allows us beautiful views of the stunning mountain panoramas of the China - Burma border region. We will see many rubber and tea plantations as well as mountain rice fields. Ethnic groups that settle in the area include Dai ,Aini and Ake people.
    Overnight:a big Aini village on the top of hill with forest
    necessary equipment: sandals(for walking in the river)
    Lunch: first day have sticky rice with vegetables and eggs in forest, second day after finish the trek have meal in restaurant.
    Dinner: have meal with local family
    Around 5 P.M. we will be back to Jinghong.
    The night will be spent in big Aini village
    2010 photos on this trek

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    5. Moderate level 4days (November - Next May is the best time)



    1st day: At 8:30 AM we take a minibus to Galanba .The drive takes approximately 1 and a half hours, our destination is a medium-sized Aini village. From there it's a beautiful 4 hours walk along a small trail in rubber plantation and nice rainforest to an small Aini village inhabited by only 30 families. The first night we will rest in the traditional home of a very hospitable Aini people's family.
    2nd day: we face uphill and downhill 5 or 6 hours walks through dense jungles, rubber plantations and mountain rice fields. The night of the 2nd day will be spent in a hillside Aini people's village that offers ravishingly beautiful views down into misty valleys. Before reaching our overnight destination we will have1hour going down hill in rubber plantation, 1hour walking along Mekong river, 30 minutes boat trip on Mekong river by ferry boat and then walk up hills for 1 hour and 2 hours walking in the dense jungles.
    3rd day
    : we also face uphill and downhill 6 hours walking including 2 hours walking through a stream with forests and more walking in rubber plantation or easy road. have a picnic lunch in the forest. We will spend overnigt in a hillside Aini people's village.
    4th day: An easy 3 hours walk downhill to a Dai village. We will have lunch in a Dai people 's restaurant. Our journey ends with a 1 hour drive by public bus back to Jinghong.
    vernight village. ethnic groups: Dai ,Aini ,Ake
    original forest, cloud sea


    Look nice picture on this trek:
    2012 ,4 days Mekong River & mountains trekking

    Trek Equipment

    Related Trekking Story :Impressive 4 days trek Feb. ,2010

    The sky became quiet hazy after without any raining, it was merely over a month now.None of us expecting a spectacular sunset while we were walking along Meikong in a dusty tractor path. The high up path gives a great view of the river that stretching, motionless, emerald snake between the 2 hills. The left side of the bank is abundant bamboo forest, the right side is rubber seeding, it is equally to a money rocking tree, the price of rubber is 30 Yuan per kilogramme at this moment.
    The sun rays was descending slowly, I was enthralling with the gold-plating Meikong. I stood there, dumbstruck with the stunning view, somehow I lose words at this moment, is this a piece of flawless satin dropping off by fairy during her leisurely roaming?There was no way to tell where the satin like starts, the rubber seeding and bamboo forest became nearly pitch dark green, it againsts this fabulous gliding river quiet.
    This spot is located to the sign of 10 kilometers.Bookworms were reading books here, 2 hours reading flew away without knowing, beer tastes better in this location.
    Another unforgetable view was popping up in my mind now, it was in december in 2007.A fogy morning, the cotton like mist was floating fully above the meikong river, where we were walking along the same tractor path, the mist reached the edge of the path, we felt as we were walking on the top of the clouds in a minute.
    As trekking guide, I am very lucky, lots of stunning views might only appear once, never be the same.People often ask me:“ how many times have I done this trek?”. It can be the same, diffirent clients, to be the same spot in diffirent season or difirent time of the day, small evens change too, encounting new villagers....Unfortunetely if person is not very intereted in nature, his or her obeservation is poor.I often say“ if you think tree is tree, I won‘t recommend you go to the Botanical garden in Menlun” half jokingly.


    Edited by Sara,on 2012 March

     
    6. Moderate level trek 3 days


    jungle trek
    Option 1
    1rt day, time: leave at 9:00 AM, This trek begins with a 1.5 hour bus ride to a village whrere to start walk. From there its a 4 to 5hours walk along a small, winding forest path following a small stream to a Aini village where we spent the night with a hospitable Aini people's family in a big village by the forest on the top of mountians . Our accommodation includes hot water shower .
    The second day we will walk down to the valley and walk up the mountains. have lunch at a small Aini village. There's a lot of up and downhill climbing involed!It takes about 6 hours.The night will be spent in a small Aini people's village that houses 17 families. Our accommodation includes hot water shower and toilet.
    On the third day our track leads us downhill for about 1 hours. There's some vantage points where we can enjoy truly breathtaking views of the rolling Xishuangbanna mountainscape with banana plantation and rubber plantation, . After that the terrain is more even and we will walk for another two hours until we reach the Dai village where we have lunch in restaurant. From there's its a 1.5 hour bus ride back to Jinghong.
    Ethnic groups:Dai ,Aini ,Ake


    Option 2
    (with forest and villages)

    1rt day, time: leave at 9:00 AM, This trek begins with a 1.5 hour bus ride to a village beside mekong river where to start walk. From there its a 4 to 5hours walk along a small, winding forest path following a small stream to a Aini village where we spent the night with a hospitable Aini people's family in a big village by the forest on the top of mountians . Our accommodation includes hot water shower .
    2nd day we will go through jungles and walk down to the mekong river. Take ferry boat on mekong river for 20 minutes to a Dai village where we have lunch. There's a lot of up and downhill climbing involed!It takes about 6 hours.The night will be spent in a small Aini people's village where we can see mekong river and houses 30 families. Our accommodation includes hot water shower and toilet.
    3rd day our track leads us go up and down for about 1 hours. Then we will go a amazing forest with bamboo, banana tree and huge trees for about 2 hours.After that the terrain is going-down hill until we reach the Aini village where we take private mini-bus. After half an hour drive, we will lunch in restaurant. From there's its a 1.5 hour bus ride back to Jinghong.
    Ethnic groups:Aini, Dai
    Overnight:first night, at a big Aini village on the top of hill with forest. second night, at a small Aini village on the top of hill with open view
    necessary equipment: sandals(for walking in the river)
    Lunch: first day have sticky rice with vegetables and eggs in forest, second day have lunch in a Dai village , third day after finish the trek have meal in restaurant.
    Dinner: have meal with local family
    Around 6 P.M. we will be back to Jinghong.


    Look nice picture on this trek:
    2014 january. 3days trek to see jungles & villages

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    7. West Xishuangbanna 2 days or 3 days trek

    Bulang people
    Option 1 (start on Wedensday)
    1rt day, Time : leave 8:00am ,2.5hr bus ride to the place begin trek, 4--5hrs walk through Bulang ,Aini villages .
    2nd day, Thursday : visit colourful market ,then 4--5hrs walk plus break, finish the trek at a Dai village.
    Terrain:some up and down hill ,great view of biggest valleyin Xishuangbanna ,tea processing factory .
    Ethnic groups :Aini ,Dai ,Bulang (very old temple ,nice atmosphere)
    Overnight :guesthouse .

    Look nice picture on this trek:2011 2 days trek

    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.
    Look nice picture on this trek:
    2012, May 3 days trek

    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 .

    Look nice picture on this trek:
    2011 2 days trek to see forest & villages

    Option 4 (start on anyday, 3 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 other Bulang village where we stay overnight.After lunch walk around the village.

    3rd day, Time: leave at 9:00am, some up and down path to see beautiful valley , waterfall and Aini villages, finish trek at 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 .
    Look nice picture on this trek:
    2012 ,May 3 days trek to see forest & villages

    Related Trekking Story :Unusual Leech Story

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    8. 3 days hard forest & jungle trekking tour(season:November - Next May )


    Yao
    Time : leave 8:30am ,2hrs bus ride to the place start trek
    1th Day : 1 hour go-up walking on a limestone hill. 2 hours up and down walking through the forest.
    2th Day : 6 hours hard walking on small parth in the forest&jungles, top three high mountains, cross one river.highest mountain is about 1200 meters.
    3th Day : 4 hours up and down walking on small parth in the forest&jungles
    Note: the 2th day & 3th day , maybe can see wild animals in the forest but can not garantee
    Ethnic groups :Yao , Dai
    Overnight :Yao village.
    Look nice picture on this trek:
    2009. Dec.3 days forest trekking

    Trek Equipment

    NOTE: From May to October is main rainny season , because of the leaches and sleepery trails in the forest, so these forest trek are not available.
     
    9. 3 days villages & forest trekking tour(season:November - Next May )


    bulang villages and forestBulang people

    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(If we walk slowly, it takes 7 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.

    Look nice picture on this trek: 2012,January villages & forest 3 days trek

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    10.Bus tour in xishuangbanna

    A. Menghai bustling daily market to see the abandant vegetables. traditional paper making from tree barks in Dai village. walking around Aini and Bulang village.  visiting professional puer tea processing factory.

    B. Thursday market ,Bulang ,Aini ethnic (2 branches ),  after visiting the market, taking easy walk1--1.5 hours through the wood to Aini village ,lunch stop in the market. on the way back visit a traditional Bulang village, Octagonal temple.


    C. An easygoing sightseeing tour that isn't physically demanding

    1st day: Visit of the gigantic botanical garden, which would be worth a couple of days to roam around in. An exotic, shady recluse brimming with a dazzling variety of flowers and herbal plants. The garden also houses an ethnic culture museum. There is a decent hotel with a swimming pool inside the garden too. It is highly recommended to spend at least a night there, its worth every cent.

    2nd day: Walking through the tropical forest along the flagstone trail side by side to a murmuring stream that is known for its therapeutic water. Having a lunch at a remote Yao village, then walking back to where we started our trek. From there its one hour by bus to reach a picturesque Dai village where we stay overnight in a private home. There is a solar shower and a toilet available. Enjoy the tasty Dai cuisine with the fantastic view of the Nanla river!

    Options for the 3rd day: 1. Skyway Park, a spectacular nature reserve near Mengla. 2. Mohan morning weekends trade fair (a very colourful market where you find a lot of vendors from Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar)
    forest park

     
     
     
    12.Off the beaten trek around Yangshuo
    Li River of Yangshou Xingping
    A. day trek from Fuli to Gaotian ,nice scenery 5-6 hours walk .price depends on number of group members
    B. Putao to Xingping 5-6 hours through villages , the most beautiful photos of Li River come from where Sara was born .



    What is required on your trekking?


    These hikings require that you carry the following items in your backpack:
    make your backpack as light as possible, you will enjoy your walking better.

    a light raincoat or an umbrella (umbrella is a better choice to keep away the hit when your are walking)
    an extra change of clothes, long shirt & pants (wear in the evening to prevent malaria)
    good hiking shoes and extra socks (good shoes is very important for going up and going down the mountains)
    sunglass, sunscreen and a hat (in Xishuangbanna, the ultraviolet (UV) rays are strong)
    mosquito repellent (If mosquitoes really like you, please take it. It is useful for leech as well)
    any personal medication that you need
    flashlight or head lamp (in case you need go toilet at night)
    sandals for stream walk (Please take a non-slip sandals, beacuase the mossy rocks are slippery)
    sleeping sheet if you have, but it is not necessary, because we have everything for sleep in the local family.


    Frequently asked questions

    Dos and don'ts:

    Please ask the people or the guide before you take photos! Please pack out all the trash (especially plastic, cigarets etc.) don't give candy or gifts to children!
    Don't smoke drugs in the family house where we stay in.
    Don't ware black dress when you are doing a forest trek, because if we come across some wasps or bees, they will attack the people wearing black dress.

    Thank you and enjoy your trek !!!
       
        Sara

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