Only a small number of travelers make it as far as this attractive enclave in the eastern region of Shan State. Situated at around 800 m above sea level and serving as a central hub between Thailand, Laos and China, Keng Tung is the secret capital of the Golden Triangle. Former smugglers’ routes function as hiking trails to the homes of the Shan, Wa, Akha, Lahu or Palaung mountain tribes, whose women are known for stretching their bodies with brass rings. The enclave occupies an idyllic seaside location and is characterised by hills and rice terraces, traditional tiled roof houses, colonial buildings, more than 30 Buddhist holy sites and the remnants of the town walls.
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