Discover Tribes of Loikaw - 3 Days
Tour Code: AO-3D2N-1
Loikaw is the tranquil capital of Kayah State, tucked away in the remote Karen Hills, near the Pilu River; surrounded by scenic mountain ranges, lakes and waterfalls. Closed to visitors for over half a century, this diverse and picturesque region has only recently opened up again. Its lower profile and secluded location means it attracts only a fraction of the tourist numbers that visit Inle Lake each year, allowing those that do venture in to enjoy the sublime scenery in relative solitude.
Take a journey through Kakku (one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights) to the land of tribes ‘Loikaw’, then explore Padaung villages and learn about the unique traditions of the ‘long neck’ people. End the tour in InLe Lake with a stop in Sagar (a quieter, more authentic part of Inle Lake) en route.
Start ~ Heho Airport, Myanmar
Finish ~ Nyaung Shwe (InLe Lake), Myanmar
Physical rating: 3 out of 5
This morning, your tour guide will welcome you at the Heho airport upon arrival. We then commence our travel, stopping along the road for photography as required. Our first major stop will be Kakku, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights, a huge collection of 2,478 stupas which are believed to have been commissioned as far back as 2,00 years ago with some dating back to the 3rd Century BC. Upon arrival in Loikaw, we will visit the local monastery and nunnery and to enjoy the marvellous sunset view from Thirimingala Pagoda (Taung Kwe Zedi), which is over 100 years old.
Loikaw is the tranquil capital of Kayah State, tucked away in the remote Karen Hills, near the Pilu River; surrounded by scenic mountain ranges, lakes and waterfalls. Closed to visitors for over half a century, this diverse and picturesque region has only recently opened up again. Its lower profile and secluded location means it attracts only a fraction of the tourist numbers that visit Inle Lake each year, allowing those that do venture in to enjoy the sublime scenery in relative solitude. Experience the warm hospitality of the local communities as you learn about the region’s unique cuisine and customs.
Begin your exploration of Loikaw with a visit to Haw Nan Monastery. Built during WWI, by the Chief of Kayah, it is one of the oldest buildings in Kayah State yet still very well preserved. Very few tourists visit and as a working monastery, there’s a good chance you’ll cross paths with a monk and have an unforced conversation (depending on how busy their morning schedule is!).
Leaving Loikaw town behind, an hour drive will take you to the settlement of Pan Pet (technically a village made up of five smaller hamlets). Predominantly inhabited by members of the Padaung, a visit here provides a fascinating insight into the life and culture of this world famous tribe. With the aim of learning more than just why the women of this tribe regularly decorate their necks with brass coils, permission will be arranged to enter the home of a resident in Salong Kana (one of the five hamlets of Pan Pet).
Continue on to the hamlet of Penmasong, before embarking upon a moderately challenging uphill trek to the Rang Ku. En route your guide will share some of the myths and stories often recited by the community’s jungle leader, and point out the various edible plants that grow here, some of which are used for medicinal purposes. A stop will be made to enjoy a locally made packed lunch.
Continue trekking until the summit is reached, with the reward being a rarely photographed view of Pan Pet and its natural surrounds. Then head back downhill to Rang Ku, where there will be the opportunity to further interact with members of the Padaung community, before returning to your hotel in Loikaw.
Your tour will end once you arrive back at the hotel in Loikaw.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
We commence our day by road travelling to InLe Lake. This drive will take around 3½ hours. On the way, we will stop at Sagar where we enjoy some time exploring and photographing the village. We’ll then continue our journey to InLe Lake. Upon arrival in Nyaung Shwe (the principle town around InLe Lake), you’ll be transferred to your hotel. When you arrive at your hotel, you can bid your tour guide farewell before checking in. The tour ends here.
~ 2 nights accommodation
~ 3 breakfasts and 1 lunch
~ professional English speaking tour guides
~ land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
~ water transportation by private boats
~ entrance fees for sights described
~ enjoy exploring Loikaw and the environs as per itinerary
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