Visit Community Ka Lone Htar - CBT Tourism
Visit the picturesque village of Ka Lone Htar, explore a nature trail into orchard life, discover secret swimming spots, enjoy a forest picnic and revitalize at the barefoot forest spa.
Contact: All bookings must be made through Ka Lone Htar CBT Club, at least 24 hours in advance, by calling Aung Kyaw Thet (Alu): 09451901887 (Myanmar Language Only) or through a Tour Operator in Dawei
The orchard families of Ka Lone Htar offer full day and half-day tour programs; illuminating the lives of fruit farmers living in Dawei’s lush inland forests. The tour gives visitors a chance to hike into the orchards with local community guides, learn about forest remedies, enjoy swimming in the heart of nature, and relax in Asia’s first community based tourism, youth managed, barefoot forest spa.
Visit the ‘forest pharmacy’.
On arrival in Ka Lone Htar, we are met by a local community tour guide, who will give us a quick briefing. Then, we head to the ‘forest pharmacy’, a local initiative to collect and plant a huge variety of traditional herbal medicines. From there, we hike past the village monastery. We stop outside to learn about the community work initiated by the revered local community Monk.
Hike down the nature trail, through orchards, into the forest.
We head out of the village, and into the local fruit orchards where villagers grow a great variety of fruits and crops including cardamom, betel nut, pineapple, cashew nuts, sweet potatoes and banana. The forest is also a living repository of traditional herbal medicines. Our guide will stop along route, explaining about these medicines and how they are harvested and used. Hiking is not very strenuous, but guests should bring suitable shoes.
Forest picnic, river swimming in jade green water
We arrive at the Ka Lone Htar picnic spot, to enjoy either a delicious, home cooked picnic lunch with several dishes / or a simple one-dish pack lunch. There is time to relax, and it is usually possible to swim in the cool, green river. If there have been heavy rains, the local guide may recommend not to swim.
After lunch, there is a 1 hour hike back to Ka Lone Htar village, or guests can continue on for a further 30 minutes to the Barefoot Forest Spa experience.
Ka Lone Htar Barefoot Forest Spa experience
This unique community based experience invites you to bath or soak your feet in in mineral water at the local hot springs, or rest by the serene river side. The Ka Lone Htar spa group will serve a healthy snack and herbal drink. You can also try applying Myanmar’s most famous natural cosmetic, Thanakha.
How to Book the CBT Experiences of Ka Lone Htar
The experiences in Ka Lone Htar are only available through the Ka Lone Htar Community Based Tourism Club, to be contacted through : Aung Kyaw Thet (Alu): 09451901887 (Myanmar Language Only) or a Tour Operator in Dawei .
Additional programs are available on request.
Keep the Sea Clean: Bring Your Own Water Bottle
To avoid creating unnecessary waste, customers should bring their own drinking water in reusable bottles. Free refill stations will be available. Bottled water is also available, for an additional cost.
Background CBT Ka Lone Htar Program:
Please note: Villagers in Ka Lone Htar started to develop community based tourism in 2018, supported by the United Nations International Trade Center (ITC). Community members discussed and decided which aspects of local life, culture and nature they feel proud and comfortable to share with visitors. These were developed into fun, active tour programs. Community members received training in tour guiding, food hygiene, how to take bookings and accounting. Local guides lead visitors. Visitors pay modest fees for food, activities and guide fees. There are cheaper ways to visit local villages. However CBT aims for a better local experience and real local benefits. Please respect villagers’ work by using their CBT services.