Yunnan, Mekong & Sara – sustainable travelling

Responsible travel to natural areas which conserves the environment and improves the welfare of the local people.

Mekong river in Xishuangbanna (China)

The Chinese province Yunnan has some of the most magical and diverse scenery in all of China with endless trekking opportunities.Yunnan is not only home to a third of all China’s ethnic minorities but also to the nation´s highest number of species of flora and fauna with a mild climate all year around. One should bear in mind that the size of Yunnan province is almost the same as the one of the Iberian Peninsula. While most travelers to Yunnan head towards Northwest to the Tibetan plateau, passing through the more crowded places of Dali and Lijiang, only few non-Chinese travelers go to the south of the province to the region of Xishuangbanna, which is right next to the border to Laos and Myanmar (Burma). The remaining
(unfortunately endangered) tropical forests embedded by the Mekong river, the local food and the vertical smiles of the people give this region an unforgettable taste of South-East Asia. The Dai are the strongest ethnic population in this region, followed by the minorities of Hani, Lisu and Yao as well as the hill tribes such as the Aini, Jinuo, Bulang, Lahu and Wa.




To see the beauty of the real hidden places and meet local people in their everyday lives, one will need good walking shoes, a backpack with basic stuff and a local guide. Sara was born in Xingping, Yangshuo Guanxi Province in 1974 Since 1995 she lives in Jinghong. She started guiding trekking groups to all parts of the Xishuangbanna region in 1998.


With her excellent knowledge of the forests and the minority areas, Sara can guide your party on a individual customized trek, taking in account your experience and the time you can spare for this trek. Saras Aini and Dai language skills and her fluent English and of course her native Chinese language are the basis for intercultural understanding when you want to get more insights into the way of living of minority tribes of southern China, Yunnan province.

If you only have a day for a few photos or a week to do some real exploring, Sara will create a very memorable excursion for you. Feel free to talk to Sara about any specific request (villages, tribes, waterfalls, length of daily walks, ect)

And when you come back, exhausted but happy and full with new impressions, you’re always welcome to chill out at Sara’s Forest Cafe, drinking fresh, cold Banana milk-shake and have the filling of good tasting home-made meal.

All picture rights by Kalzone

3 Responses to “Yunnan, Mekong & Sara – sustainable travelling”
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