Myanmar's villages and rural areas are fascinating to visit and provide a chance to give something back while you travel. By visiting communities, you will see traditional ways of life and have the chance to interact with local people, experiencing their daily routines and learning about their culture. A number of small-scale tourism initiatives exist in Myanmar that are set up to directly benefit the communities where they are located. From hiking and kayaking, to wildlife watching, to immersion in local life and culture, these are wonderful experiences which also benefit communities.
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A laid-back village on the south Rakhine coast, Kyeintali offers visitors an opportunity to get back to nature while supporting the local community. Here you will find remote, untouched beaches, mangrove forests, light hiking, friendly locals, and the chance to try the unique Rakhine cuisine.
Well off the tourist trail, remote Kayah State is renowned for its beautiful countryside of rolling hills and its diversity of ethnic cultures which have maintained their traditions to this day. Based from the charming Kayah State capital of Loikaw, these village visits provide an immersive and fascinating cultural experience.
These trekking trails near Pindaya, not far from Inle Lake, will appeal to visitors who want to escape the hordes of tourists on the Kalaw to Inle Lake trek. Led by local guides, the hikes through the Shan hills take you through stunning scenery and quaint villages.
Thandaunggyi is located in the picturesque hills of northern Kayin state. The town offers sweeping views across the mountain ranges and is one of the less well known hill stations established during British colonial times.
The Ayeyawady Dolphin community based ecotourism program is a responsible way to see these famous animals in the river from which they take their name. Guided by local fishermen, who have a history of cooperative fishing with the dolphins, the program has a strong community focus.
Inn Chit Thu (Lovers of Indawgyi Lake) is a community group that provides tourism services, including kayak and bicycle hire, to visitors to Myanmar's largest lake. Located in Kachin State, Indawgyi Lake is a remote and serene paradise for nature lovers and those who want to escape the beaten track.