About Us


My name is Kyaw, but most people call me Joy. I live in Kyaukme and have been a hill tribe guide for more than 10 years

  • I have more than 10 years of experience as a trekking and motorbiking guide;
  • I speak Shan and Paulang (in addition to Burmese, English and Chinese) and can communicate easily in the hill tribe villages;
  • I love Shan State, I love the outdoors, and I love supporting the rural Shan and Paulang communities;
  • I am a former English teacher.  Many of the children in school in the hill tribe communities are trying to learn English under difficult conditions.  If you would like to visit or help teach a class, or make a donation to a rural school, please let me know!
  • I am a Buddhist and have gone on meditation retreats for a total of almost 50 days.  If you would like an introduction to Buddhism, or an introduction to meditation while on a trip, just ask !
  • All my assistants have been trained by me, and speak English very well.  If I am not personally available to guide you, I have a qualified assistant who can.

Me at a Paulang village on a trekking trip outside Kyaukme.


This is me with a basket maker far up in the hills on a motorbiking and trekking tour north of Hispaw and Kyaukme

Trekking and motorbiking up in the hills above hsipaw and kyaukme







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