Giving Back at Kyaikthalae Village

Giving Back at
Kyaikthalae Village

A visit to Kyaikthalae Community-Based Tourism Village gives you a real insight into local
lives while making a genuine difference to the people in this community. Explore
the fields, view traditional crafts and participate in tree planting.


Kyaikthalae village is home to a community-based tourism project that benefits local people through agricultural and craft industry development initiatives. It is managed by residents and travel specialists with the aim to increase visitors’ awareness about community support schemes.

Your visit will also help with the sustainability of this scheme, as funding from the trip helps with ongoing running costs. In return, you will get an insight into an alternative way of life. This immersion in an idyllic rural landscape reveals a serene lifestyle far removed from the hectic urban existence followed by city-dwellers. You will get the opportunity to explore this inspirational village and interact with the villagers.


Giving Back at Kyaikthalae Village

09:00 - 17:00

In the morning, the driver and guide will collect you from your hotel and take you to the river. Board the ferry for the short ride to the other side of the river, then continue to Kyaikthalae by road. Upon arrival, you will receive a warm welcome from the residents.

After an overview of the village initiatives provided by the community leader, you will take a tour of the locality – a nearly 25,000 sq-m area of fertile land that was transformed into vegetable cultivation fields shortly after Cyclone Nargis struck in 2008, leaving lives devastated. It is now an essential food resource, especially for a nearby monastic school that is home to over 800 students. You will learn about the village and the people that this community-based tourism project supports.
You will get an insight into local domestic industries, including bamboo basket weaving and sewing. An exploration of the surrounding farmland will reveal how natural fertiliser is created, how crops are cultivated and poultry are reared.

Back at the Community Lodge, there is time to sit down and relax over a simple home-cooked lunch. Before leaving the village, there is the option to leave your mark and plant a tree.

This enlightening excursion provides a unique insight into a way of life where a connection with Mother Earth reigns supreme and traditional practices and customs are preserved.

At the end of the tour, the driver will take you back to the hotel.




  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver
  • Contribution fees for the visit to the village
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Simple home-cooked lunch at a local home is included (food only)


  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Yangon’s central business district. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the Central Business District, cruise ports and Yangon’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant; We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users
  • We will always make the effort to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off
  • Due to the absence of ATM machines and credit cards payment portals, particularly on islands and inside nature reserves, we highly recommend to bring sufficient cash with you
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sun’s rays are still very powerful
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions


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