Being in the heart of the opium-growing Golden Triangle, Kengtung was until recently off-limits for foreigners. The ceasefire between the rebels and government has opened up the town and valley to the rest of world.
By bus or taxiThe best way is by bus from Tachilek (350 Thai baht), or shared taxi from Tachilek (450 baht/person, 4 people).
By planeThere are direct flights from three of Myanmar's cities: Yangon, Mandalay and Heho. The airlines that fly these routes are Myanmar National Airlines and Mann Yadanarpon Airlines.
Maha Myat Muni PagodaThis Buddhist temple is distinct from other Burmese temples with its Thai and Chinese influences. The artistic style has parallels to what you would see in Chiang Rung, Chiang Rai.
Wat Jom KaiThis golden pagoda was built in the 13th century by the Shan.
Naung Tung LakeThe principal body of water for the town. You can go and walk around the lake while taking in the stunning views of the hill backdrop behind it. The lake is stagnant like a pond but you may feel a nice breeze coming from the lake.
Gard Luang MarketThe hill tribes around the valley come down to buy and sell various products. They are dressed in their typically colourful garb.
Lod Htin LuChinese restaurant with decent noodle options. The multilingual menu is written in Chinese and English.
Colina Cafe & Bistroaddress: Loi Mwe RoadWestern and Asian fast food, coffee, juice and smoothies.
phone: +95253713655address: 19, Zaydan Loang streetModern cafe restaurant, featuring both Western and Asian food, with much variety, such as salads, burgers, pizzas, curry... Wifi available. 3 different rooms including one with AC. Garden. Staff can speak English.
address: Mong Lah RdGets lively Thai crowds.
Harry's Trekking HouseComfortable double beds and hot showers for a reasonable price.
Hotel Khemaratthaphone: +95 9 45803 0688The facilities aren't perfect, in particular getting consistent hot water for the showers will be an issue, but the staff are very friendly and helpful.
phone: +95 84 21 620The hotel has become rundown but is still one of the best in town. The rooms are quite spacious. The beds are very hard so the hotel may not be suitable depending on your back. The restaurant serves traditional Myanmarese, Chinese, Thai, Western and international dishes.
Princess HotelA cheap and budget option. The rooms can be a hit and miss. Some of them are clean and quiet while others are noisy.
phone: +95-84-21545address: 26, Zay Dan Loang streetSeveral kinds of rooms offering from 1 to 3 beds, for up to 4 people, TV, fan, AC. Free breakfast 6:30AM-8:30AM with a different offer everyday. Free WiFi (don't hesitate to ask for a room close enough to the modems). Friendly staff who can communicate in English, and is happy to help, directly providing good information or happy to make a call for some extra services you may need. Free parking (including for cars).