A great way to explore
What we say:
An alternative to just setting off down one of Muang Sing's streets and seeing what you find is to do a self-guided walk.
All starting and finishing at Adima guesthouse, detailed itineraries and information about how and where to go can be found at the guesthouse and the Tourism Information Centre if you can find someone not interested in selling you a trek.
Take water and a hat, as it can get hot, and it's easy to get a bit lost. Treks cover a variety of ability levels, distances and walking times, from a couple of hours easy walking to further, more difficult climbs up towards higher mountain villages. All are one-day excursions, and visit various local villages.
The closest is the Akha village Nammdaet Mai, which is a short walk uphill. There are also Yao villages, where the women wear striking black turbans and black jackets fringed with bright red fake fur. Every year in November and December you can see the production of bamboo paper, which is used for religious ceremonies and books.
Another village near Adima is Ban Oudomsin, which was settled after the war in the 1970s. Yao tradition is quite strong here. The village has developed a small handicrafts cooperative which offers a good selection of traditional Yao textiles.
For a more untouched-by-tourists experience, it is necessary to go further afield, or investigate the guided treks run by the Muang Sing Tourism Information Centre.
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