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Home > Special Interest Tours > Experience Malikha Lodge with inclusive outdoor activities

Experience Malikha Lodge

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Inclusive Malikha Lodge Guided Activities

Book Malikha Lodge with Santa Maria for Special Rates (Applicable from 4 to 7 Days Packages)

The Lodge

Malikha Lodge is situated in Northern Kachin State, Myanmar’s greenest and most remote state. Access to our lodge is a fifteen-minute drive from the small frontier town of Puta O. Formally known as Fort Hertz, Puta O was one of the British Empire's most remote outposts. During the Second World War, even the Japanese were unable to conquer this remote and isolated area. Today, Puta O remains completely cut off from the outside world by millions of acres of subtropical rainforest and jagged peaks. The only reliable access is by flight into the Puta O airstrip during the cool dry season from October to April. Home to a myriad of different cultures and religions, its reputation as a land of old style adventure and discovery is rivaled only by the warmness of its welcome.


Each bungalow is a spacious living area centered upon an enormous handcrafted teak bathtub. Placed discreetly amongst towering bamboo trees, one has the feeling of total privacy and relaxation. A custom made fireplace next to the bath completes the sense of indulgence and luxury, and also provides warmth for the private daybeds outside, where views of distant mountains can be enjoyed through the foliage.


Malikha Lodge is the ultimate retreat from the stresses of modern day living, the perfect place to replenish mind, body and spirit.



Malikha Lodge guided activities

Malikha Lodge offers an exciting range of half day or full day soft adventure excursions. All our excursions are accompanied by informative local guides, and provide a unique insight into local village life, as well as the opportunity for outdoor exercise in a pristine wilderness environment. Any excursion not requiring the use of our vehicles can be arranged on site with our GM the evening before.

1. Malikha cruise: Full Day

This full day excursion combines a scenic river gorge cruise with a visit to the picturesque village of Manchanbaw. From there we venture downstream by boat onto the Malikha River through forested hills and past white river beaches, where villagers may often be seen panning for gold. A picnic lunch is prepared in a spectacular riverside beach inside the gorge, before our return by vehicle to Malikha Lodge in time for sunset. The Malikha Cruise departs every Wednesday and Saturday and is available on a first come first serve basis.

2. Trek and Raft Adventure: Half Day

This exciting half-day adventure starts off with a short trek up into the forested hills behind our lodge, with sweeping views back over the whole Puta O Valley. Before long we descend into the Namlang Valley a few miles upstream from the lodge where our raft and river guide will be waiting. From there it is a leisurely 2-hour journey through the occasional gentle rapids back to the lodge on the clear and fast flowing waters of the Nam Lang River.

3. Yegyawdi village and Nam Lang River Elephant Trek: Half Day

We offer a choice of two short elephant excursion either after breakfast or lunch once our two elephants have returned from a night of foraging in the jungle. Setting off from the Main Lodge, the elephants take you through the fast flowing clear waters of the Nam Lang River and up through the terraced rice fields to the village of Yegyawdi opposite our lodge, or downstream along the banks for the Nam Lang River, before a final river crossing brings you back to the lodge. By prior arrangement there is the opportunity to view the elephants being washed by the mahout.

4. Cultural and Traditional visits: Half Day

Visitors to Malikha Lodge will have the opportunity to experience and learn about life in the Puta O Valley. Upon request, we can organize evening visits to the lodge of local hunters, dancers and our own elephant mahouts to gain a better insight into the local culture. On some of our locally guided day treks there is the opportunity to view some of the cottage industries within the Puta O Valley and the opportunity to visit their homes and observe these handicrafts being produced at firsthand. For early birds there is also the chance visit the Puta O market, to try a steaming bowl of Shan noodle soup in the early morning chill and to practice your haggling skills over spectacular Rawang village headman woven hats, colourful sarongs and fine baskets.

5. Something Special! Half Day

If we can put together any special Activity for you, contact us one month in advance of your arrival. With advance notice, Malikha Lodge can arrange challenging, innovative and team building programs for small groups of senior executives or individual couples. We can for example arrange bamboo raft building competitions, local crossbow instruction, or for the really active a mini mountain bike, kayak and jogging course.




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