Step off the tourist trail and embark on a guided trekking adventure to Kayah State, in Eastern Myanmar, home to an astonishing range of ethnic minorities including the famed Long Neck Padaung Ladies. This Kayah state impressions tour offers guests the perfect introduction to Kayah state and its people. Your journey begins in the sleepy yet charming state capital Loikaw. From here we embark on daily trips hiking trips into the picturesque countryside, visiting impressive limestone caves and waterfalls as well as several minority villages where you will have the opportunity to observe and learn about Kayah states diverse ethnic tribes.
Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Trip type: Trekking, ethnic encounters, cultural tour
Tour price: On request
Departures: Private tours
Arrive in Loikaw in the early morning where you will be met by your local guide and check into your hotel. We begin the day with a tour of Loikaws highlights with stops at the Haw Kyaung, a former Shan chieftain’s palace, which has been converted into a monastery and the Kayah State Museum, to learn about the fascinating history and culture of the state. After a lunch stop, we drive 30 minutes out of town into the serene countryside to explore the recently opened Kyat Gu cave system, a sprawling limestone cavern full of mesmerizing geological structures. In the late afternoon we return to town to enjoy a beautiful sunset atop Loikaws iconic Taung Kwe Pagoda. The pagoda is perched on top of a limestone outcrop overlooking the city and offers excellent views of the surrounding landscape
Meals included: — Lunch, Dinner
Overnight stay: Hotel in Loikaw
After breakfast at your hotel we set off to visit the Kayan (Padaung) minority villages of Pan Pet. The Kayan ‘Long Neck’ Ladies are famous for their traditional brass ring necklaces that appear to elongate their necks. On arrival at Pan Pet, you will be received by a local community guide. Taking advantage of the cool morning weather, your guide will begin the visit with a moderate hike along a scenic nature trail. As we climb the hill, your guide will stop to explain important cultural sites on the way. These include a monument which honors the village clan, an animist bird totem, and a guardian spirit cave. The two hour hike ends at a beautiful viewpoint, with a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, rice fields and the five hamlets of Pan Pet. After a picnic lunch at the scenic spot, we continue to the hamlet of Salong Kana where you will be able to meet with members of the Kayan community to get an insight into the local life and culture. During your time at the village you will also have a chance to visit traditional Kayan homes and observe artisans making Kayan bracelets, weaving traditional textiles, carving wooden statues and other handwork. After a full day spent with these fun loving and artistic people, we say our farewells and return to Loikaw in the late afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight stay: Hotel in Loikaw
After breakfast at your hotel, we visit the colorful Demawso market where different tribal folk come to trade their produce (Note: The market only takes place on Wednesday, Saturday). Spend time strolling the market, browsing the wares and perhaps sample the local cuisine. Afterwards you’ll have free time to enjoy Loikaw and its surroundings until your departure.
Meals included: Breakfast
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• licensed local (kayah) tour guide, English speaking
• Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) as specified in the itinerary and drinking water during the Trek
• Transportation to all destinations as specified in the itinerary
• Deluxe Hotel in Loikaw (Twin or Double) for duration of the program
• alcoholic beverages, soft drinks (available in some villages)
• tip money
• personal expenses (souvenirs …)
• Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion
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